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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Cold Snap: A Novel by Codi Schneider is told in a suspenseful manner by a cat. Bijou isn't just any cat; she's a cat with a long history of courageous Viking ancestors. Her human, Spencer, runs Fox Burrow Pet Inn, where she boards animals in her home. Bijou's assistant is a Pomeranian dog named Skunk. She is flighty and easily distracted, which irritates Bijou at times. Spencer's newest arrivals include Eddy Line, who is opening a bakery, Hamlet the potbelly pig, and Fennec, a scared puppy. The adventures are whimsical as Bijou's pride, loyalty, and knowledge are put to the test. Her greatest challenge comes when Eddy is threatened, and someone dognaps a guest at the Fox Burrow Pet Inn. Bijou has to call on her inner Viking to help the humans find the culprits. Will it be enough?
I found Codi Schneider to be a creative writer with compassionate insight into feline thinking. Cold Snap is a steady stream of humor, suspense, and amazing antics of Bijou the Viking cat. This novel is refreshing as you never know what Bijou will do next or what other animal she will enlist as her accomplice. The author keeps you entertained with the drama animals come up with while the humans fall in love, start a business, and solve a crime. This novel was a delight to read, and I enjoyed the trivial information the author wove into the story. I had never heard of river surfing until reading this book and enjoyed reading more about this. I highly recommend this story to animal lovers.