Final Catcall

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Final Catcall
Magical Cats: Book 5

Sofie Kelly
Obsidian, 2013

From the back of the book, “With her sort-of boyfriend Marcus calling it quits and her ex-boyfriend Andrew showing up out of the blue, Kathleen has more than enough drama to deal with—and that’s before a local theater festival relocates to Mayville Heights. Now the town is buzzing with theater folk, and many of them have their own private dramas with the director, Hugh Davis.

“When Davis is found shot to death by the marina, he leaves behind evidence of blackmail and fraud, as well as an ensemble of suspects. Kathleen, with a little help from her feline friends Owen and Hercules, will have to catch the real killer before another victim takes a final curtain call.”

I hope you’re not getting tired of reading these reviews for all these cozy mysteries because I have 3 more in this series before I move on to something else. Maybe I’ll take a breather and let Toby do some reviews! Anyway, besides the frustrating on-again, off-again romance of Kathleen and Marcus, which I’m finding rather tedious, this was another good book in the Magical Cats series. As usual, the murderer wasn’t who I thought it was – I’m really not good at picking up on the clues. The author always throws in some red herrings to throw the reader off so that when Kathleen finally reveals the perpetrator, its’ always a surprise and I put paw to forehead and say, “Darn! Why didn’t I see that?”

In this book we get to meet Andrew, the boyfriend who caused Kathleen flee Boston for the wilds of Minnesota. He’s a thoroughly charming guy, making all of Kathleen’s friends fall for him. Will she or won’t she go back to Andrew? No spoilers here, but I have started the next book in the series, if that offers a tantalizing clue for you! We also get to meet Kathleen’s mom who has more than one opinion about Marcus and Andrew. Basically, she’s like any momma-cat – don’t mess with her kittens or you’ll get a face full of claws and fur!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws – good mystery and extraordinary cats make for a wonderful combination!!

Reviewer: BobbieSue


I Wish I Was Sick, Too!

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I Wish I Was Sick, Too!

Franz Brandenberg
Illustrated by Aliki
Random House, 1976

From Goodreads, “When Edward gets sick and gets special treatment in bed, his sister thinks itis unfair and wants to get sick as well.”

Very cute story about a kitten who is jealous of her brother. Now, kittens, let’s be honest – when one of your siblings was getting special treatment for something or another, were you jealous of them? Did you wish you could get special stuff, too? I’m sure you have, we all do; its apart of being a cat (or person). And even though its in our nature to be jealous of others, we can choose not to be. I know its hard, but there’s an old adage that says, “Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.” And getting what we wish for doesn’t always turn out to be a good thing.

Elizabeth is jealous of her brother and wishes she were sick so she could get special treatment, too. Well, she did get sick and it makes me wonder if it was worth feeling miserable, probably queasy and weak just to get those niceties of eating in bed, phone calls from aunt and uncle, grandma reading to her and so on. She must have thought it not worth it because she was so grateful to get well.

This little picture book is a good way to learn not to be jealous of others. Next time you’re feeling jealous over what’s going on with a sibling or friend, remember that its better to be thankful for the good that’s in their lives as well as yours!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for a good life lesson and very cute illustrations.

Reviewer: Simon


Cat Trick

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Cat Trick
Magical Cats: Book 4

Sofie Kelly
Obsidian, 2013

From the back of the book: “The local businesses of Mayville Heights hope to convince Chicago-based company Legacy Tours to sell a vacation package for their town. Legacy Tours partner Mike Glazer grew up in Mayville Heights, but he’s no longer the small-town boy people once knew. Even the local bootlegger has an issue with the bossy loudmouth Mike has become – until someone shuts him up for good.

“When Kathleen discovers Mike’s body on the boardwalk, she can’t help but get involved in the investigation – even if her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, would rather she didn’t. Now, with a little help from Owen and Hercules, it’s up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before someone else takes a permanent vacation.”

Kathleen and her kitties are at it again – but it was Hercules who discovered the body – not his human! Unfortunately, cats don’t carry phones and the police don’t speak cat, so I guess Kathleen was needed to call them. In this story, the murderer is a bit of a surprise; however, he wasn’t introduced to the reader until he was unmasked and for me, that’s a bit unfair to those of us who try to solve it before the end of the book. I like to think about the characters and their motives but if they aren’t in the book until the very end – how am I supposed to factor him or her into the crime? In the author’s other books (that I’ve read) the murderer is throughout the story and I had a chance to unmask them. That’s really the only disappointing thing about this book, but it’s a big thing, so my paw count will reflect my dissatisfaction.

Rating: 3 paws and 2 toes out of 5 paws. See above for why!

Reviewer: BobbieSue


Copycat Killing

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Copycat Killing
Magical Cats: Book 3

Sofie Kelly
Obsidian, 2012

From the back of the book, “It’s been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town’s been deluged, and now the local artists’ co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been working hard to help her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

“The artwork survives, but when controversial mask-maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. With the help of handsome detective Marcus Gordon – and her cats’ extraordinary powers of detection – it’s up to Kathleen to unmask a killer.”

In the further adventures of librarian Kathleen and her 2 magical cats (one can walk through walls, the other can disappear at will) solve not one, but two murders! One of them, decades old. And, poor Kathleen – she’s always getting hurt – mostly by the murderer she uncovers. But in this book she’s standing on the side of a hill when it gives way from all the rain soaked soil and is almost buried alive! Thank goodness her hero, maybe-one-day-boyfriend Marcus, rescued her. The murderer was a surprise, although, I did have my suspicions about him/her. They were just too good to be true! Now, I’m off to the next book (I’ve got 7 more to go in this series!)

Rating: 4 out of 5 paws – good mystery, good story, great cats!

Reviewer: BobbieSue


I See a Cat

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I See a Cat
Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

Paul Meisel
Holiday House, 2017

From Goodreads, “When a housebound dog spies a cat, a bird, and other animals outside a glass door, he is excited: I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a squirrel. When the dog’s beloved boy comes home from school, the two pals dash outside, determined to get up close and personal with all the backyard wildlife!”

When I first saw this book on the library’s website, I told mom to get it right away! What could be better than reading a book about cats? Reading a book about cats because this isn’t a book about cats. Its about a DOG!!!! A dog who is waiting for his human to come home and sees a cat walk by his window. A d-o-g. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was that the cat only appeared on a couple of pages.  However, mom said I shouldn’t say a book is bad because its about a dog and not a cat. After all, dogs are people, too, just like cats.

Anyhoo, it is a cute cat and a cute dog and a cute book. Its very easy to read for earliest readers as the phrase “I see a…” is repeated on every page. Little kittens (and puppies) will enjoy spotting the animals and insects and learning to read the names (just don’t let those puppies get too crazy about all the squirrels).

Rating: 3 paws out of 5 because it is not about cats!