When Cassie McGlone starts her life over in picturesque Chadwick, New Jersey, she has no idea that the quiet life she was seeking as the owner of a cat grooming and boarding business is not going to be as easy to establish as she thought.

Starting a new business takes a lot of work, and Cassie’s Comfy Cats is Cassie’s focus and passion, along with her own three feline friends. When local millionaire George DeLeuw asks if she will come to his home to groom his beloved Persian cat Harpo, she makes an exception for him. She needs the business. But when she shows up for Harpo’s regularly scheduled grooming session and finds George dead, her quiet, small-town life is turned upside down. From potential suspect to sleuth to near victim, Cassie is embroiled in the mystery of George’s murder.

With enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, a violent ex-boyfriend, interfering mother, budding new love and a great cast of friends, do not miss this great new series. You’ll want to be in on it from the beginning. I’m looking forward to Ms. Watkins’ next Cat Groomer mystery after reading The Persian Always Meows Twice.

5 stars