Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats Mystery Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 Hercules's ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues Kath couldn't get...
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Overview

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.


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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101543986
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Magical Cats Mystery Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 25,725
  • File size: 344 KB

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    LOVED IT! This is a fun series!!

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Mistakes everywhere! So good but so meny mistakes!

    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...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Great Cozy Mystery!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Great mystery!

    This is a great book! Its not just about cats like your thinking. Its a lovely mystery will love and friendship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    Fun new cozy series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Sleight of Paw

    Rating 3.75/5: SLEIGHT OF PAW is the second book in Sofie Kelly's A Magical Cats Mystery series starring librarian Kathleen Paulson and her two cats with supernatural abilities. I haven't read the first book, but I was able to jump right into the story without feeling lost. In this book, Kathleen starts investigating the murder of Agatha Shepherd, a former school principal, when her friend Ruby is arrested for the crime. Agatha had always gone out of her way to help troubled kids, including Ruby. Why would anyone, especially Ruby, want to do her harm? Kathleen discovers that Agatha was harboring a big secret that may or may not have something to do with her murder. With a little help from her magically-inclined cats, she sets out to discover the real murderer. There was plenty that I enjoyed about SLEIGHT OF PAW. One of my favorite parts is the friendship between Kathleen and her pals Maggie and Roma. Together they are a hoot! They had great chemistry and many funny moments between them. There's also a hit of romance between Kathleen and Detective Marcus Gordon. She keeps trying to convince herself she doesn't like him, but there's a spark between them. It will be fun to see where their relationship goes in the next book. There were a couple of things that could have been improved on. I thought the pacing was slow in spots. There were a couple of chapters that veered off from the mystery investigation that didn't add much to the story as a whole. Also, I loved the cats - both Owen and Hercules had big personalities, but I was hoping their supernatural abilities would be used more. Since this is the "magical cats series," their amazing talents needed more focus. Overall, I thought SLEIGHT OF PAW was a fun cozy mystery with a delightful cast of characters. I give it 3.75 out of 5 stars! I received my copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Another hit

    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???

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    A Good Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Great new series

    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. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    The two cats with their paranormal powers make Sleight of Paw a precious cozy

    Owen and Hercules adopted the new Mayville Heights, Minnesota librarian Kathleen Paulson as their human crazy cay lady owner. Kathleen, now struggling with her first tundra winter, came to town after a lover's spat in which he left and returned two weeks later with a wife. She had not planned to stay, but her feline family has her thinking of permanent residency.

    Retired schoolteacher Agatha Shepherd is found murdered in the ally near Eric's Place restaurant. Ruby who found the body is arrested as circumstantial evidence points towards her as the culprit. Kath does not buy her friend as the killer because Ruby loved Agatha who changed her life around from juvenile delinquent to model citizen changing her hair color every two weeks. Although she prefers to stay out of sleuthing after the perilous adventures in Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, she uncovers contrary evidence that points elsewhere due to her feline partners. The trio risks their lives to insure the real killer is placed in jail.

    The two cats with their paranormal powers make Sleight of Paw a precious cozy with their telepathic communication and deep need to protect their Kath. Their human pet has adapted nicely to the Burl Ives picture postcard town as she has made good friends (and not just the cats) and is falling in love with a local detective though she keeps her distance having been burned once. The whodunit is super as there are several suspects including friends who could be the killer as the amateur sleuth and her two feline companions investigate the homicide of a highly regarded former teacher.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Great for cat and mystery lovers!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    To kit

    I run over to u little one i feed u my milk and saids go to gahoole res one to b my kit

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Boring

    The first book was good. This was too drawn out about nothing. Very little cat activity. It was more about Eddie the manican.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Kit

    A tiny kit stumbled out of the bushes newborn by the looks of it prehaps she was born only half a moon ago. Her fur was matted and had an infected cut above her left eye. Her eyes were open but could barely see because her eyes were so swollen" meeelk! I want meeelk!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Cloudripple

    Cloudripple tossed and turned in her sleep, groaning and mumbling. "No... No! Stop!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Lily

    I'd become a rock! Lol! But I probably would! I'm not super strong. I've got that kind of thin long leg build. It helps me be good at long distance, swimming, and skiing but not chucking stuff. I didn't learn to shoot until a year ago when one of my guy friends showed me! But they don't let you have guns... Dang it! Lol! But I do know everything about the outdoors so I'd hopefully survive okay as long as another tribute didn't find me. I'd be screwed if that happened! So ya I'd just stick around and hide like Johanna and theb maybe blow up some people if I could find explosives. But I don't think I could actually stab someone or slice them... idk.... ~ Lily

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Badgerflare

    The black tom padded in and made a nest and curled up in it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Silverbolt to Lilywolf (kits)

    Im locked out of the next result (where you told queens to post their kits names and such) so Im doing it here in order of oldest to youngest . <p> Spottedkit <br> Goldkit <br> Shiningkit <br> Flowerkit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Ok mystery

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Shrike

    He grinns. "Dare me?" He spit in his face and walks away. "Say hello to he stupid kits for me!"

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