Gone, Kitty, Gone by Eileen Watkins

With her new van, Cassie McGlone has expanded her Comfy Cat business to include mobile grooming. Next stop: a cat expo at a convention center near her hometown of Chadwick, New Jersey; Cassie will give grooming demos on shelter cats to encourage adoptions. Other highlights of the expo include a major cat show and appearances by pop singing sensation Jaki Natal. She'll bring along Gordie, her Scottish fold, who's also become famous through social media. But during one of Jaki's appearances, a short blackout occurs and Gordie disappears! When a security guard turns up dead, shortly after, that gets more attention from the police than the possible theft of the cat. Jaki hears about a local cat groomer who also specializes in feline-related crimes, and recruits Cassie to find Gordie. The singer fears he'll be used by an obsessed fan as bait, to lure her into a dangerous trap. But if Cassie tries to help, could the trap spring on her, instead?

This is a great book and series. It has everything that I look for in a cozy: fantastic characters, a homey setting and a puzzling mystery. The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Cassie is smart and caring and you can tell how much she loves animals. And you can tell she cares about people too, she was very compassionate with Jaki and her problems. I really appreciated how much she was willing to help her. I enjoyed getting to spend time with Cassie and her family and friends. The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. I enjoyed the fact that the majority of the book’s setting was at the cat show, it brought an extra level to my enjoyment. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and it moved at a good pace. I really liked that it was not so much looking for a killer, it was trying to figure out the cat napping. I found that refreshing. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you are a cat lover, you really need to read this book (and series). — Amazon Reviewer