Paws and Effect

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Paws and Effect
Magical Cats: Book 8

Sofie Kelly
Obsidian, 2016

From the back of the book, “Kathleen is happy to meet three old pals of beau, Detective Marcus Gordan, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cuts short when one of the friends is killed – and the evidence points toward Marcus as the murderer.

“Though it seems she doesn’t know all of Marcus’s secrets, Kathleen is sure he’s no killer. With his suspect status sidelining him from investigating the case, it’s up to Kathleen and her feline partners in crime to find whoever is framing Marcus—and make sure the good detective hasn’t found his last clue….”

Once again, I didn’t figure out who the perp was! I’m going to try to stop guessing. The real surprise, however, was the person who was taken out was not the one it usually is. In a typical cozy I’ve noticed that the most obnoxious person at the beginning of the story is the one who gets offed; but in this case, a very sympathetic person gets the boot. Which means the obnoxious one hangs around for the whole book – very annoying! But it makes for good reading and a fun mystery to solve. Of course, you know Marcus didn’t do it! He’s a main character and I’ve never read a cozy where a main character bites the dust! I enjoyed this book a lot and found no errors! Yay!!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws

Reviewer: BobbieSuebobbiesue-loc

Faux Paw

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Faux Paw
Magical Cats: Book 7

Sofie Kelly
Obsidian, 2015

From the back of the book, “Normally, the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration. But thanks to the overbearing curator and the high-tech security system that comes with the show, Kathleen’s life has been completely disrupted. Even Owen and Hercules have been affected, since their favorite human doesn’t seem to have a spare moment to make their favorite fish crackers or listen to Barry Manilow.

“But when Kathleen stops by the library late one night and finds the curator sprawled on the floor—and the exhibition’s most valuable sketch missing—it’s suddenly time to canvass a crime scene. Now Kathleen, her detective boyfriend, Marcus, and her clever cats have to sniff out a murderous thief before anyone else has a brush with death….”

I feel like I’m repeating myself when I say I like this book a lot. And, maybe I am, since I’ve read 7 of them in a row and have two more before I’m all caught up! I just hope you’re not bored by reading the reviews. What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this mystery series? Oh – I know! There were no spelling errors we could find (not that there weren’t any, we just didn’t see any) which is outstanding – especially after Book 6 (see previous Magical Cats review).

In this book, the murderer is somewhat of a surprise. After the perpetrator was revealed, I thought back over the story and realized the clues were there, I just didn’t see them. I guess I was too caught up in Owen and Hercules to pay attention. Also, before this book, the magical cats worked their clue finding abilities in the presence of only Kathleen, but in this one, they find clues right in front of Marcus, so maybe in the next book (or the next) Kathleen will come clean to Marcus about all of their magical talents!

Rating: 4 out of 5 paws for a pair of handsome cats, especially Hercules, who’s a tuxie like me!!

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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

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Sleight of Paw

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Sleight of Paw
Magical Cats: Book 2

Sofie Kelly
Obsidian, 2011

From the back of the book, “Kathleen never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But when Owens and Hercules followed her home from mysterious Wisteria Hill, she realized her mind wasn’t playing tricks on her: her cats have magical abilities. And when a body is found near Kathleen’s favorite local café, she knows Owen’s talent for turning invisible and Hercules’ ability to walk through closed doors will give the felines access to clues Kathleen couldn’t get without arousing suspicion.

“With her pet partners, and perhaps the assistance of a certain handsome detective, Kathleen is determined to find out who kill Agatha Shepherd, an elderly woman who seems to have helped almost everyone in town at one time or another. Someone is hiding dark secrets, and it will take a bit of fur-tive investigating to catch the coldhearted killer.”

This book takes place in winter and in winter in Minnesota is super cold – not that I’ve ever been there – but the way the author writes about the cold chilled me to my bones!! Of course, the fact that there was a cold-blooded killer on the loose didn’t help! No, the book didn’t scare me but who the murderer turned out to be surprised me big time! Owen and Hercules do help Kathleen solve the mystery and Owen does his part in saving his person’s life (he did the same in the first book.) I wish I could make myself invisible!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for being a fun (if you can call a murder mystery fun) and, at times, humorous story of a determined librarian and her equally determined feline companions.

Reviewer: BobbieSue

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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
Magical Cats: Book 1

Sofie Kelly
Obsidian, 2011

From the back of the book: “When Kathleen Paulson leaves her life in Boston and moves to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she has no idea that two strays will nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction, and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen’s fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the furs and purrs, there seems to be something more to these felines.

“When murder interrupts Mayville’s Wild Rose Summer Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are truly special—perhaps even magical. Suddenly she’s relying on their skills to solve this crime and save her reputation. With a little legwork from her four-legged friends, Kathleen may be able to solve this purr-fect murder….”

I love reading books that have both cats and libraries in them!! Its so much like home! In this new-to-LoC cozy mystery series, Kathleen is a librarian who not only adopts two semi-feral cats but helps the local veterinarian take care of a feral cat colony! The two cats, Owen and Hercules, do have magical powers – Hercules can walk through solid doors and Owen can make himself invisible! Both of these talents help their human solve mysteries and keep her from getting killed by the murderers she uncovers.

This book does a good job of laying the foundation for what should be a good series of mysteries for me to read. I enjoyed it and if I had been paying close attention I might’ve had a better idea of who the murderer was, but I wasn’t and I didn’t so I was quite surprise when it turned out to be — – ha! You thought I’d tell you who! I’m not offering any spoilers because I want you to enjoy this little cozy.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws for surprising me with who the murderer was – someone I didn’t even suspect at all!

Reviewer: BobbieSue

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