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The Cat Cafe Mysteries by Cate Conte feature heroine Maddie James, who returns to her hometown of Daybreak Island off the coast of Massachusetts to say goodbye to a family member...and ends up embroiled in murder!

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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!

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Purrder She Wrote is second in the pawsitively charming new feline mystery series set off the New England coast, where curiosity leads to some killer small-town secrets....

It’s the grand opening of Daybreak Island’s cat café, where customers can get cozy with an assortment of friendly felines―and maybe even take one or a few home. Co-owner Maddie James is purring with excitement over her new warm-and-fuzzy venture. . .until she becomes entangled in a petty drama between one of her volunteers, an ardent animal-rights activist, and a wealthy woman who insists on adopting a calico kitty―right this instant. The catfight that ensues is bad enough for business. But when the snubbed socialite is found dead with a tell-tale catnip toy on the scene, suspicion lands squarely on Maddie’s staffer. Now, with her reputation and her career prospects on the line (to say nothing of her budding romance with a handsome pet groomer) Maddie must do whatever it takes to solve the crime―before her nine lives are up.

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Welcome back to the charming New England coast, where Maddie James’s cat café is at risk of becoming a crime scene for the purrfect murder…

Maddie is hoping to have some downtime during Daybreak Island’s off-season to tackle her to-do list. Her grandfather’s house-turned-cat-café is under construction and she’s also scoping out places to open a juice bar on the island. On top of that, her relationship with adorable dog groomer Lucas has taken a pawsitive turn.

But easy is getting harder every day for Maddie, especially when a big-name writer who’s on the island working on a new project winds up floating in the canal. This, on the exact same day an eccentric woman shows up at the cafe claiming Maddie’s cat, JJ, is hers.

As the investigation into the dead writer picks up, Maddie realizes that even the neighbors she’s known all her life might be keeping secrets that go deep into the heart of this small seaside town. Meanwhile, a killer remains at-large...and on the prowl.

Reviews:

“In a subgenre in which dialogue and character development typically take a back seat to ailurophilia, Conte’s cat cafe series (Purrder She Wrote, 2018, etc.) is eminently readable and often immersive.” - Kirkus Reviews for Tell Tail Heart

“Like the best of its subgenre, Cat About Town achieves an intimacy of time, place, and people that immediately draws you in and makes you want to stay a while despite the inevitable crime(s) at hand. There’s an undeniable comfort to Cate Conte’s storytelling that will leave readers wanting—perhaps even kneading—more.” - Criminal Element

"What could be more enticing for bibliophiles than the mixture of love and small-town intrigue that Cate Conte serves up in Cat About Town? Conte's well-plotted novel with a host of likeable characters is a Valentine for any cat lover."--Best Friends Magazine