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Purrder She Wrote: 09/19/21
Purrder She Wrote by Cate Conte is the second volume in the Cat Café mystery series. Maddie James has turned some of her grandfather's home into a cat café with the money given to her by a yet to be named donor. An argument between one of her volunteers and a wealthy socialite at the café leads to a murder investigation when the socialite is found dead with a cat toy stuffed down her throat.
I honestly had forgotten the cat café hook at the end of Cat About Town. I know, it's there in the series name too, but I don't really pay attention to series names except when writing reviews. So it took me a chapter or so to adjust to what felt like a premise change. In this regard, Purrder She Wrote feels to me like the start of a series, rather than the second book.
The mystery is kept interesting with enough people who have motives to provide clues and red herrings. The pacing is good, a little slow at first but it picks up and comes to a satisfying ending. An observant reader will be able to find the clues among the herrings.
The third novel is The Tell Tail Heart (2019).