Brushed Up On Murder


Brushed Up On Murder: A Mobile Cat Groomer Mystery
by Ruth J Hartman

About Brushed Up On Murder

Brushed Up On Murder: A Mobile Cat Groomer Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Indiana
Level Best Books (April 18, 2023)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 275 pages

The life of a cat groomer isn’t just pampering purring felines, it’s murder.

Mobile Cat Groomer Molly Stewart loves her job. Until she finds the dead body of one of her pet parents stabbed with a garden implement in his back yard. When Molly’s uncle Russ becomes the prime suspect in the murder and the sheriff won’t consider anyone else, Molly claws through obstacles as she prowls for clues.

With help from handsome veterinarian Hank Chenowith and Molly’s two cats, Percival and Jasper, will Molly succeed in proving her uncle’s innocence before the real murderer pounces on her?

About Ruth J. Hartman

Ruth J. Hartman spends her days herding cats and her nights spinning mysterious tales. She, her husband, and their cats love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats sit in the people’s recliners. Not that the cats couldn’t get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else’s.

Ruth, a left-handed, cat-herding, farmhouse-dwelling writer uses her sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women who seem to find trouble without even trying.

Ruth’s husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her despite her insistence all of her books have at least one cat in them. See updates about her cozy mysteries at

Q&A With the Author:

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

It’s always fun to write about cats, which is why all of my books have at least one feline in them! But this story was especially interesting since I got to research mobile cat groomers and how they do their jobs.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about? 

Right now, I’m working on Book 2 of my Bookshop Kitties Mysteries Series, and also, Book 4 of my Kitty Beret Café Series.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I’m hoping to write at least a few more books in the Kitty Beret Café Series before it’s done. And soon, I’ll start writing Book 2 in the Cat Groomer Mystery series too! 

How long have you been writing?

I’ve always loved to write, even as a little girl. I was that weird kid in high school who cheered when we were assigned term papers. My first published book came out in 2008. I love it!

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Just to say thank you! I appreciate each and every one of you. When someone tells me, or sends me an email or message that they enjoyed one of my books, or it made them smile or laugh, it makes my day!

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