Synopsis and Details:
When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.
Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.
Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.
Series: A Sassy Cat Mystery #2 | Genres: Cozy Mystery | Release Date: November 10, 2020 | Publisher: Berkley Books | Pages: 320 | ISBN: 978-1984805010 | ASIN: B084V8MB5M | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines is the second book in the Sassy Cat Mystery series and what a delightful sleuthing adventure it was! Although Mimi had no true desire to take part in any investigative ventures, she could not just sit by while it was implied that her sister was capable of orchestrating a murder. As her big sister, Mimi felt it was her duty to clear her sister of any supposed murderous wrong doing on her part. What followed were humorous escapades as Mimi followed the clues that came to light while she investigated the motives of those closest to the deceased. All while running a successful business and keeping her love life going strong.
I liked Mimi very much in this story because she was realistically portrayed and had the right amount of sass, spunk, and heart to keep me entertained without her being over the top or obnoxious with her investigating endeavors. Though, what continues to be my favorite part of this series is Marshmallow and Mimi’s interactions with him. I love that he is very much a part of the story but that his presence does not feel unrealistic or outlandish. He is funny, sarcastic, and sweet in his own style and I love it. Another kitty was also introduced and although Nimbus was not the star of the story, she was adorable in her own way.
I will say that my complaint with the previous book, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue, was that Mimi’s relationship with Josh felt very juvenile but I am happy to say that I no longer feel that way after reading this story. Mimi and Josh have a quirky relationship that is sweet and not overly so. It was nicely done and the main focus of this story is definitely on Mimi trying to protect her sister. Which I loved! I also enjoyed the additional characters in this book as well as the subplot that involved Mimi’s parents. Overall, Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines was a very enjoyable story and is a cozy mystery that makes you want to sink down into your most comfortable spot and dive right on in!
*Thank you to Berkley Prime Crime & NetGalley for this eARC of Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.