A cozy mystery series set on Madrona Island, a fictional island within the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. As a fourth generation islander Caitlin Hart is struggling to make her way as the economy and culture of the island evolves toward a tourism based industry. Cait lives in a cabin on her aunt's oceanfront estate where she helps her aunt run Harthaven Cat Sanctuary. When she isn't working with the cats, she helps best friend Tara, operate the coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge they own, named Coffee Cat Books. In the fifth book in the series, Cait and Cody join forces to track down a killer when a body is found in the hollow. (summary via Goodreads)
Wow, Kathi has done it again. I absolutely loved this book. I don't know how she does it but I feel like every book in this series just keeps me on the edge of my seat. These adventures are so much fun to read and the characters just keep growing and evolving on Mandrona Island.
This adventure starts in the hollow. The hollow is a haunted place legend has it where many strange things have happened. Not only is a place full of feral cats but now it is the site of a murder. I bet you can guess who is drawn there, yep, Cait. She is told by Tansy that she is to meet her messenger at the hollow. This is where she meets "Ichabod"a black cat with glowing green eyes. This is the beginning of a great adventure. Cait needs to find out if there is one killer or multiple killers on the island. Who would have thought that their little island would be the backdrop for murder.
With the help of Cody, Cait's boyfriend, and her friends and family and an unexpected visit from her big sister Siobhan they begin to unravel secrets on the island that will lead to a killer. But, who will be the next victim? Will the group find enough clues before one of them becomes number two?
I have loved all of these characters throughout this series. Things have been changing and a lot of twists and turns have occurred on the island. There are a lot of surprises in this book that you will love. I know I did and can't wait for the next installment in the Whales and Tales mysteries.
If you are looking for a great mystery, romance, and unexpected endings you will love this book as well as all of Kathi Daley books.
Review by Penny M.