When former classmate Rich “Dickie” Byrd throws a high school reunion to gather support for his mayoral campaign, it drums up some not so sweet memories for dessert shop proprietor Chase Oliver and her friend Julie Larson. Julie would rather not reconnect with Ron North, the creepy kid who had a crush on her back in the day. His social graces haven’t exactly improved with age, but is he creepy enough to kill?
The next day, Chase is in the park testing a new cat harness for Quincy—who quickly proves he cannot be leashed. But when his escape leads Chase to Ron’s body, the police wonder who else got away. Now, with Julie suspected, Chase must prove her innocence before the real killer plans another fatal reunion. (Summary via Goodreads)
I am a HUGE fan of Janet Cantrell's Fat Cat series. It may be because I love cats and have a fat cat of my own or it could be the characters in the books, or it might be the recipes you find in the back of the book, or it could be the murders and the way Chase "helps" the police solve them. Whatever the reason or reasons, I cannot get enough of this series.
Chase co-owns a dessert bar shop with her best friend Julie's mother. Anna is like a mom to Chase also. Chase has an adorable cat Quincy who likes to get into mischief whenever Chase isn't looking. Chase is seeing the vet, Mike, who takes care of Quincy. It's almost Christmas the shop is doing great, the employees are working hard, Anna is getting married soon and everything is going smoothly.
That is until the morning after Chase and Julie attend a High School reunion thrown together by a classmate looking for Mayoral support. Chase and Mike are teaching Quincy to walk on a leash and harness but, of course, he breaks free and runs under a bush in the park. When Mike goes in to get Quincy out, they find a dead body. A classmate that had been pestering a bunch of attendants at the reunion is under the bush and it looks like Julie's scarf is the murder weapon !!!
Chase will do whatever it takes to clear Julie's name. Unfortunately her time is limited when Julie is arrested for the crime and they have already sent a date for the hearing.
Review by Missi S.