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September 18, 2019

A Purrfect Alibi by Leighann Dobbs ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

This summer when I read A Whisker in the Dark (read my review) I wasn't sure if I would continue with this series. Yet, when I saw book 3 A Purrfect Alibi available at Netgalley I decided I would give the series a second look. I'm glad I did.

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September 2019; Bookouture; 978-1838881061
ebook, print (218 pages); cozy mystery
In the latest book in Leighann Dobbs's Oyster Cove Guesthouse series, I felt the characters and the cats melded together much better. Perhaps it just took a few books for Dobbs to find her stride with this new series. But I found this one to be fun, even though I figured out the killer pretty quickly.

In the previous book, I didn't feel like I connected with the human characters. That wasn't the case in A Purrfect Alibi. There wasn't a lot of backstory rehashing so it may have been that the characters are more established so their natural personalities came through more authentically. Josie has caught on that the cats are trying to communicate with her so the cats weren't on their own as much.

While the guests are different, many of the town's people make an appearance. Ed is still working on the renovations, and Mike is finding all kinds of reasons to hang around the guesthouse. Millie and Josie's mom are front and center in wanting to solve the mystery. Myron, the banker who gave Josie a loan for renovations at the end of the last book, also is hanging around the guesthouse an awful lot.

Only a few weeks have passed since the last book and from the references in the previous book, book 1 took place just a few weeks before that. I don't know about you, but I would be a bit leery of staying at a place where a murder happens every few weeks. Especially since there is no indication that there are times when guests stay there when no murders happen.

It was pretty easy to figure out who the killer was in this book. But I only guessed at half the reasoning for the murder. Even so, the characters were so delightful that I didn't mind the easy solve.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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  1. looks fun. enjoyed the review. doesn't always matter if i can figure out the villain early, it's the journey to the end that makes it worth the read.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Thanks! As long as I'm enjoying the rest of the story I don't mind figuring it out early.