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Publication Order of The No.2 Feline Detective Agency Books

The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat Among the Pumpkins (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost of Christmas Paws (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death of Downton Tabby (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Michaelmas Murders (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Magical Mystery Paws (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Gravy (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ice Maid's Tail (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pocket Full of Pie (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cat and the Pendulum (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Mandy Morton is a Suffolk-born author who fell in love with books as a five-year-old. This was the time when she first read “Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame and fell in love with the characters Mole and Ratty.

It was this that sparked a lifelong habit of using fiction as a mechanism for the exploration of new territories but also as an escape for when things were too harsh in her life.

Mandy led quite a difficult childhood as she was born the last born of a man that was known as a war hero to the outside world, even as he was quite a frightening and disillusioned man behind closed doors.

Mandy’s mother was no better given that she was often unwell thus leaving her alone and lonely.

As such, Mandy usually found solace in the idyllic riverbank yet dysfunctional setting that Kenneth Grahame wrote about. She loved Mole and Ratty’s companionship and their cozy homes.

In her imagination, she became their friend and together they would have all manner of adventures. With her two new best friends, she finally had the bravery she needed to meet the weasels and stoats and explore the wild and deep woods.

While she sometimes got afraid, she found solace in the fact that she could always get a happy ending by the fireside.

When Mandy Morton, later on, went to school, she read George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” which provided insights into a different kind of story.
This was an anthropomorphic story that did not provide the usual comfort she was used to but something very different. The novel had a very significant impact on the young Mandy Morton, who was then fourteen years old.

She had never before then read anything that involved government or politics before Animal Farm.

Reading the novel opened her eyes, as it was the first time that she came to realize that if bad people are left unchallenged and unchecked for long enough, things can go wrong very quickly.

It can result in after effects that would send reverberations throughout society. The work shook her to her core and she found George Orwell a clever author that wrote a utopian tale, even as he dressed it up as a satirical story about animals.

It was then that she realized that by exploring issues indirectly, she could take more risks. She would then proceed to act things out using animal characters and tried a range of things that just would not work with human characters.

Mandy Morton would go on to have a successful even if short career as a folk rock musician, as she toured Europe to perform her six recorded albums during the 1970s.

During this time, she gained confidence in the expression of her feelings, which she let out in her lyrics. Things took a turn when melodic music lost out to punk forcing her to find a new career in the arts.

She would work for several years as a journalist at the British Broadcasting corporation before she shifted gears yet again to become a fiction writer.
Since Mandy Morton felt that she was done exploring life and love she felt that she needed to do something unique. Given that she had only lost Hettie her tabby cat a few weeks earlier, she decided to write out her devastation and pain.

As she wrote about the cat’s daily routine, habits and personality, she seemed to be busy bringing her happy cat back to life. Given that she felt she was done writing human stories, not one of her characters in the work was human.

This made for an intriguing and original story that would become a bestseller.

Mandy Morton’s novel “The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency” is a whimsical debut about the mac-wearing tabby car Hettie Baghoit that is the founder of one of the best detective agencies in town.

She usually works alongside Tilly Jenkins, a very able assistant as they work in a community populated by plumbers, bakers, and musicians.

At the opening of the novel, they are desperate for a case since they are just about to be evicted. Hettie takes a case from Marcia Wollcoat her old friend.

She needs them to investigate and find the person responsible for snatching the bodies of three recently deceased residents from their burial sites.

Hettie loves to work on the case but there is a constant distraction from catnip pipe and the prospect of lunch.

Soon after, the furless bodies of the residents are discovered in a rubbish bin and soon after there is news that a nurse at the retirement home has taken her own life.

Hettie is a decent detective but solving mysteries is tougher than she thought it would be.

“Cat Among the Pumpkins” by Mandy Morton is a fanciful and weird story that is set in a world populated by some of the most intelligent cats.

At the opening of the novel, Hettie and Tilly Jenkins her trusted assistant are investigating the murder of Mavis Spitforce who had been stabbed. The body of the victim had been discovered dressed up like a pumpkin.

The victim had been busy writing a story about Thaddeus Myers nicknamed Milky, who had killed all members of his immediate family a few years back.

According to local rumor mills, he still haunted the family home and every Halloween the residents fear that he could come back and kill once again.

According to Hettie, the man was killed because of her will and the crime had nothing to do with supernatural forces. However, she will need the help of the medium Irene Peddledrip and the Reverend Jacob Surplus to solve the case.

It is a quirky but interesting story with a peculiar British charm.

Mandy Morton’s novel “The Death of Downton Tabby” sees Hettie Bagshot and Tilly her assistant being contracted to provide security and organization for one of the biggest literary festivals.

Some of the prominent guests expected to grace the event include Downton Tabby the renowned author. Tilly, Hettie, and their friends work hard to ensure the success of the event and it seems like it is going to be a memorable one.

It proves very memorable but not for what had originally been envisioned. A series of unexpected events result in a macabre outcome that is what anyone would have imagined.

Still, the show is a huge success that enhances the reputation of Hettie’s detective agency.

It makes for a very lively refreshing and entertaining story.

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