"Paranormal mystery is a refreshing change of pace"

Annie Hill has decided it's time to get away. Stalked by her ex-fiancÚ and feeling the time is right to move out of her parents house, Annie packs up her Detective agency her two kittens and her best friend and office manager Keela and heads for the small town of Clarion, Illinois. The lease price for the Cedar House seemed too good to be true but reassured by the agents that there was nothing physically wrong Annie snapped it up. It's only after she moves in that she discovers the house is already inhabited and the only way to get rid of her ghostly tenants is to find out why they are still here.

Cat lovers will be enthralled by the interaction between the slinky sleuths; Annie's two mischievous kittens as they give a cat's eye view of life and subtly direct the humans to the solution of the mystery. Which of course they had known all along.

I would describe THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT as more mystery than romance however fans of gentle romances will enjoy the gradually developing relationship between Annie and handyman and volunteer fire-fighter Rick Warrick. I liked the refreshing change of pace from the more recent trend of instant heated encounters; there is nothing in this novel that you wouldn't let your young teenage daughter read. The only caution I would give is that this is the first of a series and though one mystery of Cedar House is solved you will need to wait as patiently as I am for the next book to find out the rest of its secrets.

Barbara Small for PNR Reviews

Reviewed by Barbara Small
Posted June 9, 2004


For fans of cozy mystery, sleuths of the feline persuasion and things that go bump in the night, Annie Hill and the Slinky Sleuths series are a must. This is the first mystery in the series. Who are the ghostly dancers in the living room mirror and why must the dance go on?


The House that Jack Built
(Book 1 of Annie Hill and the Slinky Sleuths)
by Susan C. Yarina

Treble Heart Books
August 1, 2003
ISBN #1931742510
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