What the Cat Saw is set in Carolyn Hart’s beloved Oklahoma. This affection is reflected with Sooner trivia sprinkled throughout the book and is a fun aspect for those readers familiar with the great state of Oklahoma. The story begins when Nela Farley answers her flaky sister Chloe’s call, asking her to substitute as a receptionist for her at the prestigious Haklo Foundation. Nela hopes leaving Los Angeles will help her heal from the grief caused by the death of her fiancé. Adding to her unhappiness is the loss of her job as a reporter at a small daily California newspaper.
Chloe arranged for Nela to stay at the apartment of the late Marion Grant (who was head of the Haklo foundation), to care for Marion’s cat Jugs. Shortly after her arrival in Oklahoma, Nela has a feeling all is not as it appeared in Marion's sudden death. Is Nela’s reporter intuition kicking in or does she have a sixth sense regarding this death? Is there a psychic connection between Nela and the cats?