After reading this latest book in the series, I'm still not sure if I like the series. There's obviously something there that peaks my interest enough to keep me reading each new book, but I can't say whether it's enjoyment, or a compulsion to try to fit all the discordant pieces together, or that it reminds me of the bizarre aspects of my own life.
This series is definitely not for those who like their mysteries tied up in a neat little bow, with no loose ends.
Rebecca, Rupert and Isabella are back and better than ever!!!
Rupert is still sniffing out tightly wrapped packages hidden by Rebecca's late Uncle Oscar. Most times the package contains money wadded up which he seems to find right when Rebecca needs it. But this time Rupert uncovers a package that contains a little bear holding a flag. This has to be a clue to one of her uncle's hidden valuable treasures.
The first clue sends Rebecca to Nevada City, a former mining town. Her neighbor Monty is headed there to represent the San Francisco Mayor at a bike race, The Tour of California. So they pack up the cats and head off together each on their own mission.
Rebecca starts to believe her little excursion may be putting herself right in the path of her uncle's oldest enemy. Can she stay safe and follow the clues to uncover the treasure or is she endangering both herself and her cats with this road trip?
I loved this book so much. First of all with a title like HOW TO MOON A CAT you can't wait to delve into these pages. The author has her hands full writing for the human characters and two very vocal cats, one extremely opinionated, the other more laid back and relaxed. Then in this book she adds the moon as a character, a very important character and that leads to only one way of How To Moon A Cat.
This story also takes us on a history lesson about California Bear Flag Revolt . This flag is very essential to the plot. We also meet some colorful characters, clever impostors, and willing tricksters as Rebecca finds the clues she needs. Oh and maybe a couple of frogs.
This story has so many layers. It was laugh out loud funny in places, but my husband says I giggled through most of the book. The author has grown so much and is perfecting her writing craft. I have watched her evolve with each story. This plot while multifaceted is very tight. Her characters are all growing and developing as well. Her writing in places is almost poetry and her descriptions make people and places jump off the page, even a few we would like contained within the pages.J
I do believe this is my favorite cozy so far in 2011. I gave it my highest rating which equals 5 stars but it is definitely a 10!!! I highly recommend this book and the entire series!!! This book could not have been more purr-fect!!! A purr delight to read!!!