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The Tell Tail Heart

The Tell Tail Heart

A Cat Cafe Mystery

Cat Cafe Mystery Series (Volume 3)

Cate Conte

Minotaur Books


Welcome back to the charming New England coast, where Maddie James’s cat café is at risk of becoming a crime scene for the purrfect murder. . .

Maddie is hoping to have some downtime during Daybreak Island’s off-season to tackle her to-do list. Her grandfather’s house-turned-cat-café is under construction and she’s also scoping out places to open a juice bar on the island. On top of that, her relationship with adorable dog groomer Lucas has taken a pawsitive turn.

But easy is getting harder every day for Maddie, especially when a big-name writer who’s on the island working on a new project winds up floating in the canal. This, on the exact same day an eccentric woman shows up at the cafe claiming Maddie’s cat, JJ, is hers.

As the investigation into the dead writer picks up, Maddie realizes that even the neighbors she’s known all her life might be keeping secrets that go deep into the heart of this small seaside town. Meanwhile, a killer remains at-large...and on the prowl.

Chapter 1

“How do you suppose he can work with all this noise?” I nodded over the rim of my coffee cup at the guy sitting at one of the larger tables in my cat cafe, JJ’s House of Purrs. “He hasn’t even looked up from that computer,...

Praise for The Tell Tail Heart

"In a subgenre in which dialogue and character development typically take a back seat to ailurophilia, Conte's cat cafe series is eminently readable and often immersive."—Kirkus -

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