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Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite
Lorilee Porter and her ward Jesse Pall have settled into a comfortable routine, which is thrown sideways by Hurricane Ian. Since the Homeowners Association has limited the number of cats Lorilee is allowed to have in her house at eight, she has to be very careful on how to protect the displaced cats affected by the devastation of the hurricane. Jesse helps the vet at the local animal shelter gather and care for the lost animals after school, which is the highlight of his day. When her spiteful neighbor Mitzi’s eldest son, Chris, is suspected of being part of a group of thieves that target high-end properties, Lorilee and Jesse cannot help but become involved in the effort to try to clear Chris’s name. In this fun cozy mystery, Lorilee has to practice her anger management techniques and keep her sarcastic thoughts to herself. Jesse has to navigate the new school and figure out who his friends are and who aren’t. For a seventy-something widow who does not like people, Lorilee has a way of sticking her neck out for people she thinks deserve her help. Raining Cats and Cats by Maggie Pill is the second in the series and is a relaxing read.
Raining Cats and Cats by Maggie Pill is written using relevant allusions to movies and characters known to everyone but with special meaning to teenagers, showing Lorilee Porter's youthful spirit despite her age. She has a loving heart for cats and the one or two stray humans that come across her path. As a retired Child Services worker, she has much experience to draw on when interacting with emotionally lost teenagers, who tend to drift her way. Many social themes, like teenage vulnerability, greed, and using intellectual skills to commit crimes, are touched upon. The most prominent theme for me was bullying, both for children that are different but also for children bullying grownups, as nasty Gregg does by spying on Lorilee and Jesse. Pill accurately captures the ease with which a social group can turn on its own, even when there is no proof of what that person is accused of. The Cats and Crimes series is one I recommend if you are looking for a cozy read with some humor and relatable content.