Cat in the Flock (Dreamslippers Book 1)
by Lisa Brunette
Print Length: 295 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0986237701
Publisher: Sky Harbor Press; 2 edition (July 27, 2014)
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0
Series: Dreamslippers #1
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
A sexy murder-mystery with a spiritual edge.
For most people, dreams are a way to escape reality. But for Cat McCormick, they're a way to get closer to the truth. Cat can 'slip' into other people's dreams.
After graduating college with a degree in criminal justice but little in the way of real-life experience, Cat moves from the Midwest to Seattle to apprentice with her Granny Grace, who shares the ability. Granny uses dreamslipping as a private investigator, and Cat plans to follow in her footsteps.
But forced to take work as a security guard, Cat discovers a mother and daughter on the run. Following the clues, she goes undercover in a Midwestern megachurch, where she finds redemption and goodwill amidst repression, hypocrisy, and murder.
Cat McCormick didn’t find work in criminal justice as she hoped for out of college. She has decided to move from St. Louis to Seattle to learn the private investigator trade under the tutelage of her Granny Grace. Cat and Grace share an unusual “gift” that helps them in the PI field – they slip into other people’s dreams. Cat has tried to avoid the unwanted talent but now she will learn to control and use it with the guidance of her very active and open-minded Granny. Cat is pleasantly surprised to meet up with her high school summer “boyfriend”, Lee, while he is on military leave and he is more than happy to see her!
Cat takes a security guard job to help earn funds until she can get all the proper PI licenses. There she uncovers trespassers who might need her help even though it is rejected. When the mother and child disappear, Cat follows the leads back to a megachurch in her home town. Although raised Catholic, Cat goes undercover in the fundamentalist church to follow the clues. There she finds more than a warm welcome as she begins to uncover long hidden secrets.
I enjoyed Cat as a character as she matures into the use of her dreamslipping. There is humor and a bit of religious messaging woven into the story. Granny makes an interesting counterbalance as a free-spirited woman who believes in organic food, yoga and meditation. The romantic elements are sweet and engaging and I appreciated the inclusion without overtaking the mystery plot.
The story reads easily and quickly. The author deals with sensitive subjects - scandal in a church setting, possible child abuse, gay issues – with a mature and kind view. There were some twists that added to the mystery and carried the book to the end. I think this is a good first book to introduce Cat and Granny Grace and her friends. I recommend this to readers who enjoy mystery with a touch of supernatural ability.
I received this from Partners in Crime for tour review.
Praise:"A fascinating tale of mystery, romance, and what one woman's dreams are made of. Brunette will keep you awake far into the night.” -- Mary Daheim, bestselling author of the Bed-and-Breakfast and Emma Lord/Alpine mysteries
"Already hooked, this reader intends further sojourns in Cat's dreamslipping world. Highly recommended." -- Frances Carden, Readers Lane
"Gripping, sexy and profound, CAT IN THE FLOCK is an excellent first novel. Lisa Brunette is an author to enjoy now and watch for the future.” -- Jon Talton, author of the David Mapstone Mysteries, the Cincinnati Casebooks and the thriller Deadline Man
"A little Sue Grafton and a dose of Janet Evanovich… is just the right recipe for a promising new series.” -- Rev. Eric O'del
"The launch of an intriguing female detective series... A mystery with an unusual twist and quirky settings; an enjoyable surprise for fans of the genre." -- Kirkus Reviews
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Author Bio:Lisa was born in Santa Rosa, California, but that was only home for a year. A so-called "military brat," she lived in nine different houses and attended nine different schools by the time she was 14. Through all of the moves, her one constant was books. She read everything, from the entire Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series to her mother's books by Daphne DuMaurier and Taylor Caldwell.
A widely published author, game writer, and journalist, Lisa has interviewed homeless women, the designer of the Batmobile, and a sex expert, to name just a few colorful characters. This experience, not to mention her own large, quirky family, led her to create some truly memorable characters in her Dreamslippers Series and other works, whether books or games.
Always a vivid dreamer, not to mention a wannabe psychic, Lisa feels perfectly at home slipping into suspects’ dreams, at least in her imagination. Her husband isn’t so sure she can’t pick up his dreams in real life, though.
With a hefty list of awards and publications to her name, Lisa now lives in a small town in Washington State, but who knows how long that will last…