Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true--until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.
Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?
Witty and whimsical, Cat Got Your Diamonds, the first in a new cozy series by Julie Chase, will be the cat's meow for fans of Rita Mae Brown and Miranda James. (Sumary via Goodreads)
I actually started this series on Book 2, Cat Got Your Cash, and I loved it so much I just had to read the one that started it all.
Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase is the first book in the Kitty Couture Mystery series and this series is such a treat to read !! It doesn't matter that I read the first two out of order because as soon as you start reading you are completely engrossed in the story. Chase's writing makes it so easy to become a part of the story. Your imagination takes off while you read and you can see everything that you are reading !!
You will fall in love with Lacy and want to work in her store. She owns Furry Godmother which is a store that makes accessories and outfits for pets !! And Lacy makes they all herself. Imagine one of your favorite clothing stores and picture all the things in it are for pets to wear.....how fun is that !!!
You can also respect Julie in the way that even though she comes from money, she wants to handle the business without the help of her family money. She is a very independent and determined woman .... and she can take care of herself. Even when there is an intruder in her shop, someone is trying to scare her and the sexy Detective that all the women in town are drooling over is trying to protect her, she remains strong.
You will appreciate the relationship she has with her parents. And even though her mother comes from old money and has extravagant dinner parties, she is still a down to earth mother....most of the time. And her father is like most fathers in that he wants his daughter to be happy. They are there for her no matter what and as you read you can see the love that they all share.
And the ladies in town and the pets that they have that need attention from Lacy's store are a HOOT !! I know dressing up dogs is no big deal, thats been done for a while. But chickens and llamas ?? And there are rivals among the ladies and who can outdo who and which pets will have the best outfits !! The ladies in town, including her own mother, are going to keep Lacy's store a float.
I am in love with this series and am very glad that Book 3, Cat Got Yoru Secrets is in my pile to read. I cannot wait to see what Furry Godmother has in store next........
Review by Missi S.