I enjoy Cat Detectives. In my constant search for new and thrilling feline investigators I discovered that an earlier hero of mine is still out there with his magnifying glass – Mycroft, aka Big Mike, the amateur sleuth of Empty Creek, Arizona.
I first found Big Mike in Desert Cat (A “Big Mike” Mystery) and now I’ve found there are later cases he must crack in his own style. Sometimes it’s hard for a cat to get through to a human (don’t I know it) and Big Mike’s person, Penelope Warren, gets to claim the credit for her cat companion’s deductions.
No fur off our back, we know who the real genius is.
Big Mike is an Abyssinian
Abyssinians are very smart cats, similar in intelligence to myself.
When you first meet an Abyssinian, you’ll recognise that jungle look of the African Wild Cat (felis lybica), the Ancestor of all domestic cats.
Although Abyssinians come in several shades, including ruddy, red, blue and fawn, they’re all tabbies with a ticked appearance.Their long legs match their long, slender body profile and those ears, slightly flared, are just so aristocratic!
Abyssinian Cats are well known for their intense curiosity and intelligence. You could say they are very much like me, minus the deep blackness of coat.
I’ve just finished reading Dinosaur Cat (A “Big Mike” Mystery). How could I have missed out on this one before?
I’m just as keen on fossils as I am on Detective Cats and it was lucky that the woman-who-feeds-me picked up a second hand copy for peanuts.
Out in the Arizona desert, dinosaur bones are found and a paleontologist is murdered. An explosion buries the fossils but uncovers a 20 year old human skeleton. Weird visitors present puzzles for the eccentric residents.
And we see the workings of the great mind of Mycroft aka Big Mike.