Jillian Hart has been married to Tom Stewart, acting Chief of Police in Mercy, SC, for six months, and they and their four cats are very happy. She's stopped going to craft show and instead sells her cat quilts online--with increased sales. Her cats are extremely happy about that change!
So when old friend Shawn, the head of the local animal rescue, needs someone to go with him to the home of an older woman whom the neighbors have reported her cats are, most atypically, wandering, with no signs of the woman, he knows Jillian will be available.
When they find more than three times the number of cats he knew the woman to have, the back door open, and boxes piled everywhere, they are very concerned. It goes beyond "concerned" when Shawn finds a dead body in the guest bedroom.
It gets worse when the body is identified as Chester Wilson, the local Animal Control officer, with whom Shawn has clashed in the past.
Meanwhile, the owner of the home, Minnie Schultz is found, frail and confused, wandering down Main Street, with a kitten in her tote bag.
This is a fun, engaging mystery with smart, mostly good-natured characters, who have their own array of strengths and weaknesses. Eight books in, they're still learning and developing.
This is the first I've read in the series, and there were points at which I simply didn't have background detail that would have been covered in previous books, but at no point did it interfere with following the story or caring about the characters.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.