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Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her-her cats have magical abilities.When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local café, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to wal Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her-her cats have magical abilities.When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local café, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues Kath couldn't get without arousing suspicion. Someone is hiding some dark secrets-and it will take a bit of furtive investigating to catch the cold-hearted killer.


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Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her-her cats have magical abilities.When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local café, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to wal Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her-her cats have magical abilities.When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local café, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues Kath couldn't get without arousing suspicion. Someone is hiding some dark secrets-and it will take a bit of furtive investigating to catch the cold-hearted killer.

30 review for Sleight of Paw

  1. 4 out of 5

    C. (friends, please call me by name)

    It has taken six years to revisit Sofie Kelly’s series because I loathed the first book. I gave both of these two stars. I do not know how people of my acquaintance graded it highly. Darlene Ryan compelled me to coin a term: “false action”. Nothing happens in the chapters, not even being a librarian, until the end... then comes James Bond mode. Kathleen investigates a suspicious place without bringing her police boyfriend. We have read how these shticks go. A friend will figure out where she is It has taken six years to revisit Sofie Kelly’s series because I loathed the first book. I gave both of these two stars. I do not know how people of my acquaintance graded it highly. Darlene Ryan compelled me to coin a term: “false action”. Nothing happens in the chapters, not even being a librarian, until the end... then comes James Bond mode. Kathleen investigates a suspicious place without bringing her police boyfriend. We have read how these shticks go. A friend will figure out where she is and haul her out of trouble. Every other page is about drinking coffee, receiving a call, and telling her cats she would be called insane if anyone knew she spoke to them. That attitude pisses me off! They are alive! All her friends protect cat colonies! The “false action” I coined, substitutes events with nothing but movement: picking up coffee, hot chocolate, wine, going in and out of doors... I tried this sequel because I bought a few of these new. I will give away the others as gifts. This series taught me that to invest readers, stories have to be told via emotions. I gladly give credit where it is due. This is a creative mystery, layered as well as Kathleen Paulson’s outdoor clothes. Her age varied friends are sweet. I loved the winter festival setting, especially winning a hockey scrimmage as a Canadian should. The protagonist is a Bostonian in Minnesota, which borders my province but Darlene Ryan is Canadian. Rather than curbing coffee-drinking narration, I feel that the stylistic faux-pas got worse. Characters incessantly teased each other about romantic crushes and blushed over it; with most of them over age 50! I had to recognize a second star, for depicting some aspects of alcoholism and caring for feral cats.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Landmark

    I enjoyed this second book almost as much as the first one, but there were a few issues that dampened my enthusiasm somewhat. I still loved the small-town setting with its dramas and secrets and quirky, zany characters, although the introduction of so many characters at times was overwhelming and it was difficult to keep everyone straight. The relationship between Kathleen, Roma and Maggie was delightful--filled with humour, chemistry and strong friendship. Once again, as in the first book, there I enjoyed this second book almost as much as the first one, but there were a few issues that dampened my enthusiasm somewhat. I still loved the small-town setting with its dramas and secrets and quirky, zany characters, although the introduction of so many characters at times was overwhelming and it was difficult to keep everyone straight. The relationship between Kathleen, Roma and Maggie was delightful--filled with humour, chemistry and strong friendship. Once again, as in the first book, there were numerous examples of too many detailed descriptions of mundane items and events that slowed the pace somewhat. Owen and Hercules were just as cute, hilarious and sweet as they were in the first book, but it was a little disappointing that their magical abilities were under-used and somewhat lacking this time around. And, what is with Kathleen being so paranoid and anxious about people seeing her talking to her cats or bringing them with her to various places? Most people who have pets carry on constant conversations with them and this is generally accepted as perfectly normal. Why Kathleen is so loath to have people witness her interactions with Owen and Hercules is beyond me, although I can understand that she may be reluctant to brag about their magical abilities for fear of being thought crazy or delusional. Although the mystery was fairly predictable and the culprit was pretty obvious early on, it still was an enjoyable, fun read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    2.5 Not as good as the first one. What worked or at least I was able to tolerate in Curiosity Thrilled the Cat got pretty annoying here. The same things that annoyed me in the first are here too. Add a couple of really really nice flawless men and you get the picture. One wonders how on Earth is this place getting murders and whatnot with this many nice people. Everyone has everyone else's house/apartment key. Owen and Hercules started doing their thing in the second part of the book. The whole mu 2.5 Not as good as the first one. What worked or at least I was able to tolerate in Curiosity Thrilled the Cat got pretty annoying here. The same things that annoyed me in the first are here too. Add a couple of really really nice flawless men and you get the picture. One wonders how on Earth is this place getting murders and whatnot with this many nice people. Everyone has everyone else's house/apartment key. Owen and Hercules started doing their thing in the second part of the book. The whole murder mystery and anything remotely interesting happens after 50% mark and it is the reason I didn't hate the book. The first, though almost made me fall asleep. Kathleen goes from one person to the next gossiping or retelling whatever happened earlier to at least two or three people. She cooks a lot in that part of the book, walks and so on. Nitpicks: it probably happened before but I wasn't paying attention - Kathleen touches people. A lot. I couldn't help but thinking if that were a man, people would consider him creepy. As for the murder mystery, she is trying to get Marcus Gordon to go by feelings rather than where the evidence takes him. Then, at least three times you get something like 'police thinks this person did this, so they won't investigate'. There's another side story here and even that bugged me. In short: a long time ago a woman gave birth to a daughter and gave her up for adoption. She kept that a secret and now, years later, the father wants to find her. So far, so good. However, there was this annoying comment I can't get out of my head. The father is talking about her and says it is the daughter's choice if she wants to know her brothers. Who cares if they want to know her, right? Why would they have that option anyway? Overall, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, but the second part of the book kind of saved it (a bit). Plus, someone is coming to Wisteria Hill and nobody knows who they are and what they want. It could be that someone is interested in those strange cats there. I am interested in that storyline.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Shropshire

    This one was not quite as good as the first, but still fun. I do like all the characters who populate Mayville Heights, and of course I love the cats! You know the old trope of the pretty blonde in a horror movie who always goes down into the basement? That’s one of my least favorite tropes, and this book fell right into that category. Kathleen figures out who the killer is, but instead of getting a friend to go with her, she goes by herself — well, Owen, one of the magical cats, insists on going This one was not quite as good as the first, but still fun. I do like all the characters who populate Mayville Heights, and of course I love the cats! You know the old trope of the pretty blonde in a horror movie who always goes down into the basement? That’s one of my least favorite tropes, and this book fell right into that category. Kathleen figures out who the killer is, but instead of getting a friend to go with her, she goes by herself — well, Owen, one of the magical cats, insists on going with her. Anyway, she nearly gets herself killed and it’s only thanks to her friend, Maggie, who calls Marcus (Detective Gordon) that all ends well. There were virtually no scenes at the library this time 😢 and no trips to visit the feral colony 😢😢. Hopefully the next book will rectify that.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Pawsitively the best literary cat duo ever! Owen and Hercules are my heroes! And I love the way Kathleen talks to them and the way they respond to her. This author must be a cat whisperer! This is actually the second book in the Magical Cats series but it reads wonderfully well on it's own. Kelly does a great job of introducing the town and the characters while keeping the plot hopping along. Love the intricacies of the mystery and the intriguing sizzle of potential romance with a certain detecti Pawsitively the best literary cat duo ever! Owen and Hercules are my heroes! And I love the way Kathleen talks to them and the way they respond to her. This author must be a cat whisperer! This is actually the second book in the Magical Cats series but it reads wonderfully well on it's own. Kelly does a great job of introducing the town and the characters while keeping the plot hopping along. Love the intricacies of the mystery and the intriguing sizzle of potential romance with a certain detective. And who can resist a librarian heroine?! On the verge of becoming a crazy cat lady? Cozies don't get any better! I listened to the audible version and it was sweet purrfection!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dani(elle)

    There are cats. They are magical. I am satisfied 😌

  7. 4 out of 5

    terpkristin

    Audiobook from Random House Audio Narrated by Cassandra Campbell Length: 10.25 hours Just like the first book in the Magical Cats Mystery series, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, I enjoyed this book. This time, the murder victim was an elderly resident of Mayville Heights, MN, a beloved former teacher. Unlike in Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, Kathleen wasn't a suspect, but one of her friends, Ruby, was. In the last book, the actual murderer was pretty easy to spot early on, even if the motive wasn't. This Audiobook from Random House Audio Narrated by Cassandra Campbell Length: 10.25 hours Just like the first book in the Magical Cats Mystery series, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, I enjoyed this book. This time, the murder victim was an elderly resident of Mayville Heights, MN, a beloved former teacher. Unlike in Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, Kathleen wasn't a suspect, but one of her friends, Ruby, was. In the last book, the actual murderer was pretty easy to spot early on, even if the motive wasn't. This time, I didn't figure it out until just before Kathleen did, though in retrospect, I should have. Sleight of Paw followed the same formula followed by Curiosity Thrilled the Cat. It was the same main cast of characters, same setting, a lot of the same small-town "drama," and the same path of events. This isn't to say that it was bad, but that unfortunately, this book didn't give any more insight into one of the most interesting aspects of the series--how the cats got their powers and if any other cats from the same area have similar powers. Once again, Cassandra Campbell's narration was spot-on. I enjoyed listening to the book and basically spent my Saturday finding excuses to listen. Time to clean up the dishes? Great! Need to clean the sweet potatoes? Awesome! Watching the World Cup? Who likes the commentators anyway?! The next book in the series is the last one available in audio and I'm really looking forward to listening. I don't know what else I'll have to say that I haven't said already, but I will definitely enjoy the day or two it takes to listen!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mollie

    This was not bad, not great. Perhaps it would be better if I read the first one. It caught my eye on display in my library. The best characters are, of course, Owen and Hercules, the cats. Although in all my years of having cats none ever acted like these two. Perhaps because they are Magical Cats. I'm going to seek out the first book to see how the cats came to Kathleen, the narrator. It took my mind off the extreme cold and windchill. This was not bad, not great. Perhaps it would be better if I read the first one. It caught my eye on display in my library. The best characters are, of course, Owen and Hercules, the cats. Although in all my years of having cats none ever acted like these two. Perhaps because they are Magical Cats. I'm going to seek out the first book to see how the cats came to Kathleen, the narrator. It took my mind off the extreme cold and windchill.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cornelius Ashby

    This is book #2 in this series. I loved this book, and I am in love with the protagonist and her two cats Hercules and Owen! The story and murder mystery were great! I will read every book in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    My 100th book of the year! It was okay, but I mostly gave it 3 stars because I like cozies and I liked the cats. The mystery wasn't great since I figured out who the killer was before the person was even killed. And then the motive is super obvious yet no one picks up on it. At one point in the book the main character tries on a pair of tight-fitting jeans and marvels that they fit a bit looser than they had before. I had to laugh at that because all she does is eat! 3/4 of the book is describin My 100th book of the year! It was okay, but I mostly gave it 3 stars because I like cozies and I liked the cats. The mystery wasn't great since I figured out who the killer was before the person was even killed. And then the motive is super obvious yet no one picks up on it. At one point in the book the main character tries on a pair of tight-fitting jeans and marvels that they fit a bit looser than they had before. I had to laugh at that because all she does is eat! 3/4 of the book is describing food. And it's not like she's eating salads. Maybe I'm just jealous because I can't eat like that, but I kept thinking to myself, how does she not weigh 500 pounds?! And all the human food she gives her cats is terrible. The cats should be obese as well. Since one of her best friends is their vet, she should know better. The copy editing in this book is also terrible. But, as I said, I do like the cats and there were a few mentions of hockey, so that's enough to win me over.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Librarian Kathleen Paulson is back with her magical cats Hercules and Owen in their second adventure. When an elderly citizen, Agatha Shepherd, is found dead, Kathleen is shocked that one of her close friends is arrested for the murder. She’s sure that there is no way her friend would do such a horrible thing but the local sheriff, Marcus Gordon, is determined to look no further for a suspect. Kathleen vows that her friend won’t go down for a crime she didn’t commit. She begins her own investigat Librarian Kathleen Paulson is back with her magical cats Hercules and Owen in their second adventure. When an elderly citizen, Agatha Shepherd, is found dead, Kathleen is shocked that one of her close friends is arrested for the murder. She’s sure that there is no way her friend would do such a horrible thing but the local sheriff, Marcus Gordon, is determined to look no further for a suspect. Kathleen vows that her friend won’t go down for a crime she didn’t commit. She begins her own investigation, with the help of her beloved cats. She finds herself mixed up with secret babies and million dollar inheritances which could end up making her the next murder victim. This is a fast-paced fun series, especially for someone like me who loves cats and mysteries. The perfect ingredients for a great story. The first book gave us a great introduction to these characters but the second one is even better.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MaryJo

    I won’t be reading any more of this series, despite its strengths. I am wondering if the publisher requires a specific number of words from the author. Because there is so much repetition. Number of times Kathleen refers to herself as a Crazy Cat Woman, number of cups of coffee consumed, number of times Kathleen says she is not interested in Marcus. Number of times we hear about her getting her boots on or other details of dressing. And others. Plus the murderer is obvious from the get-go despit I won’t be reading any more of this series, despite its strengths. I am wondering if the publisher requires a specific number of words from the author. Because there is so much repetition. Number of times Kathleen refers to herself as a Crazy Cat Woman, number of cups of coffee consumed, number of times Kathleen says she is not interested in Marcus. Number of times we hear about her getting her boots on or other details of dressing. And others. Plus the murderer is obvious from the get-go despite the flawed red herrings thrown out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    As a librarian, meaning someone who's read a lot of books, Kathleen should know better. That said, the town is really, really charming - I love all their running gags! - even if the amount of murders is probably pretty high for somewhere with a population around 1,046. I'd like a book where Detective Gordon has nothing to do besides issue parking tickets, by the way. As a librarian, meaning someone who's read a lot of books, Kathleen should know better. That said, the town is really, really charming - I love all their running gags! - even if the amount of murders is probably pretty high for somewhere with a population around 1,046. I'd like a book where Detective Gordon has nothing to do besides issue parking tickets, by the way.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This author badly needs an editor.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Magical cats ! What could be better?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    This one held my attention a little less than the first installment of this series, but I still enjoyed it. The "hit and run" murder mystery in it of itself involved less action in solving the mystery, which is probably why it felt a tad slower paced. I really do love these characters and their small town. As someone who recently moved a far way from home (like Kathleen does when she moves from Boston to small town Minnesota), it's comforting reading about a character finding her way in a new pl This one held my attention a little less than the first installment of this series, but I still enjoyed it. The "hit and run" murder mystery in it of itself involved less action in solving the mystery, which is probably why it felt a tad slower paced. I really do love these characters and their small town. As someone who recently moved a far way from home (like Kathleen does when she moves from Boston to small town Minnesota), it's comforting reading about a character finding her way in a new place and creating a community for herself. The magical cats part is really a minor part of the stories, but it does add an element different from other cozies. I will definitely keep reading the others in this series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is the 2nd book in the series and I am enjoying it. Librarian Kathleen has adopted two special cats. Owen and Hercules are a little supernatural. Owen can become invisible, and Hercules can walk through doors and walls. In this book, a homeless lady is run over and killed in an alley, after Kathleen seeing her fighting with three different people. After it is discovered that she was really rich, it becomes even more important to find out who killed her. It is Winterfest and a lot of fun thi This is the 2nd book in the series and I am enjoying it. Librarian Kathleen has adopted two special cats. Owen and Hercules are a little supernatural. Owen can become invisible, and Hercules can walk through doors and walls. In this book, a homeless lady is run over and killed in an alley, after Kathleen seeing her fighting with three different people. After it is discovered that she was really rich, it becomes even more important to find out who killed her. It is Winterfest and a lot of fun things are happening in between investigations.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Xanthi

    As enjoyable as the first book in the series. The cats, the humour, the setting - it’s all there in a cozy bundle. The mystery part is a nice aside for me, to be truthful. As someone who lives in a hot climate on the other side of the world, it’s a treat to read all the little details of a snowy life in a northern USA state.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    I really enjoyed this one. The cats didn't seem to play as much of an important role as in the first book, but they were still a major part of the book. I figured out the who part early on, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. I like how it ended and can't wait to continue. I really enjoyed this one. The cats didn't seem to play as much of an important role as in the first book, but they were still a major part of the book. I figured out the who part early on, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. I like how it ended and can't wait to continue.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Badseedgirl

    Two books in, I'm still really enjoying this series. Two books in, I'm still really enjoying this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Although I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first in the series, it was a great read. Kelly was halfway into the book before the real action began. Although I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first in the series, it was a great read. Kelly was halfway into the book before the real action began.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Miss Manekofsky

    I love cozy mysteries!! Especially ones with librarians that have magical cats...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annalee Hoover

    I want to like this series. I don't. I'll give it one more before I completely give up, I guess. But really, only if Kathleen quits saying "crap on toast" I want to like this series. I don't. I'll give it one more before I completely give up, I guess. But really, only if Kathleen quits saying "crap on toast"

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    This is the second book in the series, of Kathleen, Maggie and Roma. Kathleen has come to Minnesota to take on a two year contract as the head librarian. While there she acquired two stray cats, Hercules and Owen. Herc can walk through solid objects and Owen can disappear. Agatha, a former middle school principle has an accident behind a friend's restaurant, and Kathleen's friend Ruby is accused of the murder. Kathleen, Maggie and Roma must clear Ruby's name. This one started off pretty well, th This is the second book in the series, of Kathleen, Maggie and Roma. Kathleen has come to Minnesota to take on a two year contract as the head librarian. While there she acquired two stray cats, Hercules and Owen. Herc can walk through solid objects and Owen can disappear. Agatha, a former middle school principle has an accident behind a friend's restaurant, and Kathleen's friend Ruby is accused of the murder. Kathleen, Maggie and Roma must clear Ruby's name. This one started off pretty well, then just seemed to drag on and on. I am not sure what was wrong with it but it just didn't flow fast enough. This book probably could have been 100 pages less than it was. Not that it wasn't a good mystery, it just had a real problem in the middle of it. I really liked the cats and the characters but it needed to be shorter. There were a lot of pages describing the winter festival but for no apparent reason. Could have used a better editor I think.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Text Addict

    This is the second "Magical Cats Mystery" by Sofie Kelly, and it was just as fun as the first one (Curiosity Thrilled the Cat). It's possible, though, that I'm biased toward librarians as heroines. Or perhaps I just like the presence of a little magic in this one - part of the relatively new trend that's been gently folding urban fantasy elements into cozy mysteries. Kathleen Paulson, library director in a smallish Minnesota town, is pretty sharp, if a bit handicapped by the fact that telling an This is the second "Magical Cats Mystery" by Sofie Kelly, and it was just as fun as the first one (Curiosity Thrilled the Cat). It's possible, though, that I'm biased toward librarians as heroines. Or perhaps I just like the presence of a little magic in this one - part of the relatively new trend that's been gently folding urban fantasy elements into cozy mysteries. Kathleen Paulson, library director in a smallish Minnesota town, is pretty sharp, if a bit handicapped by the fact that telling anyone about her cats' peculiar abilities would make folks think she was nuts. (Though I do think she's a bit too anxious over what people will think about her occasionally carrying her cats around with her.) I also like her unusual background as a child of theater people. Anyway, the apparently-accidental death of a retired school principal leads to a lot of anxiety, as multiple well-regarded members of the community seem to be potential suspects, including a close friend of Kathleen's. I'll admit I was pretty sure who the real culprit was, but the author kept it uncertain enough to hold my interest. Definitely a series I'll be keeping an eye out for.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andree

    Not quite as good as the first one in the series (I do like first books though). It does have a better title. I think this one suffers a bit on the not a lot of development front, not in the relationships (both romantic and friendly). The protagonist's relationship with the town does move forward at a normal pace. Some of the relationship stuff is charming, what with the hockey and then the ice skating. But this one suffers from the protagonist meddling just a little to much. And doing something tr Not quite as good as the first one in the series (I do like first books though). It does have a better title. I think this one suffers a bit on the not a lot of development front, not in the relationships (both romantic and friendly). The protagonist's relationship with the town does move forward at a normal pace. Some of the relationship stuff is charming, what with the hockey and then the ice skating. But this one suffers from the protagonist meddling just a little to much. And doing something truly idiotic in the last twenty pages, which of course puts her in danger. Of course. Dunno, I rolled my eyes pretty hard. The cats continue to be kinda fun. And I do like the central group of characters (particularly Rona and Maggie, the main character's friends). Think I'm gonna continue on though. 2015 Reading Challenge - A book you can finish in a day

  28. 4 out of 5

    Snap

    I have been reading the Magical Cats mystery series out of order, which is very unlike me, but I'm really enjoying the series and I'm reading them as I find them. Kathleen Paulson has moved from Boston -- away from a bad relationship -- to take the job as head librarian in Mayville and supervise the renovation of a Carnegie Library. She's made new friends, is taking a Tai Chi class and has adopted two rather extraordinary cats, Hercules and Owen. When an elderly woman's body is found in an alley I have been reading the Magical Cats mystery series out of order, which is very unlike me, but I'm really enjoying the series and I'm reading them as I find them. Kathleen Paulson has moved from Boston -- away from a bad relationship -- to take the job as head librarian in Mayville and supervise the renovation of a Carnegie Library. She's made new friends, is taking a Tai Chi class and has adopted two rather extraordinary cats, Hercules and Owen. When an elderly woman's body is found in an alley, Kathleen feels like this was no accident and is determined to find out who killed the woman. Kathleen is living in a small town and everyone has their secrets. Easy to read. Great characters that I'd love to invite to tea.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Kathleen was much more observant and listen to her instincts a lot more in the second book of the series. As it turns out, the population of Mayville was more than happy to help Kathleen in finding the real killer. The only thing I didn't like was that Kathleen still thought Marcus was a member of the Keystone Kops rather than a smart detective. Her "only I can solve this because the cops already arrested someone" attitude gets her into such trouble that sometimes border on dumbass. Still the hig Kathleen was much more observant and listen to her instincts a lot more in the second book of the series. As it turns out, the population of Mayville was more than happy to help Kathleen in finding the real killer. The only thing I didn't like was that Kathleen still thought Marcus was a member of the Keystone Kops rather than a smart detective. Her "only I can solve this because the cops already arrested someone" attitude gets her into such trouble that sometimes border on dumbass. Still the highlight was the cats, Hercules and Owen. And I enjoy spending time in the world of Mayville, MN and its residents. The plotting was much better here than in the first book and there were moments of humor and genuine affection among the group of friends Kathleen has. A solid entry in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth

    For the cats to play such a big role in the title (and the fact that they series is "magical cats"), they play a rather small role in the book and when they do appear it's often almost on the side. The "mystery" wasn't really a mystery. I felt like a lot of the dialogue didn't seem quite "real;" I think some aspects just felt fake or forced. And I don't know about other editions, but the paperback I read apparently wasn't edited; lots and lots of typos that, at times, caused a lot of stumbles (s For the cats to play such a big role in the title (and the fact that they series is "magical cats"), they play a rather small role in the book and when they do appear it's often almost on the side. The "mystery" wasn't really a mystery. I felt like a lot of the dialogue didn't seem quite "real;" I think some aspects just felt fake or forced. And I don't know about other editions, but the paperback I read apparently wasn't edited; lots and lots of typos that, at times, caused a lot of stumbles (since I was reading it aloud). If I'd not been reading this on my own, I'd have not gotten past the first chapter or two.

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