A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly is the 9th book in the “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, coming September 5, 2017
In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson.
With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder.
The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident.
Now it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile, until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town’s history—and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don’t work for free.
Whenever I read a book in this series, it takes me on a magical journey that is so comforting. In their latest adventure, Kathleen and her intuitive cats get involved in a murder case when the past and the present co-mingle and it’s up to them to bridge the gap and find a killer who is hiding in plain sight. The tone and pacing were perfectly matched creating a nice flow throughout this light whodunit. The mystery was expertly written with plenty of intrigue that kept me glued to all that was happening. The abundance of plot twists and turns, not only enhanced the telling of this tale, but set the stage for the outcome of this drama where all the main characters played pivotal roles. This is one of the best book in this endearing series and I can’t wait to see what’s next with Owen, Hercules and Kathleen.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.