Cait is out riding her bike when she stumbles across another dead body. This murdered victim is the former owner of the newspaper who has returned to tie up loose ends. But Cait and her friend, Cody, are afraid he has been murdered because of an unpublished newspaper article that they have uncovered. They fear that the victim was murdered because of them and they feel responsible to find the killer. Besides trying to solve that mystery, they are also curious about the unpublished article that also involves a murder years ago. Why was it never published and how come that case was never solved? Cait and her friends will be kept extremely busy trying to find the answers to all their questions.
As is the case in the other books in the series, there is a cat (actually in this book a kitten) that is instrumental in helping to solve the murder. I really enjoy that the cats help in pointing Cait in the right direction in her investigation. It adds a touch of paranormal and whimsy to these books, and I love that. I think that’s one of the things that set this cozy series apart from many others.
Another thing that makes these cozies some of the best ones that I have read is the way Kathi Daley creates the settings and her characters. All of the characters are well developed, well rounded and realistic and are people you would like to be friends with. I enjoy catching up with what is happening in their lives. It is great to watch romances developing and I look forward to seeing where they will eventually end up. Some of the characters are a little quirky and others are a little mysterious but they are all worth getting to know. And the small town setting is a place I would love to visit.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy clean read. This book is appropriate for all ages and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I would suggest reading the first two books in the series first just so that you can see the characters developing, although this book could be read as a stand alone. Do yourself a favor and check out this series as well as Kathi Daley’s other series. You are sure to find a new favorite author.