What the Cat Saw

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Thorndike Press, 2013 - Fiction - 423 pages
18 Reviews
Ever since the death of her fiancé, Nela Farley has found herself plagued by a sixth sense: she understands the thoughts of cats when she looks into their eyes. Nela knows that what she’s experiencing is completely irrational and tries to convince herself that she is simply transferring her own thoughts that she doesn’t want to face. When her adventurous sister, Chloe, goes on a trip and asks for a favor, Nela welcomes the distraction and agrees to substitute at Chloe’s job at a charitable foundation. Chloe has arranged a place for her sister to stay, but when Nela shows up, she encounters the previous tenant’s cat and gets a flash of thought: “. . . dead . . . dead and gone . . . She loved me . . . board rolled on the second step . . .” Nela wants to ignore what the cat saw, but the idea that the death of former tenant Marian Grant wasn’t an accident is something she can’t ignore. As Nela begins to do some research into Marian’s life, strange events begin to occur, all seeming to lead back to the Haklo Foundation. But when a detective becomes suspicious of Nela’s sister and a second murder occurs, Nela realizes she’ll have to make the most of her unwanted ability to figure out what’s really going on, before she meets her own untimely end.

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Love the cat communication, the writing and the story. - Goodreads
Not up to Hart's usual writing. - Goodreads
The plot was full of mystery and twists and turns. - Goodreads

Review: What the Cat Saw (Nela Farley #1)

User Review  - Patty - Goodreads

Quite good. The story involves a grieving woman who can hear the thoughts of cats. She travels to help her sister out and ends up deep in a murder among people she has never met before. Who is guilty ... Read full review

Review: What the Cat Saw (Nela Farley #1)

User Review  - Oswego Public Library District - Goodreads

Carolyn Hart begins a new appealing series with What the Cat Saw. Fans of traditional mysteries will find a lot to like. Hart provides plenty of red herrings and a touch of romance after a string of ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Carolyn Hart is the author of Death on Demand and the Henrie O series. Her books have won the Agatha, the Anthony and Macavity awards. She was a founding member and is a former president of Sisters in Crime. Her most recent title is Sugar Plum Dead.

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