Reader comments on “The Cat Did It”…
Just finished reading, "The Cat Did It". Wonderful! I loved it, and hope you are writing another one. I want to hear more from her escapades. I am in my 70's and I think it is great for us seniors to have a role model! Do you have any new books coming out? One of our local writers, Jim Ainsworth, clued me in to your book. He loved it also.
Unfortunately I cannot read your book because my wife grabbed it and is now laughing hysterically every time she picks it up. I shall not let her read it twice.
This is, according to the author, British Columbian cosy. I like niche genre; you never know what to expect. This book is distinctive in many ways. I love the protaganist's voice - what's not to like about a pensionable, morally pragmatic, paragliding, compassionate, drugs-mule. The other characters are equally paradoxical: the trustworthy hoodlum, the sugar and grit of Cynthia. I enjoyed the wry hilarity: 'a sense of humour is the sign of a sage' says the book. I've a feeling this author is something of a sage. There's a rounded savouring of life, an intense enjoyment of the now, but also a fascination with life's narratives which must involve thens and afters.
Read and enjoy.
I loved this author's style of writing - quirky, funny, with witty asides that had me laughing out loud. And I loved Clara, the elderly dame narrating this story of drug-running and hoodlums. Clara's life was stuck in the boring 'now' of penny-pinching and suspicion of strangers. Her awareness of 'then' - the past - is an avenue she does not wish to go down.
But the arrival of a wandering cat leads to witnessing a murder, escape to the backwoods and the discovery of new friends who may or may not be on the side of law & order. Through these events, 'then' links up with 'now', and leads to 'after', the future she can ultimately begin to contemplate. It is a very clever, original, and entertaining way of telling Clara's story - and it kept me up late at night because I couldn't stop turning pages. 'The Cat Did It' is a roller-coaster ride that kept me laughing all the way!
I loved this book. And I don't want to ruin it for anyone by giving anything important away... and I won't... The book is character driven, and Beccai draws real characters, and puts them in real environments, and moves them to real environments they are not accustom to... and they deal with it... in real ways. Her characters have nothing to do with each other, and yet... they have everything to do with each other... The interaction is magic. If you are an old timer at heart (and I am at heart and body) you will be willing to pay extra for the hard back version because it is one of the traditional well bound well stitched books. A younger person might settle for the e-book version (which I did not get).
Through Clara’s experiences triggered by the visit of a cat, I found excitement, amusement, joy, sorrow, suspense, reflection, information and so much more. What a story!! I enjoyed everything in it.
I really enjoyed reading it. As I said, when I sat down to read it, I had to almost force myself to stop so that's a sign of a good read.
I want to congratulate you on your story. I think it's fabulous!!
I just finished reading the ending of your story for the second time. When I read the last page the other night, I don't think I really got it but this morning, I got it. I don't know if I really got the true meaning of the ending but my heart sank in to my stomach as I read the last paragraph. Regardless of what the intention is, I must say BRAVO for keeping me on the edge of my seat right up to the last minute. Yup, you definitely evoked an emotion for me with that last paragraph. I'm smiling but yet have tears in my eyes. Outstanding!
A vivid, edge of your seat journey that promises to keep you guessing till the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of Clara and the gang. It's very exciting. To me it feels like the story could go on forever and secretly that's what I wish because I've become very attached and fond of all the characters. I love them and I love the story!