Friday, May 29, 2009
The Case of the Tom Cat by Cherie Reich
Publisher: Mystic Moon Press
To Purchase: http://www.mysticmoonpress.com/bookstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=530
The Case of the Tom Cat is a curious mystery written in a Sherlock Holmes style. Told from the assistant’s perspective, Dr. Johnson, we see the world through his eyes as he admires detective O’Hare’s keen observation and deductive reasoning. We are not aware of the full extent of his friend’s plan until the story unfolds, creating a sense of suspense throughout.
The character motivations were well thought out, and all the pieces fall together in the end. As a reader, I particularly liked Charlotte Parker’s character. She is a strong and intelligent journalist that writes under a male pen name to be taken seriously. This historical reference shows how difficult it was for women to become writers, and how far the world has come today.
Overall, Reich has written an entertaining period piece.