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 Six of the series, Splash, 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. Summer is here and the lake beckons. From tourists coming to splash their feet in the water to local teens who spend their summer on the beach, everything about the lake calls, “Come to me!” The town plays host to the Chelsea Grand Prix, an annual event that draws bicyclists from far and wide. Many have come to get the treacherous metric century ride on their resume. Will everyone make it to the end of the journey? A couple pretending to be on their second honeymoon have hired Ray and The Escape for two day-long fishing trips. Ray backs off because of the weather. Is every captain as cautious as he? A wedding party plans a moonlight cruise. Once the weather clears, Ray sets off for a day and night of beautiful skies and the sound of slow lapping water. Will something mar the nuptials? Annie continues to look for her roots amidst the ebb and flow of the hospitality business in this resort town. Will she ever be rid of her enemies? Will her family of cats ever be truly safe? Once again, the moon is full, and it happens during the summer solstice. The strawberry moon seems to bring out the best – and the worst – that humanity has to offer.