SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY ~ The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady: A Buttercup Bend Mystery by Debbie De Louise

The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady: A Buttercup Bend Mystery
by Debbie De Louise

About The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady

The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady: A Buttercup Bend Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Buttercup Bend, a fictional town in the Catskills, New York State
Next Chapter (May 15, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 298 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8828540501
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B1HCG5M3

After Buttercup Bend’s “Cat Crazy Lady,” Maggie Broom, is smothered to death in her home, Cathy Carter is stunned to learn that the animal shelter and pet cemetery she co-owns with her brother Doug is the recipient of the bulk of Maggie’s estate.

When Maggie’s estranged brother and sister come to town and are upset with the terms of their sister’s will, Sheriff Leroy Miller is convinced one of them killed Maggie.

At a baby shower Cathy’s grandmother holds for Doug’s wife, one of the guests turns up dead, and Cathy and her reporter friend, Nancy Meyers, set out to solve the murders.


When Cathy went back in the house, Florence was putting out food for Oliver. As was his custom, the Siamese was splashing his paws around in his cat water fountain.

“Oliver, you’re making a mess,” Florence said.

Cathy laughed. “I’ll clean it up, Gran, and take care of the dishes, too. You had a busy morning.”

“Thanks, Catherine. I should get back to crocheting Becky’s baby blanket. The shower is Tuesday.” That was only two days away.

“Who are you inviting, Gran?”

Florence smiled. “I’m inviting most of the Buttercup Bend ladies – Pauline, of course, you and Nancy, Lorraine Green, Joan Dexter, Sandra Barry, Phyllis from the baby store, and Mildred Hastings. The only person I didn’t send an invitation to is Gladys Broom, but I’m thinking of hand delivering one to her tomorrow.”

Cathy was shocked. “Why would you invite Gladys? She won’t be in town long, and she hasn’t made any friends here. She probably won’t come.”

“We can still ask. She may be around longer than you think, and there’s no reason we should exclude her.”

Even though Cathy doubted Gladys would accept her grandmother’s invitation, she knew she couldn’t talk Florence out of making the gesture. She smiled her agreement as her grandmother went upstairs to crochet. She began cleaning up the dishes from breakfast and the ones left from the memorial. As she ran water over the plates and scrubbed off some egg, she couldn’t help thinking of Steve’s rough hand touching hers as they worked together at the sink and what might have happened if Nancy hadn’t walked in on them the night before.

About Debbie De Louise

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. Her novels include the five books and four stories of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, a comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries; Reason to Die, Sea Scope, and Memory Makers. Debbie has also written a time-travel novel, Time’s Relative, and a non-fiction cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, written from the points of view of four of her cats and has also published articles in online and print pet magazines including Her latest book, Meows and Purrs, is a poetry collection of cat poems that includes photos and notes about her cats.

Debbie’s stories and poetry appear in the Red Penguin Collections, What Lies Beyond, ‘Tis the Season, Stand Out, Volumes I and II, Until Dawn, Treat or Trick, and Pets on the Prowl. Her poems are also featured in the Nassau County Voices In Verse 2020 anthology and the 2020 and 2021 Bards Annual. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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