I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
"We have to help the police" is the first reason I didn't rate this book higher. The second reason: if you find a secret hidey-hole in your house with something in it, would you forget all about it just a few hours later? I wouldn't and I didn't when Sabrina found hers.
But Black Cat Crossing was a pretty good start to a new series and Hitchcock has the capacity for awesomeness. Sabrina feels flighty to me for some reason, but that could just be first book-itis.
Sabrina is helping out her aunt while she recovers from a broken leg and is using the time to try to write her first novel. The black sheep of the family tree arrives unannounced and makes a rather startling claim only to wind up dead the next day, making Sabrina's aunt look super suspicious.
The mystery's solution felt like it came out of nowhere; I'm not sure the reader was given the clues needed to solve anything, but as this is normally not a factor for me, it didn't lessen my enjoyment at all.
I'll definitely read a second book.