• Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1

  • By: Mary Matthews
  • Narrated by: Sheila Book
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Grace, Jack & Magical Cats Cozy: Mystery Boxed Set, Volume 1

By: Mary Matthews
Narrated by: Sheila Book
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Grab a special boxed set featuring romantic detectives, Grace and Jack, and their magical cats.

Magical white cat Tatania helps her human operatives solve mysteries without missing a nap.

In Splendid Summer, when Grace Wentworth loses her last living relative and all her money, hot Detective and WWI Aviator Jack Brewster gets the case. Grace is learning to lead her own life instead of just following it around. Startled by Grace's lack of deference to him, Jack recognizes his romantic equal.

In Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts, Jack, Grace, and magical Tatania battle bootleggers to find a special collection of jewels. Emeralds, Diamonds, and Ametheysts is about a code known only to women who fight for the rights of all women.

One reviewer called A Christmas Feral a story that would do Charles Dickens proud. Judge Scrooge won't even heat his home for Christmas in this Roaring Twenties' short story. Judge Scrooge says that when you pay the bill, you don't feel the cold. When Judge Scrooge rules incorrectly in a cat dispute, Tatania and her companion Zeus teach him the meaning of keeping Christmas and cats.

In Cher Ami, two people drop dead within minutes of each other. They appear unrelated. Grace, Jack, Tatania and Zeus reveal the story of Cher Ami, a WWI carrier pigeon with the heart of a lion. With his heart still beating in a badly wounded body, Cher Ami soared above bullets and saved a lost battalion.

©2012 Mary Frances Matthews (P)2013 Mary Frances Matthews

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Mysteries + Cats = 5 star ratings

***As always, I have to state that I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
I never let the fact that I was given this book for free effect or sway my opinion in my review. My reviews are always my own opinion and thoughts on the books that I review.***

This was a box set, so you know I am always down for a few good reads all combined into one! I loved three of the stories but I didn't like A CHRISTMAS FERAL very much. Other than having Tatania using magic and an extremely brief inclusion of Jack and Grace, having Dicken's wonderful story altered in order to try and make it fit into the overall storyline seemed both forced and false.

The other three books were thoroughly enjoyable and I found them to be fast-paced, light, quick and warmhearted. Jack and Grace (and Tatania and Zeus, the magical, completely adorable cats) were extremely lovable characters with well-developed, three-dimensional personalities. The dialogues were crisp, sparkling, and authentic to the time period. (I'm quite well-versed in history but I hadn't known that many buildings had separate doors for men and women so learning about that was a real surprise.) I was really captivated by the marvelous imagery which made it very easy for me to immerse myself in the story. These books gave me a lot of smiles.

Overall, this boxed set is a wonderful series that I am very glad that I read. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories with romance, fantasy, and pussycats threw in.

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Don't bother

Narration was just awful. Repeated several paragraphs in the story but changed for instance the $ amount of a gift or different scenario for same instance. Almost like the book was never poof read properly.

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mystery cats

I love this series. Grace, Jack, and their 2 cats solve Mysteries. very enjoyable.

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This was a good listen, it is set in Coronado California in the 1920. I did enjoy Titania the magical cat.

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This is a good set but I’m not sure I would recommend it. You should try for yourself because you never know.

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Nice short stories

Loved that it's a box set and based around San Diego as that's where I'm from.

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Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! excellent overall

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The background of language used for a "proper and well brought up woman" in 1920s was sadly neglected. Basic interaction between opposite sexes was poor

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i do not like to give bad reviews,, but the narrator was horrible and she ruined the book

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Grace,Jack and Magical Cats cozy set

I listened to the whole boxed set.It was good.Not great.I liked the last story best.Shelia Book was an ok narrator.Again ,not great.More practice maybe? I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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Bee's knees

Okay I enjoyed the author's book Nine lives to live (book 10 in the series) but felt I had missed a lot of the plot history so I went back to the beginning to discover what I had missed. On the whole I did enjoy the audio book but with the box set containing four books I did find some information and sayings got repetitive. Still not sure why or how Tatania is magical, other than always turning up in different places but she is a cute and friendly cat so who cares. The stories are set in the past, at a time when women were thought of as second class citizens, so Grace with her if it good enough for him its good enough for me attitude is a great character and I came to also like Jack. The four stories are very different with two being murder investigations, one a theft and one well just weird, I really didn't like book four and think the box set would have been better if it was left off.
Splendid summer is an introduction to the characters and how Grace's uncle is murdered leaving her penniless and with an aunt who despise her. Good job Grace mets Jack a Pinkerton agent and his clever cat. Can the three of them find her uncle's killer and enough money to pay for her hotel room before getting kicked out
Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts. I think this one was my favourite as the story took a few twists.
A ladies jewerly is stolen and she hired Grace and Jack to find it before her husband discovers the are missing or even what each gem stands for?
Cher Ami. Two people drop dead after eating in Jack and Grace's favourite restaurant. Can they find the killer? And which one was the target? The old man who fed the pigeons every day in honour of the bird who saved his son during the war? Did the son's wife kill him for money? Or what about the other victim who acted like a homeless person but was rich, could her cruelty to her dogs have got her killed?
A Christmas Fera. I didn't like this book but that could be because it was loosely based on the Scrooge stroy and when as a judge he rules in favour of killing all the cats he is visited by three cats to show him the error of his ways.
I liked the narrator. She used a wide variety of voices for the characters.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.