The Captain’s Log – the cat of amontillado (S.M. Reine) – I think me UF kick is over . . .

Ahoy there me mateys!  Those who have been aboard for a while know that urban fantasy and I are not usually friends.  In fact we tend to be enemies.  I can’t explain why.  It’s just a truth.  And yet recently I loved the DFZ and The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Magic series.  So when Melanie @ grabthelapels gushed about S.M. Reine’s work, I figured I would take a chance.

Ye see this book is about a cat who can turn into a human.  It is a cozy mystery with homage to Edgar Allan Poe.  The title and the psychic cat as a main character convinced me to try it.  The fact I got it for free didn’t hurt and it is short at 67 pages.

Ultimately it ended up being okay.  I actually very much liked Mr. Poe the cat, the neighbor who helps him, and the overall tone.  However, the mystery was boring and the world building a bit not to me taste.  I wouldn’t mind reading the rest of the series if it were free but don’t want to spend me loot on it.  But having just read two UF series back to back could just mean that I am very much done with the genre for a while.  That fact I can find any enjoyment in UF at all is still a marvel to me.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the book:

It takes a special kind of man to survive in a world torn apart by vampires, zombies, sidhe, and gods.

A man like Mr. Poe.

Brilliant. Handsome. Fluffy. A psychic cat who can shapeshift into a human.

A vampire’s shriveled husk is found long-dead in a wine cellar underneath Haven, a retirement resort where immortals pass infinite time. The only rule in Haven is zero violence, and there’s zero tolerance.

Mr. Poe must team up with the local sheriff, Gwyneth Gresham, in order to solve the murder, bring justice to the deader-than-usual victim, and survive Miss Draconia’s Knitting Circle. For a budding detective like Mr. Poe, one little murder mystery won’t even give him paws.

To visit the author’s website go to:

S.M. Reine – Author

To buy the novelette please visit:

the cat of amontillado – Book 1

To add to Goodreads go to:

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10 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the cat of amontillado (S.M. Reine) – I think me UF kick is over . . .

  1. I really liked the writing of this book. It’s nowhere near as good at Reine’s regular work, and she admits that it was written at a weird time and meant to not take itself seriously. Now that I’ve finished her first series, The Descent, I see that the Poe books were likely written for huge fans of the universe she created. Gwyn, the zombie sheriff, is a rancher from another Reine series, so it’s weird to see her come back. Cesar was in another series (the Dana McIntre books), and Haven is introduced and explained in The Descent series. Basically, when I read Mr. Poe, I had a lot of background on how this world works.

    For me, the fun part was how Reine never stops having Poe act like a cat in human form, from how much he licks himself to the way he randomly climbs up on people’s laps to his concern about what neutering is and does that mean they’ll cut off his penis (in the second book).


  2. Yeah, I can relate to this feeling. I rarely feel in the mood for Urban Fantasy — but when it comes, I desperately want to read it. It’s a weird thing.

    Honestly, I think UF suffers from the same thing the Romance and Cozy Mystery genres suffers from: too many not-great-authors who have published too-many-books. A lot of readers just binge certain genres. This means to a lot of adequate-at-best books you have to wade through to find something good.

    I recently read, and LOVED, Jade City. I count it as UF. It’s a fantasy set in a made-up late 80s’s-post-economic-boom-Asian island. There is a magic system based on jade and a lot of Godfather-deep mafia. I think you’d enjoy it. The final book in the trilogy is set to come out in early 2021… So, just FYI. 😉


  3. Well, I think the news isn’t that this offering fell a bit flat – but, knowing your record, that you thoroughly enjoyed two UF series back to back, Cap:)). Happy reading, whatever your genre!

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      1. Oh that sounds like huge fun. There are some wonderfully quirky reads out there:)). And right now – I’m all about getting lost in loads of fun and ridiculousness…


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