Review of Cat About Town


Cat About Town

Cat Cafe Mystery, Book #1

Cate Conte

5 Stars


The first novel in a frisky new mystery series set in a small New England town, where an unlikely citizen is called in to solve the purrfect crime. . .

Maddie James has arrived in Daybreak Island, just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business―and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she’s inspired to open a cat café. But little does Maddie know that she’s in for something a lot more catastrophic when her new furry companion finds the dead body of the town bully. Now all eyes are on Maddie: Who is this crazy cat-whisperer lady who’s come to town? If pet-hair-maintenance and crime-fighting weren’t keeping her busy enough, Maddie now has not one but two eligible bachelors who think she’s the cat’s pajamas . . . and will do anything to win her heart. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose―and on her path?   (Goodreads)




Maddie has returned to Daybreak Island to attend her grandma’s funeral and to help out her family during this trying time.  She has left her business partner and her juice bar to come back where her family needs her, but she does plan on returning to her old life as soon as she can.  Before she is able to accomplish this, someone is murdered and someone she loves is found to be a person of interest.  Now she has to figure out the clues and find the real culprit before her loved on is sent away for a crime they did not commit.  

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Maddie is a smart hardworking woman who will do anything for her family.  I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with her parents and siblings.  And I especially found her relationship with her Grandpa Leo heartwarming.  She is willing to go toe-to-toe with someone who is bullying her grandpa, as well as other members of the community. And I think J J, the cat, stole the show.  I am looking forward to spending more time with the characters in the next books in the series.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there in Daybreak Island, watching all of the action taking place.  The stores and the shops of the island came to life in my mind.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the whole book.  There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was difficult to determine who the culprit was.  Throw in some twists and turns and red herrings and even the most experienced armchair detective will be challenged.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It was hard to believe this was the first book in the series, I really felt like I was visiting old friends.  I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.