Reasons to Read “Cat About Town” by Cate Conte (& a Giveaway)
True Confession: I never grew up being a huge cat person. My severe allergy to their fur might have something to do with it, but I’ve always kept my distance from the furry felines. My view on cats has recently softened as my kiddos continue to be taken by them whenever they are around us.
This book caught my eye for two reasons. One the soft spot I have had growing recently for cats, and also I was able to join a chat with author, Cate Conte on Edith Maxwell’s Author Facebook Page recently. Something about hearing the authors talk about themselves and their work has a way of getting me excited to read their books.
So I’m excited to share with you today my top reasons why you should pick up a copy of Cat About Town by Cate Conte.
This book is the first in the Cat Cafe Mystery series. We meet Maddie James as she returns to her hometown of Daybreak Island for her grandmother’s funeral. She takes up residence at her grandfather’s house, reconnects with old friends, and makes some new ones (including a stray cat named JJ).
Maddie is a likable main character with lots of potential.
Maddie is a fun main character. She has lots of energy and is very much her own person. She is a little different from many cozy protagonists in that she owns a successful juice bar in California and loves her life there. She isn’t home on Daybreak Island running away from anything or looking for a fresh start. What simply started out as a visit, looks like it may evolve into something she didn’t even know she was looking for.
Her Grandpa is her partner in crime.
I’m a sucker for a good multi-generational sleuthing team. Maddie has always been close with her Grandpa Leo (she stays at his house versus staying with her parent’s in the house she grew up in while in town). And while Grandpa Leo is going through some struggles of his own at the moment (he did just lose his wife), it is obvious Maddie and Leo have a relationship that will see many more adventures throughout this series.
We have yet to see the Cat Cafe!
Although this is a “Cat Cafe Mystery,” we don’t actually find out much about the actual cat cafe in this book. This book sets the stage. I won’t spoil too much of the story, but think of this book as planting the seeds for what is sure to grow into a garden of good stories in future installments of this series.
If you are looking for a lighthearted read full of twists, turns, and potential, then Cat About Town is a good book for you.
It was a fun and enjoyable read that made me not only like cats just a little better, but also made me look forward to reading more in this series.
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Note: I read this book in participation with the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.