Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: Cooley's Panther

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Cooley's Panther
Jody Wallace
Release Date:
March 2011
Meankitty Publishing
Word Count:
approx. 6,000
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Is that a really big kitty in Cooley's suburban back yard...or a new way of looking at the world?

Miss Nicola Johansen, otherwise known as Cooley, relies on the predictability of her suburban subdivision to keep her feeling safe. When she spies a black panther slinking along her back fence in the wee hours of the morning, her comfortable life is shaken like a maraca. Repeated calls to the cops result in an investigation, and a finger of blame gets pointed at the mysterious man who lives in 2201 down the street. Like the fact his yard is a disgrace wasn't enough reason to suspect that man of nefarious dealings--the animal pens behind his house are the clincher.

But what happens when Cooley finds out the mysterious man isn't quite the scofflaw she assumed? What happens when she finds out he's absolutely...magnetic?

Annie’s Review:
Cooley’s Panther is a delightful short story about Nicola Johansen, AKA “Cooley” and her desire for a “quiet, suburban and without surprises” neighborhood. She’s even a little too driven by that desire but I can identify with her. I too want my neighbors to keep their lawns well-manicured and the last thing I want to find lurking about in my yard is a large panther.

I’d pretty much guessed the ending but I still enjoyed the story. I wish it were longer – I read it one evening after going to bed and finished it before falling asleep just a little past my usual time. Maybe, just maybe, the author will write a follow-up. (Hint, hint!)

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