- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 9, 2008

‘Cat Deck’s‘ twist may just slay fans By Joelle Baer, age 13

Wilde Lake Middle School, Columbia

I have just read the book “Cat Deck the Halls” by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. It is a story in a series about cat detectives. The three main characters are cats that can talk. They anonymously call the police to give them hints about crimes. It was very interesting when I first started reading and seemed like a really creative topic.

The story is a murder mystery set around Christmastime. Other than the cats, the main characters are adults. This displeased me because I enjoy books with heroic children as the main characters. Also, most of these adults were kidnapped brutally in previous books, which makes the action seem almost normal.

I read and read and read, but in the middle of the book, it started to get really slow. It made a relatively short book seem like a book twice its size. I persisted, but more and more, things turned up that I didn’t like about it. There was cursing, and random bad guys popped up everywhere. The author also spent way too long describing a dinner or a certain woman’s hair. This isn’t my favorite type of book in the first place, so I wasn’t all that excited about it.

Nevertheless, if you enjoyed Mrs. Murphy’s previous work, this book might please you as well. I hope I didn’t discourage anyone from reading it. If a murder mystery with a twist is what you enjoy, you should read this. I will give this book 2½ out of four stars.

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BOOK: “Cat Deck the Halls”

AUTHOR: Shirley Rousseau Murphy

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers (October 2007), hardcover, 352 pages

READING LEVEL: Young adult to adult

PRICE: $16.95

INFORMATION: harpercollins.com

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