Monday, August 24, 2015


Black Cat and the Accidental Angel
by Elaine Faber

Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Elk Grove Publications (April 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1940781112

When their carrier is left behind following an MVA, Thumper awakes with amnesia. His companion says, “Call me Angel, I’m here to take care of you.” Why she won’t share their history or tell him his real name is a mystery.

No sooner than the cats are taken in by John and his daughter, Cindy at a vineyard and Emu farm, strange and progressively harmful pranks begin to occur, threatening Cindy’s safety.
A surprising discovery and an unexpected meeting with a stranger brings about changes to their lives. Black Cat (Thumper) struggles to remember his past and yearns to return to his family, but Angel insists they must stay and help John resolve his financial troubles. As the summer progresses, Black Cat experiences despair, shame, loss, and finally acceptance and joy. But, when a final threat to Cindy arises, Angel risks her life to protect the child she has come to love, and Black Cat learns there are more important things in life than knowing your own name.

About The Author –
Elaine Faber’s short stories are published in magazines and multiple anthologies. She is an active member of Sisters in Crime, Inspire Christian Writers and Cat Writers Association.
Elaine is author of the Black Cat Mysteries involving Thumper, the cat who solves mysteries with the aid of his ancestor’s memories: Black Cat’s Legacy; Black Cat and the Lethal Lawyer, and Black Cat and the Accidental Angel.
Elaine lives in Elk Grove with her husband of 51 years. (That’s a marriage of 51 years, not a husband of 51 years). They share their home with four house cats, the inspiration for her Black Cat Mysteries. A portion of the sales proceeds goes to animal rescue programs.

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Book 2 in this Series

This is a difficult review for me to write. I love discovering new authors and am a cozy (and cat) addict.
This book has cats and dogs and emus and kids. How can I not love it? 
It tore at my emotions harder than I desire a cozy to do.  I read cozies for escape and enjoyment.

The story about the cats being heroes, saving the day more than once, and the reader being able to experience the adventure through the cats' point of view - I was excited about that.
As I read this novel, I felt the tale was told through three different points of view: the cats (of course) but also from two different families. Amanda's parents (Brett and Kimberlee) and Cindy's dad (John.)
This book begins immediately after the previous Thumper adventure and I think I may have enjoyed it more if I had read the series from the beginning. It stands alone, but I feel I am missing out on important background.
What DID the grandmother threaten to do about Amanda? What more is there to Noe-Noe and Black Cat's relationship before this book?

You should know that there are Christian religious tones to this story. God, St. Peter, faith are all brought up repeatedly. They play a strong role in the story but if not aware, some readers may find it off-putting.
It makes the book mystical and paranormal in nature, beyond cozy.
I appreciated that Boots and Amber are living muses for the book stars and that a portion of profits goes to feline rescue, which I have supported myself for many decades.

Black Cat has amnesia after the car accident. Angel is hiding a HUGE secret from him.
Jack was a memorable hero in this novel as well, "the kind of friend you could always count on, no matter what you needed." One of the quotes that pulled roughly at my heart was "Thumper was gone and the place where he lived in Brett's heat left an empty hole..." Other quotes did make me smile. "Living with a properly trained person makes life so much easier." (Angel)
Black Cat/Thumber struggled not only with his memory but also with understanding female logic.

Another line that I feel expresses the overall theme of this book and means much to me:
"Isn't it strange how one simple action can ripple out and touch so many lives?"

I am happy I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review and I will be reading the previous books in the series to be filled in on Black Cat's legacy.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Laura. Glad you enjoyed the book and I hope your review will encourage others to read the book and you're right, it is a series and starting from book one will give you good background on the story. Starting at book two will also be helpful in understanding Accidental Angel. Elaine and Thumper


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