A Tale Of Two Tabbies
Whales and Tails is 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 7th book in the series, Cait finds a cat locked in the confessional at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, which leads to the discovery of a body locked in the trunk of a car. Cody is dealing with a life changing decision of his own, and Finn has multiple crimes to deal with, so Cait enlists Tara’s help to track down a killer. (Goodreads)
When Cait finds a cat locked in a confessional at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, she knows something is amiss. The cat belongs to a member of the church and although the cat is there, the owner is nowhere to be found. When Cait and her boyfriend, Cody, take the cat to return to the owner, they find the owner’s home has been vandalized and no sign of the owner. When they are located, they are found in the trunk of their car, murdered. Cait and Cody have another murder to solve. But that is not the only mystery to surround them. Cody has been acting weird lately and Cait does not know what the problem is. Cait’s Aunt Maggie keeps taking clandestine trips and will not share any information with Cait or her sister, Siobhan. Cait feels like she needs to find answers to the mysteries so that her life can settle back down.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. It was nice getting to visit with all of them again and learn what has been happening in their lives. The author is very talented in creating a setting that is warm, welcoming and feels like home. It is always a joy visiting the places that this author creates.
The mystery is well plotted and I like the fact that past mistakes play a part in present day happenings. And I enjoy reading about the cats that appear in Cait’s life whenever she has a mystery to solve. I think it is clever how they are able to help Cait in her sleuthing. I also enjoy the mystical magical feelings to this series.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you enjoy cat cozies, then you do not want to miss this one. I would suggest reading the books in order but that is not a must. What is a must is reading this book and the others in the series.