How to Moon a Cat
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How to Tail a Cat: 05/20/14
How to Tail a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale is the fourth book in the Cats and Curious series. At the close of How to Moon a Cat, the protagonist has learned her uncle has faked his death (for reasons unknown). While coming to terms with the revelation, Oscar's niece finds herself in the middle of an alligator-napping.
So in the timeline of the move into the Green Vase, this should be the book where the fictional Ed Lee equivalent is appointed mayor as the Current Mayor (aka fictional Gavin Newsom) leaves to be Lieutenant Governor of California. It looks like Monte, the wacky and politics obsessed neighbor is in the running instead.
But the focus isn't on the regime change in San Francisco. Instead, it's on the disappearance of an city celebrity — Clive the Alligator (who is clearly modeled on real life San Francisco gator, Claude. In previous books, all the mentions of actual San Franciscan personalities have been deceased people, with Moscone being the most recent in terms of San Francisco history.
In reviews of the previous three books I mentioned how these mysteries are capers where there are no deaths, no murders. How to Tail a Cat breaks that trend by ending with a very surprising murder. How that plot twist plays out is addressed in How to Paint a Cat.