Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (A Sassy Cat Mystery, #1)
Mimi Lee is in over her head. There's her new Los Angeles pet grooming shop to run, her matchmaking mother to thwart, her talking cat Marshmallow to tend to—oh, and the murder of a local breeder to solve...now if only Mimi hadn't landed herself on top of the suspect list. Mimi Lee hoped to give Los Angeles animal lovers something to talk about with her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof. She never imagined that the first cat she said hello to would talk back or be quite so, well, catty—especially about those disastrous dates Mimi's mother keeps setting up. When Marshmallow exposes local breeder Russ Nolan for mistreating Chihuahuas, Mimi steals some of her cat's attitude to tell Russ off. The next day the police show up at Hollywoof. Russ has been found dead, and Mimi's shouting match with him has secured her top billing as the main suspect. Hoping to clear her name and save the pups Russ left behind, Mimi enlists help from her dreamy lawyer neighbor Josh. But even with Josh on board, it'll take Mimi and Marshmallow a lot of sleuthing and more than a little sass to get back to the pet-grooming life—and off the murder scene.

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (A Sassy Cat Mystery, #1) Details

TitleMimi Lee Gets a Clue (A Sassy Cat Mystery, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 10th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (A Sassy Cat Mystery, #1) Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSI used to be an avid reader of cozy mysteries, and I'm not sure why I fell off track with them. As I continue to age, I've found myself developing that need again to balance out the dark, heavy, and unsettling reads with books that are light, upbeat, and a little humorous. Cozy mysteries are perfect for this, because they typically envelope all the things I love about romantic comedies while inserting a good old fashioned murder or crime that needs solving. Mimi Lee checked so many of 3.5 STARSI used to be an avid reader of cozy mysteries, and I'm not sure why I fell off track with them. As I continue to age, I've found myself developing that need again to balance out the dark, heavy, and unsettling reads with books that are light, upbeat, and a little humorous. Cozy mysteries are perfect for this, because they typically envelope all the things I love about romantic comedies while inserting a good old fashioned murder or crime that needs solving. Mimi Lee checked so many of my boxes, and I'm truly grateful to have picked it up.As the first in a new series, we spend a great deal of time getting to know Mimi, her new business, and her family/friends. What made this stand out from other cozies I've read was the own voices inclusion of Asian American culture, since the main character's mother is a Malaysian immigrant. As someone who has traveled to Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan, I was eager to learn a few new things from the author, as well as enjoy the reiteration of the aspects I've experienced from traveling abroad myself. Mimi is the daughter of an interracial couple (her mother is Asian American and her father is caucasian), and we get a taste of the blending of these two individuals and how it produced the family dynamics they practice today.Part of the reason that I couldn't give this the full 4 stars I had anticipated was due to the fact that the romance was quite juvenile, partially due to Mimi's character seeming more like a teenager than a 25 year old woman. The instalove romance between her and Josh, her lawyer neighbor, just didn't leave me fulfilled, perhaps because there is little to no conflict inserted in the plot between them. I am, however, very excited to see where the author takes the couple in the next book, now that Josh isn't having to represent her professionally. Cozy mysteries can be tough on the mystery portion, as it all depends on the author and how much they want the crime at the forefront of the book. Thankfully Chow did a wonderful job at making the murder mystery at hand engaging, and dare I say enjoyable, to read through. She puts a new spin on the detective duo, as this mystery is solved by a 20-something woman and her newly adopted rescue cat, Marshmallow. Did I mention he can "talk" to her? Honestly, Marshmallow stole the show, and I instantly fell in love with his dry humor and witty banter. If you're looking for a light mystery with a hint of romance and comedy, consider putting Mimi Lee Gets a Clue on your March TBR!*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Mimi Lee has just opened up a animal grooming place called Hollywoof. It's been slow going when a couple of customers come in and she notices that their dogs both have the same problem. Come to find out those dogs come from the same breeder, so she sets out one day to investigate. Mimi has an unfortunate encounter with the breeder and the next day he's found dead. The detective is out to prove Mimi did it and Mimi has no choice but to prove that she didn't. She starts investigating on her own Mimi Lee has just opened up a animal grooming place called Hollywoof. It's been slow going when a couple of customers come in and she notices that their dogs both have the same problem. Come to find out those dogs come from the same breeder, so she sets out one day to investigate. Mimi has an unfortunate encounter with the breeder and the next day he's found dead. The detective is out to prove Mimi did it and Mimi has no choice but to prove that she didn't. She starts investigating on her own with her new partner, Marshmallow. Marshmallow just happens to be her new cat, who has an unusual ability......he can communicate with Mimi. This was a fun cozy mystery and I loved Marshmallow. I will definitely read the next Sassy Cat Mystery.*Thank you to Berkley Publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Shawna
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. A funny, sassy, highly enjoyable mystery read.
  • Suzi
    January 1, 1970
    This is a paws-itively wonderful book. Marshmellow, the cat who speaks to Mimi; adorable Chihuhuas and a murder mystery. This delightful book has it all.
  • LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycass Thoughts Los Angeles has a new place to take your pets for grooming. Hollywoof is operated by Mimi Lee and she just hopes she gets enough customers to keep her business afloat.The first day her sister drops by with a surprise, a fluffy white Persian cat with big blue eyes. Mimi does prefer dogs but she cant say no. The cat is soon named Marshmallow, a name he clearly doesnt like and lets er know in a surprising way.Mimi is single but her mother has a plan for that. Mimi plays along for Dollycas’s Thoughts Los Angeles has a new place to take your pets for grooming. Hollywoof is operated by Mimi Lee and she just hopes she gets enough customers to keep her business afloat.The first day her sister drops by with a surprise, a fluffy white Persian cat with big blue eyes. Mimi does prefer dogs but she can’t say no. The cat is soon named Marshmallow, a name he clearly doesn’t like and let’s er know in a surprising way.Mimi is single but her mother has a plan for that. Mimi plays along for the most part because she has other concerns. Several customers are bringing in Chihuahuas from various services and she notices they all have health issues. When she learns that all came from the same local breeder she decides to investigate. She gets into a war of words with the man, witnessed by one of his neighbors. Mimi then reports the breeder to the proper authorities for violations. When a Police Detective Brown shows up a Hollywoof he is not there to talk about the mistreatment of animals. He is there to question her about the breeder’s murder. What!In efforts to clear her name, Mimi starts rubbing elbows with her client’s well-to-do owners and she hires a lawyer, Josh, an easy on the eyes neighbor, she met while doing laundry. Marshmallow also becomes a key member of the investigation team.______I love Marshmallow! Haven’t you always wanted to know what your pet is thinking? The author created this fun character and explains how he learned everything he knows. So lighthearted and funny.We get to know Mimi Lee pretty well in this first book of the series. She is petite, smart, mid-twenties, but you can tell she has led a bit of a sheltered life due to her upbringing. Her mother is Asian American and her father is caucasian. He’s pretty laid back. She is all in both her daughter’s business or forces one daughter, Mimi, the eldest to interfere in the younger sister’s business. Sometimes this goes unbelievably too far. Mimi has opened a new business without much of a plan and is running it with a seat of the pant’s attitude. Thankfully, she grows over the course of this book and so does her business. Her mother’s efforts to find Mimi find a man are pretty comical though. The family dynamics are interesting.I really enjoyed this fresh take for an amateur sleuth team, not your typical Sherlock and Watson. The mystery was very well done and exceeded my expectations for the first book in a series. The actual detective on the case seemed to be glued to his initial thought even when Mimi tried to give me details she had uncovered. Breeders like the one in this story are a hot topic these days and Ms. Chow gives it a fantastic fictional spin. She plots a twisted up mystery to find who killed the awful man responsible for the poor puppies. Mimi got her clue well before I did. I was very entertained following along with her to clear her name and get justice for the lovable pooches and find them fur-ever homes.Mimi Lee Gets A Clue gives readers an intriguing mystery with plenty of suspects and twists. I am curious to see how all the characters develop more. Mimi is more Nancy Drew than Jessica Fletcher, meaning she doesn’t have the sage experience needed the help solve complex mysteries, but her youth brings a real freshness to the cozy mystery genre. The rest of the characters need to be more fleshed out to support her and get readers engaged and invested in their lives. For me, Sassy Cat Marshmallow stole the show!
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read a cozy mystery since...high school? It's been a while, and it was never a main genre of mine, but I could not resist the cute cover or the heavy cat-ness. This is very cute!So I really love the setup for this series. The heroine, Mimi Lee, is a pet groomer who just opened up a store called Hollywoof. Though she prefers dogs, her sister finds a cat in need of a home and gives the big fluffy white cat to Mimi, who adopts him and names him Marshmallow. Turns out Marshmallow can talk I haven't read a cozy mystery since...high school? It's been a while, and it was never a main genre of mine, but I could not resist the cute cover or the heavy cat-ness. This is very cute!So I really love the setup for this series. The heroine, Mimi Lee, is a pet groomer who just opened up a store called Hollywoof. Though she prefers dogs, her sister finds a cat in need of a home and gives the big fluffy white cat to Mimi, who adopts him and names him Marshmallow. Turns out Marshmallow can talk to her and her alone, because he can only speak with his owner. He is sassy, as the series name indicates, and easily my favorite character. The mystery, too, focuses on a terrible dog groomer. There are so many animals, and I love it.On the other hand, the plot of this was rather weak. I just could not handle the way Mimi would constantly leave her struggling store in the middle of the day to go investigate or talk to a friend. Similarly, I don't believe that Josh would be able to help her as much as he did; they talk about his busy schedule, but he's generally pretty available. Aside from that, Mimi's investigating was ... not well thought out, though potentially that adds charm? The romance had a lot of potential, but for me it almost felt like a middle grade romance. They become a couple having talked a couple of times and without having kissed. I think they kissed once in the whole book! Even though they live in the same apartment complex and have easy access. All relationships are different, but there's nothing said about this at all, so it just felt weird and made the book feel a bit juvenile.I had fun reading this for sure, but I don't think I'll be back for book two, as I wanted a bit more romance from this than the author clearly did (which is fine! but means I'm not the right reader). I'd recommend to animal-loving cozy mystery fans who like clean reads.
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  • Minx
    January 1, 1970
    Mimi Lee Gets a Clue is the first book in the Sassy Cat Mystery series and I am happy to report that the kitty in this series, Marshmallow, was very much a contributing character. He was a great addition to this story and if cats could truly talk, I believe they would all sound like him. Although, he may be a cut above the rest. Also, note, that as this is the first book in the series, there is a lot of information given about Mimi, her friends, family, and business. Do not let that be a turn Mimi Lee Gets a Clue is the first book in the Sassy Cat Mystery series and I am happy to report that the kitty in this series, Marshmallow, was very much a contributing character. He was a great addition to this story and if cats could truly talk, I believe they would all sound like him. Although, he may be a cut above the rest. Also, note, that as this is the first book in the series, there is a lot of information given about Mimi, her friends, family, and business. Do not let that be a turn off because Mimi Lee Gets a Clue is truly an adorable cozy mystery that is sure to delight you!Mimi was a woman who was finally seeing her dreams realized. She had been given an opportunity to start her dream business and that was one opportunity she was holding onto with both hands. I loved her! She was witty, curious, determined, and willing to do what she thought was right. Also, she did not mind being as creative as she needed to be to accomplish her goals. When she was given a kitty, Marshmallow, from her sister, she took his unique ability to speak with aplomb which would have made most people certainly freak out. She was a roll with it kind of character and her outlook made the story flow well.As Mimi and Marshmallow form an uncertain partnership, they find themselves dragged into a murder mystery that was of the upmost importance to Mimi because, unfortunately, she had become a murder suspect in the death of a shady dog breeder. She absolutely needed all the support she could get to clear her name and one of the characters she met along the way was her neighbor, Josh Akana, who was a lawyer and he was very helpful. Josh and Mimi developed a relationship and that was a part that detracted from the story for me. It is very puppy-lovish and not what I would expect from a couple in their mid-twenties. Overall though, what really worked for me in Mimi Lee Gets a Clue was the mystery! It was engaging, intriguing, fun to follow along with, and also gave me a few laughs along the way!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!Oh my word!As my neighbor was known to say, never in all my born days! I was reading this book at the bakery and laughing so hard, the random guy at the next table asked me, if I was ok!Mimi is a refreshing new sleuth. She's petite, cute, charming, fun, spunky, lovable and determined to discover the identity of a killer. And then there's Marshmallow! I love the cat's name! Marshmallow is a big puff, of apparently, overweight fur. Marshmallow has plenty of A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!Oh my word!As my neighbor was known to say, never in all my born days! I was reading this book at the bakery and laughing so hard, the random guy at the next table asked me, if I was ok!Mimi is a refreshing new sleuth. She's petite, cute, charming, fun, spunky, lovable and determined to discover the identity of a killer. And then there's Marshmallow! I love the cat's name! Marshmallow is a big puff, of apparently, overweight fur. Marshmallow has plenty of catattitude! That cat can communicate with Mimi! I laughed a LOT as I read this mystery. It's a good cozy and so much fun. I love Mimi's family. What a hoot! They are supportive, frequently enjoy a family night together and who doesn't love a group hug??? Her mother is a piece of work! She's a matchmaker and hilarious! I've read stories where the matchmaker is annoying, really an antagonist, however, Mimi's mom is great fun. I couldn't wait to see who the next victim ah, er, date would be. And! of course we have the good looking neighbor, Josh! He's a lawyer. They had a chance meeting, which was funny I might add, but, that was soon corrected and they move on. I really enjoyed reading this fun mystery and plan to read these mysteries in the future. I didn't solve this one.
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  • Read In Colour
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a sucker for two things: a good cozy mystery and cats. Jennifer Chow gives me both with Mimi Lee Gets a Clue. As a cat lover, I've often imagined what my cat's meows and judgy looks mean. Thanks to Mimi, I don't have to wonder because I'd imagine my cat is just as sassy and surly as Marshmallow.Using Marshmallow to help her get information is genius and using him to communicate with other pets, especially dogs, was particularly amusing. I loved Chow jumping in and giving Mimi a romantic I'm a sucker for two things: a good cozy mystery and cats. Jennifer Chow gives me both with Mimi Lee Gets a Clue. As a cat lover, I've often imagined what my cat's meows and judgy looks mean. Thanks to Mimi, I don't have to wonder because I'd imagine my cat is just as sassy and surly as Marshmallow.Using Marshmallow to help her get information is genius and using him to communicate with other pets, especially dogs, was particularly amusing. I loved Chow jumping in and giving Mimi a romantic partner early on so she and readers had time to focus on the mystery and not spend too much time wondering will he or won't he.Chow has set this up to be a promising series and I'm looking forward to reading more about Mimi and Marshmallow's adventures.
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  • Marla Bradeen
    January 1, 1970
    MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE is a delightful book. Full of humor, memorable characters, and lovable animals, this fast-paced story kept me entertained from beginning to end. Add in a mystery that keeps you wondering, and Chow's new series becomes the perfect pick for cozy fans.Disclosure: I received a free, uncorrected proof of this book.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in A Sassy Cat mystery by Jennifer J. ChowThis was a stunner of a new series by Chow. Since I am allergic to animals, reading about them is probably one of the few ways I can indulge my secret love of God's furry creatures.I really enjoyed the gimmick of this book and thought it was done very well. Mimi Lee can hear her cat Marshmallow through a sort of psychic connection. He became like her sidekick through all the danger and mayhem. This book centered around animals This is the first book in A Sassy Cat mystery by Jennifer J. ChowThis was a stunner of a new series by Chow. Since I am allergic to animals, reading about them is probably one of the few ways I can indulge my secret love of God's furry creatures.I really enjoyed the gimmick of this book and thought it was done very well. Mimi Lee can hear her cat Marshmallow through a sort of psychic connection. He became like her sidekick through all the danger and mayhem. This book centered around animals since Mimi had a dog grooming business called Hollywoof. Her lap Marshmallow uncovered a doggie den of abused animals and before she could report him completely to the authorities, the man ends up dead. And somehow Mimi Lee ends up as suspect number one.The author very easily introduced us to a whole slew of new characters and it all felt so natural. Usually when you try to cram so many people into a book it can feel awkward and strange. None of that here. I particularly liked the addition of newbie lawyer, Josh and Detective Brown. There are hints of a bit of a crush happening for Detective Brown where Mimi is concerned. I think in the next book Mimi may find herself with more than one suitor.Such a fun cozy romp! Totally kept me engaged all the way through. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. Really loving all these new to me authors bringing us such awesome new series!If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won't be disappointed.I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I want to thank NetGalley, the author and the publisher for allowing me to read this title.
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  • Jamie Rutland Gillespie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a light, sweet book to read. I love cozy mysteries and love to read them, especially after reading a gripping, heart pounding thriller. The star of this new series is Marshmallow the cat. I think we have all wondered exactly what our pets are thinking or saying and in this book, Marshmallow's owner, Mimi Lee, gets that chance. I have to say that Mimi's mother grated on my nerves...she was overly pushy. The "love story" with Mimi Lee's neighbor adds to the action of the book. If I am This was a light, sweet book to read. I love cozy mysteries and love to read them, especially after reading a gripping, heart pounding thriller. The star of this new series is Marshmallow the cat. I think we have all wondered exactly what our pets are thinking or saying and in this book, Marshmallow's owner, Mimi Lee, gets that chance. I have to say that Mimi's mother grated on my nerves...she was overly pushy. The "love story" with Mimi Lee's neighbor adds to the action of the book. If I am honest, this book didn't have the substance that most cozies do. It was, however, a good book and I would recommend it.
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  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    Mimi Lee and Marshmellow the cat are a really cute pair of mystery solvers! The story follows Mimi Lee, a pet groomer, and her super cute kitty Marshmellow. A little twist - the kitty can talk to Mimi and he helps her solve a murder! The story is super cute and really that's all I can say about it. Overall there wasn't a lot of substance to it. The characters didn't have much to them. I struggled to like Mimis mother. She was overbearing and too involved in Mimis life. I found myself annoyed Mimi Lee and Marshmellow the cat are a really cute pair of mystery solvers! The story follows Mimi Lee, a pet groomer, and her super cute kitty Marshmellow. A little twist - the kitty can talk to Mimi and he helps her solve a murder! The story is super cute and really that's all I can say about it. Overall there wasn't a lot of substance to it. The characters didn't have much to them. I struggled to like Mimis mother. She was overbearing and too involved in Mimis life. I found myself annoyed everytime she spoke lol.There is a little romance between Mimi and her neighbour/ lawyer, Josh. Josh seemed sweet and caring. However, I didn't totally 'ship' them because Mimi lacked any sort of relationship skills and Josh didn't seem to notice any of the weird things Mimi did such as waiting outside of his apartment all morning until he came out so she could talk to him. I don't know... it just felt weird to me! The mystery was interesting and well put together! It was light and cute. Marshemmlow made the whole book! This was what I'd say is amazing, it was just okay! It was an easy read and it was even better with a cute kitty who solves crimes! ⭐⭐⭐/5** thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this ARC!
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    https://openbooksociety.com/article/m...Mimi Lee Gets a ClueSassy Cat Mystery, Book #1By Jennifer J. ChowISBN#9781984804990Author Website: jenniferjchow(.)comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:Mimi Lee is in over her head. Theres her new Los Angeles pet grooming shop to run, her matchmaking mother to thwart, her talking cat Marshmallow to tend tooh, and the murder of a local breeder to solvenow if only Mimi hadnt landed herself on top of the suspect list.Mimi Lee hoped to give Los https://openbooksociety.com/article/m...Mimi Lee Gets a ClueSassy Cat Mystery, Book #1By Jennifer J. ChowISBN#9781984804990Author Website: jenniferjchow(.)comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis:Mimi Lee is in over her head. There’s her new Los Angeles pet grooming shop to run, her matchmaking mother to thwart, her talking cat Marshmallow to tend to—oh, and the murder of a local breeder to solve…now if only Mimi hadn’t landed herself on top of the suspect list.Mimi Lee hoped to give Los Angeles animal lovers something to talk about with her pet grooming shop, Hollywoof. She never imagined that the first cat she said hello to would talk back or be quite so, well, catty—especially about those disastrous dates Mimi’s mother keeps setting up.When Marshmallow exposes local breeder Russ Nolan for mistreating Chihuahuas, Mimi steals some of her cat’s attitude to tell Russ off. The next day the police show up at Hollywoof. Russ has been found dead, and Mimi’s shouting match with him has secured her top billing as the main suspect.Hoping to clear her name and save the pups Russ left behind, Mimi enlists help from her dreamy lawyer neighbor Josh. But even with Josh on board, it’ll take Mimi and Marshmallow a lot of sleuthing and more than a little sass to get back to the pet-grooming life—and off the murder scene. (Goodreads)Review:As an avid pet lover, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue should make me happy. With a young pet groomer, a “talking” cat, and a murder mystery about a breeder, all should be good, right? Unfortunately, it is lacking in depth and entertainment value.Mimi does a good deed saving a wealthy woman’s beloved dog at the beach. This leads to the appreciative owner investing in Mimi’s pet grooming business. But, just as the grand opening commences, Mimi can’t help but notice several of her new clients’ puppies don’t seem quite right. Finding that they all came from the same breeder, Mimi tries to file a complaint, bringing her to top of the police’s suspect list when said breeder is murdered. Mimi goes about trying to clear her name and help the puppies.Being the first book in the Sassy Cat series, I expected to spend a lot of time learning about Mimi and her world, but the characters are pretty one dimensional. Mimi’s heart is in the right place, but she’s juvenile and not particularly likable, and I am not sure she knows how to do her job well. Simply brushing a dog or trimming another dog’s nails does not make her a professional groomer. She comes across as a young teen instead of a business woman in her mid-twenties. This is especially true with her romantic feelings and dealings with her neighbor Josh. And, Josh is not much better. Does he not notice that Mimi loiters, waiting for him to come home or open his apartment door? There is no angst or getting to know each other phase; they just instantly become a couple. What? I do not know if Mimi’s mother is supposed to provide comic relief or what, but I find her overbearing and unfunny. The pet owners are shallow, and everyone is rather forgettable. Marshmallow the cat and the puppies are the redeeming characters within the books pages.My biggest problem with the story is that the murder victim is an irresponsible dog breeder. He did not deserve to die for his actions, but his breeding practices are disgraceful and make me angry. The puppy owners irritate me, too. They seem to have more money than sense and do not make their dogs’ welfare a priority. That said, the mystery itself is fair. There are a small number of suspects and not that many clues to work through. The killer’s identity did not come as a surprise nor was the big climactic moment exciting or worth the wait.To my disappointment, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue was not the right fit for me, but other readers of pet cozies might feel differently.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Mimi Lee has realized her dream and opened up her own dog grooming salon named Hollywoof. To celebrate, Mimi's sister Alice has gifted her with a rescue cat named Marshmallow. Mimi soon discovers that Marshmallow has the extraordinary ability to understand and speak to only his owner. Mimi thinks that she is losing her mind, until she realizes how useful Marshmallow is when she finds herself at the top of the suspect list in the murder investigation of local dog breeder Russ Nolan. Adding to Mimi Lee has realized her dream and opened up her own dog grooming salon named Hollywoof. To celebrate, Mimi's sister Alice has gifted her with a rescue cat named Marshmallow. Mimi soon discovers that Marshmallow has the extraordinary ability to understand and speak to only his owner. Mimi thinks that she is losing her mind, until she realizes how useful Marshmallow is when she finds herself at the top of the suspect list in the murder investigation of local dog breeder Russ Nolan. Adding to the chaos is Mimi's mother who is desperately trying to find Mimi a boyfriend, and her sister Alice's problems at her job, who Mimi's mother expects her to fix. Mimi seeks the help of her neighbor Josh who is a lawyer, and potential boyfriend, in order to try and clear her name. As Mimi and Marshmallow dig deeper into the murder investigation, she realizes that she may very well be putting herself and Marshmallow in danger. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a cozy mystery. This story was so much fun, and I loved how the relationship develops between Mimi and Marshmallow. I will anxiously await the next Sassy Cat mystery.
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  • Maggie Siciliano
    January 1, 1970
    3.5⭐Mimi Lee has a lot going on; shes the owner of a brand new pet grooming shop, Hollywoof, forever being set up on disastrous blind dates by her mom, and recently found out her new cat Marshmallow can talk. Things get even more complicated when Mimi becomes the main suspect in the murder of a local dog breeder. Together, Mimi and Marshmallow set out to prove her innocence and solve the case!I think this is the first cozy mystery Ive ever read, and it was a pleasant surprise! The characters 3.5⭐️Mimi Lee has a lot going on; she’s the owner of a brand new pet grooming shop, Hollywoof, forever being set up on disastrous blind dates by her mom, and recently found out her new cat Marshmallow can talk. Things get even more complicated when Mimi becomes the main suspect in the murder of a local dog breeder. Together, Mimi and Marshmallow set out to prove her innocence and solve the case!I think this is the first cozy mystery I’ve ever read, and it was a pleasant surprise! The characters were funny, sweet, and likable. I had so much fun reading about the luxury lives of some Los Angeles dogs that included weekly doga (dog yoga) and acupuncture. Most importantly this was a quality murder mystery with promising suspects. Sometimes the perfect, no conflict relationship between Josh & Mimi made me feel like I was reading about teenagers instead of a couple in their mid-twenties, but I’m excited to see what happens between them in the next book! If you are looking for a light and cute but very entertaining read this one is for you!!Read if you like:📺 In the Dark📖 The Bookish Life of Nina Hill📖 Where’d You Go, Bernadette?Thank you Netgalley, Berkeley Publishing Group, and Jennifer Chow for this digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. This one is available 3/10/20!
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  • Susan The Book Dragon Campton
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday, my Fellow Book Dragons! This evenings Gem is very beautiful. It is an opaque white jade cat, beautifully carved with bright, aquamarine eyes. Hold it in your claws and you can almost feel it purring it. This cat is no ordinary cat. This cat brings wisdom, luck and a bit of romance. This cats name is Marshmallow and this Gem is called Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Gem Maker Jennifer J. Chow.I loved this book. It is perfect for Tea Time. Chow has created a lovely character Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday, my Fellow Book Dragons! This evening’s Gem is very beautiful. It is an opaque white jade cat, beautifully carved with bright, aquamarine eyes. Hold it in your claws and you can almost feel it purring it. This cat is no ordinary cat. This cat brings wisdom, luck and a bit of romance. This cat’s name is Marshmallow and this Gem is called “Mimi Lee Gets a Clue” by Gem Maker Jennifer J. Chow.I loved this book. It is perfect for Tea Time. Chow has created a lovely character and her world to entertain and yet allows One to relax while solving a mystery, eating delightful food and drinking tea and falling for a romantic, fallible young man. This is the perfect evening read when conditions are right for staying inside.Her heroine, Mimi Lee, runs a pet grooming shop named Hollywoof and on her opening day, her little sister brings her a beautiful stray from a rescue. He is pure white with ocean eyes. He is extremely talented. He can talk, at least he can talk to Mimi and he is a bit on the Sherlock Holmes side, which is wonderful because Mimi is about to be up to her blow dryer in a murder investigation.Chow uses her side characters craftily. There is Mimi’s Malaysian Mother, who speaks British Colonial English and Malaysian. This gets Mimi in trouble more often than not. Mimi’s family is a great support to her, especially her baby sister, Alice, a school teacher. Chow knows how to draw her readers in with charm, humor and warmth. Her story line builds quickly though. This is not a slow read.If you are looking for a pick me up, pick this up! You will be very happy with yourself for doing so! Until tomorrow, I remain, your humble Book Dragon,Drakon T. LongwittenI received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks to #BerkleyPrimeCrime and #berkleypress. My opinions are my own.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    After taking in a pretty Persian kitten, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue that Marshmallow is not an average cat. Talking telepathically to Mimi, his first words are What kind of name is Marshmallow anyway? His fur bristled. Are you fat-shaming me?Mimi is the owner of a brand-new animal grooming shop called Hollywoof in Los Angeles. When her first two customers dogs seem too quiet, she visits their breeder, Russ Nolan. Russ is running a puppy mill for teacup Chihuahuas. Outraged, Mimi calls the police and After taking in a pretty Persian kitten, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue that Marshmallow is not an average cat. Talking telepathically to Mimi, his first words are “‘What kind of name is Marshmallow anyway?’ His fur bristled. ‘Are you fat-shaming me?’”Mimi is the owner of a brand-new animal grooming shop called Hollywoof in Los Angeles. When her first two customers’ dogs seem too quiet, she visits their breeder, Russ Nolan. Russ is running a puppy mill for teacup Chihuahuas. Outraged, Mimi calls the police and animal control with no immediate success. The next day, a police detective is at her business’ front door. But instead of shutting Nolan down, he is investigating Nolan’s murder. And Mimi is the number one suspect! So Mimi decides to find the real killer.First of all, I demand parity and equality for dog fur babies. There are several excellent examples of cozy series with “talking” cat sidekicks. There is even one with a bunny Dr. Watson. Where are the detective dogs? If you know of any, please let me know in the comments so I can read them.Second, Marshmallow represents what every cat owner perceives their cat is thinking. I need to encourage my two cats to watch more tv so they can start “talking” to me too. Marshmallow is a hoot! Mimi’s attraction and romance with Josh seemed instantaneous and meant to check off the requisite cozy romance box. I would have liked to see more Ma “kopi” setups before Josh appears. The mystery was good with an appropriate number of red herrings. It was educational to see beyond the groomer’s door too. Still Marshmallow is my favorite part of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. 4 stars!Thanks to Berkley Books and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    Jennifer Chow is a new to me author but shes quickly moved to the top of my favorite author list. I have to admit I was drawn to MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE because I had a fluffy white Persian named Marshmallow although I called him Mel. And while he didnt speak quite the way Marshmallow does, he, like most cats, communicated his wants and needs quite clearly. Chow treats her readers to a well told mystery along with some cultural education and a dose of laughs. Mimi is a great character. Shes smart, Jennifer Chow is a new to me author but she’s quickly moved to the top of my favorite author list. I have to admit I was drawn to MIMI LEE GETS A CLUE because I had a fluffy white Persian named Marshmallow although I called him Mel. And while he didn’t speak quite the way Marshmallow does, he, like most cats, communicated his wants and needs quite clearly. Chow treats her readers to a well told mystery along with some cultural education and a dose of laughs. Mimi is a great character. She’s smart, compassionate and finds ways to balance her family with her business and friends. And given her mother, who is a character in and of herself, that balance is essential. I loved her mom! Unlike other stories where the mother trying to matchmaker her daughter get annoying, Mimi’s mom is a hoot! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. We are treated to a solid array of suspects and I have to admit that each one in turn sure seemed like the one who done it. Chow also takes readers into the world of puppy mills and corrupt breeders and balances those horrors with how a good breeder cares for their pets. I hurt for the sick and injured puppies in the story – SPOILER SPACE – They all turn out just fine with happy homes. Once I started reading Mimi Lee Gets a Clue I couldn’t put it down. It’s a read with something for animal lovers and cozy mystery fans everywhere.
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  • Sue F
    January 1, 1970
    Ive always been more of a cat person than a dog person, so I was happy to get an ARC of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue to read in exchange for my honest opinion. And, I found many elements of the book to enjoy. The cat, Marshmallow, is a bit of a grump, but it fits his character, and he sounds pretty much as I would imagine a cat sounding. I enjoyed his appearances a lot. And I enjoyed Mimis efforts to start her own business, which is hard at the best of times, and I cant imagine trying to do it while I’ve always been more of a cat person than a dog person, so I was happy to get an ARC of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue to read in exchange for my honest opinion. And, I found many elements of the book to enjoy. The cat, Marshmallow, is a bit of a grump, but it fits his character, and he sounds pretty much as I would imagine a cat sounding. I enjoyed his appearances a lot. And I enjoyed Mimi’s efforts to start her own business, which is hard at the best of times, and I can’t imagine trying to do it while being suspected of murder. However, I also found the writing to be uninspired – not full of grammar errors or anything like that, but just kind of blah, without a smooth flow. So the book didn’t grab me and pull me in. And I felt as if Mimi was behaving as if she were about 5 or 8 years younger than she’s supposed to be, which made it hard for me to really get into her character. With that said, I liked the plot, and overall liked the book enough to finish it, which I don’t always do. I wish I could give this 3 ½ stars, and I agonized for a while between 3 and 4 stars for this, before deciding on 3. Please do keep in mind that I try to fight star inflation a little bit, reserving 5 stars for a very very few books that I adore and read and re-read. So my scale really runs more from 1 to 4, and 3 is sort of a middling good score for me. My thanks again for the ARC, which I received from the publisher/Edelweiss.
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to investor Pixie St. James, Mimi Lee opens Hollywoof, a pet grooming service. During opening week, Mimis sister Alice brings her a cat she rescued - a solid white male that Mimi immediately names Marshmallow. Much to Mimis surprise, Marshmallow not only speaks but, in fact, comfortably converses with her. After settling her new feline pet in her apartment, Mimi goes to do her laundry and meets Josh Akana, a neighbor, and lawyer.Her first couple of clients are dogs purchased from breeder Thanks to investor Pixie St. James, Mimi Lee opens Hollywoof, a pet grooming service. During opening week, Mimi’s sister Alice brings her a cat she rescued - a solid white male – that Mimi immediately names Marshmallow. Much to Mimi’s surprise, Marshmallow not only speaks but, in fact, comfortably converses with her. After settling her new feline pet in her apartment, Mimi goes to do her laundry and meets Josh Akana, a neighbor, and lawyer.Her first couple of clients are dogs purchased from breeder Russ Nolan and both exhibit odd symptoms. Wondering what is going on, Mimi visits Nolan and finds he keeps the dogs – mostly puppies – in awful conditions and reports the conditions to animal control as puppies being mistreated.The very next day a police detective visits Mimi. Nolan is found murdered and neighbors report the argument and accusations Mimi made when she found the puppies’ conditions at the breeder’s house. Mimi calls on Josh for legal help and then begins to investigate.This is Jennifer Chow’s first Mimi Lee mystery and it’s a fun read. Marshmallow is an especially entertaining character and sleuthing partner. Well done, Ms. Chow.
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  • justbooks_
    January 1, 1970
    When I picked up this book, I thought - talking cats, a budding romance, and a cozy murder mystery - what could honestly be better? And in that regard, this book does not disappoint. There is sickly sweet and quick love, a quirky cat that what? yes talks to his owner, and the cookie cutter whodunnit. It's a perfect book to read on the beach or poolside with a nice cool drink. A quick hit mystery with novice sleuth team of Mimi Lee and her cat, Marshmallow. That said, this story is definitely When I picked up this book, I thought - talking cats, a budding romance, and a cozy murder mystery - what could honestly be better? And in that regard, this book does not disappoint. There is sickly sweet and quick love, a quirky cat that what? yes talks to his owner, and the cookie cutter whodunnit. It's a perfect book to read on the beach or poolside with a nice cool drink. A quick hit mystery with novice sleuth team of Mimi Lee and her cat, Marshmallow. That said, this story is definitely lacking in areas you'd expect from a 5 star book. There is a lack of character development and a plot hole or two. Also the romance between Josh and Mimi is saccharine equipped with cheesy love dialogue and almost no romance. Or at least very much rated G. Adjectives that Chow used felt forced and elementary to be frank. Also, if you want an actual mystery - this one falls a bit flat. While there is a whodunnit element, the suspects divulge information so easily and clues just fall into Mimi's lap.Overall - very adorable read but lacking some substance.
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  • Cari
    January 1, 1970
    This is the perfect book for a quarantine. Okay, I have to admit, I was unsure at first about the talking cat. But Marshmallow ends up being one of the best characters, with awesome one-liners. Life comes at Mimi Lee fast - she's just opened her grooming shop, Hollywoof, and is trying to drum up business. She's just met Josh, a hottie who lives in her apartment complex. Her parents want her to help her sister, who's struggling at her job. Oh, and she's gotten herself involved in a murder This is the perfect book for a quarantine. Okay, I have to admit, I was unsure at first about the talking cat. But Marshmallow ends up being one of the best characters, with awesome one-liners. Life comes at Mimi Lee fast - she's just opened her grooming shop, Hollywoof, and is trying to drum up business. She's just met Josh, a hottie who lives in her apartment complex. Her parents want her to help her sister, who's struggling at her job. Oh, and she's gotten herself involved in a murder investigation. Mimi's new clients all have sick dogs, and Mimi takes it upon herself to confront the breeder responsible - but then that breeder is killed, and Mimi becomes the prime suspect. With the help of her talking cat and her new hottie (who's also a lawyer), Mimi teases out the clues while keeping her spirits high. This is an effervescent novel, superbly written, filled with magical realism and featuring a diverse cast. I can't wait to read the next one.
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  • Ryan Hoffman
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting cozy debut with another amateur sleuth that is Asian-American. I enjoy it when cozzi's take this route and having main character that is ethnically diverse or different in some way. Mimi Lee is the new owner of Hollywoof, a dog grooming salon, Mimi is more of a dog person then a cat person. Until she somehow ends up with Marshmallow, a big fluffy white cat, with an unusual ability, he can talk... At least to Mimi. When there is foul play involving a breeder names Russ This is an interesting cozy debut with another amateur sleuth that is Asian-American. I enjoy it when cozzi's take this route and having main character that is ethnically diverse or different in some way. Mimi Lee is the new owner of Hollywoof, a dog grooming salon, Mimi is more of a dog person then a cat person. Until she somehow ends up with Marshmallow, a big fluffy white cat, with an unusual ability, he can talk... At least to Mimi. When there is foul play involving a breeder names Russ Nolan, and when Mimi unfortunately becomes the suspect for the murder. She gets help from marshmallow and Josh, her new neighbor that happens to be a lawyer. It is a good book and tje mystery was fun to figure out and solve.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    A nice start to a new cozy series featuring in addition to our heroine Mimi- a talking cat. Well, a cat who can communicate with his owner. Marshmallow the kitty is one smart cat and he's key to getting Mimi off the suspect list when Russ, a rotten local dog breeder, is murdered. Don't worry- it never gets too woo woo or over the top but gives another perspective. This is a set up book so you get to meet Mimi, her sister, her meddling mom (enough already about finding Mimi a guy) and her sorta A nice start to a new cozy series featuring in addition to our heroine Mimi- a talking cat. Well, a cat who can communicate with his owner. Marshmallow the kitty is one smart cat and he's key to getting Mimi off the suspect list when Russ, a rotten local dog breeder, is murdered. Don't worry- it never gets too woo woo or over the top but gives another perspective. This is a set up book so you get to meet Mimi, her sister, her meddling mom (enough already about finding Mimi a guy) and her sorta kinda love interest Josh, an attorney who helps out as well. Fans of cozies know that there are lots of people who dislike Russ (and who wouldn't!) and that Mimi will find the truth. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. For fans of cozies featuring animals.
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  • Harvee
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in the Sassy Cat Mystery series, with a likable main character, pet groomer Mimi, and her sidekick, a fluffy white Persian cat named Marshmallow. Mimi wants to expose Russ, a local Chihuahua dog breeder, for inbreeding dogs and for the unsanitary conditions of his facilities, but gets in trouble when she is a suspect for crimes involving Russ.Written with lots of humor aimed mainly at the dog culture of LA - dog yoga or doga, dog acupuncture, dog gym, overly dressed, pampered, This is the first in the Sassy Cat Mystery series, with a likable main character, pet groomer Mimi, and her sidekick, a fluffy white Persian cat named Marshmallow. Mimi wants to expose Russ, a local Chihuahua dog breeder, for inbreeding dogs and for the unsanitary conditions of his facilities, but gets in trouble when she is a suspect for crimes involving Russ.Written with lots of humor aimed mainly at the dog culture of LA - dog yoga or doga, dog acupuncture, dog gym, overly dressed, pampered, and bejeweled dogs, etc. - Mimi Lee Gets a Clue is a fun read for dog lovers and mystery lovers alike.
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  • Samantha Verant
    January 1, 1970
    Im a new fan of cozy mysteries and Chows book truly delivered. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue was absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious and well written. We have a sweet romance! We have a murder mystery! We have a lovable and relatable protagonist! Oh, and lest I forget Marshmallow, the sassy and sarcastic talking cat. (I may have tried to get my cat to talk to me after reading. He just looked at me and flicked me off with his tail. Progress?) But I digress. Back to the book. This story was exactly what I I’m a new fan of cozy mysteries and Chow’s book truly delivered. Mimi Lee Gets a Clue was absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious and well written. We have a sweet romance! We have a murder mystery! We have a lovable and relatable protagonist! Oh, and lest I forget Marshmallow, the sassy and sarcastic talking cat. (I may have tried to get my cat to talk to me after reading. He just looked at me and flicked me off with his tail. Progress?) But I digress. Back to the book. This story was exactly what I needed– a light-hearted, well-paced read that is beyond fun!
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  • Phyllis Bernstein
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This was a lighthearted mystery/romance book. The twist was having a talking cat help Mimi solve the crimes. I found this a pleasant read to break up all the psychological suspense books I usually read. It was also a welcome light change during a stressful time in the world. I look forward to the authors next book with this character 3.5 stars. This was a lighthearted mystery/romance book. The twist was having a talking cat help Mimi solve the crimes. I found this a pleasant read to break up all the psychological suspense books I usually read. It was also a welcome light change during a stressful time in the world. I look forward to the author’s next book with this character
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you just want a book to take you out of the hard stuff thats going on around you. Welcome to L.A. where 25 year old Mimi Lee can open her own business, fall in love, rescue a litter of chihuahua puppies and solve a murder, all with the help of her talking cat. Throw in a few trips to In-N-Out and I am SO in! Sometimes you just want a book to take you out of the hard stuff that’s going on around you. Welcome to L.A. where 25 year old Mimi Lee can open her own business, fall in love, rescue a litter of chihuahua puppies and solve a murder, all with the help of her talking cat. Throw in a few trips to In-N-Out and I am SO in!
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    3/8/2020 Almost offended by how bad the Malaysian rep is, seeing as how I'm, you know, Malaysian. Full review tk at CriminalElement.com.
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