Reading Notes: The Big Kitty (Sunny and Shadow #1)

Book Cover - The Big Kitty by Claire DonallyMy office recently moved, so I went to check out the nearest public library. (The one near my house is closed for some indefinite period of time.) I picked this book up randomly while browsing the mystery section, figuring if it wasn’t good, I didn’t have to finish it. It turned out to be a good find, and I’ll be picking up the sequel.

The Big Kitty follows Sunny, a reporter who’s moved back to Maine from New York City to take care of her father, and Shadow, a tomcat who finds he’s ready to settle down with a nice girl. Punny names aside, the story is quite engaging. It starts out in typical cozy mystery fashion, with a seemingly-accidental death that proves to be anything but. As the story continues, however, Sunny gets placed in a good deal more physical danger than most cozy detectives. I’m okay with this, however, as it added a sense of urgency.

There are a few scenes written from the perspective of Shadow (the cat) which seem consistently cat-like. Most of the book is from Sunny’s perspective, but I particularly enjoyed seeing Shadow’s perspective, and it added to my sense of investment in Sunny and Shadow’s relationship.

Reading Notes: The Cuckoo’s Calling

The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Cuckoo’s Calling is the detective novel J.K. Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The book features a number of the elements of the genre, as it primarily follows Cormoran Strike, a down on his luck detective, as he investigates the apparent suicide of a young supermodel. Assisting him is his Girl Friday temporary secretary, Robin Ellacott. I grew to like both Strike and Robin. Strike is a sympathetic, well fleshed out character that I couldn’t help rooting for.

The story develops slowly, and while I was interested, I wasn’t what I’d call sucked in until about two thirds of the way through. However, that could have been because I read an ebook rather than ink on paper. I was also pleasantly surprised by the ending, but my surprise may say more about me than anything else.

I can see why Rowling chose to use a pseudonym, as I found myself comparing the book to the Harry Potter series. This is clearly not a book for kids, as it has plenty of profanity and some mature subject matter. It is solidly written, however, and I would like to see Rowling write more of Strike’s adventures.

Reading Notes: 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets

1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets by Jamie Novak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am a notoriously cluttered person, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of these tips actually get put into practice.

This book was very easy to skim, and overall it had a fair number of good tips. It is, however, a bit dated: it makes no mention of e-books and talks about ways to store rolls of film and negatives.

A note on formatting: Reading the kindle edition of this book was good in that I could just highlight the tips I wanted to remember later.

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