International Cat Day 2022: Some Feline Detectives

It's the 8th of August 2022, International Cat Day, so of course, its time for a catty post! Well, not just a catty post, but a cats and books post (Literary Potpourri is after all home to Keli Cat's Book Corner). Cats of course have become quite a regular feature in mystery and detective fiction,…

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Book Review: Fifty-Four Pigs by Philipp Schott

My thanks to ECW Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Fifty-Four Pigs is the first in a series of mysteries by veterinarian and author, Dr Philipp Schott, a volume of whose nonfiction memoirs I had the chance to read and review some moths ago, and which I enjoyed very much. So…

Review: Sue and Tai-Chan, Vol. 1 by Konami Kanata

My thanks to Kodansha Comics and NetGalley for a review copy of this manga. Sue and Tai-Chan is the charming first volume of the adventures of Sue a seventeen-year-old cat, and Tai-Chan, a tiny black kitten. Natsuki, Sue’s ‘human’ is handed a box with Tai-Chan a little kitten to look after. He tries to refuse,…

Book Review: The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife by Bastet the Cat, Sophe Berger, and Laura Winstone

My thanks to Cicada Books and Edelweiss for a review copy of this book The Unofficial Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife is a simple, informative, entertaining and colourful picture book, introducing readers to Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding death and what followed in terms of rituals and observances. Our ‘guide' is a cat, Bastet—a pharaoh’s…

Book Review: The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa

The Cat Who Saved Books is a story of books and reading, but also of family, friends and relationships—the things that make life worth living and as well as a comment on the state of the wider world. I was very excited to read this book (because—a cat and books) but was wondering what I’d…

Book Review: Diary of a Buddhist Cat by Julian Worker

My thanks to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Diary of a Buddhist Cat is a delightful, humorous and entertaining read which I absolutely loved. This was the second of my recent reads to be narrated by a cat! Freddie is a three-year-old black-and-white tom who is adopted from a shelter…

Guest Post: Book Review: Kittyboy’s Christmas by Amy Ella Blanchard

Today I welcome the first ever bookish guest post on Literary Potpourri (we had a series of non-bookish ones, the Zodi-cat signs on kitty zodiac signs last year here, here, here, and here). And the post comes from my mother. Having read my Meowy Kitmas post on 'Kitty' Christmas reads a few days ago, she…

Book Review: Thunderpaws and the Tower of London by Ben Housden

My thanks to High Gate Press/Victory Editing and NetGalley for a review copy of this book. Thunderpaws and the Tower of London is an action-packed, imaginative and entertaining fantasy–adventure which takes us into some interesting realms—the past and the future! And what is most fun is that it is narrated in first person by our…

Book Review: How to Examine a Wolverine by Philipp Schott, DVM

My thanks to ECW Press and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. How to Examine a Wolverine is the memoirs/reminiscences of German-born, Canadian veterinary doctor, Dr Philipp Schott (this is his second book, the first being The Accidental Vet). In its various short chapters, Dr Schott relates different experiences from his over three-decade…