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Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Magical Cats Mysteries by Sofie Kelly

From Goodreads:

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats Mystery #1)

When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would 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 fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines.

When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are magical-and she's relying on their skills to solve a purr-fect murder.

Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats Mystery #2)

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.

Have you noticed how it seems like every other cozy mystery has a cat on the cover? Wouldn't that lead you to believe that somehow a cat is involved in the mystery? Yeah, me too, yet a lot of times that isn't the case. That's why it's refreshing to find a mystery series where there are cats on the cover AND they actually figure prominently in the story! It's a pet peeve of mine, pun intended. If there's a cat on the cover, I want a cat in the story.

Not only do The Magical Cats Mysteries have felines deeply involved in solving the murders, but the cats themselves are an ongoing enigma that Kathleen is startled by, but seems to readily accept, though she keeps it quiet.  Owen and Hercules adopted her and they have some pretty special abilities that come in real handy for mystery solving!  They have definite personalities, it seemed like Hercules is more the brain of the two, while Owen is the brawn, though they do confer with each other and sometimes band against Kathleen to steer her in the right direction. They each have their strengths, and addictions (poor Fred the Funky Chicken, and all his cousins also named Fred).

We meet and get to know many of the town's residents, from Roma the Vet to Marcus the police detective, and we know there is something strange going on out at Wisteria Hill where our furry heroes came from, but we haven't yet found out what that is. I hope we learn more soon!  I found these very endearing and look forward to the next two books, Copycat Killing which came out in May this year, and Cat Trick which will come out in February 2013.

I have my own tuxedo cat, Fergus, but I haven't noticed that he's got any special powers yet, unless you count being annoying at 5 am when he's hungry! ;)

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