Cat in the Flock

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What if you could slip into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. Especially if you’re totally new at this.

“The launch of an intriguing female detective series.”
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About Lisa Brunette

Lisa was born in Santa Rosa, California, but that was only home for a year. A so-called "military brat," she lived in nine different houses and attended nine different schools by the time she was 14. Through all of the moves, her one constant was books. She read everything, from the entire Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series to her mother's books by Daphne du Maurier and Taylor Caldwell. 

A widely published author, game writer, and journalist, Lisa has interviewed homeless women, the designer of the Batmobile, and a sex expert, to name just a few colorful characters. This experience, not to mention her own large, quirky family, led her to create some truly memorable characters in her Dreamslippers Series and other works, whether books or games.

Always a vivid dreamer, not to mention a wannabe psychic, Lisa feels perfectly at home slipping into suspects’ dreams, at least in her imagination. Her husband isn’t so sure she can’t pick up his dreams in real life, though.


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Cat in the Flock
For most people, dreams are a way to escape reality, for Cat McCormick, they're a way to get closer to the truth. Cat can 'slip' into other people's dreams. She moves to Seattle to apprentice with her Granny Grace, who shares the ability and uses dreamslipping as a PI. Cat's first case leads her to a megachurch, where she finds redemption and goodwill amidst repression, hypocrisy, and murder.

About the Series: Dreamslippers
The Dreamslippers Series is about a family of private investigators who have the ability to "slip" into another person's dreams. It's a gift with limitations... and consequences.

Also in Series: Dreamslippers

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Reviews of Cat in the Flock by Lisa Brunette

jayfwms reviewed on Oct. 6, 2018

I actually have read the Dreamslipper books out of order, but had no problem thoroughly enjoying this book. Having seen the later actions, it was interesting to see the issues as Cat worked to control her dreamslipping from a chaotic beginning. As in the second book, the major players are described in depth and developed as very real people. The story arc works well and is not too obvious as Cat becomes involved in her first case as a PI. I could anticipate some events from having read the second book, but that did nothing to diminish their emotional impact. The writing is that good.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Lynda Dickson reviewed on March 11, 2017

Cat has the ability to slip into the dreams of others. After finishing college, she moves from St Louis to Seattle to join her Grandma Grace's private investigation business, where they will both be able to use their dreamslipping abilities to help them solve crimes. As Cat's father states, "We know you're pursuing your dream - ha, in this case, literally." Before Cat even gets off the plane, she's thrown into her first case, involving a homeless mother and child, a break-in, the Church, domestic abuse, and murder.

Each chapter begins with a dream that Cat has slipped into. How are all of these seemingly disparate dreams related? It's interesting to see how the author weaves all of the threads together. The characters are interesting and likable, with full backstories. There are plenty of religious references, but it never feels as if the author is preaching or imposing her religious beliefs on the reader. There's even some romance for Cat - and Grandma Grace! A very satisfying read.

Includes book club questions at the end, as well as a sneak peek at the next book in the series, "Framed and Burning" I look forward to reading it.

Warnings: Coarse language, sex scenes, sexual references, LGBT themes.

I received this book in return for an honest review.

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(reviewed the day of purchase)
Charity Rowell reviewed on July 21, 2015

Ever wonder what other people dream about? Cathedral Grace McCormick ("Cat") does not, because she already knows.

Cat and her grandmother, Granny Grace, have an ability called "dreamslipping" that allows them to enter other people's dreams. Instead of denying her abilities, Granny Grace honed them and established a private investigator firm in Seattle. As Granny Grace's reputation for solving mysteries grew, she became an influential member of the P.I. community; a legacy which she now wants Cat to take over.

Cat accepts Granny Grace's offer to join the firm and undergo training to hone her own abilities. During her flight to Seattle, Cat inadvertently enters the dream of one of the passengers and later discovers that the dream holds the key to solving her first case as a private investigator.

Cat In The Flock (Dreamslippers Book 1) by Lisa Brunette is a unique and compelling detective story that has an interesting take on dream interpretation. Cat must not only pay attention to physical clues, but she has to interpret other people's dreams from a first-person and third-person perspective to solve mysteries. I found this premise fascinating and was captivated by the strong and realistic female protagonists from the first page.

Brunette's portrayals of Cat and Granny Grace are nothing short of genius. Both characters are strong, vulnerable, flawed, and genuine; I found it easy to suspend my disbelief of Granny Grace's and Cat's abilities because the characters seemed so real. It would have been so easy for Brunette to make Cat and Granny Grace larger than life, but she chose to make them down-to-earth and practical.

It is not every day when I become so involved with the characters in a book that I view them as friends. I found that the further I delved into the story line, the more attached I became to these two strong and genuine women. If I had a physical copy of Cat In The Flock, it would be on the top shelf of my bookcase; the shelf that I reserve for old friends that I enjoy revisiting frequently.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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