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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Cephalopod Coffee House: A Cat On A Beach Blanket

Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month.  Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.

I've taken a two month hiatus and I thought easier reading was in order after I finished As Far As The Eyes Can See on June 13. I always think mysteries are fun and while I was at work (the library) I saw A Cat On a Beach Blanket by Lydia Adamson.

Apparently this is an Alice Nestleton series (I have to take note to read other novels in this series); Alice Nestleton is an actress from New York City and has two cats. According to A Cat On a Beach Blanket, Alice and cats have a knack for causing trouble, especially since people end up murdered. It's almost like Murder, She Wrote, except it involves an actress instead of a writer. Anyway, in this novel Alice Nestleton is house sitting in a high end island town during the off months. During the summer, famous people inhabit this island and locals resent them. During the winter months, many owners leave and ask writers, actresses, freelance people to watch their million dollar homes.

Unfortunately, Alice stumbles upon two murders. One she was almost involved in, the second she discovered the body. It's a weird island town and throughout the book Alice tries to figure out why the two women were murdered. She does at the end and it did surprise me a bit. It was a quick read - 5 days - and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery every once in a while.


  1. I'm not so into mysteries but wife and daughter are. My daughter in particular might be charmed by the inclusion of cats. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. Your daughter would enjoy it! Heads up, though, I'd give it a rating of PG-13 since there are some adult topics in the book. :)

  2. Sounds good - I love cats and if it's a mystery that doesn't have an obvious ending then even better.

    1. I was shocked by the ending - I didn't see it coming. You would definitely like this novel!