Cat About Town by Cate Conte

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? 

You can't go home again, or can you? What about you MUST go home again?
Sometimes life makes choices for each of us and then we must decide how to move forward.
Maddie James wanted to experience life off an island where once the tourists have left for the season there seems to be nothing to do. Everyone knows their neighbors and there seems to be no privacy.

Maddie returns home to spend some time with her grandmother before she passes and to help her grandfather adjust to life without his partner of forever. As things are supposed to be settling down, things just become more mysterious and messed up. Both Maddie and her grandfather, the former police chief, become suspects in a murder. Murder does not happen on Daybreak Island!
The victim has many friends (connections) but is not well liked. People Maddie thought she knew, pillars of the community, have more secrets than anyone could ever imagine.

The characters are colorful, the relationships between them are intriguing. There is action and suspense. I am sure we will learn more about Leopard Man as the series progresses. 
And the star of this novel, an orange cat with the personality (and potential) of a Superstar - JJ - will steal your heart. 

Discover this series from the beginning. I hope we do not have to wait long for the next adventure.

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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