Talk to the Paw

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$8.99 US
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On sale Feb 20, 2024 | 304 Pages | 978-1-4201-5601-0
The hilarious and heartwarming novel about everyone’s favorite klepto-kitty, MacGyver, an adorably mischievous tabby with a talent for thievery and a sideline in helping the humans in his life find the love they deserve…

She’s putting her love life on paws… but her cat has other ideas!

Jamie Snyder is thirty-four and single but NOT ready to mingle. After suffering through The Year of the Non-Commital Man, The Year of the Self-Absorbed Man, and The Year of the Forgot-to-Mention-I’m-Married Man, Jamie’s ready to celebrate The Year of Me—and MacGyver, of course. MacGyver is an adorable tabby with a not-so-adorable habit of sneaking out at night and stealing things from the neighbors. That’s right, MacGyver is a cat burglar. He’s still the only male Jamie trusts—and the only companion she needs. 

MacGyver knows his human is lonely. He can smell it. It’s the same smell he’s noticed on their neighbor David, a handsome young baker who’s tired of his friends trying to fix him up. But now MacGyver’s on the case. First, he steals something from David and stashes it at Jamie’s. Then, he steals something from Jamie and leaves it with David. Before long, the two are swapping stolen goods, trading dating horror stories, and trying not to fall in love. But they’re not fooling MacGyver. When humans generate this much heat, the cat is out of the bag . . .
Praise for Melinda Metz 
 
“If I am feeling blue, I turn to light reads for a little lift, and this fun tale about Mac the cat was perfect!” —First for Women on Mac on a Hot Tin Roof 
 
"Filled with romance and adorable kitty antics, Talk to the Paw is a light and cozy read that is awesome to curl up with, particularly alongside your own mischievous cat!” —Modern Cat
 
“The surpassingly cute story of a matchmaking cat determined to pair off his human with a neighbor through the power of stinky laundry.” —Kirkus Reviews on Talk to the Paw 
 
"There's no time to pussyfoot around!...the cat's meow." —Closer on Talk to the Paw 
 
“The spirit of a legendary fox guides the lives of downhearted residents of a sleepy Maine town in Metz’s uplifting outing...The fox spirit touches other lives in a tightly woven series of engrossing story lines… Metz’s stories of hope and second chances pack a genuine emotional wallop.” —Publishers Weekly on Fox Crossing 
 
“If the adorable cover doesn’t have you picking up this book to read, then the witty, charming story that plays out inside should have you begging for more…If you want fun, cute and memorable, this is the book.” —Suspense Magazine on Talk to the Paw
Melinda Metz is the internationally bestselling author of the Roswell High series, basis of the hit television show Roswell, as well as humorous, feel-good books including Fox Crossing and her novels featuring MacGyver the matchmaking klepto-kitty, which have been published in 13 countries and translated into 14 languages. She is also an Edgar Award nominee for the Wright and Wong mystery series, written with Laura J. Burns. Melinda lives in North Carolina with her dog Scully, who exhibits some cat-like behaviors—such as seldom coming when she’s called.

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The hilarious and heartwarming novel about everyone’s favorite klepto-kitty, MacGyver, an adorably mischievous tabby with a talent for thievery and a sideline in helping the humans in his life find the love they deserve…

She’s putting her love life on paws… but her cat has other ideas!

Jamie Snyder is thirty-four and single but NOT ready to mingle. After suffering through The Year of the Non-Commital Man, The Year of the Self-Absorbed Man, and The Year of the Forgot-to-Mention-I’m-Married Man, Jamie’s ready to celebrate The Year of Me—and MacGyver, of course. MacGyver is an adorable tabby with a not-so-adorable habit of sneaking out at night and stealing things from the neighbors. That’s right, MacGyver is a cat burglar. He’s still the only male Jamie trusts—and the only companion she needs. 

MacGyver knows his human is lonely. He can smell it. It’s the same smell he’s noticed on their neighbor David, a handsome young baker who’s tired of his friends trying to fix him up. But now MacGyver’s on the case. First, he steals something from David and stashes it at Jamie’s. Then, he steals something from Jamie and leaves it with David. Before long, the two are swapping stolen goods, trading dating horror stories, and trying not to fall in love. But they’re not fooling MacGyver. When humans generate this much heat, the cat is out of the bag . . .

Reviews

Praise for Melinda Metz 
 
“If I am feeling blue, I turn to light reads for a little lift, and this fun tale about Mac the cat was perfect!” —First for Women on Mac on a Hot Tin Roof 
 
"Filled with romance and adorable kitty antics, Talk to the Paw is a light and cozy read that is awesome to curl up with, particularly alongside your own mischievous cat!” —Modern Cat
 
“The surpassingly cute story of a matchmaking cat determined to pair off his human with a neighbor through the power of stinky laundry.” —Kirkus Reviews on Talk to the Paw 
 
"There's no time to pussyfoot around!...the cat's meow." —Closer on Talk to the Paw 
 
“The spirit of a legendary fox guides the lives of downhearted residents of a sleepy Maine town in Metz’s uplifting outing...The fox spirit touches other lives in a tightly woven series of engrossing story lines… Metz’s stories of hope and second chances pack a genuine emotional wallop.” —Publishers Weekly on Fox Crossing 
 
“If the adorable cover doesn’t have you picking up this book to read, then the witty, charming story that plays out inside should have you begging for more…If you want fun, cute and memorable, this is the book.” —Suspense Magazine on Talk to the Paw

Author

Melinda Metz is the internationally bestselling author of the Roswell High series, basis of the hit television show Roswell, as well as humorous, feel-good books including Fox Crossing and her novels featuring MacGyver the matchmaking klepto-kitty, which have been published in 13 countries and translated into 14 languages. She is also an Edgar Award nominee for the Wright and Wong mystery series, written with Laura J. Burns. Melinda lives in North Carolina with her dog Scully, who exhibits some cat-like behaviors—such as seldom coming when she’s called.