A cat groomer scratches below the surface of her picturesque town to sniff out a killer in this series debut—“a deft blend of mystery and cat love” (Kirkus).
Cassie McGlone, owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats in Chadwick, New Jersey, knows that professional cat grooming isn’t all fluff. She handles her feistiest four-legged clients with a caring touch and nerves of steel. And she needs all the nerve she can muster on her latest house call—when she finds the murdered body of her favorite client, millionaire George DeLeuw, and his newly orphaned Persian, Harpo.
Cassie wants to do whatever she can to help the local police find George’s killer. Taking temporary custody of Harpo seems simple enough—until it becomes clear that someone is desperate to get their claws on the cat. Could the feline be the key to untangling a felony? As cat at whisperer Cassie tries to coax out deadly secrets, she better tread lightly. After all, she gets one life, not nine.
“It doesn’t take a cat lover to fall in love with this perfectly crafted cozy series.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Bengal Identity
At the start of Watkins's delightful first novel and series launch, cat groomer Cassie McGlone, newly moved to Chadwick, N.J., finds her best customer, wealthy George DeLeuw, dead on his study floor. Her taking temporary custody of George's Persian, Harpo, lands her in the middle of a fierce squabble over the feline. Another problem is Cassie's old boyfriend Andy, whom her interfering mom tells where to find her, oblivious to Cassie's very good reason for dumping him. Andy's arrival is followed by a suspicious fire at Cassie's combination store and residence. With George's sister, ex-wife, and several business associates in town, there's a passel of suspects for both crimes, but Chadwick's Det. Angela Bonelli has her sights on Cassie's handyman, Nick Janos, and his introverted computer-nerd son, Dion, who claims George stole an encryption code he created. The calm in the storm is veterinarian Mark Coccia, fresh from his own broken relationship but showing a definite interest in Cassie. Happily, Harpo and the loads of other cats in this welcome debut don't overpower the story line. Agent, Evan Marshall, Evan Marshall Agency.
Being a cat lover and a book lover, this book is awesome. I highly recommend it!