A cozy mystery series set on Madrona Island, a fictional island within the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. As a fourth generation islander Caitlin Hart is struggling to make her way as the economy and culture of the island evolves toward a tourism based industry. Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt’s oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary. When she isn’t working with the cats, she helps best friend Tara, operate the coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge they own, named Coffee Cat Books. In the fifth book in the series, Cait and Cody join forces to track down a killer when a body is found in the hollow. (Goodreads)
Cait has been instructed to visit the hollow on Madrona Island where a unique cat will be waiting for her. When she arrives, she finds Ichabod, a big black cat. After following Ichabod further into the hollow, she finds a dead body at the bottom of a ravine. Before Cait and her friends can get to the bottom of this death, more bodies turn up and the gang realizes there is a murderer among the Island citizens.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. They feel like friends that I have known for a long time and I have a vested interest in them. It is always so great to catch up on their lives and see what is happening with them all: which relationships are blossoming, wilting or rekindling, which businesses are being successful and which are not. In this book we get to read more about Cait’s sister, Siobhan, and get to know her better. The author is so talented in creating characters that are so lifelike and captivating. To me the characters are what make this series, and all of her series, so great.
The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book. There are many twists and turns that make it very difficult to figure out the murderer before the identity is revealed. The bodies keep piling up and the clues that are gathered are not adding up. There is also a mystery revolving around one of Cait’s family member, but I do not want to reveal who or what. I enjoy the fact that there is more than one mystery to solve, which gives the reader more of a chance to play super sleuth.
I also enjoy the fact that in each of the books in this series a magical mystical cat helps solve the mystery. I like this paranormal aspect and enjoy seeing how the cats will be involved. Their actions are intertwined with the mystery and they help lead Cait to find the answers she is looking for.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy with characters that are relatable and likable. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book, the entire series if you have not read it yet, and sit back and enjoy. You cannot go wrong with any of Kathi Daley’s books.