Signet, July 2002, 5.99, 208 pp.
She was a Minnesota farm girl who came to the Big Apple to break into the theatre. After almost two decades of living in the city Alice Nestleton is still looking for a break. To supplement her income between acting jobs, she pet sits for cats. An acquaintance of a friend, Louis Montag hires Alice to play with his cat while he is writing his book.
When she arrives at Mr. Montag's home, she's told that his hired companion is walking the cat and will be back shortly. The doorbell rings and Alice goes to answer it thinking it is Brat and his companion but before she has a chance to see who it is, she's knocked unconscious. When she comes to she finds Montag tortured and killed. Alice decides to find his killer, a move that once again puts her own life in jeopardy.
A CAT NAMED BRAT is a light hearted enjoyable mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously especially when Alice “personalizes” the murder of a client's owner. Give the plot time because the story line makes sense only when all the facts are in and the readers are able to tie them together into a picture of an almost inconceivable scenario. Lydia Adams once again delivers a charming amateur sleuth tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner