Maddie James has returned home to Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, to attend her grandmother’s funeral. An animal lover Maddie spies a stray cat during the funeral and decides she is going to befriend him and give him a home. After the funeral though Maddie finds out that her grandfather is in debt and being threatened to sell the home that has been in their family for years.
Maddie decides to speak with the Frank O’Malley who has been pressuring her grandfather but things don’t go well. Then as Maddie is out with her new cat the cat gets away only for her to chase him to the location of a dead body. Frank O’Malley has been murdered and now she needs to clear her name since she was last seen with him.
Cat About Town is the first book in a new cozy mystery series, Cat Cafe Mystery, by Cate Conte. Maddie is a successful business woman who has returned home only to find herself in the middle of a mysterious murder. She pokes and prods and questions her way to the answer she needs to clear her name.
This was a typical cozy in probably all areas that you would expect, the cute set up with the stray cat who steals part of the show, someone looking for answers because the police will expect them and plenty of places to point the blame too to keep a reader guessing. I questioned why involving a bit of a love triangle in here but hopefully that will get worked out in future reads. Otherwise, it was a fun start to the series and I would definitely continue on with Maddie and her adventures.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.