Book Review: The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency by Mandy Morton

March 23, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency by Mandy MortonThe No. 2 Feline Detective Agency: A Hettie Bagshot Mystery by Mandy Morton
Published by Minotaur Books on March 28th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 272
Source: NetGalley
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Prepare to be besotted with The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, the first book in a new series that turns the traditional British cozy on its head and features feline crime-solvers.
Hettie Bagshot has bitten off more than any cat could chew. As soon as she launches her No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, she’s bucketed into a case: Furcross, home for slightly older cats, has a nasty spate of bodysnatching, and three of the residents have been stolen from their graves. Hettie and her sidekick, Tilly, set out to reveal the terrible truth. Is Nurse Mogadon involved in a deadly game? Has the haberdashery department of Malkin & Sprinkle become a mortuary? And what flavor will Betty Butter’s pie of the week be?
In a haze of catnip and pastry, Hettie steers the Furcross Case to its conclusion, but will she get there before the body count rises--and the pies sell out?


This had me at go! What a cute concept, which strangely reminded me of The Cat Who series. Maybe not so strange since the cats helped solve mysteries. Here is a cat world full of fun cat surprises and feline ways of living. It’s adorable!

Sadly, although I loved the premise and was dying to read this, after a few pages my excitement waned. There are paragraphs and paragraphs of information that probably does not need to be in the book. It’s okay information, but I found myself drifting away and thinking about anything other than the paragraph that I was reading. It was really hard to stay focused.

The cats themselves are beyond adorable. The name dropping and creativity that had to be used in order to create a world of cats was fabulous. I am so sad that the plot was lacking for me, because I loved everything else.

I wound up skimming through most of this. I love the idea but it was a bit too wordy for my taste, even with the glorious, hilarious, wonderful characters.


Rating Report
2.5 / 5
Character Development
3 / 5
Writing Style
2.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
2 / 5
4 / 5
Overall: 2.8 / 5



Mandy Morton began her professional life as a musician. Her songwriting formed the basis of six albums during the 1970s and early 1980s, when she toured extensively with her band. More recently, she has worked as a freelance arts journalist for national and local radio, specialising in making music and theatre documentary. She is the co-author of a non-fiction theatre book, In Good Company, and lives with her partner in Cambridge and Cornwall, where there is always a place for an ageing long-haired tabby cat. The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency is her first novel, and begins a series of books inspired by her first cat, Hettie.






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