This is the second book in the Cat Cafe series written by Cate Conte (aka Liz Mugavero of Pawsitively Organic series fame). I love how she made a reference in this book to the Pawsitively Organic store in Connecticut where the pet store in this book was buying some of their pet treats. This was another really enjoyable book and I didn’t want it to end! It’s going to be so hard waiting almost a year for the next book!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Only two months had passed since the last book and it was still summer on Daybreak Island, MA. Maddie’s business partner Ethan had joined her in the cat cafe venture, while they still had the juice bar business thriving in San Francisco. Ethan took to the town and people like a natural and everyone loved his baking and his coffee that they served to the people who came to play with cats or look at cats to see if they wanted to adopt one. The business seemed to have taken off really well.
When the murder of a wealthy socialite occurred after that woman and Maddie’s volunteer Adele had words about the woman wanting to adopt a cat, the police zoned in on Adele for the murder. Adele had trained a young college-age girl to work with the cats. Her name was Gigi and she took up the slack and worked hard. Maddie thought she seemed a little odd and even scared when it came to her mother, Felicia, who had asked if she could do catering there at the cafe. Along with trying to snoop around to clear Adele’s name, Maddie had the construction project on her plate, the hospital gala that her dad had pleaded with her to help him with and driving the van for her animal control friend Katrina delivering pet food to those on the neighboring islands who couldn’t make ends meet. Maddie also wanted to know what her daddy’s-boy-brother-in-law had to do with all this mess, since he was the one who called in the murder.
There was a really fun twist at the end during the showdown which for a change didn’t seem dangerous. I had randomly thought of the person who was the killer but I had nothing at that point to back it up. But it definitely wasn’t who I had hoped it would be. Adele obviously came back to work and now the construction could begin in turning the garage into a cafe and making some changes inside the house–which was all provided for by the unknown benefactor whose other stipulation was to remain anonymous, so I guess we readers will probably not find that out either–although I still am suspecting someone in particular. The first stipulation was that Grandpa and Maddie turn the house into something to benefit stray cats.
I just love Grandpa even more in this book. He’s so fun and sneaky in how he does his own little investigating using his man cave for an office, but he loves his family like crazy and would do anything for them. I liked getting to know Maddie’s parents a little better too. They’re really nice people and if it wasn’t for having to always please rich people on the hospital board that employed him, I think her dad would be a lot more relaxed! We got to know her middle sister, Val, pretty well in this story. I hope her friendship with Ethan continues because it sure seems they’re more suited for each other than Val and Cole!
I’m going to have a really hard time waiting for the next book–in the back of this book it says it comes out summer of 2019. I do have plenty of other cozies to read, but I could easily have binged into a third book! 😉