Escape Claws (Cat Lady Mysteries #1) by Linda Reilly

Escape Claws (Cat Lady Mysteries #1)

Here, killer, killer, killer . . .For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who’s having some difficulty looking after herself—and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran’s property...

Details Escape Claws (Cat Lady Mysteries #1)

TitleEscape Claws (Cat Lady Mysteries #1)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherLyrical Underground
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Animals, Cats

Reviews Escape Claws (Cat Lady Mysteries #1)

  • Carrie
    Lara Caphart used to be extremely close to her Aunt Fran when she was growing up in Whisker Jog, New Hampshire but then her parents decided to move away. Over the last sixteen years Lara hadn't been in contact with her aunt but she had kept in touch with one of her childhood friends from the small town that notifies her that her aunt really could use her help. Lara decides that a visit to Whisker Jog is in order and that she needs to spend a few ...
  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    Light cozy mystery filled with cute and lovable felines for your reading pleasure. The two main characters, artist Lara Caphart and her Aunt Fran, the crazy cat lady, will steal a place in your heart with the care and love they show to the rescue cats. Lara’s Aunt has 11 cats, and painful, bad knees that need surgery placing her in critical need for assistance taking care of herself and the kitties. Aunt Fran is also being harassed by a local b...
  • Karen
    Friday night I finished Escape Claws, Linda Reilly's first in the new A Cat Lady Mystery Series and it was so good! I very much enjoyed this start to what I hope will be a series with lots of books to come. I found that I was not only able to relate as a cat lover but as a cozy mystery lover as well. The mysteries are good in this the minor mystery pulls at your heartstrings for sure, the major mystery and murderer I did not figure out until the ...
  • Betty
    A new author for me and the first book in a new cat story. It was a slow beginning. There a number of excellent cats books being published this year and this another one. There is a hint of paranormal as Lara Caphart sees Blue, a ragtail cat that none else sees. Blue is a spirit of a car that Lara had had a child.Lara decided to visit an aunt who needs some help. Aunt Fran has 11 cats of various ages and most are recused cats. The twin bully is f...
  • Kirsti
    Alright, you see my reviews regularly. You know I wax poetical about many cozy mysteries, but this one was my favorite for the whole year! Yep, I went there, I made that commitment. I started reading cozies because of Lilian Jackson Braun, and it was this nostalgia that keeps me in the genre. Give me craft, tea, clothing, baking mysteries any time of the week and I'll probably love them but CAT mysteries are my absolute love and I can't find word...
  • Jenny Kales
    Charming characters, a puzzling mystery and CATS. ESCAPE CLAWS is everything a good cozy mystery should be!Linda Reilly has done it again with this charming first in a new series. From the minute you step into the enchanting small town of Whisker Jog, you’ll want to settle in and stay awhile. Lara is a sympathetic main character with a love for cats and a nose for mysteries. Her quirky Aunt Fran, recovering from surgery and the proud owner of e...
  • Amanda
    This first-in-series starts out a bit somber, with Lara visiting her Aunt Fran for the first time in 16 years. With her aunt's bad knees and clowder of cats, Lara is concerned for Aunt Fran's well-being, both physically and emotionally. When someone who shares a history with Aunt Fran is killed, Lara feels compelled to stay with her aunt until the murderer is caught. By the end of the book, the general mood has been lifted, and I'm eager for a se...
  • Laurie Garrison
    Linda Reilly is a new author to me and truly enjoyed her writing style. This is the first book in a new series, so this is a great way to get to know the characters and town setting. Linda sets up a typical mystery and story setting which any cozy mystery reader should be able to enjoy. I found a few surprises before the end of the book and I had no clue who the murder was so, Linda set up a great mystery that keep me guessing the whole time a le...
  • K.A. Davis
    ESCAPE CLAWS, the first book in the brand new Cat Lady Mystery series by Linda Reilly is a charming visit to Whisker Jog, New Hampshire and is chock-full of memorable characters, human and feline alike! I loved that the very beginning starts with a list of the feline cast with their adorable names and characteristics. The protagonist, Lara Caphart, is an admirable woman with a generous, thoughtful personality. After showing up to help her invalid...
  • Brenda
    Escape Claws is the first in the Cat Lady Mystery series set in the small town of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire and featuring watercolor artist, Lara Caphart and her Aunt Fran Clarkson. It's been 16 years since Lara left Whisker Jog with her parents but when her childhood friend Sherry Bowker calls to tell her that her aunt is having knee problems and that the townsfolk have given her the moniker of crazy cat lady due to her collection of 11 cats, L...
  • Peggy R
    Linda Reilly is a new author to me and I was happy that I took a chance on Escape Claws, which is the first in a new series. I thought this was a charming start to the Cat Lady Mysteries. The author did a nice job of balancing the mystery with introducing her characters. Lara and her Aunt Fran are very likable characters and I enjoyed the storyline that centered on them renewing their relationship after not really seeing each other for a good num...
  • Marsha
    If you are looking for a new series to start, this is it! In this first of the The Cat Lady Mystery series you meet Lara and her Aunt Fran. Lara returns to Whisker Jog for a quick visit after 16 years to reconnect with her aunt. What starts as an overnight visit turns into a longer visit when Lara finds the town bully, Theo, murdered on the edge of Fran's property. Since her aunt had recently had words with Theo she becomes a suspect. I found mys...
  • Karen E DeBruin
    This is a cozy mystery about an artist that returns to her childhood town to visit her aunt. While there she see her childhood pet, Blue, a cat. It turns out only Lara can see her cat. She discovers the body of the town bully at the bottom of the hill on her aunt’s property. The story continues in the predictable way of all cozy mysteries. For this reason I gave it only 4 stars. But it was an enjoyable read.
  • Kat
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the E-ARC copy of this novel.Escape Claws is the first novel in a new series. I must say I was sold on this novel with the description of cats and murder. Who doesn't love a book with cat's?! The mystery was good and the main character, Fran, is a likeable heroine. Try out this book! It's a great cozy mystery and looks to be an excellent start to a new series.
  • Jaymie
    This was great! The characters in the story and the mystery pieces all worked well together. I liked that Lara's relationship with her aunt had some tension and some interest and depth to it. The cats had a lot of personality. Their presence in the story made sense and fit in the big picture. Everything came together so well. I'll definitely keep reading these.I received an electronic review copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Wanda
    Enjoyed the mystery. Light reading, great descriptions of personalities. Would enjoy more stories involving this town and its inhabitants.
  • Book
    Lara Caphart pays a surprise visit to her Aunt Fran after childhood friend Sherry Bowker called to let her know her aunt was not doing well. It seems Aunt Fran is depressed, withdrawing from friends and activities in the community of Whisker Jog. Not to mention she now has 11 cats living with her and she's in desperate need of knee surgery, on both knees. Lara decides to stay and help her aunt get her house clean and life a bit better organized. ...
  • Tammy Lee Bradley
    I love cozy mysteries with a cup of tea, an afghan, and a puppy cuddled in my lap. Escape Claws is a perfect book for such occasions. Likeable characters, s suspenseful storyline, and a feel good ending. I am hoping for more books in this series featuring Lara and Aunt Fran. ----For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who's h...
  • Annarella
    I cannot wait to read the next instalment in this series. This is one the best cozy mysteries I read this here. It is a wonderful mix of mystery, small town life, cats and family relationship.The heroine comes back to her hometown from Boston after a long time to help her aunt. She discovers that her aunt is quite ill and is turning in to a cat lady. The first night she discovers the body of the town bully next to her aunt home. The rest is a tra...
  • David Caldwell
    I won a copy through the Goodreads Firstreads program. A young woman returns to her home town to help her aunt that is having medicals problems. Despite being looked after by her aunt and loving her dearly, she hasn't seen her in nearly sixteen years. The aunts medical problems (both knees need operations) has cuased her to not be able to look after the many cats she has rescued. The town is starting to call her the crazy cat lady. What is meant ...
  • Deshay
    Cats and mysteries - you really can't go wrong with that, in my opinion. Promising start to a new series. Needs better editing. I don't really need to know that every time the character gets a cup of coffee, she empties a packet of half and half in it. I counted that at least 3 times. I know it is minor but it started bugging me.I won a copy of this on Goodreads.
  • Kathy Kennerley
    I loved it! What a great feeling to pick up a random book and find a new favorite book series to follow! The characters and the atmosphere and especially the cats are wonderful. I smiled every time Lara had to carefully move around a cat so as not to disturb it :) For me this is the perfect cozy mystery. ARC
  • Mindy
    This was so nice and light. Yes there was a murder, but there were so many cute cat characters to offset it. I especially liked Blue. Whisker Jog sounds like a great town to live in. Will look forward to the next book in the series.
  • Patricia Mccammon
    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A well written cozy murder mystery. You meet some of the interesting people in the town, and eleven cats, who like kids, all have different personalities.
  • Sharon
    A charming cat tale of murder and family ties with an unexpected ending. The suspects were many, the motives valid and the sleuthing by our heroine disturbed everyone. It was a good read.
  • Sherrie Kiesel
    I thoroughly enjoyed this new series and can't wait for the second installment!
  • Liz
    Received through goodreads giveaways.This was a cute mystery. My only complaint is that it was a little preachy about cats.
  • Kelly
    A nice cozy mystery. It feels like the first in a series - establishing the characters, locations, etc. There are hints of possible relationships to come. Worth checking out!
  • Cristy
    cute story
  • Jamie
    Awesome story! I liked the writing and the characters. I want to read the next book in this series. I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.