Murder of the Cat’s Meow by Denise Swanson is the 15th book in the “Scumble River” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, October 2012
When ex–Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble. Meanwhile, Skye is convinced that her house is haunted and is afraid her fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, won’t move in until the ghost moves out. But ghost-hunting takes a back seat when Skye is called to the bowling alley, where a riled up contestant is choking a cat show judge for insulting his feline. Skye breaks up the scuffle, but the next morning the judge’s dead body is found, strangled with a cat toy. Now Skye must solve this purrplexing mystery—and show a devious killer that her sleuthing skills are the cat’s meow.
This was a fun book. Skye and her friends are back and I couldn’t be any happier. First Skye has to deal with a murder, then plans for her upcoming wedding and finally a way to de-haunt her house of Mrs. Griggs. I enjoyed the way the mystery played out keeping me in suspense especially when the killer was revealed. I especially love how Skye and Wally continue to work together to tackle police investigations. Boasting a great cast of characters, great dialogue and friendly interaction, this was the best book yet in the pleasantly appealing series and I can’t wait for the next chapters in the lives of Skye and her friends.