Cat About Town By Cate Conte: Review/Giveaway

Aug 26, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Pets, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Cat About Town. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Maddie James is home on Daybreak Island for her grandmother’s funeral. Grandma’s death wasn’t unexpected, but she’s mourned by all who knew her. At the gravesite, Maddie sees an orange tabby cat, friendly enough but frightened as mourners approach to offer their condolence.

Maddie’s parents live on the island, but she’s staying with Grandpa. There are rumors Grandpa is losing it—he’s forgetful, nearly broke, and ready to sell the family home. Her plan to fly back to California and her juice bar business keeps getting delayed.

The Food Stroll is a way for local businesses to highlight what they have to offer. It’s well attended by locals and tourists. And one orange tabby cat. book

When the cat runs into a tent, Maddie follows, only to discover a dead body—someone she had words with earlier in the day and who Grandpa argued with as well. Now suspects, just two on a list of many, Maddie wants to find out who the killer really is so she can get back home.

On a personal front, Maddie has several men interested in her, even knowing she’s not likely to stay. Craig is a former boyfriend from years ago. Now he’s a police officer, and even better looking although a little too “by the rules.” Lucas runs the grooming shop, plays in a band, and is equally interesting without the constraints of the badge. Don’t forget Damian who owns a restaurant famous for its lobster rolls. His version is better than the original. He needs some marketing help, and Maddie knows just what to do.

Things get weird when Maddie finds articles about cat cafes in her mail. Grandpa has the same feeling when a contractor shows up to work on his house, but won’t say who’s paying him. To add to the confusion, Grandpa disappears for long periods of time at a job he won’t describe. A second body just makes things worse.

This is the first in a new series that promises to be a good one. Grandpa is an interesting guy, the former Chief of Police. Maddie has her childhood memories of the island as well as California business experience—and a love for all things cat. Her friend Becky is the face of the local newspaper, always tuned into the latest news.

The mystery has enough clues to follow along and maybe even guess the killer but not too soon as several look promising. Romance could provide potential problems depending on what Maddie does next. The side characters are well developed, leaving readers wanting to know more about them. Hopefully, that will be soon.

To enter to win a copy of Cat About Town, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “cat cafe,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 9, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. She writes articles for Animal Wellness and Natural Awakenings magazines and online, for Sniff and Barkens. For the last ten years, she’s written/edited the SPAWNews, a monthly newsletter for small publishers, artists, writers network. She has written short stories for three anthologies (Flash and Bang, The Killer Wore Cranberry #4 and Dogs and Dragons). There’s even a tale of the pitfalls of gardening when you’re six years old, titled
Death of a Red Leather Mary Jane. At last, she’s achieved her dream of a book of her own on Kindle–and all the other e-readers–with the publication of From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception, a collection of short stories published by Untreed Reads. Her Westie-ish dog, Ozzie, begs you to buy a copy. It’s only 99c and he needs more toys.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


  1. Give me a cat mystery any Day!!!!

  2. I would love to win. Thank you for the chance.

  3. I love books that have a cat on the cover. Sounds like a good read with some interesting characters.

  4. Looking forward to this new book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Cute Cover and love the blue…well the review sounds like I should enter. Thank you…

  6. YAY!! New author – to me – and series. Want to learn more about grandpa!

  7. What a fun read Cat About Town would be. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  8. Love the mysteries that feature cats!

  9. I love the idea of a cat cafe, so this series is especially appealing! Thanks for the chance to win! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. adding this to my TBR list. I love books with animals featured!

  11. I haven’t read this author before but it sounds like a wonderful read.

  12. I love mysteries that include cats. This sounds like a great series.

  13. First, congratulations on your release. Great cover and i am sure a great book as well. Being a huge animal lover, especially cats makes this series very appealing. , Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.
    Cynthia B.

  14. This sounds fabulous – this crazy cat lady can’t wait to read it and “meet” the orange tabby and Maddie. Would also enjoy “meeting” her grandpa! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  15. Love anything cat related! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

  16. Can’t wait to read this one!

  17. I love any books that have cats in it. Considering that this is the start of a new series, is all the better!

  18. Love the kitty on the cover – thanks for offering! Hope to Win!!!

  19. Looks like the start to a great new series. Can’t wait to read.

  20. We have a winner!


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