From grimdark to cozy mystery, what the heck will I post next 🤣
Thanks so much to Kate Rock Book Tours for having me on the tour for this surprisingly fun cozy mystery! I chose to read it because I love CATS! and Macavity sounded like quite a character. How can I not read something with a snarky orange cat in it?
Note: it is #2 in a series but reads as a standalone
Bookish Quick Facts:
- Title: Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite
- Series: Macavity and Me #2
- Author: Charlotte Stuart
- Publisher & Release: Seale Publishing, June 2021
- Length: 236 pages
- Rate & Recommend: ⭐⭐⭐✨ Yes for fans of cozy mysteries and cats
Here’s the synopsis:
From the open porthole on her sailboat, Bryn Baczek overhears a heated argument on a nearby boat followed by a loud splash . . .then silence.
Bryn lives on a sailboat in a small marina with her cantankerous cat, Macavity, and a series of short-lived goldfish. While seeking evidence to prove a neighbor innocent of murder, she ends up being threatened by the victim’s abusive boyfriend, betrayed by a close friend, and almost bored to death by an uncooperative accountant.
Although Bryn shares what she learns with a charming detective whose manicured mustache she finds off-putting, she is one step ahead of the police in identifying the murderer . . . a step that puts her in a dangerous face-to-face confrontation.
Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite is currently a finalist in the Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem contest. It also won a Firebird Book Award for humor and is an Author Shout Recommended Read and a 5 Star Readers Favorite.
I laugh every time I read the synopsis. Short lived goldfish and a cantankerous cat just about sums it up, plus a disappearing woman and all of Bryn’s shenanigans.
I don’t usually enjoy cozy mysteries but Bryn was not a complete idiot like most main characters in these books. She worked along with the police without obstructing the detective, used her resources well, and actually managed to solve the case without bringing too much harm to herself or anyone else!
The mystery itself got a bit convoluted for me at the end although it was fun watching the characters follow the paper trail. I missed how the perpetrator knew … Uhhmmm…. Things. I think a seasoned mystery reader may have guessed the murderer but I had Nooooo idea who it was.
Despite the fact that I can’t follow the details of a murder plot, the characters totally carried the book. It took some time to learn about Bryn and her friends/family and it was a good crew. I loved Logan and Judd who were hilarious and may or may not love cats. My favorite part besides Macavity and the string of goldfish is how Bryn is portrayed as a single, happy, self sufficient 30 something who is alone but not lonely. Parents don’t get it! I can relate!
Overall: I would read Stuart’s other books for sure, I can’t wait to see more of Bryn’s adventures when I need a break from heavier reading. Definitely recommend this for cozy mystery fans who like strong main characters and need a few good laughs!