Mimi Lee gets a clue / Jennifer J. Chow.

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      Summary: "Mimi Lee is in over her head. There's her new Los Angeles pet grooming shop to run, her matchmaking mother to thwart, her talking cat Marshmallow to tend to - oh, and the murder of a local breeder to solve... now if only Mimi hadn't landed herself on top of the suspect list. Mimi Lee hoped to give Los Angeles animal lovers something to talk about with her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof. She never imagined that the first cat she said hello to would talk back or be quite so, well, catty - especially about those disastrous dates Mimi's mother keeps setting up. When Marshmallow exposes local breeder Russ Nolan for mistreating Chihuahuas, Mimi steals some of her cat's attitude to tell Russ off. The next day the police show up at Hollywoof. Russ has been found dead, and Mimi's shouting match with him has secured her top billing as the main suspect. Hoping to clear her name and save the pups Russ left behind, Mimi enlists help from her dreamy lawyer neighbor Josh. But even with Josh on board, it'll take Mimi and Marshmallow a lot of sleuthing and more than a little sass to get back to the pet-grooming life - and off the murder scene"--Provided by publisher.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1

Cat mysteries are a (best-selling) thing: the late Lillian Jackson Braun's 29-volume Cat Who . . . series; Rita Mae Brown's ongoing Mrs. Murphy series, starring Sneaky Pie Brown; Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey books. Author of the self-published three-volume Winston Wong mysteries, Chow enters the feline fracas with her Sassy Cat debut with a major publisher. Her dynamic duo features Mimi Lee, owner of the newly opened Hollywoof pet grooming salon, and Marshmallow, a rescue kitty polyglot who's already fluent in canine and has learned English watching television. When Mimi's first customers arrive with physically challenged puppies from the same Chihuahua breeder, she decides to confront this Russ Nolan. Her vidi-veni-vici visit inspires an official report—but also leads to murder with Mimi tagged as the prime suspect. She's already dealing with plenty: a nagging immigrant mother determined to fix her singlehood, a kindergarten-teacher sister threatened by her bully of a boss, crazy rich fur-mothers and their entourage, and a maybe-boyfriend who's also her sorta-lawyer. Marshmallow will, of course, save the day, not to mention his forever-indebted forever-owner. Chow's first Sassy Cat title is more slapstick than serious, but this fluffy entertainment could prove irresistible. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 January #1

Mimi Lee, the 25-year-old heroine of this sparkling series launch from Chow (the Winston Wong mysteries), has just opened Hollywoof, a pet grooming salon in a beach town near L.A. As an opening-day present, her sister gives her a Persian cat, whom Mimi names Marshmallow. No ordinary cat, Marshmallow can hear, understand, and communicate thoughts to humans, dogs, and other cats. Meanwhile, when friends bring their Chihuahuas to Hollywoof, Mimi notices the dogs all have health issues, and further investigation reveals they all came from the same breeder, Russ Nolan. Incensed, Mimi goes to Nolan's house in the San Fernando Valley and threatens to turn him in for operating a puppy mill. When Nolan is discovered dead the next day, Mimi becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Marshmallow's unique talents come in handy as he one-by-one chats up the Chihuahuas to reveal secrets and gossip that help point to the culprit. Chow smoothly mixes intrigue, romance, and humor. Cozy fans will have fun. Agent: Jessica Faust, BookEnds Literary. (Mar.)

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