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As Dark as My Fur–a disappointment for this reader

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As Dark as My Fur

by Clea Simon

As Dark as My FurI looked forward to the novelty of a mystery narrated by a cat in As Dark as My Fur. I had read positive reviews and thought the cat’s perspective might add interest as well as a touch of humor. It didn’t contribute any amusement, but that was the author’s choice and is acceptable. The cat is, in fact, a man who has been murdered and reincarnated as a cat with only partial memories of his prior life.

The author, Clea Simon, has a remarkable command of the English language, excellent powers of description, and insightful views into the frustrations of being a cat. Unfortunately, she calls upon the latter strength over and over again at the expense of the plot. The average reader can easily grasp the difficulties of trying to communicate with a human from a cat’s body. The author belabors the point in every chapter. I easily put the book aside multiple times with no sense of loss. Finally, at the end of chapter thirty-one (88% through the book), the author inserted a hook that made me want to finish reading the book. Simultaneously, the plot pace picked up and I completed it. I was disappointed that the active mystery has resolution, but the main villain is not revealed.

I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Severn House for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: Blackie and Care #2

Publication:   April 1, 2017—Severn House

Memorable Lines:

Silence elicits speech.

As I have noted, I am a cat. And while I may be frustrated by my inability to communicate directly, at least with the girl with whom I have forged a bond, I do enjoy my superior senses.

There is joy to be found in a bright morning, in the company of one who may be trusted.

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6 Comments

  1. Joëlle says:

    Thank you for your honest review!

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  2. Agree it is not for everyone.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Yes, I remember that you liked it and I saw a number of positive reviews online (but didn’t read them before I wrote mine). Reading is such a personal thing! This book is a good example of why a reviewer should ALWAYS read the whole book before writing a review. The last portion was good and my review needed to reflect that.

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      • A book I couldn’t finished is listed for a major award. Not every book is for everyone. One I have a only 3 stars has disappeared from my list. I hadn’t written the review. She is a major author who I have read many of her books and like. This one was terrible.

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      • I am reading WATCHING THE DETECTIVES by Julie Mulhern. I have been laughing at it. I think it is the best book and I believe it is 5th in this excellent series in set in 1950-70’s. I love the comments on Mr. Coffee.

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  3. lghiggins says:

    I am pretty sure that one is in my queue Betty. I remember an earlier one I read in which all of the details were on target–right down to the olive and purple plaid coat I wore.

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