The Windmill Murders

The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, Book 12

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Pub Date 4 May 2023 | Archive Date 20 Apr 2023

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Hettie and Tilly find themselves investigating past secrets of murder, in an eerie case for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency


Hettie and Tilly are summoned to a mysterious tea party hosted by Tilly’s long-lost great-aunts. The ancient windmill they live in is not what it seems, and very soon the mill begins to reveal its terrifying secrets of murder and betrayal. Tilly must face her family’s demons as Hettie fights to unravel the tragedies of the past.

Who are the hippy cats camped in the field? Why do the walls of the windmill whisper at night? And who lives in the derelict priory on the hill? Will Hettie and Tilly have the wind blown out of their sails before this baffling case is brought to a grinding conclusion?

Join these fearless cats as they investigate another pastry-laden mystery for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency.

Hettie and Tilly find themselves investigating past secrets of murder, in an eerie case for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency


Hettie and Tilly are summoned to a...

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I am a massive fan of 'The No2 Feline Detective Agency' series and I was so excited to be able to read this. The book didn't let me down. I binge read it in a couple of days. It's probably one of my favourites of the series.
It was interesting to find out a bit more about Tilly's family tree. I love that the detective agency is expanding a bit aswell with help from Bruiser, Dolly and the Butter sisters. The book is full of suspense, crime, murder and plenty of cat puns. If you are a fan of cosy crime and murder mysteries then give this series a read. You will love hearing about the adventures that Hettie Batshot and Tilly Jenkins find themselves on :)
Thankyou so much NetGallery UK, the author Mandy Morton and the publishers for letting me read this book in return for an honest review.

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Mandy Morton writes books that you won’t forget. Intelligent and 3D characters, while they are cats, you’ll know someone like each. Every mystery is fully formed, intellect, cunning and whip smart motive are always present.

The windmill murders is for everyone, there’s thriller, horror, history, fun. An absolute tour de force.

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I surprised my lself by how much h I enjoyed this book. I'm not the biggest cat lover but I absolutely adored this.

Such love for all the characters and I really enjoyed the take on the story too, it was very unique. Woukd happily recommend and even read more in this series

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This book turned out to be really stinkin cute! I loved Hettie and Tilly’s friendship so much and the author was able to give the full depth of their bond. All the characters were well developed and lovable. Overall a unique take on a cat-tastic murder mystery. Also a sucker for a good cover which is what drew me in. Thanks NetGalley for the advanced copy!

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Another triumph by Mandy Morton.
Incredible characters, fabulous puns and a storyline with wonderful twists and turns.

Mandy manages to create a society where cats with jobs is the norm and I love how easily you can slip in to their way of life. The use of language creates an immersive environment that I can see clearly and I want nothing more than a Butters Pie!

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I love #2 FDA series. The author has created a delightful world of anthropomorphized cats. The Windmill Murders is very impressive case., Mandy Morton can write a great mystery. What started out as a Sunday tea with Tilly’s great aunts turns out to be quite a terrifying adventure. Hettie and Tilly use their detective skills to solve murders and save themselves, Dolly and Bruiser. A great cast of characters.

An interesting read that I recommend to lovers of cats and cozy mysteries. Thanks for the pleasure of allowing me to read this ARC.

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I loved this!! It was so good and so cute! I could not get enough! Such a wonderful book.
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I like this book, it was quite fun to read and the bit of history tangled in this story was very subtle, yet important. Even though at first, I found the cats as characters, unusual., I loved the word play and the quirky inclusion of behavior. All in ll I really enjoyed the book and read it in two sitting. Thanks you NetGalley and the publishers for the DRC

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The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency
How did this excellent series slip by me? Hattie and Fully are awesome characters. A tea party with delicious pastries, an old windmill, murder and betrayal are all included in this cozy. I got to find more from this author! Great story plot with lots of suspects and suspense! Thanks#netgalley and#Farragobooks for the eARC in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are mine.

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My thanks to Duckworth Books/Farrago for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Windmill Murders’ by Mandy Morton.

This is Book 11 in her series of cosy mysteries that feature anthropomorphic cats, Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins, who run the No 2 Feline Detective Agency. I have enjoyed a number of the books in the charming series.

In this outing Tilly and Hettie are taking a post-Christmas break from cases. Tilly has become interested in tracing her family-tree and has identified two possible great-aunts. After writing a letter of introduction, she is delighted to be invited to their home, Skrimshaw Priory, in Norfolk.

So Tilly and Hettie travel there and discover that the aunties are living in an ancient windmill. However, the land around it is occupied by a group of hippie cats that consider themselves the protectors of the aunties, who they refer to as ‘the Ancients’. Tilly and Hettie are disturbed by this arrangement as well as by the aunties’ feral behaviour.

It appears that there are secrets to be uncovered, especially for Tilly as she experiences vivid nightmares about the distant past including a possible ancestor Matilda the Shield Maiden. There are rumours of ghosts and of course dastardly deeds. No further details to avoid spoilers.

As always with the books in this series, the cats are extremely interested in their food, including delicious pastries and fry-ups. Also, Mandy Morton loves her puns, especially of names like Mathew Katkins, the Witchfinder General. There was a fair amount of history in this outing linked to cats in Saxon and Viking times.

Overall, ‘The Windmill Murders’ was a fun addition to this series of cosy feline mysteries. They always make me smile whilst reading and I am sure will please cat lovers and those who enjoy cosy mysteries that are a little different.

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A cute cozy but substitute cats for humans and you get the picture. A bit of a locked room mystery, thrills and good characters. This is the first book in this series I've read but I would definitely like to read more.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion.

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If you're looking for a book that's a bit different - this is it!

The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency is, as you may expect, staffed by cats. Tilly has been researching her family and now Hettie and Tilly are summoned to a tea party held by Tilly's great-aunts who she has never met before. When they arrive, it's not exactly what they were expecting. The aunts are living in a windmill and hardly welcoming; they seem to be part of a community which seems more like a cult to the investigating duo; Something isn't quite right and they are determined to get to the bottom of it all.

This is the eleventh book in this series, but my first foray into Mandy Morton's writing. I was entertained from beginning to end. The character names are quite wonderful - so many smiles to be had! Hettie and Tilly get themselves into a real scrape, and I wasn't quite sure if they were going to get back out of it. A fun mystery and such a good read. If you need a bit of fun in your reading, this will definitely do it. And, just to add, I'm not actually a cat person! Four stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley' this is - as always - my honest, original and unbiased review.

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Many thanks to NetGalley and Farrago for this Advanced Reader Copy and the opportunity to review “The Windmill Murders.” All opinions and comments are my own.

A windmill there was (and is), and murders, but Hettie Bagshot and Tilly Jenkins, the proprietors of The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency, find much more to be concerned with in “The Windmill Murders,” the latest entry in this “cats as detectives” mystery series by Mandy Morton. This is the eleventh book.

The windmill keeps coming up in nightmares that Tilly is having, of something that happened to her family in the 17th century. She’s become interested in genealogy, you see, and she thinks she’s found a couple of relatives. So, a connection is made, and an invitation extended, and off Tilly and Hettie go, and a long, strange trip begins. Hoo, boy.

There’s a touch of the supernatural in this one, and the “tales of the 17th century” interspersed in the narrative make interesting reading. Those who enjoy glimpses into the past will be pleased with Hettie’s experiences. Me, not so much. At the core, though, is crime, and murder, something that the resolving of Tilly and Hettie are very good at, this time not without peril to themselves and accusation of doing the evil deed themselves by some bad ‘uns. They’re saved with a little help from their village friends the Butter sisters -- an amazing assist, I assure you. And it all comes right for the land surrounding “that” windmill -- quite an interesting story line, here.

And of course, readers are treated to a steady diet of bacon baps and jam sponges. Detectives need their strength, doncha know. And mustn’t forget to mention what’s happening at home. It’s surprising what the funeral of one of the more, shall we say, unlamented inhabitants of the town brings out in people, uh, cats.

“The Windmill Murders” is a bit of a departure for our two female felines. If they want to cavort with Viking queens and “ghosts,” who am I to say nay. I’ll just look forward to the next one.

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How FUN!! Although this is the 11th installment of the "No 2 Feline Detective Agency", it was my first time with this delightful cozy mystery series, but I think it was fine as a stand-alone! Here's the deal - the two detectives, Tilly & Hettie, are CATS! But sometimes I forgot that as I fell into their mystery world of cuteness & quirk. It's a lovely story & now I'm going to have to go through the back-list, LOL! My sincere thanks to Net Galley & the publisher for the complimentary DRC, and I am leaving this voluntary review for them.

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Another fantastic addition to my favorite mystery. Paws up! I loved every bit of this book meow-much. It was interesting to learn about Tilly's ancestors - she's related to the Skrimshaws of Skrimshaws Priory. A letter from Tilly's great-aunts inviting her for tea takes Hettie, Tilly, Bruiser, and Dolly to a place from which their return is doubtful.
There's a murder on the premises and a group of hippie cats led by a rival of the Skrimshaws believes that Hettie, Tilly, Dolly, and Bruiser were responsible for the crime. Oh, meow! That's not good news. The four are locked in (with the dead bodies) and will be burned to death in a couple of days.

As the story proceeds, we see Hettie and Tilly not only solve the case, but with the help of Bruiser and Dolly, find a way out of the problem they are currently facing.

There's a bit of history and horror, lots of baked goodies, cats, and super fun. I enjoyed reading The Windmill Murders. Highly recommended!

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This was my first introduction to "The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency Books." All the characters are Tilly and Hettie live and run their detective agency from above the Butter Sisters' bakery. Tilly has been doing her family history and has found a great aunt she did not know existed. She wrote her and received an invitation to tea. Tilly &Hettie, along with friends Bruiser and Dolly, set out for an adventure. They soon realize they may have gotten more than they bargained for. Tilly & Hettie find a hippie society with secrets and her aunt is actually two aunts and they are not sane. Soon there is a locked room murder to solve along with other strange goings on.

This was a fine mystery and some fun characters. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to NetGalley and Farrago books for the chance to read it.

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I was drawn to the colourful cover, and thought this looked and sounded like my kind of book.

I thought this was delightful. Who doesn't love a cosy mystery where the detectives are cats? Each cat had their own personality too. This book was a lot of fun, entertaining and made me smile from the beginning. I would be interested in reading some more of these.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy to review.

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Hettie and Tilly are back. It's just after Christmas and the town has decided to keep the decorations up for January to keep everyone happy. Tilly has taken up genealogy and has discovered that she might have some great aunts in Norfolk. She sends them a letter and is surprised to get a reply asking her for afternoon tea.
She decides to take Hettie and Bruiser with her and Dolly comes along for the rider.
When they reach their destination, they are met by a band of hippies, of whom one declares that he is the rightful heir to the land and the great aunt sisters have signed over the land to him.
This sets Hettie's whiskers trembling and after meeting the sisters who are decidedly feral, vile deeds come aplenty and it's up to the gang to sort out the good from the bad.
Of course there is cake and bacon sandwiches in the mix alongside a nice cup of milky tea!

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Another winner featuring Hattie, Tillie and the groups of cats. I fell in love with this series and had to read all the books.
This is a very good one, a bit darker than usual and with more paranormal aspects, but I was very happy to catch up with the cats and learn something new about them or the story of some side characters.
Enjoyable, compelling, and very entertaining. A solid and tightly knitted plot that kept hooked.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine

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This is the 12th book in the series, which I didn't realise when I started reading. It does however work perfectly well as a standalone.

Hettie and Tilly run the No 2 Feline Detective Agency. This story sees Tilly caught up in tracing her relatives and family tree, and when she discovers she may have 2 great aunts living in Norfolk, she and Hettie, along with friends Bruiser and Dolly, travel to meet them. What they discover is a huge mystery, and the four cats work to solve the puzzle.

I really enjoyed the premise of a world full of cats, even if I did struggle at times to remember they were felines not humans! A quick, fun read, and I'll definitely be looking out for the earlier books in the series.

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A quick, easy and engaging read. Absolutely loved this mystery and couldn't put it down. A really enjoyable read.

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