Friday, December 11, 2020

Review: A Whisker of a Doubt by Cate Conte

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Format: E-ARC

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Release Date: December 1, 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It's promising to be a picture-purrfect Christmas at New England's favorite cat cafe . . . but instead of jolly old st. Nick, residents are being visited by murder. The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime.

The holiday season on Daybreak Island is a mixed bag for Maddie James. On the one hand, her Christmas spirit is in the doghouse after a break-up. On the other, she's busy enough that she doesn't have to pretend to be merry. Business at her cat cafe is booming, and Maddie's care-taking of a feral cat colony in one of the area's wealthiest communities only helps her bottom line. But tensions between the homeowners and animal activists are escalating to catastrophic levels. . .and before long a body is found dead in a snowbank. To prove that her accused friend is innocent of the crime, Maddie will have to prowl the island for clues to the real killer before everyone on the island goes completely hiss-terical--and more than nine lives are lost.

My Review 

It’s Christmas time in New England and Maddie James’ cat cafe is thriving. Running her cat cafe isn’t the only thing she does, she also assists her friend Katrina in feeding the feral community. Unfortunately, the feral colony happens to be located in the area of the town’s wealthiest community. The residents are complaining. In fact, they are threatening drastic measures to get rid of the cats.

Maddie and her friends are not going to stand quietly by as the community accuses them of everything including stealing their Christmas decorations. When one of the wealthy is found dead, Maddie’s best friend is accused and arrested for the crime. Maddie isn’t going to let her close friend sit in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. Maddie vows to find the truth.

This is the 4th book in this series and another great book. While you don’t have to start with book #1, I think it’s much better to start at the beginning to get to know the characters and their motivations. I’ve read them all and have enjoyed them.

I did think Maddie was a bit annoying as far as her boyfriend, Lucas, goes. She wasn’t very understanding and had a bad case of tunnel vision. Although it’s great how loyal she is to her friend, Katrina, I didn’t think Maddie was very fair to the police. I guess that’s what happens in cozies, though, and it all worked out in the end, of course.

This particular mystery is intriguing with clues given throughout the book. There were so many different possibilities. They all kept this reader guessing until the end.

Just as a side note: I need more of JJ, Maddie’s cat. As a cat lover, I can’t get enough of the kitties, but that’s just me. I look forward to reading more in this series.

For reading challenges:

The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2020
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2020
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free 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.

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