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How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1)
How to Wash a Cat - Cats and Curios, Bk 1
Author: Rebecca M. Hale
Uncle Oscar was one of a kind.  His dusty antiques shop, and Green Vase -- nestled in San Francisco's historic Jackson Square neighborhood -- was like his own personal museum to the Gold Rush era.  Needless to say, I was shocked when he was found dead in his shop, and even more surprised to discover he'd left the venerable esta...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425232040
ISBN-10: 0425232042
Publication Date: 1/5/2010
Pages: 298
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 130 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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redwingsgal avatar reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 12
As a fan of both cat cozies and mysteries based in actual history, I was delighted to find How to Wash a Cat. It seemed like it was tailor-made for me--until I started reading it.

The cats and the history did, in fact, prove charming. The rest of the tale? No so much. The main character is nameless throughout the bulk of the book, which was irritating, and the resolution of that issue was equally obnoxious. There is also a lack of description of the main character. The only certainty is that she's passive to the point of being wishy-washy. The other characters, however, are described in detailed, rather snotty ways. Most of them, for instance, are smelly and/or childish.

The deal-breaker, however, was that the mystery simply wasn't very good. Like the rest of the book, it had lots of potential with very little follow through. Aspects of the tale originated only to go nowhere, leaving parts unresolved, while other aspects skewed dangerously close to deus ex machina territory.
4fabfelines avatar reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on + 112 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This book was a cute cozy. The main charater had zero personality but her cats made up for it. Rupert wa a cutie.. I have one named that myself.
The book had alot of history of San Francisco which was really cool, but the plot was scattered and The character Monty was just obnoxious...
The ending was very confusing.. What did Mrs. Wang give to her? It ended very suddon and odd. Maybe the next book will be more rounded out.
ladycholla avatar reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on + 2081 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Loved this story. Great characters, some to love, some to irritate and some to want to keep at a distance. Quirky tale, good Gold Rush history, fun story about the Green Vase Shop.
reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on + 101 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The book was interesting in that it had a lot of San Francisco history. That said, I found it to be a little hard to get through for 2 reasons.
First, it is a little wordy--sometimes first time authors overelaborate, she did that.
Second, I found Monty, the character to be extremely irritating and could not imagine how the main character could spend time with him.
The cats, however, especially Rupert, are extremely cute..
punkbunny avatar reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I liked this book, but found it a bit slow going at the beginning. But the ending was good. The characters are interesting, but one is quite annoying. I always enjoy reading books with a bit of history in them. I feel as though I have learned something.
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flyinggems avatar reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on + 425 more book reviews
I hated this book. It took me 3 weeks to get to page 109 Chapter 16. I always give books 100 pages. I ended up flipping to Chapter 41 to find out how it ended. I am so glad I gave up on this book. I hated the ending.
Hate the characters and story.
emersunrose avatar reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
Intriguing, with bits of San Francisco history that whet the appetite to do a little research on one's own. Fun book.
catmosphere avatar reviewed How to Wash a Cat (Cats and Curios, Bk 1) on
Even though the writer has chosen not to define the "heroine", I really enjoyed this book. Its unconventional format kept me reading. There are some really funny parts that had me laughing out loud.

The cats are wonderful, they remind me of my cats with all their quirks.

I look forward to continuing this series and already have the next 3 books.


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