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5+ stars for Catnaps and Crimes by Lucinda Race #paranormalcozymystery #cozymystery #bookreview

Title: Catnaps & Crimes

Author: Lucinda Race

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Book Blurb:

Book store owner and novice witch Lily Michaels is struggling to get a handle on her new powers. The book “Practical Beginnings” is showing her random spells to learn, and her familiar, the talking cat, Milo, isn’t much help. She doesn’t need any more distractions, but when a car crashes just outside the bookstore, Lily is first on the scene. It’s more than just an automobile accident. Bullet holes can be deadly. The victim, shady real estate agent Teddy Roberts, was dead before his fancy sports car ever hit that pole.

Investigating the crime scene is Detective Gage Erikson, or as Milo calls him, Detective Cutie. His crush on Lily is not-so-secret to anyone but her, but she’s acting like he’s a distraction she doesn’t need. Is he her boyfriend, or just her best friend? He just needs to keep her out of trouble while he traces clues to the crime.

But a mystery is like catnip to Lily. She’s willing to admit she has a tiny bit of a reputation for investigating things she shouldn’t. She’s trying to balance her growing feelings for Gage while keeping her witchy secret from him and solve a murder. Teddy had plenty of people with reasons to do him in. Will Lily’s best protection spell be enough to keep her and Gage safe while they work together to catch a killer?

Catnaps and Crimes is the second novel in A Book Store Cozy Mystery Series, although each book can be read as standalone. A sweet and clean cozy mystery with a guarantee the culprit is caught. Happy reading!

My Review:

Lily is on the case when another murder rocks her town. With the suspects piling up and the killer willing to silence her and Gage, she’ll need to use her witchy mind to catch the murderer. Cozy mysteries are my catnip and I loved this one by Lucinda Race! From the beginning, I was hooked. The mystery itself is complex and rife with red herrings. The budding romance between Gage and Lily provide a sweet respite. And then there’s Milo and the witchy vibe. An irresistible cozy mystery from start to finish.

Lucinda Race is a gifted writer, especially when it comes to paranormal cozy mystery. She uses world-building, descriptive narration, and characterization to create a realistic plot. Yet, what makes her cozies so fantastic is her mystery writing. She writes a mystery filled with detective work, clues, suspects, all realistic in nature. Her plot progression is natural, yet the mystery has false clues to steer the reader in the wrong direction. Brilliant in every way.

The characters are quirky in this small town, yet I love interacting with them. Lily, Gage, Milo, William, they all have their own personality.

The paranormal parts are very much cozy with plenty of comedic lines thrown in. The more Lily learns about being a witch, the more I loved it.

If you love paranormal cozy mysteries, you’ll want to read Catnaps & Crimes. It’s even better thank the first book. I can’t wait to see what Lily gets into next. Pick up this gem today.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Award-winning and best-selling author Lucinda Race is a lifelong fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading romance novels and getting lost in the hope they represent. While her friends dreamed of becoming doctors and engineers, her dreams were to become a writer—a romance novelist.

As life twisted and turned, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her true passion. After developing the storyline for the McKenna Family Romance series, it was time to start living her dream. Her fingers practically fly over computer keys she weaves stories about strong women and the men who love them. To date she has published over 20 romance novels and several paranormal cozy mysteries. Lucinda lives with her two little dogs, a miniature long hair dachshund and a shitzu mix rescue, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. When she's not at her day job, she’s immersed in her fictional worlds. And if she’s not writing romance novels, she’s reading everything she can get her hands on.

Social Media Links:

Lucinda’s Heart Racers Reader Group

Reviewed by: Nancy


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