The Big Kitty (Sunny and Shadow Mystery Series #1)

The Big Kitty (Sunny and Shadow Mystery Series #1)

by Claire Donally

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Did curiosity kill the cat lady?

Sunny Coolidge left her New York City newspaper job to go back to Maine and take care of her ailing father. But there’s not much excitement—or interesting work—in Kittery Harbor. So when Ada Spruance, the town’s elderly cat lady, asks for help finding her supposedly-winning lottery ticket, Sunny agrees. But when she arrives at Ada’s, with a stray tomcat named Shadow tagging along, they discover the poor woman dead at the bottom of her stairs. Was it an accident—or did Ada’s death have to do with that missing lottery ticket, which turns out to be worth six million dollars?

Town Constable Will Price suspects the worst. And Sunny’s reporter instincts soon drive her to do some investigating of her own. Even Shadow seems to have a nose for detective work. Following the trail of the purrloined ticket, Sunny and Shadow try to shed some light on a killer’s dark motives—before their own numbers are up…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425248027
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Sunny and Shadow Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 197,660
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Claire Donally is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sunny & Shadow Mysteries, including Catch as Cat CanHiss and TellLast LicksCat Nap, and The Big Kitty.

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“Small-town Maine hasn’t been this dangerous since Jessica Fletcher started finding dead bodies in Cabot Cove! In this debut Sunny Coolidge, with the able assistance of a ‘big kitty’ named Shadow, proves she has the skills to make a successful amateur sleuth. Cozy mystery lovers will adore Shadow and pine for many more adventures for him and Sunny.”—New York Times bestselling author Miranda James
"Applause for paws-Sunny and Shadow take Best in Show!"—Susan Wittig Albert, author of Cat's Claw

"A purrfect debut. Four paws up and a tip of the tail."—Carolyn Hart, author of Death Comes Silently

"The best realized and most personable fictional character on four legs." Parnell Hall, author of $10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles

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The Big Kitty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
dedaviswright More than 1 year ago
I found this book for my mother to read and ended up reading it myself. Now I can't wait for another installment to come out. What a fresh approach to a good, tender hearted mystery. I love how it was written with a slight twist added; hearing what the cat is thinking throughout the book. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and author. It was a surprise to find another "cozy mystery" author that I enjoy. I can't wait to read more of Sunny and Shadow mystery series.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Sonata “Sunny” Coolidge goes to help a neighbor known as the Cat Lady, locate a missing lottery ticket in her home, but instead finds the dead woman’s body. Suspecting that there is more to the woman’s death than the police wants to believe, Sunny puts on her reporter’s hat and discovers that someone doesn’t want this case investigated and Sunny with help from a purrsonable friend, will have to unpick the number of suspect to find a killer. What a great read. This was a fun and intriguing read filled with tension and suspense as this whodunit quickly grabbed my attention. The author did a good job with the many twists and turns in this story, and caught me by surprise when the real killer was revealed. Sunny is a lovable heroine and with her newfound friend, their internal dialogue played an enjoyable role in the delightful and lighthearted mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for some light reading? Love cats? Then you will enjoy this series with Sunny and Shadow.
tikinan More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! I want a Shadow the cat for my own, and I'd love to know Sunny personally. I bought the entire rest of the series after reading THE BIG KITTY. Woohoo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun book. Loved that the mystery wasn't too violent and, having part of the story told from Shadow's perspective was brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for anyone who enjoys mysteries and loves cats
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
Read this book in one day. I liked getting to know Sunny and her dad, as well as the other characters in Kittery Harbor. I really enjoyed the story line and the different plot twists. There were many red herrings and a little blossoming romance to keep it interesting. Looking forward to more books by this author.
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puddlesmums More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this book! Easy reading, loved the characters and Shadows thoughts on the humans.Looking forward to the next chapter in Sunny and Shadow's lives. Would highly recommend!
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Meet Sunny Coolidge, a New York journalist who has returned home to Kittery Harbor, Maine, to take care of her father after his heart attack. She finds work at the local travel agency for Ollie Barnstable a.k.a "Ollie the Barnacle"" but she hopes it is temporary and that she will be able to land a job at a local newspaper. She is surprised one day when Ada Spuance, the eldery woman everyone calls "the cat lady" comes into the office and asks Sunny to help her find a winning lottery ticket. Sunny is not sure the winning ticket even exists but agrees to help Ada search her cat filled home. She thinks there may be a story she can write for the paper to impress the editor enough to hire her. Sunny arrives to begin her search and she has a "Shadow", a stray tomcat has followed her right up to the house. When there is no answer at the front door they stroll around to the back of the house and find an open entrance to the basement. Her investigative nature pushes her forward and she discovers poor Ada Spuance dead at the bottom of the stairs. Did her fall have something to do with the lottery ticket? Was it an accident or MURDER? With her tomcat sidekick Sunny is going to find out. "Following the trail of the purrloined ticket" Sunny and her feline friend better be careful or the made find their very own tickets punched. Dollycas's Thoughts Sunny made some interesting decisions which made this a very interesting mystery. I may not have agreed with her actions but they set in action quite a chain of events. Shadow's inquisitive nature also drove this story. They are purr-fect partners. It had several humorous moments, but the ladies of the neighborhood, especially one special lady, sneaking rich, sweet and "unhealthy" food to Sunny's dad really made me giggle. This is a light hearted romp with plenty of suspects in a quirky little town. It is a great start to a series that shows much promise.
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Not sure I liked the cat as narrator parts. Couldn't quite get into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Double great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, captured the essence of kitty-dom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not resist reading this book.i love kitties!