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Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats Mystery Series #2)

Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats Mystery Series #2)

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by Sofie Kelly

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Courtney M. Krieger
In this second installment of A Magical Cats Mystery, Kathleen Paulson is beginning to feel as though she is a part of the small Minnesota community where she serves as a librarian and lives with her magical cats, Owen and Hercules. Some time has passed since she and her cats helped solve the previous mystery, clearing her name and finding the real killer. However, her life in this cozy, little town is not meant to stay calm. When Agatha Shepherd's body is found in an alley behind a cafe, and Kathleen's friend Ruby is arrested for the murder, she uses her detective skills and magical cats to find the killer, with or without the approval of local authorities. As she discovers each clue, she realizes that Agatha's accidental hit-and-run may have been a planned, cold-blooded murder. The title implies that the magical cats are at the center of the plot, when, in fact, they are rarely visible unless one of the supporting characters is feeding them catnip. When the cats finally take an active role, their participation seems contrived and unnecessary. In addition, the mystery is formulaic and cliche. The reader is able to guess the killer immediately, even though the author attempts to throw suspicion on others. Overall, this book will appeal to cat lovers but lacks the suspense and plot development to hold the attention of mystery lovers. Reviewer: Courtney M. Krieger
Library Journal
Minnesota librarian Kathleen returns in this second entry (Curiosity Thrilled the Cat) featuring the detecting ability of her uniquely gifted feline companions, Owen and Hercules. A young and talented professional, she's also, she realizes, a crazy cat lady. Nonetheless, when retired school principal Agatha, known for her ability to turn young people's lives around, is found murdered in a downtown alley, Kathleen knows the cats will help her figure it out. She's especially concerned because her friend Ruby has been arrested. Believing Ruby innocent, Kathleen and the cats puzzle through the clues in true Agatha Christie style. VERDICT It's good to have a touch of magic up your sleeve, and Kelly makes it work. If peanut butter-loving felines can liven up a mystery, then I say, bring it on. Obvious tie-ins would be Miranda James's and Rebecca M. Hale's cat mysteries. You might also try Jess Lourey for spunkiness and locale.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Magical Cats Mystery Series , #2
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18 Years

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Sleight of Paw 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Agatha Shepherd was an educator and over the years she helped almost everyone in town in one way or another. When she is found dead outside a local cafe people are certainly shocked. Who would do this and why??? Kathleen hopes that with the help of her feline friends and maybe a little assistance from a handsome detective she may find the answers. Of course having a cat that can walk through closed doors and another that can become invisible at will makes Kathleen investigation a little easier as long as no one notices their cute little tricks. You won't believe the secrets a cat can cough up. My Thoughts Cats are so much fun and they convey so much with a flick of the tail, a certain meow, or a twitch of the ear. Magical cats are even more special. It's difficult enough to write for people, there is a special place in my heart for authors that write for animals. All the characters are well written in this story. The mystery is also extremely well written with many suspects and motives. The very first chapter had me laughing out loud and the humor in continually interspersed throughout the story. The friendships Kathleen has made in Minnesota are going to be lifelong and I am sure one special one will continue to develop making it very hard to leave when her short term contract with the library is complete. I plan to enjoy many more trips to Mayville Heights! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great, but the editor of the nook version should be fired right away and shamed heavily by their peers. There are so many big distracting mistakes like doubled words right next to eachother, or entire phrases missing. The first time I write a draft of a college essay it's cleaner then this. Did the editor detest the author? There has to be a back story here...
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
Librarian Kathleen Paulson is back with her magical cats Hercules and Owen in their second adventure. When an elderly citizen, Agatha Shepherd, is found dead, Kathleen is shocked that one of her close friends is arrested for the murder. She¿s sure that there is no way her friend would do such a horrible thing but the local sheriff, Marcus Gordon, is determined to look no further for a suspect. Kathleen vows that her friend won¿t go down for a crime she didn¿t commit. She begins her own investigation, with the help of her beloved cats. She finds herself mixed up with secret babies and million dollar inheritances which could end up making her the next murder victim. This is a fast-paced fun series, especially for someone like me who loves cats and mysteries. The perfect ingredients for a great story. The first book gave us a great introduction to these characters but the second one is even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! Its not just about cats like your thinking. Its a lovely mystery will love and friendship.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Librarian Kathleen Paulson is at it again - solving a murder mystery with the help of her magical cats Hercules and Owen. In this tale, she finds herself searching for the killer of sweet, elderly Agatha Shepherd, a woman who had once been the town's school principal and it seems, helped just about everybody in town keep on the straight and narrow. When Agatha's body is found in an alley, Kathleen is certain that her death wasn't natural. There's the odd placement of the body and of course, that blood on her jacket was suspicious. The police are called and Kathleen assumes that that will be the last of her involvement. But when Kathleen heads over to her office at the library and finds a shard of glass in her pant cuff, she suspects that the glass could be related to Agatha's death. How did the glass get in her pant cuff? She did bend down over the body to check for a pulse so maybe she inadvertently picked up a clue. Kathleen calls her friend at police headquarters, Marcus Gordon, to turn over the possible evidence. Again, Kathleen thinks that's the last of her involvement in the case. While not officially "on the case," Kathleen suspects that Harry Taylor, an elderly gentleman seen arguing with Agatha shortly before her death might be the murderer. But when he practically faints when he overhears mention of Agatha's death, Kathleen has her doubts. Will her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, be able to help her solve this case? Sleight of Paw is exactly what a cozy mystery should be - fun, full of twists and turns and dead ends, and with very little violence. Told in the first person by Kathleen, the story moves fairly quickly. While there are a few spots where the plot starts to drag as the main characters have yet another get-together at the local cafe or head up to Wisteria Hill to feed the feral cats, overall it was a very enjoyable read. Additionally, there's Hercules and Owen to add humor, a certain "aaahhh" factor, and magical mystery. While some may find the cats' abilities (going through doors, disappearing, and an almost human understanding of events, a bit of a stretch), for those willing to suspend belief, the cats are the best part of the story. It should be noted that there were a fair number of typos in the text ("...it is possible for human beings have two left feet" (pg. 134), "it was time to talk to third to the third person..." (pg. 205)), which is rather surprising for a mainstream publisher. But look beyond the typos and enjoy the cats! Quill says: Curl up with your kitties and get lost in another magical cats mystery.
petecrn More than 1 year ago
If you are following along from "Curiosity Thrilled the Cat" dive right in. More of those fab felines who can do things that cause wonder along with a bit of consternation. I would suggest starting with that title and then moving on to this. Again the characters draw our attention and the story flows right along. And, what was going on with those oldsters? And who could have done this awful deed? I am about 4 chapters in and, well, have to go and read some more to see what happens. Is there another in this series yet???
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. When Kathleen's friend is arrested for murder and believing in her innocence, Kathleen begins an earnest investigation into the murder. This was easy-paced story that was very appealing. The mystery was good and with guidance from her mystical cats, Kathleen was able to expose a killer. I liked the character developments; the easy flow of conversations; the small-town feeling and of course, her two furry roommates. I look forward to reading the next book in this charming series.
Sioranth More than 1 year ago
I love this series so far! The characters are really engaging, and I'm looking forward to learning about the Wysteria Hill cats in upcoming books. I can't wait for the next one to come out and hope this series goes on for a long time. :)
samlaur2 More than 1 year ago
Loved this series, read all so far and waiting for next one. Author has a wonderful sense of humor. Hope more stories are forthcoming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Kelly's books (this one included) are a perfect break from some of the heavy, not so pleasant reading we do these days. Her characters (especially the cats) are terrific. I will be looking for more of her books for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book was good. This was too drawn out about nothing. Very little cat activity. It was more about Eddie the manican.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters. The has too many characters names beginning with same initial. Hard to remember who is who. Figured out killer.
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debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Kelly’s magical mystery, librarian Kathleen lives with two very special, magical cats. When a body is found in an alley, she knows Owen’s talent for turning invisible and Hercules’ ability to walk through closed doors will give them access to clues Kathleen herself can’t access without raising questions around town. Determined to find the murderer of Agatha Shepherd, a retired principal who managed to help almost everyone in town at one time or another, Kathleen sets out to identify a danger that hides his secrets in plain sight. An excellent addition to A Magical Cats Mystery series.
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DeNeedle More than 1 year ago
I also enjoyed this series. I am a "Cat Who" lover, and this series gives me the same great feel. The people are believable, the cats -- well they are unusual cats! It's a great series and I'm loving it.
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Love the series
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Naugatuck More than 1 year ago
CATS COME TO THE RESCUE. I enjoyd this tale of magical cats, being a animal lover it was a fun tale, I hope this author will write more cat tales. AJD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with previous reviewers that this book is greatly marred by the typos and grammar errors; ironically, the author has thanked her editors for catching these!. That said, I don't think the author should suffer poor ratings because of poor editing. I found the story delightful and will go back and read the previous book as well the the next one.
RGD68 More than 1 year ago
A great book!!
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