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In Gone but Not Furgotten, the sixth in Cate Conte's Cat Café beloved cozy mystery series, Daybreak Island has a killer on the loose…and this villain isn’t afraid to use their claws. Maddie James has big plans for the summer season at JJ's House of Purrs. But when her friend, master meditator and Tai Chi teacher Cass Hendricks, brings a potential animal hoarding situation In Gone but Not Furgotten, the sixth in Cate Conte's Cat Café beloved cozy mystery series, Daybreak Island has a killer on the loose…and this villain isn’t afraid to use their claws. Maddie James has big plans for the summer season at JJ's House of Purrs. But when her friend, master meditator and Tai Chi teacher Cass Hendricks, brings a potential animal hoarding situation to her attention, Maddie has to refocus her attention on the furry felines who may need a helping paw. Cass has brought his Zen teachings to Fisherman's Cove—a tiny, working class town on Daybreak Island—and one of his students, Laurel, has been on the receiving end more than one hissy fit from her neighbors, mostly because of her cats. When Maddie and Cass go to Laurel's to check out the situation, not only do they find a plethora of cats in need, but also a dead body. Laurel appears to have had an unfortunate accident falling down her stairs, but Maddie gets a sneaking suspicion that something more sinister might be behind her death. When she voices her concerns, she's horrified that it's Cass who falls under suspicion. With Grandpa Leo's help, Maddie has to dig into the secrets this small community is keeping close to find out why Laurel really died before Cass is put behind bars . . . or the killer strikes again.


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In Gone but Not Furgotten, the sixth in Cate Conte's Cat Café beloved cozy mystery series, Daybreak Island has a killer on the loose…and this villain isn’t afraid to use their claws. Maddie James has big plans for the summer season at JJ's House of Purrs. But when her friend, master meditator and Tai Chi teacher Cass Hendricks, brings a potential animal hoarding situation In Gone but Not Furgotten, the sixth in Cate Conte's Cat Café beloved cozy mystery series, Daybreak Island has a killer on the loose…and this villain isn’t afraid to use their claws. Maddie James has big plans for the summer season at JJ's House of Purrs. But when her friend, master meditator and Tai Chi teacher Cass Hendricks, brings a potential animal hoarding situation to her attention, Maddie has to refocus her attention on the furry felines who may need a helping paw. Cass has brought his Zen teachings to Fisherman's Cove—a tiny, working class town on Daybreak Island—and one of his students, Laurel, has been on the receiving end more than one hissy fit from her neighbors, mostly because of her cats. When Maddie and Cass go to Laurel's to check out the situation, not only do they find a plethora of cats in need, but also a dead body. Laurel appears to have had an unfortunate accident falling down her stairs, but Maddie gets a sneaking suspicion that something more sinister might be behind her death. When she voices her concerns, she's horrified that it's Cass who falls under suspicion. With Grandpa Leo's help, Maddie has to dig into the secrets this small community is keeping close to find out why Laurel really died before Cass is put behind bars . . . or the killer strikes again.

30 review for Gone but Not Furgotten: A Cat Cafe Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Maddie runs a cat cafe on Daybreak Island, and she brings her cat JJ on a leash with her almost everywhere. When her Tai Chi instructor, Cass, is concerned that he hasn't seen one of his students, Laurel, they stop by her house. They not only find Laurel dead, but also learn that she was an animal hoarder with over 60 cats. Was her death an accident? When there is another death, Maddie and her Grandpa Leo, a private investigator and retired police chief, begin to wonder if the two deaths are con Maddie runs a cat cafe on Daybreak Island, and she brings her cat JJ on a leash with her almost everywhere. When her Tai Chi instructor, Cass, is concerned that he hasn't seen one of his students, Laurel, they stop by her house. They not only find Laurel dead, but also learn that she was an animal hoarder with over 60 cats. Was her death an accident? When there is another death, Maddie and her Grandpa Leo, a private investigator and retired police chief, begin to wonder if the two deaths are connected. Recommended for anyone who likes cozy mysteries and cats. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    Maddie is known for her cat cafe and her willingness to help any cat in need. Nevertheless, when a friend asks Maddie for help to speak with a person suspected of having a cat hoarding problem, she discovers that it is much more complicated than she imagined. This story did a good job in not only pointing out the problems with people hoarding animals but also the difficulty of getting people who are aware of the problem to address the situation. My thanks to St. Martin's Paperbacks and NetGalley Maddie is known for her cat cafe and her willingness to help any cat in need. Nevertheless, when a friend asks Maddie for help to speak with a person suspected of having a cat hoarding problem, she discovers that it is much more complicated than she imagined. This story did a good job in not only pointing out the problems with people hoarding animals but also the difficulty of getting people who are aware of the problem to address the situation. My thanks to St. Martin's Paperbacks and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily Nordskog

    4 stars for Gone but Not Furgotten by Cate Conte! Gone but Not Furgotten is the sixth book in Conte’s Cat Cafe series and my first cozy mystery. I’ve been wanting to read a cozy mystery since learning of the genre, and this novel did not disappoint! Despite being the sixth offering of a series, Gone but Not Furgotten is easily read as a stand-alone book, thanks to brief explanations within the novel about the characters and their backgrounds. Main character Maddie James co-owns JJ’s House of Purrs 4 stars for Gone but Not Furgotten by Cate Conte! Gone but Not Furgotten is the sixth book in Conte’s Cat Cafe series and my first cozy mystery. I’ve been wanting to read a cozy mystery since learning of the genre, and this novel did not disappoint! Despite being the sixth offering of a series, Gone but Not Furgotten is easily read as a stand-alone book, thanks to brief explanations within the novel about the characters and their backgrounds. Main character Maddie James co-owns JJ’s House of Purrs cat cafe on Daybreak Island with her Grandpa Leo and friend Ethan. In this sixth installment of the series, she is trying to learn the art of meditation from her Zen friend, Cass, when he enlists her help to deal with a cat hoarding situation he’s discovered on the other side of the island in Fisherman’s Cove. Maddie and her friends spring into action to help the cats and soon find themselves involved with a police investigation into a suspicious death. Maddie and her friends and family are all appealing characters, with the quirks and humor I would expect from a cozy mystery. There’s not a lot of character development in this book beyond Maddie, but I assume the first five novels of the series introduced each character more fully. Feisty, animal-loving Adele, in particular, is a character I want to go back and learn more about, as well as Grandpa Leo and Maddie’s considerate boyfriend, Lucas, too. So while you can read Gone but Not Furgotten on it’s own, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series if you want to know all of the characters well. The plot is diverse, with plenty of potential suspects and motives that kept me guessing about the murderer until the very end. Despite the serious subjects of murder and animal hoarding, the descriptions are vague enough for readers who dislike gore or emotionally dark stories. It feels a bit like Murder She Wrote, with a younger sleuth and a focus on pets. Cat lovers will likely enjoy this series more than others, but I think anyone who likes cozy mysteries will give Gone but Not Furgotten two thumbs up. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of Maddie’s story in books 1-5 of the Cat Cafe series. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks for providing an advance copy of Gone but Not Furgotten by Cate Conte in return for my honest review. The expected publication date is June 28th, 2022.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Blacke

    GONE BUT NOT FURGOTTEN by Cate Conte was every bit as perfect as its name. With a lovely island setting, a fantastic community of friends and family, a cat café, and adorable feline AND canine companions, there's something for every reader to enjoy. The mystery was engaging (both my first and second suspects were wrong, but all the puzzle pieces were accounted for in the end) but the real delight was the lengths that the characters would go to save the cats. GONE BUT NOT FURGOTTEN by Cate Conte was every bit as perfect as its name. With a lovely island setting, a fantastic community of friends and family, a cat café, and adorable feline AND canine companions, there's something for every reader to enjoy. The mystery was engaging (both my first and second suspects were wrong, but all the puzzle pieces were accounted for in the end) but the real delight was the lengths that the characters would go to save the cats.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori Holuta

    I cannot, and never will, resist a book that celebrates cats! I pounced like a kitten on Gone but Not Furgotten. The Good: Charming characters who interact in interesting ways. I genuinely liked Maddie, Cass, and Grandpa Leo. My heart ached for Laurel, a woman with heaps of problems but unable to accept help. And then there were all those cats! For me, this was a compelling storyline all on its own. Will all the cats be rescued? Will they be okay? I cared more about this than I did about solving I cannot, and never will, resist a book that celebrates cats! I pounced like a kitten on Gone but Not Furgotten. The Good: Charming characters who interact in interesting ways. I genuinely liked Maddie, Cass, and Grandpa Leo. My heart ached for Laurel, a woman with heaps of problems but unable to accept help. And then there were all those cats! For me, this was a compelling storyline all on its own. Will all the cats be rescued? Will they be okay? I cared more about this than I did about solving the murder. The Bad: The Big Reveal of who dun it was a complete surprise - and to be honest, unnecessarily so. I felt a bit cheated. I'd been closely following along, staying alert for all clues, motives, and opportunities. But near the end we were suddenly given a heaping helping of new information and character motives as the reason for murder was explained. These clues should have been dropped more organically throughout the book. The Advice: I enjoy this author's style and vision. I just wish she'd take more time to plot out her story arc and be more mindful of the clue trail, and the work her readers are putting into following them. I'd give her one more chance with another mystery.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Another exceptional combo of intriguing cozy mystery and feline rescue facts, especially dealing with hoarding issues. Lively and full of great characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Maddie James has her hands full running JJ's House of Purrs but when her friend Cass Hendricks tells her about a potential cat hoarding situation, Maddie agrees to try and help. She gets more than she bargains for – when they arrive they not only find dozens of cats but the dead body of the cat hoarder. Things get even worse when Cass becomes a suspect and the police don’t seem to be that interested in looking for any other suspects. Maddie, along with thehelp of her grandfather, is working to c Maddie James has her hands full running JJ's House of Purrs but when her friend Cass Hendricks tells her about a potential cat hoarding situation, Maddie agrees to try and help. She gets more than she bargains for – when they arrive they not only find dozens of cats but the dead body of the cat hoarder. Things get even worse when Cass becomes a suspect and the police don’t seem to be that interested in looking for any other suspects. Maddie, along with thehelp of her grandfather, is working to clear Cass’s name when a second murder occurs. Can Maddie clear Cass’s name and find the real killer before someone else gets hurt? “Gone but Not Furgotten” is the nicely done sixth book in Cate Conte's Cat Café cozy mystery series. I love this series – especially the cat café setting. I also like the characters – Maddie is a great main character and her grandfather is a great partner. The cat hoarding plotline is sad but all too realistic – I felt like I was there alongside Maddie and her friends as they tried to trap and help the cats. As for the mystery plotline – besides the main murder mystery there are several smaller mysteries and all are done well. There are plenty of suspects in the murder and a few twists and turns – I was left guessing until the end as to who the killer was. Well done! “Gone but Not Furgotten” is a nicely done cozy mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Cate Conte is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed the concept about a cozy murder mystery involving a major cat rescue project. Maddie and her friends do whatever they can to rescue and find homes for cats but this time they have their work cut out for them. They discover a hoarding situation along with a dead body. Looks like an accident, but is it? When one of their own gets arrested as a suspect in what turns out to be a murder, the rescue gang, along with Grandpa Leo, go out of their way to pr Cate Conte is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed the concept about a cozy murder mystery involving a major cat rescue project. Maddie and her friends do whatever they can to rescue and find homes for cats but this time they have their work cut out for them. They discover a hoarding situation along with a dead body. Looks like an accident, but is it? When one of their own gets arrested as a suspect in what turns out to be a murder, the rescue gang, along with Grandpa Leo, go out of their way to prove his innocence. Plenty of suspects, inadequate police attention in the beginning, nosy neighbors, home burglaries, another murder, over 70 cats to rescue, and more. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Reviews

    "Gone but Not Furgotten" is the sixth book in Conte’s Cat Cafe series. This is my favorite of the series. I have read the entire series and highly recommend the series to all who adore cats and mysteries. Cate Conte has a knowledge of understanding cats that makes this series such a pleasure to read. Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. In this exciting next in series our favorite protagnist Maddie James is dealing with a cat hoarding situ "Gone but Not Furgotten" is the sixth book in Conte’s Cat Cafe series. This is my favorite of the series. I have read the entire series and highly recommend the series to all who adore cats and mysteries. Cate Conte has a knowledge of understanding cats that makes this series such a pleasure to read. Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. In this exciting next in series our favorite protagnist Maddie James is dealing with a cat hoarding situation and a murder. Maddie co-owns JJ’s House of Purrs, a cat cafe on Daybreak Island. The setting is atmospheric and beautifully described by the author. The cats are wonderful and a part of each book. Maddie has a her Zen friend, Cass who is teaching her the art of meditation. He ask her help with a cat hoarding on the island . Maddie and her friends do not hesitate to help after the owner is found murdered and the cats are in need of rescue. This was a interesting look at the true work behind the scenes that rescues put into saving cats from hoarding situations. The mystery was well crafted to conclusion. I enjoyed each aspect of this book from the rescues to the mystery. The regular charcters are back and are wonderful. Well done to the author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I would love to have an animal rescue facility and a cat café. That is my dream. I love how the people in this story love these animals. While they mostly have cats, there are a few dogs thrown into the mix also. I loved the storyline. I mean getting to work with the animals and your family. I especially love the relationship between Maddie and her grandfather. How special! Who wouldn’t want to have a best bud like JJ? I can’t wait to go visit on Daybreak Island again. I received this book from I would love to have an animal rescue facility and a cat café. That is my dream. I love how the people in this story love these animals. While they mostly have cats, there are a few dogs thrown into the mix also. I loved the storyline. I mean getting to work with the animals and your family. I especially love the relationship between Maddie and her grandfather. How special! Who wouldn’t want to have a best bud like JJ? I can’t wait to go visit on Daybreak Island again. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This series gets better and better with every book. I loved learning about what rescuing cats from a hoarding situation entails and the risks associated with it. Maddie has definitely come into her own and found her place on the island. Her grandfather was a hoot, as always. And I always enjoy how welcoming the community of Daybreak is. I never realized how big an island it was and that there were other communities on it. I always find it odd when the cozy village gets larger (and how it seems l This series gets better and better with every book. I loved learning about what rescuing cats from a hoarding situation entails and the risks associated with it. Maddie has definitely come into her own and found her place on the island. Her grandfather was a hoot, as always. And I always enjoy how welcoming the community of Daybreak is. I never realized how big an island it was and that there were other communities on it. I always find it odd when the cozy village gets larger (and how it seems like it’s almost impossible for people to leave their own area. We drive through three towns daily to get our errands done.) I received a copy from #NetGalley for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    I find this series a fun read. I like the characters and the idea of a home turned cat rescue. The mystery kept me guessing. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest reveiw.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Cozy mystery readers who are not cat lovers might be bored with this story. For the first half of the book, it's really not a murder mystery. Maddie James, the likable protagonist, owns a cat cafe on Daybreak island, and her beloved orange tabby, JJ (after whom the cafe is named), walks on a leash and goes almost everywhere with her. When her friend Cass begins teaching Tai Chi in a town on the other side of the island, he grows concerned about a student, Laurel, who might be a cat hoarder. He p Cozy mystery readers who are not cat lovers might be bored with this story. For the first half of the book, it's really not a murder mystery. Maddie James, the likable protagonist, owns a cat cafe on Daybreak island, and her beloved orange tabby, JJ (after whom the cafe is named), walks on a leash and goes almost everywhere with her. When her friend Cass begins teaching Tai Chi in a town on the other side of the island, he grows concerned about a student, Laurel, who might be a cat hoarder. He persuades Maddie to get involved, but when they arrive at Laurel's house, they find her dead--apparently the result of an accidental fall down the stairs. And sure enough, the house is overrun with cats--72 in all. As I mentioned, the first half of the book focuses on the rescue operation. As a cat lover and volunteer for an animal rescue group, I stayed engaged. Sanitized appropriately for the cozy audience, the story provides a lot of information about animal hoarding and rescue. Not much attention is paid to Laurel's death since it was presumed to be an accident (most likely caused by her tripping over cats). When a second death occurs, most definitely a murder, the police take a closer look at the mysterious circumstances of Laurel's death, and the pace picks up. Maddie works with her grandfather, Leo Mancini, retired police chief-turned-private investigator, and they team up with the local police to sleuth out the killer. Some of the clues were dropped earlier in the story, before the reader knows there will be a murder to solve. This is the sixth book in a series, but it's the first I've read from the author. Although the story stands alone, there are a few characters who pop in without much introduction; I assume they appeared in earlier volumes. Recommended for people who enjoy reading about cat rescue and life in a small town, with a little mystery on the side. Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin's for an advance copy of this novel.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Maddie James has a cat cafe on the island of daybreak. Her friend and local tai chi teacher tells her about a local cat hoarder situation. When they show up to the house they find both doors open and the homeowner dead at the bottom of the stairs. When the local police arrive at the scene they deem it an accident. But alarm bells are ringing for Maddie. So she decides to investigate. I really enjoyed this book. This is the sixth book in the Cat Cafe Mystery Series and my first. But again not my Maddie James has a cat cafe on the island of daybreak. Her friend and local tai chi teacher tells her about a local cat hoarder situation. When they show up to the house they find both doors open and the homeowner dead at the bottom of the stairs. When the local police arrive at the scene they deem it an accident. But alarm bells are ringing for Maddie. So she decides to investigate. I really enjoyed this book. This is the sixth book in the Cat Cafe Mystery Series and my first. But again not my last. I loved the characters and learning about the subject of cat rescues. The writing kept me hooked and especially the mystery. I had no idea who the killer was and was entertained by the finding of the clues.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Maddie has come a long way since starting her cat cafe on Daybreak Island. Not just a cute cafe with resident cats available for adoption she now has found her niche in animal rescue on the island. Living with her grandfather in the house that also house the cafe sounds wonderful. Her grandfather retired from the police force and now works as a private detective. Between them they make a great sleuthing team. Cass is a tai chi instructor, owner of Jasper's Tall Tails and one of Maddie's friends Maddie has come a long way since starting her cat cafe on Daybreak Island. Not just a cute cafe with resident cats available for adoption she now has found her niche in animal rescue on the island. Living with her grandfather in the house that also house the cafe sounds wonderful. Her grandfather retired from the police force and now works as a private detective. Between them they make a great sleuthing team. Cass is a tai chi instructor, owner of Jasper's Tall Tails and one of Maddie's friends - she's also one of his students. When one of his students, Laurel, fails to come to a class, Cass asks Maddie to go with him to check on her. Maddie would be a good choice because, in this case, animal hoarding is suspected. Unfortunately they find that Laurel has fallen down the stairs and died. Was it an accident or was it murder? As for the hoarding - sad to say there are now 60 cats in dire need of furever homes, a huge challenge for Maddie and her helping friends. What didn't expect? That Cass would become prime suspect #1. Time for Maddie and her grandfather Leo to track down the real killer. This series has it all. The setting of Daybreak Island is a place the reader wants to visit. While there every day would include a visit to JJ's House of Purrs and to meet Maddie's lovely marmalade kitty sidekick, JJ. The mystery itself is well developed and has the reader guessing wrong every time. At least I always guess wrong. This is one series that has earned its place on my "never miss a book in this series" list. My thanks to the publisher St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    I am a cat lady, so of course I have been following (and enjoying!) this series. In the newest book Maddie James, cat cafe owner and amateur sleuth, must quickly save cats from a hoarding situation while solving the death of their owner. She works closely with her cat JJ and grandpa Leo, an ex-cop and private investigator. As someone who adopts pets, I found the logistics of saving the cats the most interesting part of the book. Who doesn't love a book full of saving cute cats? Keywords: Cats, c I am a cat lady, so of course I have been following (and enjoying!) this series. In the newest book Maddie James, cat cafe owner and amateur sleuth, must quickly save cats from a hoarding situation while solving the death of their owner. She works closely with her cat JJ and grandpa Leo, an ex-cop and private investigator. As someone who adopts pets, I found the logistics of saving the cats the most interesting part of the book. Who doesn't love a book full of saving cute cats? Keywords: Cats, cat cafe, dogs, animal shelter, coastal town, relationships, meditation, community Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I love this series so I was happy to see a new book coming out. It’s the sixth in the series, and as usual with cozy mysteries, it could be read as a stand-alone but is much more enjoyable if you’ve read the rest of the books. Maddie’s friend Cass is visiting, who brings a situation to Maddie’s attention about a woman who’s probably hoarding cats. When they get to the house, they find the woman’s body along with all the cats. Maddie’s suspicions of foul play backfire when Cass becomes a suspect, I love this series so I was happy to see a new book coming out. It’s the sixth in the series, and as usual with cozy mysteries, it could be read as a stand-alone but is much more enjoyable if you’ve read the rest of the books. Maddie’s friend Cass is visiting, who brings a situation to Maddie’s attention about a woman who’s probably hoarding cats. When they get to the house, they find the woman’s body along with all the cats. Maddie’s suspicions of foul play backfire when Cass becomes a suspect, so it’s up to Maddie with Grandpa Leo’s help to track down the real killer. Maddie and Leo continue to make a great team, I love the cats, and we have some charismatic characters, including secondary ones, and a mystery with some good twists and turns. Character growth as the series continues is great to see too! I’m looking forward to the next book! Thank you to Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J.

    The Cat Cafe has even more cats to deal with when Maddie is brought in to rescue cats from a hoarder situation. Maddie is trying to learn to meditate and relax, but life keeps getting in the way. It takes days to round up over 70 cats. Between catching the hoarder’s cats, Maddie also looks into an unexpected death. Was it an accident? Or murder? When a second death occurs, are the two deaths connected? All Maddie knows for sure is that her friend is not the killer. Maddie and her friends and fami The Cat Cafe has even more cats to deal with when Maddie is brought in to rescue cats from a hoarder situation. Maddie is trying to learn to meditate and relax, but life keeps getting in the way. It takes days to round up over 70 cats. Between catching the hoarder’s cats, Maddie also looks into an unexpected death. Was it an accident? Or murder? When a second death occurs, are the two deaths connected? All Maddie knows for sure is that her friend is not the killer. Maddie and her friends and family are enjoyable characters. They love animals and each other. Gone but Not Furgotten is a fun cozy with a very good mystery, perfect for cat (and dog) lovers!

  19. 4 out of 5

    LittleRead

    Maddie James is thrilled to have her friend visiting as he teaches in town. Running the local cat cafe, Cass makes Maddie aware of a cat hoarding situation and she goes to check it out. Not only does cat find dozens of cats, she finds the body of cat hoarder herself. While it may look like an accident, Maddie doesn’t buy it and her concerns puts the spotlight on Cass as the murderer. Maddie vows to find out what happened and who did it, because she knows Cass isn’t a murderer. This series is full Maddie James is thrilled to have her friend visiting as he teaches in town. Running the local cat cafe, Cass makes Maddie aware of a cat hoarding situation and she goes to check it out. Not only does cat find dozens of cats, she finds the body of cat hoarder herself. While it may look like an accident, Maddie doesn’t buy it and her concerns puts the spotlight on Cass as the murderer. Maddie vows to find out what happened and who did it, because she knows Cass isn’t a murderer. This series is full of cats, but even dog lovers will find some canine love in here too. A great series and solid mystery with tons of red herrings that will keep you guessing WHODUNIT right to the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    2 1/2 stars. I’m a mystery addict (and a fantasy addict, and a historical addict…I’m just a book addict) but every now and then it hits me when doing a review of a mystery that I might talk about it being a light and entertaining, etc. I’m using these words to describe a very violent act. The taking of a life. Now, I won’t stop using those words because many cozies have light and entertaining as very much a part of the entire story. In fact, I would love to spend time with many of these people a 2 1/2 stars. I’m a mystery addict (and a fantasy addict, and a historical addict…I’m just a book addict) but every now and then it hits me when doing a review of a mystery that I might talk about it being a light and entertaining, etc. I’m using these words to describe a very violent act. The taking of a life. Now, I won’t stop using those words because many cozies have light and entertaining as very much a part of the entire story. In fact, I would love to spend time with many of these people and their friends even if there is a murder that has taken place. It just needs to be reminded every now and then that mixed in with the light and frothy is some aspects that are anything but. In fact, that happens in this story. Not just is there a murder…or perhaps more. It deals with the mental illness that is hording, particularly when it is dealing with hording animals. Very often these people are doing it with the best of intentions but just as often the animals are not given the proper care and necessities that they need. It just isn’t possible when an overabundance of animals are crammed into a too small space. The author deals with the issue with sympathy and tries to show different aspects of the condition. It was good information to know and shows just how difficult it is to run a rescue operation of any animal. There is so much more involved than just the care of animals. Aside from more important issues, it is a solid mystery and a decent story. Today, however, I was more in the mood for something light and frothy—even if it does involve murder. This isn’t a depressing book but it just wasn’t quite what I was looking for. So take that in consideration when reading this review. I do like the series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I want to like this book but I’m afraid that I don’t feel that it’s very well written. I know that typos and grammatical errors will be picked up prior to publishing, and I wish those kinds of things were the only problems. A lot of annoying little writing quirks - how many times can we say Daybreak Island in the first pages? And why don’t we know where it is?? I had to get almost halfway through before I found out it was near Boston, and not (as I assumed) Florida. And the end? All of a sudden I want to like this book but I’m afraid that I don’t feel that it’s very well written. I know that typos and grammatical errors will be picked up prior to publishing, and I wish those kinds of things were the only problems. A lot of annoying little writing quirks - how many times can we say Daybreak Island in the first pages? And why don’t we know where it is?? I had to get almost halfway through before I found out it was near Boston, and not (as I assumed) Florida. And the end? All of a sudden there are characters that were never introduced in the story. There should have been more information spooled out over the course of the book; this isn’t a surprise party. Some overused cliches - thrown under the bus, for one. But for all of my complaints, I like the premise of the story - a cat cafe and a cat hoarder. The plot involves a woman who runs a cat cafe who happens to be present when a woman, who turns out to be a cat hoarder, is found dead. The plot unfolds as the killer is sought but here’s the thing - the police ask the cafe owner and her grandfather, a retired police chief, to help. How is it that the cafe owner is allowed to be involved in police work? I know, this is a cozy mystery and things must be taken lightly, but this book goes a step too far. This book was provided for free from the publisher and NetGalley; the opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Maddie’s friend Cass alerts her to a potential cat hoarding situation but when the two arrive at the home, they discover it is much worse than expected. Not only are there far more cats involved but they discover the hoarders body at the bottom of the stairs. At first it seems she may have tripped on a cat and fallen but when an acquaintance of the woman is murdered, it opens up the possibility that there are now two murders. Maddie and JJ work with her team of volunteer Princess Fuzzypants here: Maddie’s friend Cass alerts her to a potential cat hoarding situation but when the two arrive at the home, they discover it is much worse than expected. Not only are there far more cats involved but they discover the hoarders body at the bottom of the stairs. At first it seems she may have tripped on a cat and fallen but when an acquaintance of the woman is murdered, it opens up the possibility that there are now two murders. Maddie and JJ work with her team of volunteers and staff to rescue the kitties and find them homes or fosters. But as she learns more about the connections between the two deceased and several others in their small community, she starts to look at potential suspects. She is driven to investigate when Cass is questioned. Good thing two of the cops from Daybreak Island with whom she has worked before are seconded to work the crime. They are willing and eager to share information with Maddie and her grandfather. Thanks to Maddie, they do figure out who is the killer but in trying to come up with proof, Maddie may end up the third victim. I always enjoy these stories. JJ is a great character and Maddie and the other humans are pretty good too. We also have a new housemate, a schnoodle named Walter. Now how cute it that! Five purrs and two paws up.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Gone but Not Furgotten by Cate Conte is book six in the Cat Cafe Mystery series. This is a great series! Maddie is asked to check on a possible cat hoarding situation in a nearby village. When she gets to the house, she not only finds a severe hoarding problem but the body of the woman hoarding the cats. It appears she has fallen down the stairs, possibly over a cat. Once the officials have ruled her death an accident, Maddie starts removing the cats. Once she starts, she has over 70 cats to resc Gone but Not Furgotten by Cate Conte is book six in the Cat Cafe Mystery series. This is a great series! Maddie is asked to check on a possible cat hoarding situation in a nearby village. When she gets to the house, she not only finds a severe hoarding problem but the body of the woman hoarding the cats. It appears she has fallen down the stairs, possibly over a cat. Once the officials have ruled her death an accident, Maddie starts removing the cats. Once she starts, she has over 70 cats to rescue. She feels something is right when there is no purse or phone. What if it was a robbery gone wrong. Then when a second body is found in the village and a friend of Maddie's is considered a prime suspect, Maddie starts her own investigation. This easy to read Cozy has plenty of suspects and twists and turns and you are guessing to the end. The characters are likeable and relatable. There is family, friendship, romance and plenty of cats. You will find yourself wanting to visit the cafe. I was given an ARC by St. Martin's Press vis NetGalley for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Darla Taylor

    Maddie James has summer plans for her cat cafe and rescue, JJ's House of Purrs. But when her friend Cass tells her about a cat hoarding situation, she abruptly changes gears and makes new plans. When she and Cass arrive at the woman's house, they find her body and the death seems to be an accident. But Maddie thinks otherwise and delves into things along with Grandpa Leo. I love this series and this book is no exception. The book was well-written with well-rounded characters, some of whom you'll Maddie James has summer plans for her cat cafe and rescue, JJ's House of Purrs. But when her friend Cass tells her about a cat hoarding situation, she abruptly changes gears and makes new plans. When she and Cass arrive at the woman's house, they find her body and the death seems to be an accident. But Maddie thinks otherwise and delves into things along with Grandpa Leo. I love this series and this book is no exception. The book was well-written with well-rounded characters, some of whom you'll like and others you may not. I thought that the other did an exceptional job highlighting animal rescue and the dangers involved in hoarding cats (or any animal. I was drawn into this engaging story and kept hooked from beginning to end. The mystery will keep you on your toes and guessing throughout. I'm very eager for more from this series and highly recommend both book and series. I do suggest you read the books in order. While they do stand on their own, you get more benefit of knowing all the characters if you read them in order.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Maddie James runs the cat cafe JJ’s House of Purrs. She has big plans for her business and loves nothing more than to see cats getting adopted instead of sitting in the shelter. Maddie’s friend, Cass, is teaching tai chi in a neighboring town and comes across what he thinks might be an animal hoarding situation with one of his students,Laurel. After witnessing an altercation between Laurel and a neighbor Cass asks Maddie to assess the situation. Upon arriving at Laurel’s they find cats everywher Maddie James runs the cat cafe JJ’s House of Purrs. She has big plans for her business and loves nothing more than to see cats getting adopted instead of sitting in the shelter. Maddie’s friend, Cass, is teaching tai chi in a neighboring town and comes across what he thinks might be an animal hoarding situation with one of his students,Laurel. After witnessing an altercation between Laurel and a neighbor Cass asks Maddie to assess the situation. Upon arriving at Laurel’s they find cats everywhere and Laurel’s body at the foot of the stairs. The local police are quick to conclude an accident but Maddie has her doubts. With the help of her Grandpa Leo ( a former police chief) they dig into Laurel’s life but as another tragedy takes place Maddie finds her friend Cass as the primary suspect with the locals. Maddie is now in a race to save the cats, catch a killer and keep Cass out of prison. First I’d like to address the author’s passion for advocating the cats. It’s clear in Maddie’s behavior and her feelings towards the hoarding situation that she genuinely cares. Maddie is an outspoken and opinionated woman who has trouble with biting her tongue and I love that about her. The author absolutely described how Maddie wavered between anger, heartache and bafflement. This woman was clearly in need of help as were these cats and yet everyone was quick to turn the other way on Laurel while blaming the cats for the destruction around the area. Much respect to the author for addressing the issues that everyone wants to sweep under the rug. The mystery was well written, flowed well, and complex enough to keep me guessing. There were a few sharp turns in the investigation and some nice red herrings placed in the in the plot line. An unfiltered mystery full of interesting characters, strong female leads and adorable felines.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Cat rescues, a murder, a cat rescue facility, a restaurant - what's not to like? Maddie runs a cat rescue business as well as a restaurant. And she finds time for tai chi. Her friend Cass is concerned about a cat hoarding situation and when they check up on the owner, they find not only cats everywhere in the house and yard, but a dead body in the house. Cass becomes a suspect in the murder. Maddie's grandfather is a retired policeman, presently working as a private investigator and he works with Cat rescues, a murder, a cat rescue facility, a restaurant - what's not to like? Maddie runs a cat rescue business as well as a restaurant. And she finds time for tai chi. Her friend Cass is concerned about a cat hoarding situation and when they check up on the owner, they find not only cats everywhere in the house and yard, but a dead body in the house. Cass becomes a suspect in the murder. Maddie's grandfather is a retired policeman, presently working as a private investigator and he works with her to uncover the real killer. As yet another person is murdered, the window to solve the murders becomes smaller, before someone else loses their life. Lots of clues, red herrings, side paths, and throughout it all the cat rescue continues. This is the sixth book in the Cat Cafe series, but the books do not have to be read in order. I received an ARC from St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks and NetGalley, in exchange for a review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Maddie James agrees to try meditation with her friend Cass. But after he discovers a deceased student, Maddie finds herself rescuing over 60 cats. Even worse, Cass is accused of murder. Can Maddie and her PI grandpa and other friends solve the murders before someone else falls victim? Gone But Not Furgotten is the sixth book in the Cat Café series. The author includes adequate backstory, but I found myself feeling lost in a few places and probably should have read this series in order. I like th Maddie James agrees to try meditation with her friend Cass. But after he discovers a deceased student, Maddie finds herself rescuing over 60 cats. Even worse, Cass is accused of murder. Can Maddie and her PI grandpa and other friends solve the murders before someone else falls victim? Gone But Not Furgotten is the sixth book in the Cat Café series. The author includes adequate backstory, but I found myself feeling lost in a few places and probably should have read this series in order. I like the timeline at the top of each chapter. It helped me keep my place as the story progressed. Maddie is quite adept at setting boundaries and not being co-dependent. For example, she sees her partner in need of assistance in the cafe and goes to take a nap instead. The orange cat JJ stars in this show. I really enjoyed the cat aspect of the story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    "Gone but Not Furgotten" is the sixth book in Conte’s Cat Cafe series. In it, Maddie James is dealing with a cat hoarding situation and suspicious death of owner of the house. A lot of the book covers Maddie's issues trapping and caring for the cats, as well as getting them homes through her cat cafe. The mystery heats up when another member of the small town is killed and one of Maddie's friends becomes a suspect. I did find the ending/killer reveal a bit abrupt, but I still enjoyed the story. "Gone but Not Furgotten" is the sixth book in Conte’s Cat Cafe series. In it, Maddie James is dealing with a cat hoarding situation and suspicious death of owner of the house. A lot of the book covers Maddie's issues trapping and caring for the cats, as well as getting them homes through her cat cafe. The mystery heats up when another member of the small town is killed and one of Maddie's friends becomes a suspect. I did find the ending/killer reveal a bit abrupt, but I still enjoyed the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A cheerful murder mystery with LOTS of cats. No steamy sex scenes (which works for me), credible connections to the police force for backup and resources. Enjoy the story and set aside some reality checks: could a little old lady hit someone hard enough to kill them? If you out 20 feral cats in your house would they actually use the litter boxes and not fight? And would your family really accept that many cats, even temporarily?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Brewer

    Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for this arc. Laurie who owned the store was a cat lover and hoarder. She was found dead at the bottom of the stairs. The moral of this story is they worked together to rescue all.60 cats to get them rescued, healthy, and adopted. If you work together good things will happen.

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