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Nine Lives and Alibis: A Cat Cafe Mystery by Cate Conte

cyireadbooks's review against another edition

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1.0

I had high hopes for Nine Lives and Alibis. The title was pretty fetching. But the cat(s) played little or no part in the narrative except for a few cameos.

Nine Lives and Alibis is the 7th installment in the Cat Cafe Mystery series. And while I have read a number of series' novels as standalones, I had some difficulty with this one. I felt as though I missed a lot of the finer points of the characters and perhaps even their backstories. So, I was at a disadvantage as to knowing the history of the cat cafe, and all of the characters.

For me, Nine Lives was a little boring. Nothing exciting happened until a little past 37%. By that time, I was ready to throw in the towel But something happened that drew me back in, only to be disappointed, again. So by 51%, I was done.

I think I would have enjoyed the novel a lot more if the crime(s) were committed earlier, then followed by the amateur investigations, and sleuthing.

Author Cate Conte is a new to me author. So I'm not going to rule out future novels from her. Though I probably won't step in mid stream on an existing series. One unfortunate DNF star.

I received a DRC from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

caitlincassidy's review against another edition

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lighthearted mysterious relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

sjsreads's review against another edition

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funny mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

sueec's review against another edition

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lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

tamsterdam_reads's review against another edition

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lighthearted mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

My first Cate Conte book did not disappoint! This cozy mystery is the seventh book in the Cat Cafe Mystery series and it kept me hooked the entire way.

The storyline had me pulled in different directions with strategic red herrings, but it was done so well, I wasn’t left feeling dizzy. The writing kept me engrossed with its interesting characters, unique murder plot, cute cats and the relationships between the main characters and her family and friends. It is also the perfect read to get you into the Halloween spirit!

Thanks to Minotaur Books for the gifted copy and arc. Thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

booknallnight's review

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fast-paced

4.0

I need more of JJ and Maddie in my life! Of course I found book 7 in this series and now have to go back and grab the other 6 😂

This is a purrfect read for Spooktober. Let's see:

Small Town✔️
Halloween Setting ✔️
Murder Mystery ✔️
Ghost Stories and Haunted Vibes ✔️
Kitty Cuteness ✔️

All that and some cozy goodness makes for a quick and fun read. I really enjoyed Maddie too. She's a great MC. Definitely grab this one if you're a fan of mysteries.

I sincerely appreciate St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the review copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

lauralanelee's review against another edition

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lighthearted mysterious relaxing fast-paced

3.5

amanderz58's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

librarypictures's review against another edition

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dark lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

sophiarose1816's review against another edition

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lighthearted mysterious relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

 
I come as a newbie to this series jumping in at the seventh book.  It can be a gamble doing that and I’ll admit that I probably didn’t catch all the nuances as a result.  However, I didn’t get lost as the author gave plenty of backdrop and started with Maddie, her family and the town working on their Halloween festivities.  I loved the small town island setting and my attention was piqued right away when the haunted inn and the forty year old cold murder case that happened there were mentioned in the opening chapter.  Oh yes, a fall festival and historical mysteries at the inn were a delight to my eyes. 

 

This is a cozy so its pace was slow out of the gate when it comes to the murder- this doesn’t happen for several chapters.  I expected this, no longer being a cozy greenhorn, and got comfy for all the early antics with the cast of characters of Maddie’s family and small town dynamics as they sought to out do Salem as a Halloween destination for the tourists.  Maddie owns a cat café with her granddad and has a rescue cat JJ.  She doesn’t spend much time with the café which I was rather curious about as a cat lover, but JJ gets on the page often enough to justify the series theme. 

 

The murder victim, the celebrity guest psychic, was actually a guy I liked and was sad to see him bumped off.  He was well-liked so I think that made it harder to plunk to his killer’s motive for me.  Naturally, Cate Conte provided a good pile of characters who were a tad shifty-eyed even if it wasn’t for murder. 

 

So, a fun autumn mystery read that hit the sweet spot for my seasonal craving.  Cozy mystery fans should pencil this series in for a tryout.