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Claws for Alarm: 03/19/22
Claws for Alarm by Cate Conte is the fifth book in the Cat Café mystery series. Maddie James has opened up her cat café, JJ's House of Purrs, to fifteen cats, to accommodate kitten season. The café has garnered some national attention and has been invited to do a high end fundraiser to benefit the local animal shelter.
Well before the big day, the event planner is murdered. Frankly given how she was obviously running a long con, it was no surprise to me that she'd end up the murder victim for this volume. Maddie now is tasked with setting up the event and solving the murder.
This mystery mostly hinges on Maddie's own naïveté and her in ability to say no. The other adults in her life are forced to keep secrets from her because she clearly has a track record of being taken in by the first suggestion that comes her away. It's compounded by her inability to keep secrets. These two huge character flaws fly against the continued informed attribute that she's good at setting up and running businesses.
The nuts and bolts of the mystery were still enough of a puzzle to make listening interesting. The murderer's identity wasn't that hard to figure out, although the motive took a little longer.
The sixth book is Gone but not Furgotten. It's scheduled for release on June 28, 2022.