I am so excited to talk about A Whisker in the Dark today. Oyster Cove Mystery series is absolutely brilliant and I have been following this series since the start. I can never, never ever, say no to a story that has cats as one of the main characters. (or at least, cats that play some major role in the story)
Meet Nero and Marlowe, the owners of the Oyster Cove Guesthouse. Before you twitch your whiskers, let me tell you this – Millie was the previous owner of the guesthouse and she sold it to her best friend’s daughter Josie. But, the cats know very well that they are around to watch over Josie. Josie is like the pseudo owner, you see.
The previous book- A Twist in the Tail – ended with Nero and Marlowe discovering something behind a wall. But the humans aren’t aware of it until the wall is torn down for repairs. The Biddeford family is staying at the guesthouse – the guesthouse belonged to Biddefords almost a century ago. The skeleton found in the wall belongs to Jedidiah Biddeford. It is said that he cursed those who tried to find his treasure.
With the finding of Jedidiah’s remains, the grounds of Oyster Cove Guesthouse has turned into an impromptu archaeological site with the whole village turning over with shovels and whatnots, in search of treasure. The next day, one of the guests is found dead. Uh-oh! Josie and murder in the guesthouse seem to be a trend now. But worry not, for, the catectives are here to solve the case for you! Meroop!
Nero and Marlowe form quite a team! And this time, their buddies Poe, Harry, Juliette, Boots and Stubbs join their paws together. The Oyster Cove Guesthouse is famous for its delicious breakfast spreads. And Josie is a wonderful cook. Have you ever eaten Burnt Peanut butter and Banana bread? No? Neither have the guests or Josie because it went straight from the oven to the trash can. All right, don’t laugh! As the story ends, Josie’s cooking skills show some improvement.
Speaking of skills, Josie is a wannabe amateur sleuth of sorts. But she’s no cat whisperer or cat…um… understander? Nero and Marlowe meow their paws out, trying to point her in the right direction but alas. Josie is a bit dull in the grey cells. Thank god for Nero and Marlowe, the world-famous catectives who have solved many a case so far.
Leighann’s writing is excellent and so is her storytelling skills. The characters are likeable. The mystery is good too. In short, a purrfect cozy read.
A Whisker in the Dark is an entertaining and enjoyable read. Written by a true cat lover, this series is a must-read, especially if you love cat cozies. Meroop! The third book in this series is out and I cannot wait to read it! Merow!
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Character Development: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Title: A Whisker in the Dark (Oyster Cove Guesthouse #2)
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Published on: 31st July 2019
Genre: Cozy Mystery