Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.
It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.
Time’s running out in this deadly cat-and-mouse game in Cat Got Your Secrets, the delightfully funny third novel in Julie Chase’s Kitty Couture mystery series, perfect for “all those feline fanciers who love to read Rita Mae Brown” (Suspense Magazine).
Chase's love of New Orleans is apparent on every page of her droll third Kitty Couture Mystery (after 2017's Cat Got Your Cash). Lacy Marie Crocker's fortunes are on the upswing: Furry Godmother, her pet boutique on New Orleans' historic Market Street, is doing well. Her rocky relationship with her socialite mother has mellowed. And she's being wooed by two wildly eligible bachelors, homicide detective Jack Oliver and lawyer Chase Hawthorne. Lacy's life is humming along nicely until one of her Furry Godmother customers, Wallace Becker, is found dead in his walk-in freezer, and the last person to see him alive was Lacy's own beloved veterinarian father. Lacy sets out to clear her father's name, but her investigation has barely started when she's targeted by the same blackmailer who threatened Becker. The recurring characters have developed nicely, and Chase provides some satisfying answers to a story arc that has carried through the series.