For this October’s book for 2023, we are so blessed to have Catarinna Cummings sponsor us and she has picked her debut book for our Monthly Book Selection.
The Mocha Girl Read Monthly Book Selection for October 2023 is The Cat That Played Chess by Catarinna Cummings
Take a minute to see what this book is all about.
Product tester and gadget geek Zapporah Leverne shares her home with couch-surfing buddy Sloth and pet cat Rookie. Her big heart gets her into trouble because she’s violated her apartment’s lease agreement. When her landlady gives her an eviction notice, Zapporah can’t believe her eyes since she and the landlady were on good terms, and she’s always been on time with her rent. That very night, Rookie displays an unbelievable skill; she’s able to set up a chessboard and move chess pieces. Zapporah believes Rookie’s skill could help her score the fast money she needs to get new digs.
Zapporah re-connects with Kenny, her ex-boyfriend. Although she’s forgiven him for catching him getting a lap dance from his boss, Gloria Stravos, Zapporah will not go beyond anything other than getting his help with securing a talent agent for Rookie.
Rookie is hired for a commercial, and just as things are about to look up for Zapporah, her intelligent cat is stolen. Sloth and Kenny attempt to outdo each other as they come to her aid to find Rookie.
When she gets a strange voice message from Gloria, Zapporah goes to find out what’s going on. She finds Gloria murdered. Previous opposition with Gloria implicates her as a suspect. Zapporah’s intuition about that strange phone call tells her that whoever stole her cat also murdered Gloria.
Zapporah and Sloth are up against a cunning murderer, white supremacists, and an inept cop to find her intelligent cat. Will gadgets, and a strong intuition be enough to help Zapporah find her cat and the murderer?
MEET THE AUTHOR
Catarrina Cummings is an author from Baltimore, Maryland who now lives in San Diego. She is the creator of the Snooping While Black mysteries series, with the first book being The Cat That Played Chess. In addition to dedicated service to her feline overlord, Madam Scrunchka, she also hones her guitar playing under a master instructor.
Her love for chess began when she served in the U.S. Navy, traveling and engaging in tournaments. She’s thrilled that she found the chance to include it in her first novel.
Nowadays, Catarrina can be found solving chess problems and attending multiple book clubs. If she ever finds enough free time from these activities, she might wish to consider finishing the second installation of her mystery series.
Stay connected with Catarrina Cummings and her captivating cozy mysteries by visiting her official page at www.catarrinacummings.com. Catarrina loves to hear from readers, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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