Hardcore mystery fans may find it a bit of a stretch, but if your taste runs to expertly written and very light fiction, you can't do better than Lillian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." series. Her detective, reporter James Qwilleran, investigates crimes with the aid of his Siamese cats--and the solutions to the crime inevitably rest more upon intution than actual deduction. While the premise sounds farfetched, Braun's work is actually less fanciful than you might expect, and she presents her eccentric characters and stories with great charm.
Braun's writings frequently address ecological issues, and THE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST takes on over-development--in this case the rape of Breakfast Island, now renamed Pear Island and outfitted with a large scale resort, tacky tourist attractions, and at least two fudge shops. Qwill disapproves... but even fudge fumes can't mask the scent of a good story, and he sets off with his cats to investigate a series of unfortunate island accidents... and stumbles into murder. THE CAT WHO CAME TO BREAKFAST is a particularly memorable title in the series, for it provides Braun ample excuse to write with the faintly satirical edge that she handles so well. Recommended to old fans and newcomers alike.