The Trouble with Talent

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 21 Jun 2019

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I was excited to read this story, and found myself to be very pleasantly surprised.
The story was fast paced and the characters were believable from the beginning.
Trouble the cat made for a fun dimension to the book.
I look forward to reading more .
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THE TROUBLE WITH TALENT, the third book in the Gourmet Cat Mystery series by Kathy Krevat, brings together well-developed characters, both humans and animals alike. The author opens the book with my favorite doorbell ringing rooster, Charlie, along with his new sidekick, an adorable Nigerian Dwarf goat. From there the story takes off, weaving humor, tender moments, murder, and mayhem into an entertaining and thoughtful read. One of the things I greatly enjoy and respect in Ms. Krevat’s works is that she always manages to weave insightful, current day social issues into her tale without detracting from the overall story. Long before the scandals hit recent headlines, Ms. Krevat managed to portend a social issue involving wealthy families using their riches to gain access to top school for unworthy students. THE TROUBLE WITH TALENT weaves a tight tale of murder in a timely and relevant story involving a college fixer. 

In addition to admiring the inclusion of social issues in the story, the mystery involves many suspects who might have wanted to murder the abusive oboe instructor. It kept me turning pages long into the night. Clues are sprinkled throughout the story yet I still guessed wrong. There are strong subplots that interplayed with the murder mystery, and I liked that they were resolved, tying all the threads of the story together in a cohesive, satisfying and awesome ending. I also enjoyed the bits and pieces of information the author provides on what it takes to not only play the oboe, but to excel in playing the instrument. Top performers must make their own reeds and barometric pressure can even influence how the instrument sounds! It’s obvious Ms. Krevat did her research. With a great story and characters I can admire and laugh with, I look forward to each new book in this delightful series!
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This is series just full of fun and mystery from start to finish. The author progresses the story nicely, from characters to even businesses. Murder, mystery, humor, and a touch of romantic conflict make this story a true gem.
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The third edition has Colbie Summers involved in a college admission scandal. Colbie's Gourmet Cat Food is about to get a large order for her cat food. Colbie picks up a friend son from his music lesson and hears the teacher abuse the boy and reacts by interfering in the scene. Later his mother informs Colbie that she caused her son to lose a positive letter for entrance to the school of his choice. Colbie is very vocal about the scene she witnessed and tells Clancy about it who reacts negatively as his Granddaughter has the same music teacher. Later this music teacher is found MURDER and a gas leak blows up the home. Clancy becomes a person of interest. Colbie stats an investigation to find the 'prep' to save Clancy from prison. Is Clancy guilty or is it political harassment? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

Disclosure: Thanks to Lyrical Underground for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions are my own.
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This is a witty, well paced cozy mystery with realistic, humorous dialogue, engaging story lines and characters you would like to have as friends.  When Colbie gets a call from her friend Yollie, asking her to pick up her son Steven from his oboe lesson, little does she realize that it will lead her into another murder investigation.  Colbie hears Benson Tadworth, the oboe teacher, yelling at Steven and barges in to tell him off.  Colbie also tells her cat food business benefactor, Quincy Powell, about this since his granddaughter was also taking oboe lessons from Tadworth, and Quincy then gets into a public fight with the teacher in which he threatens "to end him".  Yollie is distraught that Colbie has interfered with Steven's oboe lessons, as he needs a recommendation from his teacher to get into college and begs Colibe to go and apologize to Tadworth.  when Yollie and Colbie get to his house they are engulfed in a gas explosion and although they try to save Tadworth, they are unable to do so.  When Qunicy is named as the primary suspect for political reasons, Colbie's police detective friend Norma is assigned the case and Colbie vows to help her find the real killer.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next book in this great series.
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