Thursday, May 12, 2016

Lawyer for the Cat: A Sally Baynard Novel by Lee Robinson - Review


Sally Baynard is one of the best lawyers around. In the years since her divorce from Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, she dedicated herself to representing the worst and craziest Charleston, S.C. had to offer. But none of the murderers, burglars, or angry divorcing clients compared to Sherman, the dog her ex-husband appointed her to represent. Although the miniature Schnauzer found his way into her heart (and brought his handsome vet Tony along too), his case was a thorny one. With that business out of the way, Sally is happy to move back to non-canine clients... until a probate judge asks her about a cat.

Agreeing to represent Beatrice, a black cat who's the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar trust and a plantation, Sally must put her wit, charm, and brains to the test, choosing among three colorful potential caregivers while dodging the former owner's angry son. Meanwhile, Sally must juggle the demands of the court with those of her aging mother and make a decision about Tony, who wants to get more serious. Lawyer for the Cat is Southern women's fiction at its most delightful, featuring strong, smart characters, a charming setting, and plenty of adorable critters.

My Review:

Attorney Sally Baynard has had some crazy court cases since divorcing her husband, a family court judge.  Recently, she had great success representing Sherman, a dog in a divorce case.  Now, she has been asked to represent Lila Mackay's cat Beatrice, who is beneficiary to Lila’s multi-million dollar trust and plantation. 

This case proves to be quite involved as Sally weeds through the individuals listed on the will trying to find a suitable guardian for Beatrice.  While Sally is working on this case, she juggles her other cases and her personal life that seems to be getting a little out of hand.  And now she has to care for a cat on top of everything else.  How will Sally keep a level head to do the job that needs to be done? 

This is a well written book that I had a hard time putting down.  I enjoyed everything about it.  The characters were well defined and the story moved along nicely to a purr-fect ending.
On a side note, I don't know the first thing and lawyers or court cases, but the story was told in a way that was easy to understand and follow.