Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Book Review - The Cats Came Back


Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson often seems to gets mixed up in murder, but luckily, her very special cats always find a way to help her close a case . . .

The charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights is hosting a music festival, and the whole place is bustling with musicians and tourists. Kathleen is looking forward to taking in some fabulous performances--and her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are looking forward to taking in some fabulous sardine crackers. But then the trio stumbles across a dead body by the river.

The victim is a close friend--who also happens to be a look-alike of a popular cabaret singer set to perform at the festival. Who could have wanted to harm this innocent girl? Was it a case of mistaken identity?

As accusations abound and suspicions swirl, Kathleen, Hercules and Owen will put their abilities--both mundane and magical--to the test, and lay down the paw.


New York Times bestselling author, Sofie Kelly, writes the Magical Cats mysteries, set in the small town of Mayville Heights, Minnesota. As Sofie Ryan, she is the author of the popular bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries that feature repurpose shop owner, Sarah Grayson, a group of senior sleuths and the world's oldest computer hacker.

Sofie has been a late night disk jockey—which explains her love of coffee--and taught absolutely terrified adults how to swim. Like Kathleen Paulson in the Magical Cats books, she practices Wu style Tai Chi. Sofie is also a mixed-media artist and likes to prowl thrift shops looking for things to re-purpose in her art.


This was an absolutely delightful book and was definitely a cozy read.

Kathleen is a small town librarian who owns two cats with amazing powers of perception. When they are out doing a photo shoot for the town calendar, they find a dead body. It happens to be someone that Kathleen is acquainted with and it starts the sleuthing by both her and her two kitties, Hercules and Owen.

I liked the fact that Hercules and Owen had once been feral cats but trust Kathleen to hold and pet them - something that they allow no one else to do. They do like others and make it quite clear when they don't. They are definitely special cats that can perform strange feats!

Marcus is the local police detective, who happens to also be Kathleen's boyfriend. It's refreshing that he encourages her help instead of trying to keep her out of things. He's protective without being oppressive and is not only her boyfriend, but a true friend.

There is the side story to the wedding taking place and different family situations that lend to the main story of murder. I did know who had done the murder early on in the book, however, it was a joy to read the book for the pure enjoyment and not be trying to figure out "who done it" the entire time. There was enough of a twist to the murderer's reasoning to make it hugely interesting.

I enjoyed this book so much! I read it in about three settings and it was so relaxing to read between my more serious non-fictions books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and just a good read.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the First To Read Program by Penguin Books

Blessings - Julie

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