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The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime that's purrrrfect for cat fanciers and mystery solvers alike! Cat cafe owner Maddie James is trying to talk herself out of having a blue Christmas--relationship woes aren't worth it, are they?--by throwing herself into work. The renovations on Grandpa Leo's house-tur The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime that's purrrrfect for cat fanciers and mystery solvers alike! Cat cafe owner Maddie James is trying to talk herself out of having a blue Christmas--relationship woes aren't worth it, are they?--by throwing herself into work. The renovations on Grandpa Leo's house-turned-cat-cafe are nearly complete, and she has a lot of organizing to do. Plus, she's part of a volunteer contingency caring for a feral cat colony in one of the richest neighborhoods on the island. But not everyone has a soft spot for community cats, and lately things have been getting contentious between the neighbors and the volunteers. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the residents, Virgil Proust, is found face-first in a snowbank after being bludgeoned with a Christmas gnome and Maddie's rescue pal Katrina is blamed for the murder. Maddie doesn't believe it, but to help her friend, she has to figure out who done it--before someone gets away with the purr-fect crime.


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The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime that's purrrrfect for cat fanciers and mystery solvers alike! Cat cafe owner Maddie James is trying to talk herself out of having a blue Christmas--relationship woes aren't worth it, are they?--by throwing herself into work. The renovations on Grandpa Leo's house-tur The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime that's purrrrfect for cat fanciers and mystery solvers alike! Cat cafe owner Maddie James is trying to talk herself out of having a blue Christmas--relationship woes aren't worth it, are they?--by throwing herself into work. The renovations on Grandpa Leo's house-turned-cat-cafe are nearly complete, and she has a lot of organizing to do. Plus, she's part of a volunteer contingency caring for a feral cat colony in one of the richest neighborhoods on the island. But not everyone has a soft spot for community cats, and lately things have been getting contentious between the neighbors and the volunteers. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the residents, Virgil Proust, is found face-first in a snowbank after being bludgeoned with a Christmas gnome and Maddie's rescue pal Katrina is blamed for the murder. Maddie doesn't believe it, but to help her friend, she has to figure out who done it--before someone gets away with the purr-fect crime.

30 review for A Whisker of a Doubt

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Author Cate Conte dishes up an excellent cozy story for cat and mystery lover’s. Scooping up an enticing murder plot with a dwindling list of suspects due to Conte’s creative plotting; savvy protagonist Maddie James tunes in to her sleuthing vibes and goes after some vigilante cat hater’s who need to be behind bars. I found this story steadily entertaining with lots of humor and action. I enjoyed re-visiting many of the secondary characters from previous books in the series—Ethan, Val, Grandpa Le Author Cate Conte dishes up an excellent cozy story for cat and mystery lover’s. Scooping up an enticing murder plot with a dwindling list of suspects due to Conte’s creative plotting; savvy protagonist Maddie James tunes in to her sleuthing vibes and goes after some vigilante cat hater’s who need to be behind bars. I found this story steadily entertaining with lots of humor and action. I enjoyed re-visiting many of the secondary characters from previous books in the series—Ethan, Val, Grandpa Leo, Cass, Officer Craig, and my favorite, Leopard Man. The enigmatic JJ, Maggie’s rescue cat, always deserves a big shout-out for the love and personality he brings to the story. This is a solid, entertaining cozy series that I highly recommend! I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Maddie James and her friend Katrina have learned about a colony of feral cats near one of the richest neighborhoods on Daybreak Island, so they are working to take care of it. However, the neighbors are resistant to their efforts, going out of their way to be a pain. Just a couple of days before Christmas, Maddie finds the body of one of them, Virgil Proust, outside his house. Virgil and his wife were some of the loudest people fighting against the cats and Maddie’s efforts to feed them. When th Maddie James and her friend Katrina have learned about a colony of feral cats near one of the richest neighborhoods on Daybreak Island, so they are working to take care of it. However, the neighbors are resistant to their efforts, going out of their way to be a pain. Just a couple of days before Christmas, Maddie finds the body of one of them, Virgil Proust, outside his house. Virgil and his wife were some of the loudest people fighting against the cats and Maddie’s efforts to feed them. When the police focus on Katrina as their prime suspect, Maddie knows it is up to her to find the truth. Can she do it? I’ve been waiting impatiently for this book due to the cliffhanger the previous book left us with. I was thrilled to get back to Maddie and find out what happened there. Even if you haven’t read the books that came before this one, you’ll still be able to jump in here and follow along. I will say that Maddie’s attitude in this sub-plot bothered me a bit at times, although I always understood where she was coming from. The main mystery is good with a few nice surprises on our way to the solution. The suspects could have been stronger, and I struggled at times to remember all of their relationships, but I was still invested in the story. The regular characters are strong and charming, as are the cats at the cat café where Maddie works. The Christmas setting adds an extra level of cozy. Fans new and old will enjoy this festive entry in the series. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    A Whisker of a Doubt is the fourth book in the Cat Cafe Mystery series. I'm not a cat person, but I find this to be a very enjoyable series. It has great characters that are all hitting their stride. Maddie James is a bit impetuous, but her heart in the right place. She is loyal to her friends and can bit a bit stubborn when she is defending them. Maddie is surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters that include her Grandfather, sister, business partner, and parents. The one thing they can't s A Whisker of a Doubt is the fourth book in the Cat Cafe Mystery series. I'm not a cat person, but I find this to be a very enjoyable series. It has great characters that are all hitting their stride. Maddie James is a bit impetuous, but her heart in the right place. She is loyal to her friends and can bit a bit stubborn when she is defending them. Maddie is surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters that include her Grandfather, sister, business partner, and parents. The one thing they can't seem to help Maddie with is her penchant for finding dead bodies or getting herself into trouble. This time around, Maddie stumbles upon a dead body close to Christmas and her close friend is accused and arrested for the murder. The mystery was well done. It was interesting because the book started out with Maddie discovering the body and then goes back a couple of days prior to that to establish the circumstances that led up to the death of this person. There is plenty of intrigue and suspects to choose from. It seems like everyone in this neighborhood has a secret to keep and as they come to light the list of suspects grows. I enjoyed trying to unravel this mystery and figure out the identity of the killer. There was a nice twist thrown in as to the identity of the victim but that didn't help me guess the right suspect. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, St. Martin's, through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    A fun cozy mystery that is Christmas themed. This lively New England set mystery kept my attention with it's attention to bringing awareness to homeless cats and cat colonies and improving their lives with care taker Maddie James. I was so pleased to see cat's getting the help they need. Rescue agencies work so hard trapping and spaying-neutering feral cats,giving them vet care and trying hard to socialize them to make them adoptable. Small-town mystery has Maddie trying her best to prove her acc A fun cozy mystery that is Christmas themed. This lively New England set mystery kept my attention with it's attention to bringing awareness to homeless cats and cat colonies and improving their lives with care taker Maddie James. I was so pleased to see cat's getting the help they need. Rescue agencies work so hard trapping and spaying-neutering feral cats,giving them vet care and trying hard to socialize them to make them adoptable. Small-town mystery has Maddie trying her best to prove her accused friend is innocent of the crime. I'll admit I enjoyed reading about the cats more than the mystery itself. Pub Date 01 Dec 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Four and a half stars, but I'm rounding up because I enjoyed reading this book so much. Love all the characters in this series. Maddie James returned home after her grandmother's death and over the first few books in the series, she works to turn her grandfather's home into a cat cafe/adoption center. In this book, Maddie is helping to care for a feral cat colony in a ritzier neighborhood where the colony has become a neighborhood hot button issue. After she finds one of neighbors dead one night Four and a half stars, but I'm rounding up because I enjoyed reading this book so much. Love all the characters in this series. Maddie James returned home after her grandmother's death and over the first few books in the series, she works to turn her grandfather's home into a cat cafe/adoption center. In this book, Maddie is helping to care for a feral cat colony in a ritzier neighborhood where the colony has become a neighborhood hot button issue. After she finds one of neighbors dead one night, her friend, Katrina, becomes the prime suspect. Maddie enlists friends and family in her search for the truth. One false note, I could not believe Maddie refusing to talk to her boyfriend for so long to find out why he had been missing for a month. Other than that, there were plenty of possible suspects and the mystery was fair and interesting. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    JJ’s House of Purrs is the happening place in Daybreak Harbor on Daybreak Island, especially for Christmas! Open only a short time, even in the winter the cat shelter and café have begun popular for people on and off the island. Maddie came back to the island for her grandma’s funeral after being away several years in California. She was followed home by the cat she lovingly named JJ when he decided she was going to be his person. Maddie lives with her grandfather now; her business partner and he JJ’s House of Purrs is the happening place in Daybreak Harbor on Daybreak Island, especially for Christmas! Open only a short time, even in the winter the cat shelter and café have begun popular for people on and off the island. Maddie came back to the island for her grandma’s funeral after being away several years in California. She was followed home by the cat she lovingly named JJ when he decided she was going to be his person. Maddie lives with her grandfather now; her business partner and her sister later joined her. As a pet lover with a close friend in the pet rescue community, she and retired police chief Grandpa Leo converted part of his home into a cat café and shelter without cages for several cats. Maddie’s friend Katrina is an animal control officer under the supervision of the police chief, so in many ways, she has been like family to Maddie, her parents, and Leo. Maddie helps Katrina care for feral cat communities until neighborhood people are ready to take on the responsibility. In the woods behind one of the most exclusive neighborhoods on the island is one such colony. Katrina was told by the police chief to not go to that colony any longer as she upset a few of the neighbors when threatening with animal cruelty charges. Can you believe there were people there who wanted to poison the cats? Maddie, now the person in charge of the colony, is goes in to feed and set up water for the colony, getting to it through the yard of a family who allows access. She happened to see a dark blotch in the snow of the next back yard. Checking to make sure it isn’t an injured cat, she is horrified to find the body of the man who lives in that home, assaulted and now dead. He and his wife have been loudly against the cat colony, but that didn’t matter right now – getting the police there is priority. Katrina is arrested on Christmas Eve and will have to be in jail for the weekend until the court reopens. She was seen in the vicinity of the Proust home that night and didn’t deny being there or explaining why. As family and friends scramble to get her an attorney and raise bail money, Maddie and Grandpa Leo begin to ask questions and look into the death of Mr. Proust, learning that the Prousts and several neighbors had ongoing feuds. None sounded serious enough to kill for, but who knows? This mystery is very well plotted and executed, and the characters are engaging and almost come to life. The flow is a little choppy as there were several flashbacks to the couple weeks leading up to the murder. I love the ongoing focus on cat rescue, feral cat colonies, and the cat café. Plot twists continued to change my attention of who the best whodunit could be, and was I ever surprised! It is not somebody even as a last-ditch guess on my suspect lists! All loose ends are tied up, and the end is satisfactory. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves cats, New England Christmas holidays, and very likable, unique characters. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This series caught my attention from the first book as the subject is a cause close to my heart, feline rescue. Maddie has returned home to Daybreak Harbor and lives with her grandfather since her grandmother died. He is the former police chief and Maddie, it turns out, is pretty good at solving crimes. Together they maintain a cat shelter/cat cafe. Her business partner is also dating her sister. Cats are dear to their hearts and now Maddie is maintaining a feral colony in a very posh community. This series caught my attention from the first book as the subject is a cause close to my heart, feline rescue. Maddie has returned home to Daybreak Harbor and lives with her grandfather since her grandmother died. He is the former police chief and Maddie, it turns out, is pretty good at solving crimes. Together they maintain a cat shelter/cat cafe. Her business partner is also dating her sister. Cats are dear to their hearts and now Maddie is maintaining a feral colony in a very posh community. Not everybody is a cat lover and soon a dead man is found in his back yard, murdered and dumped in a snow bank. Was he done in over the feral colony or was it a neighbor trying to keep a secret? Maddie's friend, as an animal control officer, had a run-in with the community and was banned from further contact. Maddie took her place but who would have imagined that it would lead to homicide and her friend behind bars for the crime. (I know who I wanted to put behind bars in that neighborhood) Feral cats are seen by some as pests and disposable. Others see them as animals who deserve the best we can do for them. I am firmly in the camp that supports trap/neuter/release programs and giving the cats the chance to decide if they want to hand in their feral card to become a pampered companion. Given the chance, many do go from feral to a loving family companion. As for the mystery, it's well crafted and complex enough to keep me guessing. The characters of Maddie, her grandfather, Leo and Maddie's cat, JJ are fun to hang out with. If I had a cat cafe nearby I would be there every day both as a customer and as a volunteer to care for the cats awaiting adoption. My thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    A good mystery that also brings awareness to a real problem. Maddie operates a cat cafe and also volunteers with a cat rescue that works with helping feral cats. The newest colony is in the woods adjacent to a well-to-do neighborhood and opposing views about the cats cause problems, maybe even murder. This story has an interesting group of characters and some funny moments too. You do not need to be a cat lover to enjoy this book but if you are you will love the story. Thanks to St. Martin's Pres A good mystery that also brings awareness to a real problem. Maddie operates a cat cafe and also volunteers with a cat rescue that works with helping feral cats. The newest colony is in the woods adjacent to a well-to-do neighborhood and opposing views about the cats cause problems, maybe even murder. This story has an interesting group of characters and some funny moments too. You do not need to be a cat lover to enjoy this book but if you are you will love the story. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    It’s Christmas time in New England and Maddie James’ cat cafe is thriving. Running her cat cafe isn’t the only thing she does, she also assists her friend Katrina in feeding the feral community. Unfortunately, the feral colony happens to be located in the area of the town’s wealthiest community. The residents are complaining. In fact, they are threatening drastic measures to get rid of the cats. Maddie and her friends are not going to stand quietly by as the community accuses them of everything i It’s Christmas time in New England and Maddie James’ cat cafe is thriving. Running her cat cafe isn’t the only thing she does, she also assists her friend Katrina in feeding the feral community. Unfortunately, the feral colony happens to be located in the area of the town’s wealthiest community. The residents are complaining. In fact, they are threatening drastic measures to get rid of the cats. Maddie and her friends are not going to stand quietly by as the community accuses them of everything including stealing their Christmas decorations. When one of the wealthy is found dead, Maddie’s best friend is accused and arrested for the crime. Maddie isn’t going to let her close friend sit in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. Maddie vows to find the truth. This is the 4th book in this series and another great book. While you don’t have to start with book #1, I think it’s much better to start at the beginning to get to know the characters and their motivations. I’ve read them all and have enjoyed them. I did think Maddie was a bit annoying as far as her boyfriend, Lucas, goes. She wasn’t very understanding and had a bad case of tunnel vision. Although it’s great how loyal she is to her friend, Katrina, I didn’t think Maddie was very fair to the police. I guess that’s what happens in cozies, though, and it all worked out in the end, of course. This particular mystery is intriguing with clues given throughout the book. There were so many different possibilities. They all kept this reader guessing until the end. Just as a side note: I need more of JJ, Maddie’s cat. As a cat lover, I can’t get enough of the kitties, but that’s just me. I look forward to reading more in this series. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    The Christmas season is a bit of a mixed bag for Maddie James. Her cat cafe is doing great but she hasn’t heard from boyfriend, Lucas, for months. She and her volunteers have been taking care of a colony of feral cats in a wealthy neighbourhood but many of the residents in the area are not at all happy about it. One couple, in particular, have been very vocal in their opposition to allowing the colony to continue and when the husband is found dead, hit over the head with a garden gnome, one of t The Christmas season is a bit of a mixed bag for Maddie James. Her cat cafe is doing great but she hasn’t heard from boyfriend, Lucas, for months. She and her volunteers have been taking care of a colony of feral cats in a wealthy neighbourhood but many of the residents in the area are not at all happy about it. One couple, in particular, have been very vocal in their opposition to allowing the colony to continue and when the husband is found dead, hit over the head with a garden gnome, one of the volunteers is arrested. Maddie is sure she is innocent and is determined to prove it but, as the evidence mounts even Maddie begins to have doubts about the woman. I enjoyed A Whisker of a Doubt by Cate Conte quite a bit. Maddie and her family, including the cats, were extremely likeable and the mystery kept me guessing right up to the big reveal. I did find Maddie’s romantic problems occasionally interfered with the flow of the tale but, overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christmas cozies with characters easy to root for. Thanks to Netgalley & the publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I love the cover of this book, and I knew the inside pages would make a delightful story. Maddie is gearing up for Christmas, but things aren’t going to good for her. Her new boyfriend has disappeared, residents are complaining about the feral cats, and Christmas decorations are disappearing from their neighborhood. When Maddie discovers a dead body and her best friend is arrested for murder, she has no choice but to search for the answers, even if it puts her right in the path of the murderer. I re I love the cover of this book, and I knew the inside pages would make a delightful story. Maddie is gearing up for Christmas, but things aren’t going to good for her. Her new boyfriend has disappeared, residents are complaining about the feral cats, and Christmas decorations are disappearing from their neighborhood. When Maddie discovers a dead body and her best friend is arrested for murder, she has no choice but to search for the answers, even if it puts her right in the path of the murderer. I really enjoyed this book and this author has always been one of my favorites.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    What a great story dealing with a subject close to my heart, feral cats. I loved this story and the way Katrina, Maddie and crew take care of these special animals. Unfortunately, they do meet some opposition. Some of these rich folks are certainly interesting. Who will come out the winners and what obstacles will be thrown in the way? This is a great story line with wonderful characters. I hope I get to hang out with them again soon. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own What a great story dealing with a subject close to my heart, feral cats. I loved this story and the way Katrina, Maddie and crew take care of these special animals. Unfortunately, they do meet some opposition. Some of these rich folks are certainly interesting. Who will come out the winners and what obstacles will be thrown in the way? This is a great story line with wonderful characters. I hope I get to hang out with them again soon. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    "A Whisker of a Doubt" was a delightful book to read on a cold winter day! I personally don't have a kitty, but JJ won me over! Maddie James appears to be a force to be reckoned with! She is a fighter for a local feral cat community and goes to bat for their existence -- even with a murder nearby! I will be looking back to get some background from Ms. Conte's first three books. But if they're like this book, I'll enjoy the ride. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to "A Whisker of a Doubt" was a delightful book to read on a cold winter day! I personally don't have a kitty, but JJ won me over! Maddie James appears to be a force to be reckoned with! She is a fighter for a local feral cat community and goes to bat for their existence -- even with a murder nearby! I will be looking back to get some background from Ms. Conte's first three books. But if they're like this book, I'll enjoy the ride. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Maddie’s back in the fourth Cat Café mystery, “A Whisker of a Doubt.” Katrina, Maddie’s friend and the local animal control officer, has been accused of murdering one of the residents of a community where Maddie and other volunteers have been caring for a feral cat colony. I want to like this series more than I do. The writing style is good, and I love most of the characters. Rescues are one of my causes, as well. But Maddie is just exhausting. She namedrops her retired police officer grandfather Maddie’s back in the fourth Cat Café mystery, “A Whisker of a Doubt.” Katrina, Maddie’s friend and the local animal control officer, has been accused of murdering one of the residents of a community where Maddie and other volunteers have been caring for a feral cat colony. I want to like this series more than I do. The writing style is good, and I love most of the characters. Rescues are one of my causes, as well. But Maddie is just exhausting. She namedrops her retired police officer grandfather and hospital executive father in attempts to get her own way. She thinks a lawyer has control over a client’s bail, and should chip in to pay said bail. She whines about how things aren’t fair and demands that people do things that clearly won’t work. When her friends try to give her a reality check, she lashes out, even admitting she’s a jerk, but she does it anyway. Other characters attribute qualities to her that she clearly does not possess. Her grandfather says that she would have made a good police officer, but Maddie is far too immature and her kneejerk reactions are all emotional. Her friend Cass says that Maddie can tell when people are lying, but Maddie mentions several times how she’s been lied to in relationships. Then there are the plot issues. There are several implausible scenes, and one that is only there to provide drama. No details, because of spoilers, but a local small-town cop is not going to have access to do a large-scale search in the records of jurisdictions in other states to find dirt on someone. Also, even assuming that you get only one phone call in jail, wouldn’t you have the sense to call someone who can handle things for you? It just felt contrived. The premise is good and, if Maddie would just grow up, the series would be enjoyable. I was given a free copy by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/a... A Whisker of a Doubt Cat Café Mystery By Cate Conte ISBN 9781250761538 cateconte.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: It’s promising to be a picture-purrfect Christmas at New England’s favorite cat cafe . . . but instead of jolly old St. Nick, residents are being visited by murder. The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime. The holiday season on Daybreak Island is a mixed bag for Mad https://openbooksociety.com/article/a... A Whisker of a Doubt Cat Café Mystery By Cate Conte ISBN 9781250761538 cateconte.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: It’s promising to be a picture-purrfect Christmas at New England’s favorite cat cafe . . . but instead of jolly old St. Nick, residents are being visited by murder. The fourth in a mystery series from author Cate Conte, A Whisker of a Doubt is filled with felines and crime. The holiday season on Daybreak Island is a mixed bag for Maddie James. On the one hand, her Christmas spirit is in the doghouse after a break-up. On the other, she’s busy enough that she doesn’t have to pretend to be merry. Business at her cat café is booming, and Maddie’s care-taking of a feral cat colony in one of the area’s wealthiest communities only helps her bottom line. But tensions between the homeowners and animal activists are escalating to catastrophic levels. . .and before long a body is found dead in a snowbank. To prove that her accused friend is innocent of the crime, Maddie will have to prowl the island for clues to the real killer before everyone on the island goes completely hiss-terical—and more than nine lives are lost. (from Goodreads) Review: What a great time of year to be on Daybreak Island off the New England coast! The setting and snow sound gorgeous, I was happy to be back with Maddie, her family and friends, and the mystery kept me guessing. It was definitely one of the very last bad guys I would have guessed. Maddie has been back on Daybreak Island for less than a year and is in her happy place when it comes to spending Christmas there. After ten years in California, the only sadness for Maddie is that her grandma isn’t there anymore and the guy she started dating went off island for a few days last month and never returned. Her cat café and shelter, JJ’s House of Purrs, is successful enough that they are remodeling Grandpa Leo’s home to further accommodate its growth. JJ is a handsome orange cat who adopted Maddie on the day of her grandma’s funeral. He followed her home and has been the inspiration for the shelter and café. Active in the pet rescue community, Maddie is, on paper, in charge of a feral cat colonies where they make sure food and water are available and cats are trapped for neutering and vaccines, then returned. A few evenings before Christmas, Maddie went to the exclusive neighborhood behind which the cats live. When Maddie drove in, she saw her friend Katrina’s car careening out of the neighborhood. Katrina, an animal control officer and pet rescuer, was not supposed to be there by order of the police chief, as she had threatened animal cruelty charges to someone living there due to threats about the feral colony. As Maddie went back through the yard of a resident who allowed access, she noted that the next-door neighbors’ extensive Christmas lights were out, then saw something lying in the snow of the back yard. She went to see if it was one of the feral cats. Worse than a cat, it was the body of Virgil, one of the homeowners of that property, whose wife was very vocal about her dislike of cats. It looked as if he had been bashed on the back of the head. On Christmas Eve, Katrina was arrested for Virgil’s murder, as someone saw that her car at the couple’s home that night. Grandpa Leo, who always saw Katrina as family as well as co-worker when he was police chief, hired one of the best attorneys available. Bail was posted a few days later by another old friend. Maddie has helped solve a couple murders since moving back to the island and was not going to let one of her oldest, closest friends go on trial for murder. She and Grandpa Leo began to learn what they could about the neighborhood. Virgil and his wife June had made a few enemies in their little community, and Maddie ferreted out information from people she knew. Her mom was also ready to help in whatever way she could, and they even attended Virgil’s private funeral. What she began to learn about Virgil and some of the other residents of the neighborhood were stranger than fiction. Each of the characters is defined so well! They are engaging, and there is just enough backstory on Maddie and her family to provide an excellent picture of them even as we continue to learn more about them. I enjoyed some of the focus on the quirkiest island character, Leopard Man, a delightful character and one of the best friends one could have. The victim was a man of many secrets, but in a good way that most didn’t know. I like how pet rescue and feral cat colonies are a central theme of the series, as well as shelters and cat cafes for cats to find fur-ever homes. These situations are a great source of gently showing the reader about the needs of cats while providing backdrops for great mysteries. This one was a true challenge; the killer was someone I did not expect. There are several suspects who became red herrings, and my favorite one clearly wasn’t it. I was a bit uncomfortable with how the day of the murder was split into several chapters, interspersed with events taking place for the days prior to it. At times it became a little hard for me to follow. Overall, the mystery and setting are excellent, and I highly recommend it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Really, a 2.5. The plot was good and dealt with the real problems of TNR. I give full credit there; Eileen Watson has done the same with her cat groomer series. Full credit too for a strong explanation of one character's bad behavior, though another's ended up just dropped. The writing was fine. JJ the cat is adorable. Grandpa is adorable. What brought the book down was Our Heroine's whiny, immature attitude. The trope of the lovers' misunderstanding was vastly overdone and dragged out simply be Really, a 2.5. The plot was good and dealt with the real problems of TNR. I give full credit there; Eileen Watson has done the same with her cat groomer series. Full credit too for a strong explanation of one character's bad behavior, though another's ended up just dropped. The writing was fine. JJ the cat is adorable. Grandpa is adorable. What brought the book down was Our Heroine's whiny, immature attitude. The trope of the lovers' misunderstanding was vastly overdone and dragged out simply because OH refused to talk to Lucas. (Lucas-- run. Run away. NOW.) OH wanted Grandpa and Daddy and her ex-boyfriend the cop to make everything better. Add to this the lack of responsibility taken by two characters for illegal acts and I was pretty fed up by the end. Shame, it could have been a good, solid, enjoyable read. On the fence about whether to read another. The first two weren't amazing, but okay and showed promise; in this one, the character regressed. As always, your mileage may vary! I may have just been around too many whiney, immature people this week, too, making me less tolerant of fictional ones.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kay's Pallet

    ***SPOILERS*** Whenever I read a book, I like to look at the story and the writing as two separate things. I'm not the biggest fan of cozy mysteries. That being said, I liked this story. It was different from what I'm used to with the feral cats and the time jumping in the beginning. There were even a few times that really drew me in. I didn't read the other books in the series, but I felt like I was given enough information to enjoy the story without the background. Now the writing. About halfway ***SPOILERS*** Whenever I read a book, I like to look at the story and the writing as two separate things. I'm not the biggest fan of cozy mysteries. That being said, I liked this story. It was different from what I'm used to with the feral cats and the time jumping in the beginning. There were even a few times that really drew me in. I didn't read the other books in the series, but I felt like I was given enough information to enjoy the story without the background. Now the writing. About halfway through the book, I wanted to give it 3 stars. However, the further I read, the more I didn't like. This book is a cozy mystery and I can't fault it for being one, but I can fault illogical actions, inconsistency, terrible characters, and just bad writing. I was expecting some unrealisticness and flat characters as is the norm with this genre, but I thought Maddie was exceptionally annoying, childish, and entitled. She seems to think her opinion is the only one that matters and is at times more important than the law: "But that shouldn’t matter if someone is innocent" I imagine her saying this in a whinny voice as she believes her will power alone is enough to get her friend out of jail, even though what "shouldn't matter" is multiple witnesses. This girl needs to be told multiple times that what she's asking for is ridiculous and that's not how the law works, but she never listens: "“He said he had to go. And I’m guessing he didn’t stop to offer up any money for Katrina’s bail.” I couldn’t keep the disgust out of my voice. Grandpa shook his head. “Maddie. You can’t be like that. The man did his job.” “I don’t care! There’s no way she can afford that. I’m going to try to raise it for her, but it’s not fair—”". She's talking about a lawyer here. She was already told that the lawyer has no control over how much bail the judge sets. Does she really think that a lawyer is going to pay for his client's bail? I don't know of she's delusional or plain stupid. This girl belongs on a reddit about entitled people. "Even for those who weren’t cool, they weren’t likely to call the cops on me since I was not only former Daybreak Harbor police chief Leopold Mancini’s granddaughter, but the daughter of Brian James, CEO of Daybreak Hospital." Do you even know who I am? Then she invites herself to the man's funeral in order to spy or gather clues or whatever Nancy Drew nonsense she is up to: "I wanted a chance to talk to the people in Virgil’s life when they would, theoretically, have their guard down. And if they saw me at a function like this as a member of the prominent James-Mancini family rather than one of the wackadoodle cat ladies traipsing around the woods during a snowstorm, I’d probably have a better chance at finding something out." This is so insensitive. I mean this is a grown woman acting like she's 14. Pages 156- 159 were pretty much unreadable and probably the most annoying Maddie scene in the whole book. She's so far up Katrina's butt, defending her tooth and nail, but she won't give her boyfriend the time of day to explain himself? Ok. It's kind of annoying having to wait so long (~300 pages) to find out what happened. Idk it wasn't good suspense building. It was dangling a mediocre carrot that I didn't even want anymore by the time I got it. Honestly, the way she is handling the whole situation, I wouldn't take her back if I was Lucas. She clearly doesn't prioritize their relationship or respect him as a person enough to let him explain. Also, what's with the strong preachy overtones about stray cats. She seems to think that the fact of liking or not liking cats is the bases of friendship. We get it, she loves cats and feels responsible for them, but this is a fiction book. Not one to make me want to be a better person. Cool it. All in all, I really didn't love this book. Maddie really grated on my nerves and I felt like a lot of things (not mentioned for fear of nit picking) were just illogical. In all honesty, I wouldn't have finished this book if I didn't have to read it for work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Coil

    It’s Christmas and everyone is excited for the holidays except Maddie. She’s still hurting and angry over her boyfriend, Lucas, ghosting her when he left for Virginia. To keep her mind occupied she’s staying busy. Her cat cafe is a success and she’s now working with her friend Katrina to help a feral cat colony. The only problem is the residents on Sea Spray Lane in Turtle Point. They’re a wealthy group of people who are fighting against the volunteers to help the feral cats who’ve taken up resi It’s Christmas and everyone is excited for the holidays except Maddie. She’s still hurting and angry over her boyfriend, Lucas, ghosting her when he left for Virginia. To keep her mind occupied she’s staying busy. Her cat cafe is a success and she’s now working with her friend Katrina to help a feral cat colony. The only problem is the residents on Sea Spray Lane in Turtle Point. They’re a wealthy group of people who are fighting against the volunteers to help the feral cats who’ve taken up residence in the woods. Tensions are high between the “cat people” and the wealthy who want the cats gone but to complicate matters the residents have a string of robberies which they blame the volunteers for. Maddie accidentally stumbles across Virgil’s body when she’s feeding the cats. When her friend Katrina is arrested for the murder both Maddie and Grandpa Leo, former police chief, start their own side investigation. Maddie has her hands full trying to help the feral cats and find the real killer. Christmas isn’t what Maddie imagined and a surprising turn of events on Christmas Eve puts Maddie even more on edge. The first thing I love about this series is the way the author brings information and attention to animals who can’t speak for themselves. The people on Daybreak Island are genuinely good and their love of animals warms my heart. Maddie makes a great main character because she’s so relatable. She makes mistakes like any other person and her personality is so genuine. She has a great supporting cast of people who I’ve grown to love in these books. This was a really good mystery of who done it and why. There were so many suspects with so many motives I was enthralled in the investigation. I’ll just say that nothing is as it seems and people aren’t always who you think they are. A book full of enjoyable animals, small town charm, eclectic people, and a really good murder mystery. I can’t wait for the next book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. A Whisker of a Doubt is the 4th Cat Cafe mystery by Cate Conte. Released 1st Dec 2020 by Macmillan on their St. Martin's Press imprint, it's 320 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This is an enjoyable and well written holiday themed small to Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. A Whisker of a Doubt is the 4th Cat Cafe mystery by Cate Conte. Released 1st Dec 2020 by Macmillan on their St. Martin's Press imprint, it's 320 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. This is an enjoyable and well written holiday themed small town cozy mystery with an appealing female protagonist. I had read the first couple of books in this series, then sort of lost track of it and hadn't read any of them for more than a year. I didn't have any trouble following the story or keeping the main characters straight in my head whilst reading. The setting is a small relatively isolated island community in New England which gives the author broad scope to pepper the narrative with "eccentric" local characters. There's a fair bit of unnecessarily drawn out romantic drama which I found mildly annoying (since a 10 second face to face chat would've rendered it moot) but readers who enjoy heartfelt longing and regret from their characters will undoubtedly find it worthwhile. The denouement was perhaps a trifle heavily foreshadowed, but nevertheless well written and executed. The cats (as always) are delightful and add a lot of whimsy to the story. Four stars. This will appeal to lovers of small-town cozy mysteries (with cats). Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    This book took me a while to get through. I kept putting it down to try again later. Overall, it was a decent cozy mystery, but was not my favorite. Pros: -I was definitely involved in the mystery, once I figured out who everyone was and when things were happening. The mystery kept me guessing and I was surprised by the ending. -I like how the author wove feral cat colonies into the story. Rescues and shelters are working hard to help them with their spay/neuter and release programs. Cons: -I felt l This book took me a while to get through. I kept putting it down to try again later. Overall, it was a decent cozy mystery, but was not my favorite. Pros: -I was definitely involved in the mystery, once I figured out who everyone was and when things were happening. The mystery kept me guessing and I was surprised by the ending. -I like how the author wove feral cat colonies into the story. Rescues and shelters are working hard to help them with their spay/neuter and release programs. Cons: -I felt like I was missing a lot of information. This is the first book I have read in the series, so I am assuming reading the others would make reading this book earlier. From reading other reviews, I surmise the last book ended with a cliff hanger. I definitely felt lost with what was happening with that. And it took me a while to figure out who all the recurring characters were and what was happening with the cat cafe. I would recommend anyone interested in this series start with book 1 and read sequentially. -There is a lot of time jumping happening. You definitely need to pay attention to the headers of each chapter. This is mostly at the beginning, but also happened once towards the middle to explain something that had happened in the previous book (or between books, I'm not exactly sure). I can see why the author made the choice, but it was a bit confusing at first because I was not paying close attention to the dates and times. -The love triangle. This one is just my personal preference. I am not a fan of the love triangle trope in cozy mysteries. While this one does get resolved by the end of the book, I think, it seems to be a theme started and finished in previous books that has been brought to life again in this one. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Maddie is not feeling the holiday spirit. Lucas has disappeared with nary a word or trace. At the same time she is dealing with a wounded heart, she must deal with the rich neighbours where she looks after a feral cat colony. The cats divide the neighbours. Some support the kitties while others want to poison them. Amidst the rancour, Maddie and her helpers try to provide food, water and shelter for the colony. While she knows it is an explosive situation, she did not e Princess Fuzzypants here: Maddie is not feeling the holiday spirit. Lucas has disappeared with nary a word or trace. At the same time she is dealing with a wounded heart, she must deal with the rich neighbours where she looks after a feral cat colony. The cats divide the neighbours. Some support the kitties while others want to poison them. Amidst the rancour, Maddie and her helpers try to provide food, water and shelter for the colony. While she knows it is an explosive situation, she did not expect to find a body in the snow as she goes to refill the dishes one night. Initially Maddie thought Virgil was a rabid anti-catter but she does not believe her friend and fellow rescuer, Katrina, is the killer. Sadly, the police do believe it when they have a witness who puts her at the scene. She has been ordered to stay away so not only does she get arrested but she loses her job as well. She is lucky to have Maddie and her grandpa, the former chief of police, on her side. They continue to look into the contentious relationships among the neighbours. As she learns more and more both about the victim and the possible suspects, she discovers many are not who they seem. In fact, Virgil turns out to be an entirely different guy. Too bad she didn’t bring JJ out to investigate with her. No doubt his superior feline skills would have sussed out the villain quickly. As it was, I was back and forth and when I thought I had it pegged, it turned out I was right and wrong. While she investigates, she also is running a fantastic cat cafe with JJ and navigating the stony path of love. It was an enjoyable read with an interesting mystery. Four purrs and two paws on up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mangy Cat

    Whisker of a Doubt has the usual fun and cuteness of this series, but I’m disappointed that we haven’t seen any character growth in anyone at all. In fact, Maddie, the lead protagonist, seems to be going backward. And the secondary characters are no longer filled with depth but are cardboard cutouts simply revolving around Maddie. On the whole, this book feels like it stopped short of a couple rounds of edits, and it SHOWS. Lots of inconsistencies can be found—like Grandpa being in the front sea Whisker of a Doubt has the usual fun and cuteness of this series, but I’m disappointed that we haven’t seen any character growth in anyone at all. In fact, Maddie, the lead protagonist, seems to be going backward. And the secondary characters are no longer filled with depth but are cardboard cutouts simply revolving around Maddie. On the whole, this book feels like it stopped short of a couple rounds of edits, and it SHOWS. Lots of inconsistencies can be found—like Grandpa being in the front seat at the beginning of the scene, then suddenly being in the backseat. Each chapter has a date/time reference, but there are inconsistencies here too—like when it’s 8:30 AM at the end of one chapter, then immediately 9:30 AM in the next chapter, same moment in the conversation. And did we completely forget that this is Grandpa’s first Christmas without Grandma?! All we get is one mention at the start of the book, but on Christmas Day, apparently he’s over it. 🙄 Also, Maddie is acting even MORE juvenile than usual—irritatingly so. The conclusions she jumps to are unrealistic, likely an attempt to shoehorn drama into the narrative. And when something is obvious, it goes right over her head. She refuses to listen to anyone’s reason if it is even presented at all. Thus, she comes across as childish, dense, and very narrow minded, which is backward direction for her character growth. I was wondering why they hadn’t made an audiobook for this one, and now I can see why the publisher didn’t bother with the investment. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2.5 stars. So sad this wasn’t more polished.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Book number 4 in the series and book number 1 for me. So I will be needing to put 3 more books on my TBR list because I really enjoyed this Cat Cafe mystery. What a unique idea, a cat cafe where you can get to know a kitty while having a coffee. This story definelty proves that while cats don't change their spots, everything is not always what it seems. My imagination is every bit as wild as Maddie James, so when she was being a doubting I was doing the same, which means she is a completely rela Book number 4 in the series and book number 1 for me. So I will be needing to put 3 more books on my TBR list because I really enjoyed this Cat Cafe mystery. What a unique idea, a cat cafe where you can get to know a kitty while having a coffee. This story definelty proves that while cats don't change their spots, everything is not always what it seems. My imagination is every bit as wild as Maddie James, so when she was being a doubting I was doing the same, which means she is a completely relateable character. I also liked that she had a good relationship with her Grandpa, who gave credence to her theories no matter how wild though they may be. She is a bit like the feral cats that she is trying to protect, hesitant to trust and fearful of being hurt. She has a great support system of family and friends as all good cozy main characters have with lots of character developement. The story has lots of false leads and red herrings and just when you think you know what is happening, you find out that you were completely wrong. There were at least four times where I thought one thing and it turned out to be something else all together. Excellent work as an author because it made the story that much more entertaining. Looking forward to the next one as well!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the 4th book in this "purrfect" series that blends the love of cats with mystery. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. I have read each charming book in this fun series and highly recommend this series for all that love cats. The author knows cats and has a great talent for translating their personalities in this series. Maddie James has returned to the small island of Turtle Point and opened a popular cat cafe in her Grandfathe This is the 4th book in this "purrfect" series that blends the love of cats with mystery. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own. I have read each charming book in this fun series and highly recommend this series for all that love cats. The author knows cats and has a great talent for translating their personalities in this series. Maddie James has returned to the small island of Turtle Point and opened a popular cat cafe in her Grandfathers home, She has built a life here and is happy with her friends and her work. She has a great relationship with her Grandfather who is a fun endearing charcter in this series. The cafe is a combination coffee house and cat adoption center. Maddie and her best friend Katrina are taking care of a feral cat colony in a pretentious neighborhood where many of the rich residents hate the cats. When one of the residents that was most vocal against the cats is murdered, Maddie has to solve the mystery. This is a great addition to this series. Its catnip to cat lovers and has wonderful likable charcters we all wish we knew as friends. The sleuth is well crafted to conclusion . A delightful next in series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    This was my first read in this series. I found it to be engaging but I did think the book went on a little too long, so I am docking one star. Maddie James has returned to the small island of Turtle Point to open a cat café after living in California for the past 10 years. She and one of her best friends, Katrina, have been taking care of a feral cat colony in a rather ritzy neighborhood on the island and unfortunately not all the neighbors are friendly towards the volunteers or the kitties thems This was my first read in this series. I found it to be engaging but I did think the book went on a little too long, so I am docking one star. Maddie James has returned to the small island of Turtle Point to open a cat café after living in California for the past 10 years. She and one of her best friends, Katrina, have been taking care of a feral cat colony in a rather ritzy neighborhood on the island and unfortunately not all the neighbors are friendly towards the volunteers or the kitties themselves. When one of the residents winds up dead, Maddie has to solve the mystery and keep her friend out of jail. I found Maddie to be an okay protagonist but there were parts of her I did not like. She struck me as wishy-washy about her problems with her possible boyfriend and some of her protestations in that regard came across as whiny. Actually, I did not really like many of the characters in this book. They were either one-dimensional or just off. Katrina, the friend and murder suspect, treats her friends like dirt while they are trying to help her and at times she is downright mean. This was an okay mystery but I do not think I will seek out the others anytime soon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Nichols

    Its nearly Christmas on Daybreak Island. Maddie James is making her rounds to feed the strays out on Sea Spray Lane in the upscale area of Turtle Point. Most of the residents do not like having wild stray cats roaming their neighbor hood and cause issues for the rescuers. Maddie is on her way into the woods when she spots a lump in the snow on the Proust's yard. Thinking its an injuries cat she investigates only to discover the dead body of Virgil Proust. .Was Vigils death an accident? Not likel Its nearly Christmas on Daybreak Island. Maddie James is making her rounds to feed the strays out on Sea Spray Lane in the upscale area of Turtle Point. Most of the residents do not like having wild stray cats roaming their neighbor hood and cause issues for the rescuers. Maddie is on her way into the woods when she spots a lump in the snow on the Proust's yard. Thinking its an injuries cat she investigates only to discover the dead body of Virgil Proust. .Was Vigils death an accident? Not likely but when Married long time friend and former baby sitter Katrina Denying is arrested for the murder she knows she can't just walk away and let Katrina pay for the crime. Who was Virgil Proust and why would anyone want him gone.? Is there more going on out in Turtle Point than just the rift over the cats? Sure Christmas decorations are disappear ing but that's not enough to kill over. Maddie and her Grandpa Leo start digging into the crime. What Maddie discovers rocks her world a bit but the truth must come out and the real killer revealed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was a new to me series and I felt like there was no problem picking up with book 4. I ended up deleting the book rom my reader at 68% though. I really disliked Maddie and when you don't like the main character of a cozy, well, it's not the series for you. I tried. Maddie, herself, mentions she is the oldest of three and it showed. I just found her too judgmental and her response to her boyfriend (?) Lucas unexplainable and immature (perhaps the other three books would have set it up better This was a new to me series and I felt like there was no problem picking up with book 4. I ended up deleting the book rom my reader at 68% though. I really disliked Maddie and when you don't like the main character of a cozy, well, it's not the series for you. I tried. Maddie, herself, mentions she is the oldest of three and it showed. I just found her too judgmental and her response to her boyfriend (?) Lucas unexplainable and immature (perhaps the other three books would have set it up better for me). There are a lot of potentially interesting suspects and secondary characters but they didn't get enough page time to interest me enough to finish the book. I have another Cate Conte book, the first in a series, which I am going to read soon. Even long time favorite authors write other series which don't appeal. I got my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Feral cat colonies can arouse passions with those who want them gone and those who help care for them. That's certainly true on Daybreak Island, where Maddie runs a cat cafe with her Grandpa Leo, the former Chief of Police. Maddie's friend Katrina, the animal control officer, has annoyed the people in the high end neighborhood where the colony is located so Maddie's feeding it- until she discovers the body of Virgil Proust, who really really hated the colony. Of course Katrina is a suspect and o Feral cat colonies can arouse passions with those who want them gone and those who help care for them. That's certainly true on Daybreak Island, where Maddie runs a cat cafe with her Grandpa Leo, the former Chief of Police. Maddie's friend Katrina, the animal control officer, has annoyed the people in the high end neighborhood where the colony is located so Maddie's feeding it- until she discovers the body of Virgil Proust, who really really hated the colony. Of course Katrina is a suspect and of course Maddie will investigate. And, of course, the cats aren't the problem here. Maddie's also dealing, btw, with the fact that her love interest Lucas has just arrived back after disappearing for a month- and, oddly, she doesn't push for answers. She can be a bit annoying but I like JJ the rescue cat, Grandpa Leo, and the setting. The mystery has enough suspects to keep you guessing. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. Will be fine as a standalone - especially for cozy fans.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    What an adorable read that has everything necessary to make for a great cozy mystery. Maddie James has a cat cafe in New England and after a bad break up she is not feeling very cheerful during the holiday season. However, she is working more than usual so that takes her mind off of things. The residents of the area are not happy with he feral cat colony that she feeds but Maddie is not going to let them stop her. Then, a body is found in a snow bank that puts Maddie’s friend in the spotlight as What an adorable read that has everything necessary to make for a great cozy mystery. Maddie James has a cat cafe in New England and after a bad break up she is not feeling very cheerful during the holiday season. However, she is working more than usual so that takes her mind off of things. The residents of the area are not happy with he feral cat colony that she feeds but Maddie is not going to let them stop her. Then, a body is found in a snow bank that puts Maddie’s friend in the spotlight as the killer. Maddie must try to find out what really happened and fast. But could her friend have committed such a heinous crime? This is a very well written mystery that will delight animal lovers as well as murder mystery lovers. The characters are very like able and Well developed. I recommend this novel highly. Thank you to netgalley as well as the author/publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    There isn’t A Whisker of a Doubt that Maddie loves cats. She is owned by her chunky orange cat, JJ. She owns a cat cafe called JJ’s House of Purrs. Maddie is also a long-time cat rescuer. Her current project is feeding the local feral cat population (though I wonder how feral you can be if you have a heated cat water bowl). The feral cats have ignited a furor in ritzy Daybreak Island. When one of the most vocal of the feral cat critics is murdered, Maddie’s best friend, Animal Control Officer Kat There isn’t A Whisker of a Doubt that Maddie loves cats. She is owned by her chunky orange cat, JJ. She owns a cat cafe called JJ’s House of Purrs. Maddie is also a long-time cat rescuer. Her current project is feeding the local feral cat population (though I wonder how feral you can be if you have a heated cat water bowl). The feral cats have ignited a furor in ritzy Daybreak Island. When one of the most vocal of the feral cat critics is murdered, Maddie’s best friend, Animal Control Officer Katrina, is arrested for the killing. Maddie feels compelled to find the real perp to save her friend from jail. Living with two rescue cats myself, including one formerly feral Siamese, I loved A Whisker of a Doubt. If you are a cat lover too, you will love this purr-fect cozy mystery! 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars! Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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