Romeow and Juliet is the first book in a new series written by Kathi Daley. Her new series, Whales and Tails Mystery, is another winner in my opinion.
Caitlin Hart lives on Madrona Island, off the coast of Washington State. She lives on land owned by her aunt Maggie and helps her aunt run a cat sanctuary. She has plans to open a store with her friend, Tara, named Coffee Cat Books where the community can get together to relax, read and hopefully find the perfect cat to add to their family. While Cait and Tara are checking out the property where they want the store to be, they find a dead body. It happens to be the body of a member of council. There is a big project proposal that needs to be voted on, and now that one member of council has passed away, the outcome of the vote on the proposal may not go the way many residents want it to. Could that be the reason for the murder, to get the project approved?
Not only does Cait need to try to figure out the mystery of the death, she also has to deal with a new cat that has appeared in her life. Romeow is a stray cat that has followed her home. She does not mind him living with her, but she knows that her neighbor will be very upset if the stray makes it into her yard and visits her prize winning cat, Juliet. But as all cat owners know, cats have a way of doing what they want when they want and of course Romeow wants to be with Juliet. That is sure to create problems for Cait.
As in all of Kathi Daley’s books, the characters are well developed and very realistic. Cait is impulsive and a lot of times does things without really thinking of the consequences. This leads to some very humorous situations that she finds herself in. There are places in the book where I laughed out loud and just shook my head. I already feel like I know these characters and enjoy spending time with them, even though this is the first book in the series. The setting is well described and it is very easy to picture the places while reading. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy with likable characters and a small town feel. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.