One sister must prove the innocence of the other in the murder of a man determined to shut down their small-town animal shelter.
Sydney and Kat McCall are working together to help save their North Carolina animal rescue, Friendly Paws. Though Kat’s been living in the area and working at the rescue for a while, Sydney’s only recently moved back to her childhood hometown from New York City after having discovered her fiance cheating on her (good riddance). The two are determined to use their talents to bring Friendly Paws from the red into the black, or at least make it black enough so that the shelter animals won’t be at risk of being rereleased. While Kat focuses on managing the shelter, Sydney uses her background in advertising to promote Friendly Paws in the community. Her first idea, a Cat Café, mixes a coffeehouse experience with the opportunity to meet and greet cats available to adopt. Sydney’s sure it will be a success. Even printing out the fliers has made her fall a bit in love with Toby, the shelter’s unofficial mascot. But businessman/landlord/jerk Trowbridge Littleton wants to stop the café in its tracks and threatens to find a way to shut the sisters, and the shelter, down for good. Sydney can’t stop fast-talking Kat from threatening Littleton in the heat of the moment. Coming to her senses, Kat tries to meet and talk calmly with Littleton only to discover that someone’s obligingly done away with him. Given her threats, Kat is the No. 1 suspect, though Sydney has a surprise ally on the local police force in Detective Will Worthington, her former Deer Park High School friend, who’s pretty sure he can prove Kat’s innocence if only Sydney will stay out of his way.
LoTempio’s latest series follows her sweet, simple pattern (Crime and Catnip, 2016, etc.) of cat-focused cozy with uncomplicated characters who are broadly defined.