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Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines: 12/16/20
Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow is the second book in the Sassy Cat mystery series. Mimi goes to pick up Alice at the elementary school where she works expecting a fun night together but those plans are put on hold when they find another teacher dead in her car. Alice is now a person of interest and Mimi decides she, with the help of her cat, will clear her sister's name.
This book continues with the talking cat plot first introduced in Mimi Lee Gets a Clue. In the first volume, Marshmallow's ability to talk isn't explained beyond it being part of their bond as pet and owner. Now with the introduction of Nimbus, a gray kitten with the same ability, albeit to a lesser degree, Chow includes a secondary plot thread to explain why and how.
The oddest part about Nimbus is where she's found. She's found near the murder scene but her relationship to the murder is mostly coincidental. The dead teacher had been feeding her but it's hinted at that Nimbus had been to the teacher's apartment. It's unlikely the cat would have also been taken to school. Thus her appearance under the car is farfetched.
The mystery this time is less centered on Mimi's job as a dog groomer, although she does use her connections from people met through her work to solve the case. I found some of Mimi's leaps in logic hard to follow, but not enough to not enjoy the mystery as a whole.