cover image Christmas at the Cat Café

Christmas at the Cat Café

Melissa Daley. St. Martin’s/Dunne, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-11878-3

Molly, the cat who narrates British author Daley’s gentle sequel to 2017’s Molly and the Cat Café, lives in kitty luxury at Molly’s Cat Café in the Cotswold town of Stourton-on-the-Hill with her five kittens; her human, café owner Debbie Walsh; and Debbie’s college-age daughter, Sophie. Their idyllic existence is disrupted by the arrival of Debbie’s sister, Linda Fleming, and her yappy canine companion, Beau. Linda has left her husband, and, overcome with sisterly sympathy, Debbie has invited Linda to stay with them awhile. Molly’s life is discombobulated even further when one of her kittens goes missing, another takes to wandering, and an imperious Siamese cat named Ming comes to live at the café. To make matters worse, the humans’ lives are not going smoothly, either. Unless Molly can figure a way to bring her family together, it won’t be a very festive Christmas at Molly’s Cat Café. Nominally a mystery, this is a tale for cat lovers who enjoy a sweet, sentimental story. [em]Agent: Kate Burke, Diane Banks Assoc. (U.K.). (Oct.) [/em]