In "The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar," by Leann Sweeney, rich and eccentric Ritaestelle Longworth's cat has gone missing, and Jillian Hart has been called by the animal shelter director to discreetly check out the situation. He doesn't want to return the cat to an unsafe house. Jillian finds the Longworth household suspicious and silent. Ritaestelle has been accused of shoplifting at local stores, and relatives hint that her mental state may be in question. When Ritaestelle shows up at Jillian's door at night in her bathrobe, she tells her she suspects her family is poisoning her. But when Jillian discovers the body in the lake, both she and Ritaestelle are under suspision. Plenty of suspects and plenty of cats add up to an entertaining mystery with a likeable amateur sleuth.