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A cat of one's own : an Alice Nestleton mystery
Adamson, Lydia.
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New York : Dutton, 1999.

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186 pages ; 19 cm
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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The perfect read for cat and mystery lovers alike, the latest addition to the Alice Nestleton series centers on a two-toned cat named Jake. The cat-sitting actress's latest adventure begins innocuously enough when her old friend Amanda asks her help in selecting a feline companion for her Gordon setter. While the shelter workers warn that Jake will be nothing but trouble, Amanda and her setter insist on taking him home immediately.When Jake is cat-napped and Amanda's rescue attempt has fatal results, Alice decides she must turn to sleuthing once more. Up to her neck in a cryptic array of clues, a cast of cunning killers, and a cat worth more than she thinks, Alice is sure of only one thing-- this time her curiosity might well cost her her life.

Author Notes

Lydia Adamson is the pen name for a noted mystery writer. In addition to the Alice Nestleton series, she is the author of the Deirdre Quinn Nightingale and Lucy Wayles series. She lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Despite the surface independence of most female mystery protagonists, it's amazing how much time many of them spend worrying about men. How refreshing, then, to find a female amateur sleuth who neither moons nor frets over the males in her life. That is just one of the charms of this seventeenth outing in Adamson's cat-centric Alice Nestleton series. This time actress and amateur sleuth Alice must solve a catnapping and figure out why the bad guys killed the cat's owner, Alice's friend Amanda, even after she paid the ransom. The whodunit element is not the strongest part of the story. More interesting is watching the details of Amanda's past unfold and meeting the two colorful men in Alice's life: macho lover Tony Basillio and endearingly seedy writer Sam Tully. Adamson's success is a tribute to her dynamic characters and her ability to leave readers wanting more. --Jenny McLarin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Adamson's fluffy cat series continues to grow at a kittenish pace with this 17th entry in a series that began less than a decade ago with A Cat in the Manger (1990). Since then, cat-sitting New York actress Alice Nestleton and an assortment of colorful felines and equally appealing humans have moved from a paperback format to hardcover without missing a meow. A simple request from old acquaintance Amanda Avery to help her choose a cat from a pet shelter launches Alice on her new adventure. Despite being told that he is "difficult," Amanda insists on adopting Jake, a feline of unusual coloring and character. Jake's adoption is followed shortly by his disappearance from Amanda's locked apartment; left in his place is an ominous ransom note. Amanda's disastrous attempt to deal with the ransom leaves Alice trying to cope with two orphaned animals, a murder and a plethora of clues. Some of the clues suggest that Amanda had unexpected theatrical ambitions. Others indicate that the animal shelter may harbor more than animals. Boyfriend Tony Basillio and disreputable old mystery writer Sam Tully are enlisted to aid Alice as she once more turns from actress to sleuth in order to avenge a friend and clear herself of suspicion. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Alice Nestleton's (A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock, LJ 9/1/97) latest cat-sitting adventure involves locating a cat-companion for her friend Amanda's dog. When the subsequent snatching of the cat results in murder, Alice investigates. Another gem for cat mystery fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.