Mr Perkins Takes Charge
A tale of a very superior cat
by Suzanne Stephenson
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Pub Date 17 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 05 Oct 2023
Mr Perkins makes sure this is a very different sort of story about a cat.
There cannot be too many books about a moggy working in a lawyers’ office.
When he strolls into Spong, Salter and Tethering Solicitors out of nowhere, he is set to change lives. Is he just a stray or a magical cat, who can gift those around him the changes they deserve? Both good and bad.
The antics of Mr Perkins will amuse and possibly mystify you. As they do everyone who brushes up against a feline of such majestic influence.
This is a story for anyone who loves our feline friends. It’s a story for those in the legal profession. It’s a story for those who stare out of an office window and wonder. Come and join Mr Perkins as he pads around, helping himself to tuna and sunshine.
“What’s not to like about a novel featuring an enigmatic black cat and a group of hard-working lawyers? Suzanne Stephenson has written and illustrated this heartwarming tale (it really ought to be ‘tail’) of a judicious feline who befriends the partners and staff at the local office of ‘Spong, Salter and Tethering Solicitors’ and gently nudges them towards the right decisions in life. The author’s admiration for the positive role that high street practices can play in their local communities is clear. She also champions the benefits that interacting with pets can bring for all sorts of people. There are likely to be many who would welcome the arrival of a ‘Mr Perkins’ in their office, although whether he would be quite so influential in a world of remote working and video conferencing is another matter." - David Philpott, criminal defence solicitor at Olliers Solicitors, The Law Society Gazette (24 February 2023)
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A magical black cat who is set out to change lives. Sign me up! One day, he wanders into a solicitors office and starts changing lives, one purr at a time.
Perfect fall read as we approach halloween! Not spooky at all, just black cat vibes. This was a super fun whismical read that is perfect for when you are looking for something light and easy. As a cat lover myself, I enjoyed this book so much and found myself smiling and also wishing Mr Perkins was real.
It might be time for me to get another cat.
This blurb really sums up this book: "This is a story for anyone who loves our feline friends. It’s a story for those in the legal profession. It’s a story for those who stare out of an office window and wonder."
When Mr Perkins, a handsome black cat, walks into the offices of a local solicitors the staff have no idea how much their lives are about to change.
Thanks to him, they will each have chance to think about their lives and maybe change them for the better.
A lovely story of how the smallest things can make the biggest changes. If you like cats you will love this.
Mr Perkins Takes Charge by Suzanne Stephenson
Mr Perkins, a black cat isn't just a magical cat, he's a healer. This communicates within the human understanding that sometimes we need a little happiness as grown adults with responsibilities. I love this story because it reminds me of my Black cat - Luna. She's my healer on days when I want to give up and don't want to face any challenges and she reminds me, that she needs me as much as I need her.
What an utterly adorable story! I enjoyed it immensely.
Mr Perkins, a black cat, wanders in to a solicitors office and makes himself at home. He seems to know who needs him, and is happily obliging with purrs. “The Perkins effect” makes everybody happy.
This story shows how much animals can do for people. A wonderful book for cat lovers.
A delightful book with charming illustrations about a cat who takes up residence at a law firm and how he changes the lives of the people there for the good. I loved this book!
Thanks to NetGalley and Books Go Social for the opportunity to read Mr. Perkins Takes Charge by Suzanne Stephenson. "When he strolls into Spong, Salter and Tethering Solicitors out of nowhere, he is set to change lives. Is he just a stray or a magical cat, who can gift those around him the changes they deserve? Both good and bad."
This was as lovely! We underestimate our animal friends.
Thank you NetGallery and BooksGoSocial for this book! What a sweet heartwarming story of Mr Perkins the cat! Black cat Mr. Perkins; has found a new place to call home - an attorneys office. He has meowed his way to everyone’s heart and seems to know exactly what to do to help a person find their true happiness and help those in need. Between purrs and plenty of treats he makes the would around him a better place. When his work is done he knows when to make a graceful exit. To anyone who has/had a cat or any pet will understand how they make our lives more complete and a better place home can be.
What a delightful book. A black cat wanders into a solicitors office and completely enchants all who work there. He befriends and heals all the troubles that the humans have.
If you love cats, you will certainly enjoy this book.
I want to thank NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for forwarding to me a copy of this wonderful book for me to read, enjoy and review. The opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.
I like stories that feature an animal as a protagonist, and I do have a soft spot for cats, so I was looking forward to reading this.
This was a charming short story. I think it's a story that older children might enjoy, as well as adults, and I liked its simplicity - nothing about it was complicated. It's probably a good choice for a light read, if you want something to relax with. The illustrations are adorable too.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy to review.
One day a black cat wondered into the offices of Spong, Salter and Tethering Solicitors and made himself comfortable in the reception comfy chair. The receptionist liked cats so gave him some milk and treats and was pleased to see him on their doorstep the next day. He regularly turned up and gradually made himself at home. The people working there gradually realised if Mr Perkins took an interest in you, your life began to improve. I found this gentle story to be entertaining and fun.
Is it enough to say I’ve already purchased four copies of this book for my cat loving family and friends? Mr. Perkins is a purrfectly enigmatic cat who invites himself into a law firm in England. He knows just how to nudge a person to make positive changes and enjoy life more. Important for animal lovers to know: no animals die or are harmed in this book. I truly hope this will be a series. Mr. Perkins fills the need for a feel good, relaxing book.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this arc in exchange for an honest review.
A delightful tale of a cat who adopts a solicitors office and persuades all the members in the office to make better life choices. A black stray cat wanders into the law office and is adopted by the partners. The cat visits with all of the members and persuades through miaow and purring his opinions on various topics. They Name him Mr. Perkins. Mr. Perkins helps one member curb his drinking problem by shutting the drawer every time the man reaches to take a nip. He helps a partner stand up to his unreasonable and cruel wife who is making him and his daughter miserable. The wife is so shocked, she leaves him, applies for a divorce and he and his daughter live happily afterwards. The cat knocks off brochures about visiting Spain and Weddings in Spain to encourage one of the solicitors to stop procrastinating and marry her fiance. There are more partners the cat manages to help - he even thwarts a burglary. This is a sweet read and I enjoyed reading it.
This book came along at just the right time in my life, when I needed to read about something good, sweet, and funny instead of the usual murder mysteries I typically enjoy. Mr. Perkins Takes Charge is predictable in a way that calms the nerves and soothes the soul.
I absolutely loved this book. Such an unusual tale but it kept me hooked. I completed it in one sitting. The story shows how important animals are in a world of humans. Where would we be without them? The author has taken what could have been several short stories and woven them together perfectly.
Absolutely loved this book. Really cheered me up & such a light hearted, feel good book. Oh for a RL Mr Perkins!
This is a really short book, a couple of hours at most to read. It’s really lovely, heartwarming and sweet.
Just a little bit of joy in your life on a cold winter day.
My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
“Mr. Perkins Takes Charge” by Suzanne Stephenson is a charming novel about the difference a stray cat makes on a law office when he decides to move in. Each chapter features one of the members of the office and the life-changing impact Mr. Perkins has on them. It’s a very short novel and can be easily read on a rainy afternoon when one is in the mood for some feel-good reading. I read an ARC provided by Net Galley, and while there were some issues with formatting that distracted me from time to time, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. My opinion is my own.