Who doesn’t enjoy an easy read when nothing other than pure escapism is required? This cozy series has everything you seek: an eclectic cast of characters, a mystery or two, and diligent detectives on duty. Oh. Did I forget to mention the detectives are feline and canine? The series, Tiger Lily’s Café, is set in a Midwestern town nestled into the coast of a Great Lake. The setting itself acts as a character, bringing the reader into the sights, sounds and smells of the small resort community of Chelsea. Read the series in order, or read any book alone. Each volume stands alone with a clear beginning and a clear end. Volume Four of the series, Holiday, continues the story of Annie, a woman whose ownership of a prime piece of real estate and several businesses was, well, almost a mistake. But own it, she does, and she makes the best of an idyllic situation. With her family of rescue cats and a diverse collection of business managers, staff and friends, Annie embraces her home on The Avenue, a picturesque slice of life that embodies the best – and sometimes the worst – that humanity has to offer. In Holiday, Valentine’s Day is coming. Love is in the air. Or is it? Annie’s KaliKo Inn plays host to a dreadful couple from England. On holiday in Chelsea, they have a way of infecting those around them with something akin to hatred. They all but abandon their Jack Russel Terrier, but at least he is left in the relative safety of the Inn. Two cats, dumped at the campground, don’t have as easy a time in the frigid winter weather. Teenagers are not immune to the antagonism of the season. Bullies at the high school have taken their blustering tactics to a higher level and it leads to violence. When two of their own come to grief, the community comes together. Will the two be found in time? Will the culprits who put them in danger be discovered? But this is Chelsea, after all. Somehow, Annie and her friends figure it out before that all important day that comes around only once every four years: Leap Day. What would you do with an extra day of your life?