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Book Review: Fat Cat Spreads Out by Janet Cantrell

Updated on July 5, 2020

Even though this installment is the halfway point of this series, I really don’t know how I managed to get through it. I didn’t think it could get any worse.

As this story begins, Charity “Chase” Oliver and her business partner, Anna Larson, have gotten a booth at the Bunyan County Harvest Festival, where they’ll be selling their dessert bars. And really it’s a limited menu, since their shop doesn’t sell anything else.

Anyway, it’s only been a few days since Chase was involved in a murder investigation and now she has to prove Dr. Michael Ramos’ innocence when he’s accused of the murder of butter sculptor, Larry Oake.

Dr. Ramos is the fair’s veterinarian for the week and Chase boards her cat, Quincy there during fair hours. Surprisingly, he’s often quite busy since participants of the fair need appointments. Go figure.

As the story slugs along, it’s amazing how a book can revolve around a week long fair with a lot of people coming in daily. This was one of the first far fetched things I had to deal with (along with Chase’s cluelessness about always bringing the cat to the fair on a daily basis and knowing that he gets out of his cage).

Larry’s widow, Elsa, has her twin sister come to the fair with her African Grey. This side story slows it even more because all they do is board the bird and hang out all day at the fair doing nothing.

Then there’s new employee, Inger, who has to be one of the dumbest characters ever. She’s pregnant and doesn’t even know it.

I had hoped that maybe this would have been good since Cantrell could have possibly educated us on butter sculpting. I’m not sure just how big these sculptures were supposed to be, but if the book centers around a sculptors death, I would want to learn more about that world.

I’m hoping that I can make it through one more installment and if I do, I’ll make some of those dessert bars.

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