The Trouble with Talent review

This is the third book in the Gourmet Cat series by Kathy Krevat, and the series has quickly become one of my favorites. It’s honestly more enjoyable if you read these in order. That way, you’ll see the character development and how Colbie got to this point in her gourmet cat food business.

My Goodreads review:

The Trouble with Talent (Gourmet Cat Mystery #3)The Trouble with Talent by Kathy Krevat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was so good to return to Sunnyside, CA and catch up with Colbie, Elliott, her dad and all her friends. Little did she know that the death of a talented oboe teacher would lead her down a slippery and shady road searching for the killer, not to mention the danger her own life was in as some unknown person had been tracking her every move.

I loved that Colbie and Joss overcame some hurdles in this book and are at a good place right now. (Please just stay there lol). Her dad and his lady Annie were happily dating, Elliott was involved in another amazing play, and one of the coolest things was Colbie’s friend Tod who previously wouldn’t even let her in his apartment due to a psychological condition he had, had come such a long way. He was really helpful in getting information in this case too. I really loved that an abused mom was able to get revenge on her abusive ex. And little Trouble cat continued to love cuddles and seemed able to detect electronic bugs. All in a cat’s day’s work, right? This is a great series, and I’m very much looking forward to the next book!

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The Trouble with Truth–review

It didn’t take me long to finish this second installment in the Gourmet Cat mystery series by Kathy Krevat, that’s how good it was! Trouble got to be on TV in this book and she took full advantage of living up to her name. 😉 The mystery was interesting and compelling. I think you’ll agree if you decide to read this series that it’s a lot of fun.

My Goodreads review:

The Trouble with Truth (Gourmet Cat Mystery #2)The Trouble with Truth by Kathy Krevat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this second book in the series so much I could barely put it down. Just like the first one, it was well-written and plotted. The story moved along at a good pace, not too slow or fast. I always like that everything gets wrapped up at the end and good explanations are always given, especially since Colbie and Det. Norma are friends.

Since Colbie’s cat food was accepted into a chain of stores, she had to step up production and had hired an 18-year-old girl named Mira, who had grown out of foster care. Mira had written a play about the abuse she and others had experienced while in foster care. Then the guy who was one of her foster dads turned up murdered, and the police had no choice but to think it was her. Everyone was asking Colbie to look into it since she had helped solve a murder a couple of months ago. When another body turned up and some vandalism was done against Colbie, she figured the killer must be feeling threatened. The showdown was great, and Mira got to be hero of the day.

I was glad to see that Quincy Powell returned to the story. He’s officially an investor in Meowio cat food and rents out a nice larger commercial kitchen to Colbie for a good rate. He’s the kind of amazing friend that every small business would be very lucky to have. His PR person, Indigo, was an interesting character. She made sure the biz was posted, tweeted and televised to ensure Colbie’s success. I’m still on the fence about Richard. I hope he doesn’t try to get Colbie back in his life, just Elliott. I like Colbie and Joss together, even their kids approve of the match!

Everything was wrapped up nicely, even with Elliott and his estranged dad who was now interested in being part of his boy’s life, but not in an intrusive way since he had a baby of his own on the way. Colbie had started officially dating Joss and Hank was dating his neighbor Annie (which was so cute). The cat food biz was booming too. I can hardly wait for the next book!

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The Trouble with Murder–review

This is the first in a newer series that came out last December called Gourmet Cat Mysteries, by Kathy Krevat aka Kathy Aarons. She wrote The Chocolate Covered mysteries under that name. There were three in the series. I just love the cat in this series, Trouble. She’s only moody to people who seem to deserve the attitude, lol.

My Goodreads review:

The Trouble with Murder (Gourmet Cat Mystery #1)The Trouble with Murder by Kathy Krevat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an awesome new series! I’ve had this book since it came out, but since the second book was released today, I wanted to be sure I read this one first. There’s another really awesome cat in this story. I just love when the cats like people loving on them, and they do cute or even heroic things. Trouble, the cat in this story, was definitely a hero!

Colbie Summers and her 12-year-old son Elliott had moved to Sunnyside CA to be with her dad who had never totally recovered from pneumonia. Colbie was in a moms’ business group and when their leader was killed after a trade show they had and all the signs pointed to Colbie being the killer, she knew she had to clear her good name as well as her business’ name. With her good friends Lani and Piper on the sidelines cheering her on, Colbie did manage to come up with some information, and she even gained the respect of Detective Norma. There wasn’t exactly a showdown with the killer, but it was still exciting. With the killer confessing and behind bars, Colbie, her friends and family were able to enjoy the musical that Elliott’s summer theater camp was presenting.

I really came to like the detective on the case. She wasn’t so quick to judge Colbie and decide that she did it just because the (planted) evidence pointed that way–unlike her jerk of a partner. I was glad to see him reprimanded for the stunt he pulled, and another detective put on the case. I knew there was a strained relationship with Colbie and her dad, but now that he was living with his grandson and daughter, he was just an old softie. It was really cute when he decided to give Elliott guitar lessons. Colbie’s friend Lani is the type of friend anyone would be grateful for. She just took control when she needed to, with a heart as big as all outdoors. Her wife Piper was in it quite a bit and was also a friend of Colbie’s along with being a doctor. I liked how she could look in on Hank to see how his lungs were healing up and he wouldn’t mind it.

I liked Quincy Powell the minute Colbie met him. Anyone that would wear crazy sneakers because their granddaughter liked them is one good sport. I’m looking forward to him being in the next book more since he’s advising Colbie on her business and is now an investor. And sweet little Trouble–she’s not really a trouble maker unless she doesn’t know or like someone. She sure knew which of the detectives she liked and didn’t like! She’s really a good sport to let Colbie take her to the farmers’ market and sit there with a little chef hat on her head. Just like the cover!

I hadn’t guessed the killer in this, never really saw it coming. There were so many possible suspects, good clues and little twists. Since I have the second book, I’m going to read it right away so all these characters are fresh in my brain!

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