Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Grace, Jack, & Magical Cats Boxed Set #1, by Mary Matthews (author), Sheila Book (narrator)

Mary Frances Matthews, December 2013 (original publication April 2012)

These are the first four adventures of Grace Wentworth, Jack Brewster, and their "magical cats," Titania and Zeus.

These stories are just pure fun,and work best if you don't worry about how that cats do what they do. Beyond saying that they are magical, there is no explanation attempted. If you've lived with cats, though, that can be explanation enough. Most of us who have are pretty sure they can teleport, at the least.

The time is the 1920s, the place is Coronado Island, California. It's the Roaring Twenties, and Prohibition, and most people think the economic boom will go on forever.

This is just a lot of fun, despite some of the events,and what the reader or listener knows is not too far off in the future. It's a real blow for Grace to learn that her uncle, her sole surviving family, has been murdered. Uncle Charles' unpleasant wife, Aunt Alice, is nevertheless set on doing her duty by Grace, until Grace makes it clear that she's not going to fall in line with Alice's (pretty conventional for the era) plan that well-born Grace should return to New York, or possibly Europe, with her and marry well-born money.

Grace is more set on finding Uncle Charles' killer, getting better acquainted with Pinkerton detective Jack Brewster, and becoming a detective herself.

The next two stories recount their first two cases after Charles' death and the formation of their own detective agency, Wentworth & Brewster. The fourth is the story of the unpleasant and unhappy Judge Scrooge, with Titania and Zeus standing in for the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

This isn't to be taken seriously at all. Just enjoy it!


I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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