Murder Most Yowl: A Cam and Jake Cat Sitter Mystery by Quinn Dressler ~ Book Review by Queue

murder-most-yowlTitle: Murder Most Yowl: A Cam and Jake Cat Sitter Mystery

Author: Quinn Dressler

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/29/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller


Cat-sitting is a dangerous business.

Cameron Sherwood turned his back on law enforcement the night his investigation led to the death of an innocent gay man. Now Cam spends his time running a business that caters to his favorite animal, cats. But when Cam stumbles upon the body of a friend while feeding her feline, he can’t walk away. Dealing with a sexy yet stubborn sheriff, a matchmaking sister, and a terrifying blind date, Cam must somehow track down a killer, all while keeping the cats around him fed with his gourmet cat treats.

My View:

Cute. That’s the best word to describe Murder Most Yowl. Also entertaining, hilarious, well-written and enjoyable.

Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

I’ve heard that that cozies are a big thing with New York publishers but it doesn’t seem like they are in the gay romance genre. Josh Lanyon has written a couple but as far as I know there aren’t any others. And I think that’s a shame if this book is anything to go by.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. Cameron Sherwood, ex NCIS, is now the owner of a cat treat store but he’s still got the investigator spirit in him. So much so that when he stumbles across a murder victim he can see that it wasn’t simply a burglary gone wrong.

The small town cop who initially stands in Cameron’s way is Jake O’Neill. They make excellent sparring partners and, later, a romantic couple. The way they get together wasn’t much of a surprise but it was sweet and satisfying.

The progress of the mystery was solid and engaging, more so than many straightforward mysteries I’ve read lately. There is a little realism lacking but I think that’s part of the cozy mystery. Suspend your logical brain and you’ll enjoy this novella. The characters were engaging and the light-hearted attitude of the book made it totally engaging.

I recommend this book for fans of mysteries and non-fans because it is so different than most of what is out there. I will definitely look for more books by this author in the future.


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3 thoughts on “Murder Most Yowl: A Cam and Jake Cat Sitter Mystery by Quinn Dressler ~ Book Review by Queue

  1. Smiling at the title. Being the owner of 16 rescued stray and feral cats, cat sitting is an important subject in my world. If I want to take a vacation, it means I must find a person full of courage and stout of heart to watch this clowder of cats. A former law enforcement officer might be just the ticket. Looking forward to reading this book!

  2. Wow! 16 cats mztikicat! That’s amazing! You’ve more courage than I do, so I’ll just cuddle up with my books and read about them with their hot care takers!

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