Cat About Town: A Cat Cafe Mystery

Cat About Town: A Cat Cafe Mystery

by Cate Conte

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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?

Curl up with Cate Conte's first Cat Cafe Mystery: Cat About Town!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250072061
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Cat Cafe Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 85,274
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cate Conte serves on the Sisters in Crime New England board and is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut with her cats and dog. Cate is the author of the Cate Cafe Mystery series.

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Cat About Town: A Cat Cafe Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery very much. I love animal stories. We have two female cats that were feral. We each one at a young age. Mysteries are one of my favorite things to read. This book was all I expected it to be. Thank you Cate Conte. Thank you Barnes and Noble for having this book when I needed a very good book to read.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Cat about Town by Cate Conte is the first novel in A Cat Café Mystery series. Madalyn “Maddie” James has returned home to Daybreak Island for her grandmother’s funeral. At the cemetery, Maddie spots an orange cat peeking around a gravestone. Later at Grandpa Leo’s beautiful old Victorian home, he tells Maddie that Frank O’Malley is trying to force him to sell the house. Frank has big plans for the island which include a transportation rental center on Leo’s property (tearing down their family home). Maddie arranges to meet Frank at a local restaurant and heated words are exchanged. After walking around town, she ends up at her grandmother’s grave where she meets up with the orange cat again. The cat follows Maddie to the Food Stroll where she meets up with her friend, Becky Walsh. Suddenly, the cat takes off with Maddie quickly following behind him. She finds her furry friend under a table staring at a deceased Frank O’Malley. The police put Maddie and her grandfather, Leo at the top of the suspect list. Maddie and her new feline companion, J.J. (who is being hailed a hero) set out to discover Frank’s killer. Will the killer strike again before Maddie uncovers his identity? Cat about Town started off at a good pace and I was intrigued by the story. The further I progressed into the book, the more mundane it became. It seemed like the author had followed a formula or outline for a cozy mystery. We have our female protagonist, two male suitors, a cute cat, nasty guy who gets himself murdered, our suspects, rude investigator, protagonist investigates to clear her name or that of loved one, life threatened, and bad guy apprehended. I liked the addition of the mysterious benefactor and the idea of a cat café. I not heard of cat cafes prior to this novel. I am giving Cat About Town 3 out of 5 stars. The murder of Frank O’Malley was easily solved. There is some misdirection, but the killer’s identity was not a shocker. There is a little twist that will surprise most readers (I would say more but it is a spoiler). I do wish the author had not given Maddie two beaus. The last thing I want (or readers need) is another love triangle in a cozy mystery. I like how close Maddie is with her grandfather, Leo. They have a sweet relationship. I wish there had been less repetition of case details and more solid content (less fluff and romance). I will read the next book in A Cat Café Mystery series. I am curious to find out more about the mysterious benefactor and see the development of the cat café.
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
A very nice start to a new series. It looks like a winner. Good characters including a cat! Well crafted mystery. Fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After her grandmother's funeral , Maddie stays on to help her Grandpa deal with his loss, loneliness, and a persistent shady entrepreneur who is trying to railroad him into selling his generational home and land for a business plan that will change the small town she grew up in in significant ways. When the entrepreneur is found dead by Maddie's newly adopted cat, Maddie must discover the real killer's identity to remove suspicion from her beloved Grandpa .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started a little slow Almost too many characters Good surprise ending Enjoyed it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery. The story and characters held my interest. Maddie returns to her hometown, Daybreak Island in New England to attend a funeral. She rescues a stray cat that serves as her sidekick as she tries to solve a murder mystery. The cat doesn't talk, just meows-the book isn't overly cutesy. This is the first book in the series and I look forward to reading the next when it is released.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lively cozy mystery. Look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having worked with an animal shelter, this story was true to form. A cat cafe is a marvelous idea. Hope there will be a sequel.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Cats, Clues, and Killings The instant I heard about the Cat Café mysteries, I was on board. After all, a mystery set on a summer resort island off the coast of Massachusetts? How could the book go wrong? Cat About Town is that series debut, and it lived up to my high hopes. Maddie James is back on Daybreak Island for her grandmother’s funeral. Thanks to an understanding business partner and owning her own business, she has taken extended time to be with her family, especially her grandfather, who is understandably taking the loss hard. She’s even staying with him, and she’s picked up a stray cat she found at the cemetery. However, Maddie’s grandfather is facing more than just his beloved wife’s death. Frank O’Malley wants to buy his house, tear it down, and turn the location into a centralized rental location. Frank happens to be the president of the local chamber of commerce, and is used to being able to throw his weight around to get what he wants. However, the house has been in the family for generations, and Maddie is immediately as upset as her grandfather at the thought of selling. So, Maddie goes to confront Frank. When he repeats his veiled threats, Maddie begins plotting ways to stop him. However, that becomes unnecessary when Maddie’s new cat leads her to Frank’s body during the start of summer food stroll. With the police considering Maddie and her grandfather as prime suspects, Maddie feels the need to find some new suspects. It seemed that many people didn’t like Frank, so there is no shortage of them. But who killed him? You might be wondering how the cat café comes into play. Heck, you might even be wondering what it is. That unfolds as the book progresses, so I’m not going to spoil anything for you here. I will say it isn’t what I expected, but I’m okay with that. The book starts out strongly with Maddie getting hints of the trouble brewing. There are several explosive scenes before Frank is killed, and once Maddie finds the body, we are really off and running. The clues and twists kept me guessing until the very end. I didn’t know who the killer was until Maddie figured it out, but once she did it made perfect sense. Maddie is a warm and friendly main character, and it’s hard not to fall in love with her right away. Her grandfather is charming, and their relationship is wonderful. There is the beginning of a love triangle here. I have a feeling I know which way things will go, and fairly quickly, too, but I’m anxious to see if I am right. Then there’s JJ, the cat that Maddie rescues. If he doesn’t completely melt your heart, there is something seriously wrong with you. I also loved the island setting as much as I thought I would. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy a vacation for free. This is the kind of town you visit and wish you could stay. Thanks to the series, now you can, getting an insider’s eye to what life is really like on an island dependent on tourists. Cat About Town is a fun book that will leave you anxious to find out what happens next to Maddie and the rest of your new friends. Snuggle in with your favorite cat and get lost in a wonderful debut. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Maddie James comes to town for her grandmother’s funeral and to spend some time with her grandfather as they both grieve. The funeral has one surprise guest, a cute tabby cat that attached itself right to Maddie. Things go great until her new furry friend finds a dead body. Maddie finds herself reacquainting herself with the people of Daybreak Island and getting to know the new residents as she tries to find the person who was driven to kill the man that wanted to change everything about the Island. Turns out there are plenty of suspects. Cate Conte has brought some truly lovable characters to this series. The relationship between Maddie and her Grandpa Joe is so heartwarming. She will go to great lenths to protect him and he her. As a cat lover I was taken in by the way Maddie accepted orange feline into her life complete with a leash to take him with her everywhere. It reminded me of the relationship between Charlie Harris and his cat, Diesel, in Miranda James Cat in the Stacks mystery series, one of my favorite series. Daybreak Island is a wonderful setting. It is filled with history in the shops and the homes. You need to take a ferry to reach it and while it does have a tourist season most residents live there year round. I could easily picture everything thanks to the author’s terrific descriptions. The mystery was top notch. A variety of suspects with means, motive and opportunity drew me deeper and deeper into the story. The “cat cafe” has not come to fruition yet but this first installment gives us the backstory that has started to put the cafe in motion. This series is off to a fantastic start! I can’t wait for my next escape to Daybreak Island. My virtual bags are already packed.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Cate Conte has created a wonderful world for her Cat Cafe Mystery series. CAT ABOUT TOWN by Cate Conte The First Cat Cafe Mystery Maddie James has left her juice bar in San Francisco in the capable hands of her business partner as she returns to Daybreak Island in New England to be there when her grandmother dies. After the funeral Maddie is concerned about her grandfather, especially when she discovers he's not doing well financially and the chamber of commerce leader is trying to coerce him into selling the family home. Maddie's not about to let anyone threaten her family and warns the man off, publicly. It's only a few hours later, as she chases after her new cat friend, that they come across his body, murdered in a tent on the Food Stroll. Maddie realizes she could be the number one suspect, but could her grandfather, the former Chief of Police, really be suspect number two? Familial love with an interesting dynamic, secondary characters with depth, and an orange cat you can't help but love combine with humor to make a fine mystery. CAT ABOUT TOWN is a solid start to a new series. When the mystery is solved we are left with plenty of avenues still to explore and, indeed, a new beginning prepared for the next book. Cate Conte has created a wonderful world for her Cat Cafe Mystery series. An insulated island that gets jam packed with tourists in the summer months yet becomes nearly desolate in winter is the perfect place for murder. It's a place where neighbors know each other, but not necessarily the strangers. It's also a place with varied ideas about growth and a place where people could get desperate. I look forward to seeing and learning more about the secondary characters, especially Damian and the Leopard Man. But my favorite aspect of the book is JJ whose charm is completely captivating! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun 1st in series read. Now I just have to wait & see what happens next on Daybreak Island.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Cat About Town - Cat Café Mystery Book 1 Author: Cate Conte Publisher: St. Martin's Press Published: 8-1-2017 Pages: 304 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Animals; Amateur Sleuth; Cozy Mystery; ISBN: 9781250072061 ASIN: B01N0Z4ZDP Reviewed For NetGalley and St. Martin's Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.75 Stars Meet Maddie James, co-owner of Goin' Green, an Organic Juice Green located In San Francisco. The story opens with Maddie reminiscing over coming to Daybreak Island, Mass to spend time with her grandmother. At her grandmother's funeral she finds and adopts a cat she calls JJ. After the funeral her grandfather Leo confides in her that he is being pressured to sell his property to the Chamber of Commerce President, Frank O'Malley. Incidents begin to take place with Grandpa Leo Mancini and his property. Maddie confronts O'Malley and threatens him with criminal charges if he does not leave her grandfather alone. When the man is found by Maddie stabbed to death, she and her grandfather are the prime suspects. As a debut novel to a new series, Cate Conte has written a great opening novel. Filled with full bodied characters, emotional scenes with touches of humor and even romance. With a thought out plot and subtle clues lead the reader along as they fall into the story. You will not want to put it down. My rating of "Cat About Town - Cat Café Mystery Book 1" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
Cat About Town by Cate Conte is a purr-fect book. I felt a connection with the main character, Maddie James right from the start. With the story opening at a funeral and her grandfather asking for help, I was intrigued from the beginning. Some prominent people in this quaint New England town are being killed. When Maddie's grandpa becomes a suspect, she begins to sort the pieces of the mystery, putting the puzzle together swiftly and accurately. The ending was fantastic and I absolutely love J.J. As a cat lover it's always fun to read about the animals and all their quirky antics. I definitely give this book 5 paws up. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Cat About Town by Cate Conte was a delightful cozy book and just the beginning of a new series. I liked Maddie right away and her relationship with her grandfather and family was realistic. Ms. Conte's descriptive writing of the island and shops made me feel like I was there with Maddie and JJ as they walked around their home town. All of the characters were very likable and developed enough that I want to know more about them. The plot was steady with plenty of suspects, clues and twists that I was surprised at the reveal. A great beginning to a new cozy series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Minotaur Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
You can't go home again, or can you? What about you MUST go home again? Sometimes life makes choices for each of us and then we must decide how to move forward. Maddie James wanted to experience life off an island where once the tourists have left for the season there seems to be nothing to do. Everyone knows their neighbors and there seems to be no privacy. Maddie returns home to spend some time with her grandmother before she passes and to help her grandfather adjust to life without his partner of forever. As things are supposed to be settling down, things just become more mysterious and messed up. Both Maddie and her grandfather, the former police chief, become suspects in a murder. Murder does not happen on Daybreak Island! The victim has many friends (connections) but is not well liked. People Maddie thought she knew, pillars of the community, have more secrets than anyone could ever imagine. The characters are colorful, the relationships between them are intriguing. There is action and suspense. I am sure we will learn more about Leopard Man as the series progresses. And the star of this novel, an orange cat with the personality (and potential) of a Superstar - JJ - will steal your heart. Discover this series from the beginning. I hope we do not have to wait long for the next adventure.