A Day in the Life of Mary Lowe by Sofie Kelly

Paws and EffectMy mornings all start the same way—with a good breakfast. Yes, I know some scientists have been saying that old adage, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, has no basis in scientific fact. Well, all I can tell you is that my mother ate a hearty breakfast every morning of her life and she made it well into her nineties and was sharp as a tack until the day she died. If fact, if she’d stayed off the roof of the barn when it was raining she’d probably have made it to one hundred. But that’s a story for another day.

After breakfast I either head to the gym or to the library. I may look like someone’s sweet little grandma—well, heck, I am someone’s sweet little grandma—but I can promise you that you don’t get to be the state senior kickboxing champion because you have fluffy white hair and make a mean peach cobbler. It takes work: weight training, plenty of time on the bike, and lots of stretching.

Not that my job at the library doesn’t help keep me in shape. It does. I’m up and down stairs all day, moving books and boxes and occasionally putting the run on a couple of amorous teenagers who think I don’t know what can happen in the library’s gazebo after dark.

I like working at the library, especially since Kathleen Paulson took over. She did a fine job supervising the renovations for our centennial. The building looks the way I remember it from when I was a girl. Now there are so many more people coming in and borrowing books, using the computers, joining a discussion group or taking a course. Thanks to Kathleen, the library has become the focal point of Mayville Heights. She resurrected the seniors’ reading group, she offered free space to the quilters and started Reading Buddies for the little ones.

That’s not to say Kathleen and I are always in agreement. We’re not on the same page when it comes to the proposed development out at Long Lake. I really hope all the controversy doesn’t end up splitting the town down the middle. I think the development is a great idea. More tourists in the area means more money for Mayville Heights. How could anyone think that’s a bad idea? And if you don’t share my opinion, then we can agree to disagree. After all, at the end of the day, it’s not really a life or death issue.


Paws and Effect is the 8th book in the Magical Cats mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, October 2016.

Magical cats Owen and Hercules and resourceful librarian Kathleen Paulson are back in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Faux Paw. . .

Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut 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.

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About the author
Sofie Kelly is an author and mixed-media/fiber artist who lives on the east coast. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries that feature librarian Sarah Paulson and her two very special cats, Owen and Hercules, who have a magical knack for solving crime.

As Sofie Ryan she writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series, featuring re-purpose store owner Sarah Grayson, a group of senior sleuths, the world’s oldest computer hacker, and Elvis, a black cat with an uncanny ability to sniff out a lie.

Connect with Sofie at www.sofiekelly.com or www.sofieryan.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Paws and Effect and A Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan. Four lucky winners will be randomly selected. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end October 6, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

41 responses to “A Day in the Life of Mary Lowe by Sofie Kelly

  1. It sounds good and I haven’t read anything by this Author…new Reader and thank you very much for the contest.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  2. New to the series but love a chance to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. Nancy Roessner

    Mary Lowe sounds like the opposite of me, but I admire her. Also, the series is one that I would love to read! Love!

  4. Oh how excited I am! I have been waiting so patiently for the next awesome books by Sofie Kelly and Sofie Ryan! I love, love, love her books! Owen and Hercules are two awesome magical kitties, and I can’t wait to see what they are up to now! Sure would love to win a copy of this new book! Thank you so much dear Dru Ann and Sofie for the chance! God bless you both!

  5. Linda Kuzminczuk

    I love very the s series with the febrile cat sanctuary and these two magical cats. Looking forward to this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I have read previous Magical Cats mysteries and enjoyed them very much. Look forward to reading the newest ones.

  7. Such a good deal! I love cat books. 2 at 1 time is awesome.

  8. Good luck everyone!

  9. Sofie Kelly/Ryan writes two very great series, love them both.

  10. Peggy Hyndman

    Paws and Effect and A Whisker of Trouble sound like fun reads. Thank yo for introducing me to Sofie Ryan’s books.

  11. Wow. Love these books!

  12. Great series, I can’t wait to read this new one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Wonderful series and great giveaway. Sounds so enjoyable. Thanks.

  14. How have I missed these books? I love mysteries with cats! Thanks for the chance to win these books.

  15. Barbara Hackel

    Sofie’s books are always so good-and this one sounds like no exception! I am anxious to read it. 🙂 Thanks Dru Ann for today’s post! Thanks Sofie for your generous opportunity to win your books! 🙂

  16. Sofie Ryan’s covers attract the reader and then they are sold on the story between the cover. Thank you for including the Magical Cats series on your blog. Also thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  17. Being a senior myself, I am anxious to start this series!

  18. elainehroberson

    Cats and mysteries – my favorite things. Thanks for a chance to win these books. Can’t wait to read them.

  19. I love this series. These cats are great.

  20. Sounds like a good read.

  21. Mary Jane H.

    Awesome series!

  22. A favorite author and series.

  23. Love this author and the series. Thank you for the chance to win this newest title

  24. Such a generous giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity. Awesome series! Hope you will continue to write many more. The readers love you for it. Thanks Dru Ann.

  25. I loved this series and post by Mary! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. I love Owen and Hercules! They are cool cats. I do love both series and would love her new book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  27. Vicki Highley

    Magical cats! I hope I win. Thanks for the chance.

  28. Always enjoy reading about the latest exploits.of Owen and Hercules.

  29. Yeah! I know a couple of ladies who could give grandma a run for her money. Would so love to read this. Sounds like a great read. Have never had the chance to read this series either. So I am hoping this will be a start.

  30. Can’t wait to read “Faux Paw” and more about Owen and Hercules. Great series.

  31. We have enough ‘paws’ with lots of ‘effects’ in our house that this is a must have book, lol. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  32. This is such a fun series! I am looking forward to seeing what Kathleen, Owen, and Hercules are up to this time around. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Doward Wilson

    Can’t wait to read this series. Thanks for the great post & giveaway.

  34. One of my most favoritest series!!!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  35. Lois Rotella

    Love this series because of the cats involved in helping solve the murders. Thanks for the chance.

  36. Pauline Barlow

    Oh, I do want to read “Paws and Effect” as “Faux Paw” was great. I just know that Owen and Hercules will do their best to help solve any mystery they meet.

  37. Dianne Mossor

    Love this series! Thanks for the chance.

  38. I would be so happy if I won this!

  39. Donamae kutska

    This series is new to me, it sounds so good!

  40. Very cute titles and the Author is totally new to me. Thank you for the chance. Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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