The author of Black Cat Crossing is back as mystery novelist Sabrina Tate and her cat Hitchcock find themselves roped into another dangerous murder case...
Sabrina finds it difficult to work on her latest suspense novel when her Aunt Rowe’s antics keep tying up her thoughts. This time Rowe and her fun-loving friends have decided to compete in the upcoming Texas Hill Country Senior Pro Rodeo. The problem is these women have little to no experience with lassos, bulls, or even horseback riding.
Before Sabrina can keep the stubborn seniors from mounting their steeds, she’s sidetracked by a bigger problem. An uppity local business owner is found dead in an accident—right after a black cat was seen in her office. While the townsfolk think the bad luck cat has struck again, Sabrina suspects there might be something more murderous afoot. With a twisted killer on the loose, she’ll have to round up clues quickly before she or her aunt are steered straight into the path of danger...
Second book in series!
The Black Cat Knocks on Wood by Kay Finch is the second book in A Bad Luck Cat Mystery series. Sabrina Tate is trying to work on her new novel, but Aunt Rowe (an eccentric) and her friends are practicing for the goat tying competition. They wish to compete at the Texas Hill Country Pro Rodeo (and maybe perform as well. Sabrina is worried that Aunt Rowe will hurt herself (Aunt Rowe is stubborn and determined). Sabrina also does not like the rodeo because she believes it is cruel to animals. Sabrina rents a cottage from Aunt Rowe (Rowena Flowers) at Around-the-World Cottages. Each cottage is decorated after a different destination (like Paris and Monte Carlo). Pearl who owns the Sweet Stop is having some difficulties. Pearl arranged to purchase the empty shop next door (for expanding the Sweet Stop) with Crystal Devlin (realtor) and then Crystal reneged on the deal (after Pearl gave her earnest money). Pearl tried to talk Sabrina into loaning her Hitchcock, Sabrina’s black cat. Pearl was hoping to give Crystal some bad luck (the town is very superstitious). Sabrina refused Pearl’s request. Then Sabrina receives a call from Pearl. Pearl needs to see her right away. When Sabrina arrives at the destination, she finds Pearl and a dead Crystal Devlin (Pearl called Sabrina instead of 911). Then a black cat rushes out of the building and the police show up (at least someone called them). Pearl ends up the primes suspect in Crystal’s death. Pearl needs help and Sabrina cannot resist a good investigation (even if it will mess with her writing schedule). Will Sabrina be able to corral the killer before Pearl ends up in the poky?
The Black Cat Knocks on Wood was not quite as good as it sounds. I found the book to be slow paced. There were very few clues (not that you need them, but it is fun to find and follow them). I found Sabrina to be a little bit of a contradiction. She is supposed to be an animal lover and against animal cruelty (really dislikes rodeos). But she has a cat door and lets her cat roam outside (and he manages to get into town). The town is scared of the cat (but she takes the cat with her into town). Why would she let it outside where someone could get a hold of it and hurt it? I found some reactions (from townspeople) a little over-the-top. An example is the dry cleaning lady. When the lady opens her door and sees the black cat, she screams and slams her door! Sabrina was a little brusque in her questioning of people (who do not even have to talk to her or answer her questions). My favorite character was Aunt Rowe (Rowena Flowers). I really liked her and wish she was the main character. I think the novel would be more entertaining (just my feelings). I give The Black Cat Knocks on Wood 3 out of 5 stars (it was okay). I think with a little tweaking; this could be an enjoyable series. This is the second book in A Bad Luck Cat Mystery series, but you can read it as a stand-alone. The author does a good job of updating the reader in case they missed the first book. Will I read the next book in the series? I believe I will give it a try.
I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.