Book Review | The Cat and The Corpse in the Old Barn by Kate High

Title: The Cat and The Corpse in the Old Barn

Author: Kate High

Publisher: Little Brown

Release Date: 4th March 2021

Source: NetGalley
Clarice Beech has two passions in life: animal rescue and Detective Inspector Rick Beech. She is devoted to the first but she and Rick have been separated for the past six months - life without him is hard.

Clarice shares her other love, for contemporary ceramics, with the charming Lady Vita Fayrepoynt. When Vita's adopted three-legged ginger cat Walter disappears from Weatherby Hall Clarice is called in to find him. Walter, snug in an old barn, is quite well. But his discovery ends with Clarice in hospital, and Rose Miller, late of the Old Vicarage in the morgue. There is nothing natural about Rose's death...

Putting their differences aside, Clarice and Rick are drawn together to try to understand the murder that has shaken the rural Lincolnshire community. As she explores Rose's past Clarice is pulled into a shady world of blackmail, scams and violence. And as the secrets of Weatherby Hall and the Fayrepoynt family threaten to spill out Clarice finds friendships tested, and her own life at risk.

A debut mystery set in the Lincolnshire Wolds, featuring an amateur detective who mixes sleuthing with her other great love: animal rescue. The perfect classic crime mystery for fans of Ann Granger, M. C. Beaton and Caroline Graham's Midsomer Murders.

I’m a sucker for a cosy mystery and if that mystery happens to include cats or dogs then I’m suckered, this book has both.

Clarice lives a near idyllic life in Lincolnshire, she is a skilled ceramic artist and she also is the go to person in her neighbourhood for looking after animals with nowhere else to go.  Her life would be fully perfect if her policeman husband was still at home and not living elsewhere.

Whilst on the lookout for one of her neighbours rogue cats she not only finds the missing moggy hiding in a local barn but when the floor gives way beneath her she also comes across a body.  The body belongs to a local woman, Rose, a woman whose past seems a little bit dodgy to say the least.

Clarice’s discovery brings her back in to the path of her ex-husband Rick, despite his insistence she doesn’t get involved, she finds herself looking in to Rose’s past and discovers that she was definitely not who she said she was and when less than savoury relatives of Rose’s turn up, Clarice finds herself looking over her shoulder.  She also discovers that the murder may lead to a murkier secret which may cause a local family to give up their secrets.

This was an enjoyable read, some cosy crimes can be a bit twee but this wasn’t, it was the perfect balance of fun and crime and you could almost imagine Miss Marple inserting herself in to the picturesque setting.

A fun read, perfect for all cosy crime fans.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cloak and Dagger ‘21
Travels with my books ‘ 21


  1. Both dogs and cats? I definitely need to check out this book😁

  2. Cosy mysteries I have read are always too twee for me. Glad to know there is an exception!

  3. Cosy mysteries can be a lot of fun...but in small doses for me. :)

  4. I also like cozy mysteries that involve pets. Nice that this one has cat and dogs. Glad to hear it had a good mix between fun and crime, it can be hard to find a book that gets that balance right.

  5. I don't read too many cozies but, the cat ones with catchy titles always get my attention LOL

  6. I really like the cover! Glad you liked it :)

  7. It sounds like a lot of fun! I still struggle a bit to get into the cozies. Finished one this morning and now I feel like a real murder mystery or political thriller or something. Love the cover of this one too!

    1. Yes, I usually have to read them in between something serious!


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