Claws for Alarm
A Nick & Nora Mystery
Berkley Prime Crime, Penguin Random House, 2015
From the back of the book, “Since inheriting her mother’s sandwich shop, Nora Charles is more about hot grilled paninis than cold-blooded murder—until her sister Lacey is arrested. The victim, an esteemed art collector and Lacey’s bullying professor, was stabbed in the heart. Apparently, all over a lousy grade.
“Off campus, things were just as dicey. The prof had an ex with secrets, a trophy wife set to inherit a fortune in masterworks, and a scorned student mistress. Going undercover, Nora realizes that investigating this crime is the biggest test of her sleuthing career. Because if she fails, even Nick’s animal instinct won’t be enough to rescue Lacy from a perfectly executed framing.”
This is the second installment of the Nick & Nora Mystery series, the one I’m reading backwards. Now that I’ve read the book I see what a not-so-smart idea that was. The whole mystery was taken out of it for me because I knew who the murder was the whole time – from the third book, Crime and Catnip. Of course I didn’t know the whys and how’s of the mystery, but still… . The result of this previous information as well as others, took all the enjoyment of reading the book – it took a lot of persuading myself to pick it back up to finish it. When I did finish it, I decided not to read the first book, Meow if it’s Murder but Nora keeps bringing up how Nick came into her life so I changed my mind and am starting that book today!
Rating 3 out of 5 paws because while it was a good mystery, it wasn’t riveting enough to keep me reading straight through to the end.