Street Cat Blues by Alison O’Leary

I’m so delighted to be part of the blog tour for this wonderful debut novel today. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the blog tour.

After spending several months banged up in Sunny Banks rescue centre, Aubrey, a large tabby cat, has finally found his forever home with Molly and Jeremy Goodman and life is looking good.
However, all that changes when a serial killer begins to target elderly victims in the neighbourhood. Aubrey wasn’t particularly upset by the death of some of the previous victims, including Miss Jenkins whom Aubrey recalls as a vinegar-lipped bitch of an old woman who enjoyed throwing stones at cats, but Mr Telling was different. Mr Telling was a mate…


Whether you like cats or not, this is a really engrossing and captivating read. If you like cats, all the better, as we step into Aubrey’s world and see the human world through a cat’s eyes.

I just loved the whole concept of this book. Aubrey has the freedom to come and go through his cat flap, and he gets into some adventures with the other neighbourhood cats.

As the mystery of the murders unfolds before us, it’s so interesting to see it all from a cat’s point of view. Through his observations everywhere Aubrey can see more of human life than we can, from a different perspective. And even though he is obviously a cat, and his powers of interaction are limited, he still manages to make a significant difference in people’s lives.

It will make you laugh, captivate you, and make you wonder what your cats get up to when they’re out and about!

Such great humour, a lovely twisty plot, and a gentle but perfect pace make this a really enjoyable, unique, and accomplished debut novel. Highly recommended.

MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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I was born in London and spent my teenaged years in Hertfordshire where I spent large amounts of time reading Agatha Christie novels and avoiding school. Failing to gain any qualifications in Science whatsoever, the dream of being a forensic scientist crashed and burned when a careers teacher suggested that I might like to work in a shop. Later studying Law, I decided to teach rather than go into practice and have spent many years working as a college lecturer teaching mainly Criminal Law to adults and young people.
I live on the south coast with my husband John and cat Archie. When not writing I enjoy crosswords, walking by the sea and drinking wine. Not necessarily in that order.

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