An Easy Read – Curl Up And Enjoy


This cozy series has everything you want and more: an eclectic cast of characters, a mystery or two, and diligent detectives on duty. The detectives, feline and canine, figure it all out, but they have a dickens of a time getting the humans to understand them.

The series, Tiger Lily’s Café, is set in a Midwestern town nestled into the sunset 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.

Annie is a woman whose ownership of a prime piece of real estate and several businesses was 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.

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Annie’s Cats

There are many cat and dog characters in the book. The main ones, however, are Annie’s rescue cats. They are the heart and soul of the books.

Tiger Lily is a beautiful tabby cat with soft green eyes. She is the titular manager of Tiger Lily’s Café, the main gathering place for Chelsea. She is generally calm and logical.

Little Socks is a bright-eyed black cat with white socks. She has a commanding personality and is small and sneaky enough to serve as a cat burglar. She spends time at the yoga studio, L’Socks’ Virasana (Veer AHS ana).

Kali, Ko and Mo are litter mates. They shared a secret language as kittens; Kali and Ko now speak “cat,” but Mo still speaks “secret.” Kali and Ko can be found at the KaliKo Inn, a lakeside bed and breakfast. Mo spends time at Mo’s Tap, an upscale blues bar.

Sassy Pants is aptly named; it’s difficult to keep this little girl’s attention. She is overly sensitive and will react out of emotion instead of reason. She entertains at Sassy P’s Wine & Cheese.

Mr. Bean is the baby of the family and is mostly gray with traces of tiger. He has two speeds: fast and love me.