Book Review – Nozy Cat 1: A Hope Jones Cozy Mystery

Happy Sunday everyone. We’ve been enjoying open windows and owls that visit our yard every morning. I love spring!

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Photo from Amazon listing.

I got to review a brand new book that’s coming out: Nozy Cat 1: A Hope Jones Cozy Mystery by Lyn Key. This is her first book. It’s about Hope Jones who finally realizes her dream of opening her own bookstore. She opens it with her best friend,  Peggy Sue Roswell. Hope is also the proud human companion to Nozy Cat, a black cat with a special ability. They wind up getting mixed up in a murder mystery when a dead body is found in their store. I don’t want to spoil the whole plot, so I won’t say more about it except to say that Nozy Cat and his special ability play a big part in solving the murder.

I found the book to be a fun, light read. Some of the characters are well developed enough to make you care about them and that helps the book hold interest. It also took me most of the way through the book to figure out who the murderer was. I read so many cozy mysteries that I usually solve them sooner than that.

The book has some first time author issues. Some of the major characters have no dimension. There are also some editing issues that were annoying for a grammar geek – mostly places with odd sentence structure, missing words, and extra words. I think fleshing out some of the auxiliary characters and a good editor could take this series from being good to being really good. Despite everything I just said, I’m looking forward to the next installment of this series.

Nozy Cat 1: A Hope Jones Cozy Mystery became available for sale yesterday.

Disclaimer:  I received the book for free for review and received no other compensation. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Product Review – Tiki Cat Gourmet Carnivore Variety Pack Canned Cat Food

Hi everyone! We’ve been experimenting with food again courtesy of Chewy.com. We love being bloggers for Chewy.com because we get to taste test all kinds of stuff, with mixed success. This time was more successful than most.

20160205_081829This time we tested Tiki Cat Gourmet Carnivore Variety Pack Canned Cat Food. There were 12 cans in 9 different flavors! This is good stuff. Here’s what the Chewy website has to say about this food:

Key Benefits

  • Grain and gluten-free recipe
  • 55% protein, 35% fat, 0% carb
  • Made with whole meats
  • With added vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients
  • Carbohydrate, starch and flour free
  • Zero glycemic index
  • Meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO for All Life Stages

20160205_181650Sounds good to me and to mom. You know how picky she is about what we eat. The one thing she was worried about is that this food is shreds and chunks, and we usually only eat paté.

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Well, we ate it up! Except for the liver chunks, we ate all 9 flavors. Mom was flabbergasted. We’d tried so many foods that were shreds and chunks that we wouldn’t eat that mom was sure we wouldn’t eat this, either. We fooled her! We thought this food was so nommy we cleaned our plates. Well, except for, as I said, the bits of liver. They were mixed in with other things so we ate around them. Unfortunately, this food costs four times what mom’s been paying for the food we eat now, and she can’t afford that. We wish she could cuz we really liked this food.

We’d also gotten some dog treats by mistake, so I gave them to my neighbor. They were the Natural Balance Dental Chews. She emailed me to let me know if the dog liked them. Here’s what she had to say:

“Bella really likes the Natural Balance Dental Chews.  She actually led me over to the container they are stored in this morning.  She gets lots of chewing time with them, so I believe they will be helpful with her dental hygiene.  I will repurchase them when needed.  I’m am pleased they are a limited ingredient product.”

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend everyone!

Disclaimer – Like everything else we test for Chewy.com, we got this food for free to taste test. We received no compensation. And our opinion, as always, is our own. You can’t make a kitty eat something she doesn’t wanna eat!

Product Review – ZiwiPeak Daily-Cat Cuisine Venison Canned Cat Food

Happy Monday everyone! I know, I usually blog on Sunday but Mom partied a little too hardy at her belated birthday party, so my blog had to wait. I guess I should be glad my blog is getting written at all!

20160106_201021I got two things free from Chewy.com to review this month. Today I’m going to tell you about the second thing – ZiwiPeak Daily-Cat Cuisine Venison Canned Cat Food. It’s grain free, has all kinds of good stuff like real meat and vitamins, it doesn’t have preservatives or added salt, and mom thought it looked pretty good. She also thought we might like to taste venison. It would be different than anything we’d ever eaten before.

It’s kind of thick and gritty and a little hard to get out of the can. The food sticks to the sides so it’s not easy to rinse out for recycling. Mom had to scrape what was left out to clean the can. She also watered it down a bit to make it smoother like we’re used to.

20160108_191328The first time we tasted it, we dug right in and cleaned our bowls. The second time, we ate about half of it. The third time we sorta tasted it. Each time mom put it out, we ate less.

Mom was bound and determined to get us to eat it, so then she added the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Rabbit Formula Freeze-Dried Cat Food Topper I reviewed last time. She buried a few pieces in the food, and we ate the venison to get to the rabbitty bits. Whether or not we eat the ZiwiPeak Daily-Cat Cuisine Venison Canned Cat Food is still kind of hit or miss. Some days this food gets a paws up from us and some days we turn up our noses at it.

That’s it for today! Have a great week everyone!

Disclaimer – We got the venison canned cat food for free for our honest review and received no other compensation. And you know we always tell it like it is!