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Purrder She Wrote: 09/19/21

Purrder She Wrote by Cate Conte

Purrder She Wrote by Cate Conte is the second volume in the Cat Café mystery series. Maddie James has turned some of her grandfather's home into a cat café with the money given to her by a yet to be named donor. An argument between one of her volunteers and a wealthy socialite at the café leads to a murder investigation when the socialite is found dead with a cat toy stuffed down her throat.

I honestly had forgotten the cat café hook at the end of Cat About Town. I know, it's there in the series name too, but I don't really pay attention to series names except when writing reviews. So it took me a chapter or so to adjust to what felt like a premise change. In this regard, Purrder She Wrote feels to me like the start of a series, rather than the second book.

The mystery is kept interesting with enough people who have motives to provide clues and red herrings. The pacing is good, a little slow at first but it picks up and comes to a satisfying ending. An observant reader will be able to find the clues among the herrings.

The third novel is The Tell Tail Heart (2019).

Five stars

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