Conclusion of a Quartet of Feline Tails

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind by Tom Cox 

You can’t read this book, the fourth in the quartet of Tom Cox ‘catoirs’, without feeling a poignant weight of sadness that it is nearing the end for The Bear aka @mySADcat who died almost exactly a year ago. Reading this book is therefore so much more like reading an epitaph to the adventure.

It is also a return to the form of the first two books. After the third book which I felt had lost its way somewhat from the story of a man living in with an uncontrollably increasing number of feline waifs and strays. It’s also a book that closes the saga – Under The Paw saw Tom arrive in Norfolk with his then partner, and this sees him close that chapter in his life as he moves to Devon for new adventures.