Cat-Themed Mysteries for International Cat Day 2019

August 8, 2019 | M. Elwood

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August 8 is International Cat Day but if you ask your cat, they will tell you that every day is Cat Day. 

Cats are wonderful companions and there's scientific evidence that living with a cat can improve health. Stroking a cat can reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Just listening to a cat purr may stimulate healing for humans and cats. Sometimes I listen to cat purring noise generators online when I'm having a stressful day at work. 

Besides keeping your feet warm and helping reduce stress, some fictional cats also solve crimes. Is there anything cats can't do?

These are a few of the very many book series about crime solving cats. Ask for other suggestions at you local branch. 

Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass

Minnie Hamilton drives the library bookmobile around a Michigan resort town accompanied by her loyal cat Eddie. Eddie has a knack for finding corpses so Minnie frequently finds herself solving crimes in addition to her regular librarian duties. 

Wrong side of the paw Booking

Wrong Side of the Paw

Booking the Crook


Cat Cafe Mysteries by Cate Conte

Maddie James is visiting family on Daybreak Island, Massachusetts when she is adopted by a stray cat. She and the cat become inseparable, even discovering dead bodies together. In the second book in the series, Maddie opens a cat cafe on the island. 

Cat about town Purrder she wrote mc Tell tale heart

Cat About Town

Purrder She Wrote

Tell Tail Heart

Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James

Widowed librarian Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat Diesel solve murders in a Mississippi college town. These books sound like great reads for library staff. In Twelve Angry Librarians, one of Charlie's classmates/enemies from library school is murdered and Charlie is the prime suspect. It's true – one of my main takeaways from library school (yes, we really call it "library school") is permanent animosity towards some of my fellow students. 

Twelve angry librarians Pawful truth Claws for concern

Twelve Angry Librarians

Pawful Truth

Claws for Concern

Cat Rescue Series by T.C. LoTempio

After breaking up with her fiancé, Sydney McCall returns to her hometown Deer Park, North Carolina to help her sister run the local animal shelter. Murder soon follows. Sydney and her cat Toby seem to encounter murder everywhere.

Purr m for murder Death by a whisker

Purr M for Murder

Death by a Whisker

If you enjoy reading about animals, join the #TOpicks team on Twitter on Tuesday, August 13th from 12 – 1 pm by following the hashtag #TOpicks or @torontolibrary. This month we are discussing our favourite animals in books, movies, music, television and social media. 

Learn more about the chat by reading TOpicks: Lions and Tigers and Books, Oh My!

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