The Suspicions of Mr Whisker

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Book 13 of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency
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Pub Date May 09 2024 | Archive Date Apr 18 2024

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Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins are hired to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths at Mr Whisker’s Academy for Wayward Cats.

Before Tilly even opens her notebook, the hockey mistress is brutally murdered on the playing field.

Faced with an increasing body count, our feline detectives sharpen their claws and set out to catch a serial killer. Did Pomadora Moseley really murder her family on the rollercoaster at Butlins? Is Clara Toddlebury’s Country Dance Class under threat? And why does Mr Whisker lock himself in his headmaster’s study?

Join Hettie and Tilly as they chalk up another case, revealing a school full of scandal, a dormitory of death and the latest Butters’ pie filling.

Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins are hired to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths at Mr Whisker’s Academy for Wayward Cats.

Before Tilly even opens her notebook, the hockey mistress is brutally...


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This series is addictive: I read one instalment and then I had to read all the series. This is the darkest and the best, a complex and twisty story that I couldn't put down.
I guessed the culprit but it didn't matter as the plot is more than a who-did-it because there's various subplots. It's a mystery but it's also a book about the power of friendship and community.
I liked the empathy of the author towards all the victims and how dealt with tragic issues and mixed funny moments with some more serious.
It's highly recommended and it can be read as a stand-alone as there's plenty of backstory
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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I loved the book. The one thing I may have glossed over was a lack of character description, but I found my putting in what it wanted for the characters' appearances rather than filling in blanks in how the author envisioned the characters. The story itself was very good and captured my attention so much that I read it in just a sitting or two because I kept wanting to know what happened. There were no glaring errors that I noticed.

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'The Suspicions of Mr Whisker' by Mandy Morton.
Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins are hired to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths at Mr Whisker’s Academy for Wayward Cats. Before Tilly even opens her notebook, the hockey mistress is brutally murdered on the playing field.
Faced with an increasing body count, our feline detectives sharpen their claws and set out to catch a serial killer. Did Pomadora Moseley really murder her family on the rollercoaster at Butlins? Is Clara Toddlebury’s Country Dance Class under threat? And why does Mr Whisker lock himself in his headmaster’s study?
I absolutely love this series of books and this book is no exception. Mr Whisker's Academy sounds like a horrible place so I'm glad Hettie and Tilly are there to sort things out. The book throws murder after murder at you and it seems like there wouldn't be enough time to solve them all but Hettie and Tilly solve them with plenty of time to spare.
I love all the characters in these books. I do have a soft spot for Bruiser.
If you are a fan of cosy crime and cats give this series a read.
Thankyou to NetGallery UK, the publishers and the author for letting me read a copy in return for an honest review.

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Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book. I was unfamiliar with the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency series, and to say that I was delighted is an understatement. Set in a world of cats, the series follows detectives Hettie and Tilly. In the suspicions of Mr Whisker, they travel to the village of Much Purring to a school for wayward cats to investigate a series of murders and suicides. The book uses a cozy mystery approach, where none of the crimes are committed “on screen”, but nonetheless deals with difficult themes like suicidal ideation and human (well, kitten!) trafficking. Hettie and Tully are delightful characters, as are their fellow villagers. Shoutouts for mentions of Agatha Crispy and Milky Myers who I assumed made appearances in previous novels. I give this book five pies from the Butters’ bakery. I will definitely be checking out the other books in this series.

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This 13th installment in the Number Two Feline Detective Agency series is top notch. I think this is the best one yet. Detectives Hettie and Tilly are thrust into the goings on at Mr. Whiskers Academy for Wayward Cats. What starts out as chaos ends up in a good way for homeless mothers and their kittens. Mandy Morton has created a wonderful world of anthropomorphized cats in this series. The author uses subtle humor throughout the story. Examples are the names of some of the students and the Puffin Club. Thanks for letting me read this ARC of an entertaining cozy mystery in the world of cats.

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"The Suspicions of Mr. Whisker (The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency #9)" by Mandy Morton is our world but instead of people they're cats. This particular setting is cat UK. In this particular book there has be several odd deaths and disappearance at a boarding school for troubled female cats. Our two sleuths and their friends solve a couple problems the school is having, mostly because of a bad headmaster.

They uncover some pretty hard topics for some people. There is the subject of trafficking and kitten mills/kitten farms as they call it. There is also the topic of suicide. In the end there's a lot of death and hard topics to fully fit the cozy genre of mystery but it's still on the cozier side.

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"Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins are hired to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths at Mr Whisker's Academy for Wayward Cats.

Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins are hired to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths at Mr Whisker's Academy for Wayward Cats. Before Tilly even opens her notebook, the hockey mistress is brutally murdered on the playing field.

Faced with an increasing body count, our feline detectives sharpen their claws and set out to catch a serial killer. Did Pomadora Moseley really murder her family on the rollercoaster at Butlins? Is Clara Toddlebury's Country Dance Class under threat? And why does Mr Whisker lock himself in his headmaster's study?

Join Hettie and Tilly as they chalk up another case, revealing a school full of scandal, a dormitory of death and the latest Butters' pie filling."

Best. Title. EVER!

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This was everything that I was hoping for from the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency series, it had everything that I was looking for from the previous twelve entries in this series. Mandy Morton has a great writing style and enjoyed the way the characters were written. I hope there is more in this series.

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The Suspicions of Mr Whisker by Mandy Morton
This is the 13th outing for Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins, I haven’t read any of the others (so far) and disappointingly found the first third of the book slow going. However, the last two-thirds I devoured in hours and I was gripped.
Mr Whisker calls our two feline detectives to investigate some mysterious deaths at the Academy for Wayward Cats in Much Purring. Before they get there they run into Pomodora Moseley and her posse of year 5 activists who are redecorating various shop fronts to the consternation of the shopkeepers. When our duo arrive they find Jolly Goodluck dead on the hockey pitch with three bloody hockey sticks next to her; Mrs Whisker refuses to allow them to speak to her daughter who found Miss Goodluck and Mr Whisker puts forward a list of suspects for the duo. As alibis are investigated the body count quickly rises with Harriet Lunge, Bathsheba, and Mr Shambles. Sub-plots abound and duo have their work cut out. This cosy mystery broaches some heavy subjects (suicide, suicide ideation, murder, kidnap, and trafficking) with a large dollop of humour and fun. I strongly recommend reading this book.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Hetty and Tilly are investigating again in this 13th instalment of the No. 2 Feline Detective Agency. Set in a world of just cats and no obvious police force, things are left to our two heroines.
Starting off with investigations of a feline graffiti artist called “Manxy” (I did chuckle) going on to being asked to solve a murder at a school for wayward kittens. A thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery which you won’t be able to put down.
I’m a huge lover of these books and have read all of the previous twelve over the years. 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

With thanks to NetGalley and the Author for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I thank NetGalley and Farrago for an advance reader copy of “The Suspicions of Mr. Whisker.” All opinions and comments are my own.

Mandy Morton may write cozy mysteries featuring feline detectives Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins (this is the thirteenth in the series), but in “The Suspicions of Mr. Whisker” she gives us some serious themes to ponder, while all at the same time using the deducting skills of Hettie and Tilly to bring some despicable cats to justice.

The Academy for Wayward Cats has seen some suspicious deaths; that’s the reason they’re there. But from that comes some pretty awful incidents, up to and including murder, and some very unhappy kittens. So unhappy that the young girls have formed a Suicide Club. The headmaster Mr. Whisker wants to blame the girls – done and dusted – but Hettie has other ideas. And from this comes even worse crimes, which will all be cleared up in the end, when some bad’uns will get their well-deserved ends.

And the murders? (Yes, murders). There’s a confession for that, too. Perhaps, with some sympathy involved. It’s a bad place, this Academy.

The author has a habit of evoking many an emotion in her books, and “The Suspicions of Mr. Whisker” is no exception. Readers are reminded that suicide is never an answer. At the end, all’s well that end well, complete with a marriage, apprenticeships, and a lot of happy cats. Things will go right at the school at last. Hettie and Tilly can now turn back to their wonderful plethora of culinary delights (plenty of those in the book, as usual) and wait for their next “case.” I’ll happily join them.

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There is neve a moment where I do not want to dive into another adventure with these characters. I believe this is the thirteenth installment in the series but I don't believe you have to read them in order. You may miss some of the nuance of a few of the jokes, but the world created by author Mandy Morton is so much fun and always intriguing, I feel you will keep coming back for more. If you are a fan of murder mysteries, this may be right up your alley as it was mine. I tend to gravitate towards campy mysteries and animal main characters. I love books which have a "cute" element. where some people may revel in romance, I love a furry face which gets into antics.
I want to thank NetGalley and the publishing company for providing me such an amazing book. I have been able to read a few of Ms. Morton's others in this series and I see I need to keep reading the others as they are fast, fun reads. I am absolutely hooked,

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The Suspicions of Mr Whisker by Mandy Morton is a new cozy mystery with a surprising set of protagonists!. The characters are cats - real cats living like they are human.
This is honestly my first time reading a title in this series but if I’m being honest here…. I really enjoyed it.
Different, interesting and it was quite fun.
The author has written such a well crafted story that reading this series is so enjoyable and a delight.

Thank You NetGalley and Publisher for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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Hettie and Tilly are investigating graffiti to the shops in the High Street when they are called by Mr Whisker, the Headmaster of The Academy for Wayward Cats, to investigate some mysterious deaths. Before they can get there to start, the games mistress is murdered by hockey stick.
With the help of Bruiser, Poppa and the Butter sisters, Hettie and Tilly work their way through lies, murder and mystery to solve these murders.
A nice read with the usual name puns. Fun read as always.

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The latest installment in Mandy Morton's No. 2 Feline Detective Agency series, The Suspicions of Mr. Whisker, keeps your fur raised along your spine and your paws on the edge of your cushy sofa the whole time!

I found myself biting my claws as Hettie and Tilly delved into the sinister murders at the Much Purring Academy. While the first victim was bludgeoned to death, the second was found hanging, and the third was beheaded. This was quite a hair-raising tale, and even the Butter sisters' delicious baked goodies couldn't satisfy my curiosity.

While the mystery kept my claws out the whole time, the delicious baked goodies of the Butter sisters and the local diner's greasy-spoon delicacies left me drooling.

The tale is so twisty that even a cat's spine can't handle it! So dark that even a cat couldn't see through it! So complex that… well, you get the idea. This tale is so dark, complex, and twisty that even a cat wouldn't handle it!

Duckworth Books, whom do we contact if we want to suggest this series for a TV adaptation? The Catkind from Doctor Who would suit Hettie and Tilly's roles perfectly.🐱🐱

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Feline detectives Bettie and Tilly are out to find who is behind the deaths at Mr Whiskers Academy. A first read from this series for me but not the last! I enjoyed this mystery. Great cast of characters. Good plot. Thanks #Netgalley and #Farrago for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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