Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly is the first book in the new “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), February 2011

Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson feels good about letting two adorable cats help themselves to her home. But as she’s about to find out, it’s their help she needs.

When librarian Kathleen Paulson leaves her life in Boston and moves 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 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.

Kathleen, new to Mayville, was there to help renovate the century-old library and bring it into the 21st century when she encounters the visiting and rude musical conductor. When she finds him dead the next day, she becomes the person of interest. Kathleen decides that the more she knows about the deceased, the better chance of finding the killer. When suspicious incidents strike Kathleen, her furry friends are there to protect and help her bring the killer to justice. The story started out slow and then BAM! I was flipping the pages so fast to see what happens next. The home-town setting, the lively and eclectic characters, the two lovable felines and the dialogue creates a charming atmosphere that you want to revisit again and again. I look forward to more adventures with Kathleen and friends.

*new-to-me author

Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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