Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Blog Tour: Cat About Town by Cate Conte (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Cat About Town
by Cate Conte

Cat About Town
Minotaur Books (August 1, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250072061

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 cafĂ©. 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?
My Review

Maddie James returns to her hometown of Daybreak Island, near Massachusetts for the funeral of her beloved grandmother. Although she’s happy to see her sister, parents and grandfather, she can’t help feeling sad at their loss. Maddie agrees to stay in town for a little while to help her grandfather get through this difficult time. She’s living in San Francisco and successfully is an owner of an organic juice bar. Her partner is handling things in her absence.

When Maddie hears that a local business man is bullying her grandfather into selling his home, she’s furious and intends to let him know that’s not going to happen on her watch.

Maddie runs into a stray orange tabby who makes it known that he wants to adopt her. Maddie is more than willing to let him and names him JJ. When JJ discovers the dead body of the man harassing her grandfather, he quickly becomes the town hero. However, Maddie and her grandfather become the prime suspects in the man’s murder.

As Maddie snoops around town trying to find a killer, someone sends her newspaper articles about cat cafes. Maddie wonders if someone is trying to tell her something. Daybreak Island could sure use one of those and it would be the perfect business for her to start. First, she has to make sure she isn’t going to be spending the rest of her life in jail.

I’m so thrilled to find a brand new feline cozy mystery series. I can’t get enough of them. JJ is adorable…he doesn’t talk, has no special magical powers, he’s just a lovable kitty looking for a home and found himself one. Maddie puts a harness on him and takes him everywhere. They are the perfect match.

I think this is a great debut book for this series. The characters are vivid and come to life on each page - none of the stiffness that sometimes happens with brand new series. I felt as if I knew Maddie for years instead of just meeting her. She has a legitimate reason to snoop into this murder mystery.

The book combines humor with mystery and romance. She has two, possibly three men interested in her to make things just a bit more complicated for our heroine. I’m so looking forward to seeing what other situations she gets herself into. Excellent start to a new series. Great job!

For reading challenges:
The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2017
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2017

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author 

Cate Conte is the alter ego of Liz Mugavero. Liz is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series from Kensington Books, the first of which was an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.

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  1. Cat About Town looks and sounds so cute and clever! Thank you for this giveaway. I will add it to my blog's sidebar.

  2. I like that this is the first book in the series, and that it has a cat, and that it takes place at the water. And I love the cover!

  3. Love cats. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  4. This sounds like a great read.

  5. Thank you for the giveaway! Sounds like a fun read!

  6. Love the cover for Cat About Town. The blurb is great, sounds like the perfect cozy murder mystery. Adding to my want list!

  7. This sounds really fun! And since I just adopted an orange tabby there's no way I can resist!

  8. JJ does sounds like a great cat!


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