What the Cat Saw

What the Cat Saw

Book - 2012
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National bestselling author Carolyn Hart presents an original new novel about a woman with a curious ability that drops her headfirst into a world of intrigue and murder...

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...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, c2012.
ISBN: 9780425252741
Characteristics: 296 p. ;,24 cm.


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May 22, 2018

I like many of this author's other books, but did not care for this one. The story was too slow to develop. The mood was dreary. I kept waiting for the plot to get more active and interesting, but it never did.

Jul 16, 2016

These mysteries are stand alones-different from her other series. I was a little concerned that the cat would "help" the human too much but he doesn't. Not a bad read but not a page turner either. Personally I thought the "who did it" information repetitive after awhile and didn't help solve the case or move the story forward.

Nov 28, 2015

Having a cat give a mystery solver clues was an interesting twist.

Jul 30, 2015

Despite what Publisher's Weekly says, I find the characters not well developed. Yes there are lots of comments and descriptions about each, but they are shallow and repetitious. And to call the plot "fast moving" is just not true.

Jun 15, 2015

After losing her fiancée to war, Nela Farley discovers she has the uncanny ability to understand what cats are thinking. One winter day she arrives in Craddock, Oklahoma to help out her younger sister by substituting at her job. Nela moves into the garage apartment where her sister is cat sitting and meets Jugs, the cat. Jugs tells her he misses his former mistress, Miss Marian Grant, who recently died when the second step rolled as she left for morning jog just a week earlier. What? Is Nela's grief causing mental issues or is Jugs really talking to her? If so, will that help her discover the true identity of Ms. Marian Grant's murderer or will she be spending the future in a mental hospital?

Jun 29, 2013

Great read

May 21, 2013

I'm a huge fan of Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series, so I figured that this book would draw me in and keep my attention as well as those have. WRONG. The book was in one word, BORING.

Mar 08, 2013

Less sugary than her "Annie Darling" mysteries (I enjoyed it more); this is more of an adult novel, less of a beach read; still a sweet story and nothing that would offend your grandmother. The cat is not overwhelming.

Jan 20, 2013

There were a lot of characters to keep straight as suspects and none were very developed so hard to speculate who had motive making me as confused as the heroine.

HRDR Nov 20, 2012

This book is a little different from other Hart books. She mentions McDonalds so often I wonder if this food chain subsidized the publication of the book. Usually Hart's descriptions of food make your mouth water, but not this time. Also, there are slight changes of style that made me wonder if this was co-written or if the publisher pushed Hart to adapt her style to be a bit rougher - more sentence fragments too quicken the pace, like a Lee Child book, and some graphic bits describing romantic interests and interaction. Still, the book was interesting, and enjoyable if I didn't expect a typical Carolyn Hart read.


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Jul 16, 2016

Nela comes to take the place of her sister Chloe working for the Haklo Foundation. She soon has to deal with some interesting circumstances...from a burglar in her apartment to stolen jewelry to murder. She also meets a man who can help her in more ways than one.


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Jul 16, 2016

"When something horrible happens, facts don't ease the pain, but there is a desperate hunger to know what there is to know" Nela

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