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When the ghost of a murder victim appears in Last Chance Books, middle-aged bookstore owner, Willa Chance, must find the ghost's killer or risk being haunted with its unwanted advice forever. Too bad the ghost suffers from amnesia and only has a few scant clues as to the identity of the killer. That's okay, though, because Willa has a pretty good idea who did it ... until When the ghost of a murder victim appears in Last Chance Books, middle-aged bookstore owner, Willa Chance, must find the ghost's killer or risk being haunted with its unwanted advice forever. Too bad the ghost suffers from amnesia and only has a few scant clues as to the identity of the killer. That's okay, though, because Willa has a pretty good idea who did it ... until her investigation turns up additional suspects with curious motives. Meanwhile her cat, Pandora, is on the hunt for a mystical kitten that the cats of Mystic Notch must bring into the fold before the kitten is enticed to the side of evil by a powerful foe. When Willa's own life is threatened, she enters into a race against time to figure out the identity of the killer before she becomes the next victim.


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When the ghost of a murder victim appears in Last Chance Books, middle-aged bookstore owner, Willa Chance, must find the ghost's killer or risk being haunted with its unwanted advice forever. Too bad the ghost suffers from amnesia and only has a few scant clues as to the identity of the killer. That's okay, though, because Willa has a pretty good idea who did it ... until When the ghost of a murder victim appears in Last Chance Books, middle-aged bookstore owner, Willa Chance, must find the ghost's killer or risk being haunted with its unwanted advice forever. Too bad the ghost suffers from amnesia and only has a few scant clues as to the identity of the killer. That's okay, though, because Willa has a pretty good idea who did it ... until her investigation turns up additional suspects with curious motives. Meanwhile her cat, Pandora, is on the hunt for a mystical kitten that the cats of Mystic Notch must bring into the fold before the kitten is enticed to the side of evil by a powerful foe. When Willa's own life is threatened, she enters into a race against time to figure out the identity of the killer before she becomes the next victim.

30 review for A Mew To A Kill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Booth

    This was the third book in the series. We are getting to know the character fairly well and she's definitely addicted to meddling which drives her sister and her boyfriend (they are both in law enforcement) nutty. She's a bit harsh on her good friend Pepper, and as others have stated in their reviews, unwilling to let go of her first impressions on who a killer is, and oddly ignores informations she doesn't care for. It's a bit tiresome the repetition of her ignoring facts and new information. S This was the third book in the series. We are getting to know the character fairly well and she's definitely addicted to meddling which drives her sister and her boyfriend (they are both in law enforcement) nutty. She's a bit harsh on her good friend Pepper, and as others have stated in their reviews, unwilling to let go of her first impressions on who a killer is, and oddly ignores informations she doesn't care for. It's a bit tiresome the repetition of her ignoring facts and new information. She also ignores what her cat is telling her which may make some cat people a tad cross. It’s not helping the cat I can tell you! Pandora seems to have her work cut out for her, the poor wee fluffy butt. None the less, the stories are oddly captivating. If you like cozy mysteries, and a good quick read which has a bit of the paranormal thrown it, these are rather fun. Find a nice comfy sofa or chair and lose yourself for a while.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Another great read Not everyone is a fan of Paisley Brown's photography but she is sure she can get them into the Mystic Notch art fair. And when that happens the art judges are not happy. You see Paisley has a different look on the world, and her pictures show that. That night a fire starts in her studio and in the morning her body is found. Of course her ghost shows up in Willa's bookstore and wants Willa to solve her murder so she can move on. Along with her friend Pepper she proceeds to investi Another great read Not everyone is a fan of Paisley Brown's photography but she is sure she can get them into the Mystic Notch art fair. And when that happens the art judges are not happy. You see Paisley has a different look on the world, and her pictures show that. That night a fire starts in her studio and in the morning her body is found. Of course her ghost shows up in Willa's bookstore and wants Willa to solve her murder so she can move on. Along with her friend Pepper she proceeds to investigate which isn't the smartest thing to do. And her magical cat Pandora finds evil lurking just around the corner. Again I am enthralled with the story. And this time I realized something a little different about this series. Food and eating isn't the main activity. No sitting and eating sweets all day and the characters actually work and then snoop. It's almost real life. How refreshing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crittermom

    Leighann Dobbs continues to delight animal lovers with her cozies blending magic and mystery. A Mew to a Kill is the third novel in the Mystic Notch mystery series. Paisley Brown is used to finding ways to get people to do what she wants - in this case getting a coveted spot in the arts festival. Though lacking in talent as a photographer, her skills as a manipulator bring her success, albeit temporary. Early the next morning Paisley's photography studio burns to the ground and her body is found Leighann Dobbs continues to delight animal lovers with her cozies blending magic and mystery. A Mew to a Kill is the third novel in the Mystic Notch mystery series. Paisley Brown is used to finding ways to get people to do what she wants - in this case getting a coveted spot in the arts festival. Though lacking in talent as a photographer, her skills as a manipulator bring her success, albeit temporary. Early the next morning Paisley's photography studio burns to the ground and her body is found amidst the ruins. This isn't the end of Paisley's manipulation, however, as her ghost appears in Willa's bookshop seeking justice. Paisley needs Willa to find her murderer in order to pass to the other side. Was her death linked to the arts festival, or did Paisley's blackmailing tendencies get the better of her? Meanwhile, Pandora learns of a special kitten, saved from a fire the previous summer. Is this kitten one from the prophecies? As in the previous novels, the parts where the cats take precedence are as entertaining as the human parts of the mystery. Although the cats are intelligent and communicate with each other, they keep their feline dispositions. I also like that by the end of the novel those animals needing homes are adopted by humans who will love them. The central characters are well developed and likable. The relationship between Willa and Striker is sweet, with it being clear how much they care for each other. Friends and family alike care even when they would prefer that Willa take fewer chances while investigating. Mystic Notch is a town that any self described crazy cat lady would love to visit. Filled with charming characters and fascinating felines it has a special allure. I look forward to delving into the town's secrets in Dobbs's future Mystic Notch novels. The Mystic Notch cozy series does not have to be read in order. Newcomers to the series will find that Dobbs does an excellent job introducing the characters without being repetitive. If you love well written cozy mysteries filled with cats and magic - look no further. A Mew to a Kill is a fantastic addition to the library of any mystery lover. --Crittermom

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

    This is the third book in the Mystic Notch series. Fortunately, the series has gotten better as it has progressed. With that being said, however, there are two problems I have with the series. The first is the "helpful" sheriff from a neighboring county. He has a responsibility to the county that pays his salary. What justification is there for spending so much time in another county solving crimes? Also, in this installment in the series, he books someone for the murder being investigated. Can This is the third book in the Mystic Notch series. Fortunately, the series has gotten better as it has progressed. With that being said, however, there are two problems I have with the series. The first is the "helpful" sheriff from a neighboring county. He has a responsibility to the county that pays his salary. What justification is there for spending so much time in another county solving crimes? Also, in this installment in the series, he books someone for the murder being investigated. Can a sheriff of one county book a criminal in another county outside his jurisdiction? Another issue I have with the series is trying to figure out a mental image of the streets in the downtown area of Mystic Notch. In order for people to look out the window of the bookstore and see the alley behind the stores facing the bookstore, do you have to have x-ray vision? I, for the life of me, can't get the logic of the street pattern in my mind's eye. These are two aspects of the series that seem to defy logic for me. Fortunately, the books are quick reads. No substance. Just fluff.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    Well, this series is just getting better volume by volume. This episode revolves around the Mystic Notch Art Show. Our Willa (Owner of the Last Chance Bookstore) is one of six judges for this year's event. There is one opening and Willa is shocked by it. Picking up the portfolio and looking at it, Willa can't imagine the creator's over confidence of winning the last remaining spot...yes, you can tell I'm keeping this vague, but that is because, the scene was well written and I do not want to spo Well, this series is just getting better volume by volume. This episode revolves around the Mystic Notch Art Show. Our Willa (Owner of the Last Chance Bookstore) is one of six judges for this year's event. There is one opening and Willa is shocked by it. Picking up the portfolio and looking at it, Willa can't imagine the creator's over confidence of winning the last remaining spot...yes, you can tell I'm keeping this vague, but that is because, the scene was well written and I do not want to spoil it for you. There is a murder, but, is it the first? It certainly is not the last. And, when Willa tries to stay in the background, her ghostly assignment makes sure she can't as well as giving out beauty tips! This book was suspenseful, humorous, and steady reading. Gus has a secret, heck, everyone has a secret in this novel. The light romance is enjoyable. I love the animals and their viewpoints. I love this series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Foguth

    Willa Chance inherited her Grandmother's home, bookstore & cat, Pandora... This cozy who-done-it has a bit of witchcraft and is a fun read. My favorite portion was from Pandora's perspective. I am enjoying this series. Willa Chance inherited her Grandmother's home, bookstore & cat, Pandora... This cozy who-done-it has a bit of witchcraft and is a fun read. My favorite portion was from Pandora's perspective. I am enjoying this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    C.

    Just ok, didn't find it as engaging as the first two in the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Garrison

    The weakest book in the series so far, for me. I really like how the author brought Pandora voice in the story more. Full review to come.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    I love this series and A Mew to Kill was awesome. The slight paranormal feel to the stories just adds to the depth of these cozy mysteries.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    OOooo drama at an art show! One dead. Blackmail. Tempers flaring. It was fun! The Gist: One of the photographers who schemed her way into an art show...is dead! And her ghost is, well, haunting Willa until Willa finds out who did the photographer in! Willa's really a great heroine. She gets herself into some sticky spots now and again but she's a book lover, a fan of kitties, and pleasant to be around. She's just a nice person and it's fun spending time with her as she works through mysteries. The OOooo drama at an art show! One dead. Blackmail. Tempers flaring. It was fun! The Gist: One of the photographers who schemed her way into an art show...is dead! And her ghost is, well, haunting Willa until Willa finds out who did the photographer in! Willa's really a great heroine. She gets herself into some sticky spots now and again but she's a book lover, a fan of kitties, and pleasant to be around. She's just a nice person and it's fun spending time with her as she works through mysteries. The mystery was good. I liked how it was set up though I caught on a bit before Willa as usual. But somehow that's okay with this series and doesn't really bug me. I do wish the romance with the sexy cop from the town over was a little more present but I enjoy the tiny glimpses of it. I did wonder where the pup from the previous book went. All in all, though, a fun read and a nice mystery spent with characters I'm quickly growing to love.

  11. 4 out of 5

    moxieBK

    A Mew To A Kill (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery #3) [Kindle Unlimited]— Leighann Dobbs (29 chapters) July 13-14, 2019 Third in the series, I read this as a part of Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series Book Set #1. Third and final story in this set. A floozy who thinks her photographs are da bomb is killed and comes to Willa to find out who dunnit. Willa uncovers a web of secrets and uncovers a previously unknown secret. Pandora the cat has a side story where she meets a kitten who she believes is a past rea A Mew To A Kill (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery #3) [Kindle Unlimited]— Leighann Dobbs (29 chapters) July 13-14, 2019 Third in the series, I read this as a part of Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series Book Set #1. Third and final story in this set. A floozy who thinks her photographs are da bomb is killed and comes to Willa to find out who dunnit. Willa uncovers a web of secrets and uncovers a previously unknown secret. Pandora the cat has a side story where she meets a kitten who she believes is a past reading come true. [Note: The reader really needs to read the series in order, or these kind of statements get lost on new readers.] A new cat is also revealed to be not so friendly to the cat clan. This was a well written plot, with a few twists and turns that kept this reader turning the pages. This series is firming up to be a jim-dandy of a set. Each book's plot is leading to a new discovery....and the plot thickens with Pandora's story. Four stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is the 3rd story in the Mystic Notch series. This time Willa, the former crime investigator did not find the body, but the ghost of the murdered person appears anyway to insist Willa find the murder so she can cross over. This story immediately catches your interest with the excitement of the crime scene. Then it doesn't stop until the end. The clues are given out at appropriate times and when one suspect is exonerated, Willa moves to another instead of hounding the first one she thinks did This is the 3rd story in the Mystic Notch series. This time Willa, the former crime investigator did not find the body, but the ghost of the murdered person appears anyway to insist Willa find the murder so she can cross over. This story immediately catches your interest with the excitement of the crime scene. Then it doesn't stop until the end. The clues are given out at appropriate times and when one suspect is exonerated, Willa moves to another instead of hounding the first one she thinks did the dastardly deed. You get to see more of the development of Willa's relationships with her sister and Striker. And the cats are always fun to read about. I do recommend this to anyone that enjoys cozy mysteries.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    4 1/2 stars just as good as the others in this series If you haven’t read the books before this on you can still read this and not be totally lost. The author does a good job at letting you know about past stuff when you need to know. There were just a few small things mentioned that had I not read the others I wouldn’t have know what she was referring to, but wasn’t a big deal in this book. Like the others you will be guessing “who did it” right up until the end, very fun to put all the clues to 4 1/2 stars just as good as the others in this series If you haven’t read the books before this on you can still read this and not be totally lost. The author does a good job at letting you know about past stuff when you need to know. There were just a few small things mentioned that had I not read the others I wouldn’t have know what she was referring to, but wasn’t a big deal in this book. Like the others you will be guessing “who did it” right up until the end, very fun to put all the clues together. And like the other books in this series I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these to my preteen -tween friends. No sexual situations and no (that I can remember) curse words. Another well written book, didn’t wan5 to stop reading it each night to go to bed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Willa gets invovled in another murder when the new ghost of the photographer across from her bookstore gets killed and threatens to haunt her unless Willa agrees to help her cross over. This is after she had blackmailed her way into an art contest with a $20,000 prize. Meanwhile, Pandora, the cat she inherited from her grandmother tries to help her while at the same time the town cats are out to rescue a supposedly strong cat with two faces. This is another fun story from Leighann Dobbs with well Willa gets invovled in another murder when the new ghost of the photographer across from her bookstore gets killed and threatens to haunt her unless Willa agrees to help her cross over. This is after she had blackmailed her way into an art contest with a $20,000 prize. Meanwhile, Pandora, the cat she inherited from her grandmother tries to help her while at the same time the town cats are out to rescue a supposedly strong cat with two faces. This is another fun story from Leighann Dobbs with well defined characters, a few twist, and several humorous incidents.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I really enjoyed the other series I have read by Dobbs but not this one. I do not like Willa...I can not stand her know it all attitude. I predicted the killer shortly after the clues began rolling in but of course the know it all crime journalist, who is honestly just terrible at it, could not figure it out! Aside from the annoying main character and the obvious killer it was a fairly cute story. I would recommend Dobbs' Blackmoore sisters series and Silver Hollow series for a better set of cha I really enjoyed the other series I have read by Dobbs but not this one. I do not like Willa...I can not stand her know it all attitude. I predicted the killer shortly after the clues began rolling in but of course the know it all crime journalist, who is honestly just terrible at it, could not figure it out! Aside from the annoying main character and the obvious killer it was a fairly cute story. I would recommend Dobbs' Blackmoore sisters series and Silver Hollow series for a better set of characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited, Leighann Dobbs writes under Leighann Dobbs, Annie Dobbs and (soon) L.A. Dobbs but her real name {not sure if she writes under that one} is Lee Dobbins, Hazel Martin Mysteries only one I found for this type with her, she has not made sure that terms used match the British terms as well as in other areas for that period of architecture and assorted styles. The Notch Cozy Mystery Series {5 out as of this writing} and the Blackbore Sisters Cozy Mysteries are not on Kindle Unlimited Kindle Unlimited, Leighann Dobbs writes under Leighann Dobbs, Annie Dobbs and (soon) L.A. Dobbs but her real name {not sure if she writes under that one} is Lee Dobbins, Hazel Martin Mysteries only one I found for this type with her, she has not made sure that terms used match the British terms as well as in other areas for that period of architecture and assorted styles. The Notch Cozy Mystery Series {5 out as of this writing} and the Blackbore Sisters Cozy Mysteries are not on Kindle Unlimited which as said before about 1 & 7 {the only ones given free, sure would not have bought them} and ditto for Ghostly Paws which is 1 of 5 at this time but did get others free over time. While some of her other books are Kindle Unlimited none of the Blackmoore Sisters Cozy Mysteries are which doesn't matter to me as read #1 and #7 and was way underwhelmed. Leighann Dobbs writes under Leighann Dobbs, Annie Dobbs and (soon) L.A. Dobbs but her real name {not sure if she writes under that one} is Lee Dobbins, Hazel Martin Mysteries only one I found for this type with her, she has not made sure that terms used match the British terms as well as in other areas for that period of architecture and assorted styles. By the way, bakeries and other food service places don't run like that. Badly needs to proof things, it's messing up the flow of the book, which my computer reads to me, so that's bad. As for these, it's not that the situations couldn't happen, it's in the telling of the story, with unlikable unbelievable characters and situations, again. Yet another goodreads won't hide it don't want to see the badly proofed badly plotted poor excuse for bad soft core porn crap. The 'historical' ones are like that and so are the some of the non cozy mysteries and some of the sorta but not really mysteries because can't write, etc ad nauseum. The most any of them got was 2 changed to 1 for crap cozy, some get a 1 which means basically crappy soft porn 'romance' etc. 3 in Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series so far which are on kindle unlimited, 3 in the Moosamuck Island Mysteries , 5 in the Mystic Notch Cozy Mysteries so far {not ku}, Blackmore Sisters has 7 {not ku}, Hazel Martin Mysteries only has 1 so far, Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery series 12 so far is on ku. Others.including Scandals and Spies Book series so far 4 which are basically romance soft core porn dreck but hey you can get them on ku. Witches of Hawthorne Grove 1 so far,Cevonne Bride of Oklahoma, Unexpected Series 4 so far ku. The Lexy Baker Cozy Mystery Series By the way, bakeries and other food service places don't run like that. Badly needs to proof things, it's messing up the flow of the book, which my computer reads to me, so that's bad. As for these, it's not that the situations couldn't happen, it's in the telling of the story, with unlikable unbelievable characters and situations, again. Copy/paste fill in the blank seems to be pretty much what she is doing in her books, which wouldn't be half as bad if the plots and ploys and actions were believable at all.Just change the name for a book and maybe change the series list under, and you are right back to copy paste same old same old. NOTE: I specifically mentioned certain of the 'books'/series were achieving soft core crap status, and specifically said which ones those were, reference AGAIN the above quoted review, and did not specifically mention the blackmore ones as that, BUT and had not mentioned that had went back and rated all no talent no plot cardboard charactered 'stories' listed above as 1 as well. I will change the original review to reflect that, but it is still a 1, and MY review of the crap stands.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura L. Nevels

    Good reading I really liked this one. I cannot put my finger on what it is exactly about this series that I like the most but I just really enjoy reading about the adventures of Willa and Pandora. I think the ghosts are funny at times, others may not. If you're really serious and don't like a hint at humor don't read this. It's probably not for you. But it is for me. Looking forward to the next one!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janice E. Ryberg

    A Mew To A Kill is the best so far in this series. 4.8 stars I admitted in the review of the previous books in this series that I am a sucker for animals, dogs and cats in particular. Since the cats were a much bigger focus in this episode, this story was my favorite to date. I hope the next episode continues this cat-centered mystery. The cats are great and most of the people seem pretty nice. Enjoy!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Excellent well written story! Willa is involved with another murder. There is a body she did not find but a ghost who needs resolution in order to move on. Of course there are cats involved in the story but the people solve the crime. We learn a secret about Gus and Striker is still getting close to Willa. The story has a twist but the ending is great! Read and enjoy, I did!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    This is a fun series to read. Characters and storyline are engaging with some twists to keep it interesting. The way Ms. Dobbs humanizes the animals is so much fun. The cat clan are actually running the lives of the humans, or so it seems. This is the third book of the series and I must say, each one gets better.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Like all of Leighann Dobbs books, I really enjoyed reading this one - book 3 of a great series. I love the two coexisting plots happening simultaneously. The cats have as much character as the humans. Ms. Dobbs created likable characters that are easily relatable and mixed her stories with a combination of mystery and humor. They're really such a treat to read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    A ghost with amnesia and too many suspects Awesome! Finding a dead body in your bookshop is enough to upset anyone's morning. However it should be okay after all the ghost should be able to tell you the killer. Unfortunately not when it suffers from amnesia. Can she sort out the clues before she becomes the next victim? Terrific read

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Excellent! Willa's gotten herself in trouble again due to her Insatiable curiosity. Another body has turned up, and Willa believes the police might miss a clue without her investigation. Lucky for her, Pandora (Willa's cat), is one smart kitty! Full of action and twists, with a great plot and characters, loved it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diane Tosney

    A very funny type mystery taking place in a town where the cats are magical and some of the Humans are too. Willa Chance moved back to town after inheriting a house and bookstore from her grandmother. After an accident she developed an ability to see and speak to ghosts, one of them is wanting Willa to solve her murder. Of course Willa has to help and get into all sorts of trouble along the way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charleen Pruett

    I really enjoyed this book, it was fun and engaging. The characters were diversified, interesting and were well filled out. The mystery took you to the end guessing "who done it." I think anyone would enjoy this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Tollard

    Love this series! Well rounded "Human" characters and delightful Felines. Throw in a little mystery and you have a purrrfect book. This is the the third in this Authors series. And it's as delightful as the first

  27. 5 out of 5

    hollace turnage

    Every book gets better I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It's characters are original and fun, the magic is not over powering, and the logic is not over twisted. It also helps that it is a mystery not an excuse for sex. Sex is good but hot monkey love is over doing it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Juliette Moody

    Another good book by Leighann Dobbs I normally can solve mysteries in the first 5 chapters but Leighann keeps me guessing for far longer. Good read. I will definitely be reading book 4 next in her series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roxanna Augustine

    Entertaining with great twist! I enjoy Leighann's writing style. The characters are fun, believable and continue to evolve. This mystery introduces a new cat, Hope, who looks to be an interesting foil for Pandora. I look forward to what mystery befalls them next.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Hill

    Easy read with a good storyline. Willa Chance and her attempts at sleuthing make for an entertaining and easy read. The characters are well developed and ring true for the small town setting. Cozy mysteries well done.

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