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Black Cat White Paws

A Maggie Dahl Mystery
Narrated by: Holly Palance
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
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In Black Cat White Paws, recently widowed Maggie Dahl finds herself faced with challenges on all fronts: life alone in a new town, running a business she and her husband had dreamed of and started together, and now pursuing a killer. Her sister, Gerri, moves from Philadelphia to Lambertville, New Jersey, to support her sister and start a new life of her own. Together, the women search for a murderer, helped in critical ways by their neighbor’s cat. A black cat with white paws. A cat whose independence sets it all in motion and sees it through to the end. 

Black Cat White Paws finds Maggie moving from New York City to Lambertville, an idyllic river town with artists, restaurants, incredible landscapes, and enough local characters to populate a murder mystery. Join Maggie, Gerri, Checks the cat, and a cast of colorful small town natives just as eager - and as shocked - to find a killer in their midst.

©2018 Mark McNease (P)2018 Mark McNease

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Don't let this cat or book walk away

This is the first book by this author I have read or listened to but I enjoyed both the story and the narrator, so it won't be my last. I did guess the ending but not the actual killer. I also liked the way the cat got the two sisters in trouble but did think as the book was sort of named after him (well a cat was on the cover) he would have played a bigger part or at least got them out of trouble. Either way it was still a good listen for any cozy mystery fan, this on included.
Maggie is coming to turns with her husband's death. While at the same trying to see his dream of owning a jam shop come to fruition and with her sister Gerri moving into help, the last thing she wants is to find her neighbour breaking into her house looking for a lost cat. If only it had stopped there. That same day Maggie stumbles over the body of her cat loving neighbour. The police don't seem to know where to start other than with Maggie. It could just be that her sister watches to many cop shows on tv or it could just be Maggie's curiosity but the pair decide that they have to solve the murder before the police arrest Maggie for the deed. As Maggie digs deeper in to her eccentric neighbours life she discovers that the sleep river side town she has moved to is anything but sleepy. Does curiosity only kill cats or as Gerri fears is Maggie putting her own life on the line?
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with her easy style.

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Don't do anything stupid.

"Don't do anything stupid."
Maggie is a relative newcomer to Lanbertsville, New Jersey. She and her husband had moved there to open a jam business only months before but before the old house they had bought was fully renovated, or the business launched, David had died, leaving Maggie to continue alone. Her neighbour, Alice, had a reputation of being mad: a cat loving lady who tended to wander. And the morning of the day that Maggie's sister arrived to stay with her, to her horror Alice wandered into Maggie's living room looking for a missing cat. Later that evening, the cat is retrieved by the sisters and Maggie takes it home, only to find Alice dead on her kitchen floor.

Urged on initially by her sister and the rediscovery of the little black and white cat, Maggie starts to investigate the murder with all of the subtlety and tact of a bull in a china shop. Lots of gossip in a small town. Her choices are cringeworthy, but her relationship with her sister is brilliantly portrayed. And whilst Maggie is silly, flustered and still grieving her David, her more flamboyant sister is fun. They make a good team. Well written to bring out both character and dialogue, their joint household, now including a cat, is nicely portrayed, and has a reality which makes the reader almost part of the family. Holly Pallance narrates, her mellow and personable voice reading at a brisk but beautifully clear pace, with good intonation, understanding and emotion, and a hint of laughter beneath the surface. It is an excellent performance and, although there is no differentiation between the protagonists voices, this doesn't matter in the slightest as the reading is so good. She is a new narrator to add to my list of the best of the best.

I am very fortunate in that the rights holder of Black Cat White Paws, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, at my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The murder mystery, of course, was there to solve, plus the link to another crime of ten years before, so good for Armchair sleuths as Maggie noses around. The relationship between the sisters was wonderful, amusing, and somehow very real. And there was a cat, nothing supernatural there, just a cat, but one which plays a significant part. And yes, I admit it, I'm a sucker for cats. So I loved it all and enthusiastically recommended it. I hope that there will be more to come in this Maggie Dahl series.

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Brilliant

I loved this book, great characters and brilliant storyline. The narrator was really good. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Adriana B
  • 05-11-18

Cozy Mystery with some Feline Help

I really enjoy cozy mysteries that incorporate some four legged helpers. I’m a cat lover so I specially enjoyed how helpful her neighbor’s cat was to solving this murder. There were some twists and turns that kept me guessing who could have done it and why.

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

I did think Maggie acted crazy at times! Most people would have been cautious when they think someone is a killer! Not her! She was diving head into the investigation and going after the killer alone!

The story was interesting and kept me interested and guessing all the way to the conclusion. I enjoyed how the story wrapped up nicely and we figured out how the disappearance was connected to the newest murder. People are not always what they seem!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 04-11-18

Riveting!

All the twists and turns hold your attention to the end! Well-written!

Holly Palance did an excellent job narrating!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Claire
  • 23-10-18

A rainy afternoon book

Why is it during a murder mystery book so many main character's do incredibly stupid things? Why is it they can never seem to just let the police do their job? I guess it wouldn't be much of a murder mystery book without this but still...

The circumstances in this book contain so much pain with each layer of the story a new tragedy a new hurt is revealed. It was impossible not to want a resolution to the story, to not want the characters closure around their circumstances.

I found myself both exasperated by the characters being truly stupid in investigating the crimes themselves and caught up in the investigation and the clues that are being revealed. The story is skillfully told it shows evidence of lots of planning to make everything come out correctly at the end.

The book is creative, well written, and has a engaging cast of characters including a rather lovely cat who has a surprisingly large role in the story.

The narration is well done I enjoyed the character voices they are clear easy to recognize and gender appropriate. The delivery is smooth well-paced and matches the style of the writing.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Suzan
  • 14-10-18

Great first in new series

I love mysteries but cats are not really my fav. But this book sounded good and I thought I would give it a try. I am so happy I did. I really enjoyed this mystery and will be reading more in this series and by this author. This is the first in this new series Maggie Dahl Mysteries. Maggie is a really engaging character. Someone who you would like to meet. Holly Palance is the narrator and she is wonderful. I hope she will continue with the rest of the series. I was gifted this book with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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  • Karen
  • 17-10-19

fun story, great detail, and a cat!

set in rural New Jersey, it includes an elderly woman with 7 cats (all healthy), a new neighbor, a Jam store, and lots more. fun, emotional, a long lost child, small town life. and murder.

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  • willee
  • 12-10-19

Gutsy Lady

I have to admit I enjoyed listening to this mystery the first one by author. Maggie is one gutsy lady finding a murder that has stumped the police and helps solve missing person, I love she accepts Checks. Recommend if you enjoy a cozy mystery. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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  • Betababe
  • 01-02-19

Maggie Gets A Familiar

Before their dream of opening a jam store could come true her husband woke up dead. But efforts had been solidly under way and Maggie thought pushing through was the best tribute she could pay to her years of love and marriage. She's on her way to work when she finds her next door neighbor, borderline "Crazy Cat Lady," wandering around Maggie's living room in search of one of her cats. Twelve hours later Maggie finds the cat but discovers his owner dead. Murdered. In traditional cozy style she sets about tracking clues, becoming involved in the tragedies of yesteryear, annoying the police, and putting herself in harm's way. Topping it all off with catnip? narration by Holly Palance, who voices Maggie exactly as I would expect her to sound.

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  • Amanda
  • 22-11-18

Not a bad mystery

Maggie and her late husband moved from the big city to a small town to open up a jam and jellies factory and store. Six months after her husband suddenly died Maggie is on her own and determined to make their plans work. Her eccentric cat lady neighbor turns up dead and now Maggie is stuck with the woman’s cat Chex, her sister moving in after divorce #3, and a mystery on her hands which she is determined to solve. There are a few twists and turns and they kept me guessing. The narrator did a nice job reading however sometimes the sentences seemed clumped together and it was hard a few time to pick out who was speaking; overall though it didn’t distract too much. I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jan
  • 20-10-18

Don't miss this one!

cozy-mystery, family-dynamics, murder

Ten years ago a twelve year old disappeared and no one who lived in the town then or since is unaffected. Nine months ago the Dahls moved into town and began to restore the historic home they bought while getting everything together to open a brand new business venture. Six months ago the husband abruptly died during the night. Now Maggie is still working toward that opening when her thrice divorced sister announces that she is moving in with her. The next thing she knows, she tries to return the cat to the odd cat lady next door but finds her body on the kitchen floor and a bloody hammer next to it. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but that is just the beginning of this suspenseful mystery with some very interesting characters.
Holly Palance is perfect as narrator and really adds to reading enjoyment!
Enjoy!

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  • Pat Dengler
  • 08-10-18

A classic who-done-it with a side of cat

I found myself sitting in the car in order to finish a chapter - classic definition of an engaging audiobook. The story has a variety of colorful characters (bonus cat character), emotional depth, and good dialogue. Kept me guessing until the end.

The performance provides a really delightful depth making the book particularly entertaining. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and this performance is one of my favorites.