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Monday, July 31, 2017

Cat About Town

Cat About Town
by Cate Conte

Cat About Town
Minotaur Books (August 1, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250072061

The first novel in a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen is called in to solve the purrfect crime. . .

Maddie James has arrived in Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business—and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she’s inspired to open a cat café. But little does Maddie know that she’s in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who’s come to town? If pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren’t keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she’s the cat’s pajamas . . . and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose—and on her path?

What I Thought:

This is the first book in a new series, and it was a great start to a new series.  Maddie has moved to Daybreak Island to help her grand father get over the death of her grandmother.  When she finds a stray tabby cat she opens a cat-café.  Of course, her new kitty has to find a the dead body of the town bully and Maddie gets involved in the investigation. 

I enjoyed reading about Daybreak Island.  I also liked the relationships in this story as they were very realistic.  The relationship between Maddie and her grandfather is very charming.  Maddie also has two love interests that made the story more interesting. The mystery kept me guessing till the very end and the reveal was a total surprise.  I look forward to more in this series and to see how Maddie's love life turns out.

I received a complementary copy of this book.
Cate Conte is the alter ego of Liz Mugavero. Liz is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series from Kensington Books, the first of which was an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.

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  1. Thanks for the review. I'm going to have to add this book to my reading list.

  2. I love when the outcome of a mystery is a total surprise.

  3. Sounds great! Thank you for the great review and being part of the tour! Love orange tabbies... jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  4. I love any book that is a mystery and has a cat involved in it. Thank you for including Cate Conte and her book Cat About Town on your blog.