A Familiar Tail - Delia James

A great start to a new series.  There wasn't much I didn't like about it; likeable characters, a great plot that spanned the book without getting bogged down and a cat.  A cat that can disappear.  Oh and witches.  I know, totally irresistible, right?


Annabelle Britton arrives in Portsmouth, NH for a 2 week visit with BFF Martine.  Right after arriving, she encounters Alastair, a cat belonging to a recently deceased witch named Dorothy who died under mysterious circumstances, and Annabelle (Anna to her friends, A.B. when she's talking to herself) is drawn into solving the mystery 


The plot was well written, it had a good balance between the paranormal and the mystery.  Actually, now that I think about it, most of the sleuthing was done the old fashioned way, not by using spells and so on.  But it was well-paced with a lot of twists and turns.  And just the right number of characters to keep you guessing without being confusing.


The only thing I didn't like was that there were a few plot lines that were introduced and dropped.  A little annoying, but not terrible.


A solid start and a great read.  I'm looking forward to reading more about A.B. and her friends.