Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats Mystery Series #1)

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats Mystery Series #1)

by Sofie Kelly

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Meet small town librarian Kathleen Paulson and her fantastical felines, Hercules and Owen, in the first novel in the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats Mystery series.

When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved 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's something more to these kitties.

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. Now, with a little legwork from her four-legged friends, Kathleen may be able to solve this purr-fect murder...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451232496
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Magical Cats Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 64,471
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sofie Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author and mixed-media artist who lives on the East Coast with her husband and daughter. She writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries and, as Sofie Ryan, writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries.

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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
WhimsicalCats More than 1 year ago
This cozy had everything I enjoy in a mystery: Cats, Librarians, small town life and lifetime friendships. Read the other reviews for the synopsis, I'll tell you about the best reasons to add this book to your collection. The characters are captivating, funny, serious, loyal. There are passages that are laugh out loud funny. Small town life is perfectly captured (I'd love to live there). Even though the cats supposedly have magical qualities, they display very realistic cat behavior that delights every cat lover. A fun, fast read that leaves you wanting the second book soon!
GrandmaEM More than 1 year ago
I was enthralled...I thought I knew who the murderer was about 3 chapters in, and then I changed my mind three times before the end. I love to read books that make the story come alive in my mind and this author has that talent.
petecrn More than 1 year ago
I started this book after seeing that another title I wanted had not been released yet. What a find! I really like this author. Love the story line of the cats and their magical abilities. Some may be put off but do not judge in advance. Pleasant reading and you will get the next "Slight of Paw". OK that review is done now where did my cat go? Is that him meowing in the closet? But how did he...
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her boyfriend leaves Boston for two weeks without her only to return married. He informs her she is not spontaneous enough for him. Angry and hurt, Kathleen Paulson leaves her home and job to move to Mayville Heights, Minnesota where she is hired to oversee the renovation of the library. The townsfolk welcome her and Kathleen makes plenty of new friends; especially two stray cats, catnip addict Owen and Barry Manilow fan Hercules. Her only problem is that contractor Will Redfern has the knack of vanishing when needed. Kathleen goes to the Stratton Theatre where she finds the body of guest conductor Gregor Easton on the piano seat. He died from a blow to the head. The lead detective makes Kathleen feel she is a suspect in the homicide case. So she decides not to wait for this idiot to continue to target her; she investigates the murder. She has unusual helpers including her new feline friends who appear and disappear as if they walk through walls and any solid surface. Her allies give her clues, but they remain enigmatic as she struggles to figure out who killed Easton before the cop busts her. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat is a whimsical charming cat caper starring a determined intrepid amateur sleuth and two magical cats who affirm WC Fields' comment on never performing with animals as they steal the show; except in this case Kathleen needs their help. Readers will appreciate this fun murder mystery as the librarian and her magical meows seek who killed the quiet artist before that insistent cop arrests Kathleen. Harriet Klausner
Fricka More than 1 year ago
This book was a delight to read, from beginning to end. Sofie Kelly has come up with a winning formula, in this first book in what promises to be a great cozy mystery series. Her protagonist, Kathleen Paulson, has rescued a couple of unusual cats from a nearby feral colony. However, it quickly becomes clear to Kathleen that her cats seem to have some unusual powers--or is she imagining things? Cats can't go through solid doors or vanish from sight magically--or can they? Owen and Hercules, the cats in question, provide a lot of humor in the plot line. The scene where the fussy library patron and guest artist at the Stratton Theatre, Gregor Easton, is giving Kathleen a hard time, and suddenly Kathleen's cat Owen appears on Gregor's head, is hilarious, although it causes Kathleen chagrin. Later, she discovers Gregor's dead body and is considered a suspect in the suspicious death. To clear her name, Kathleen must find out who had the strongest motive to kill Easton. There are engaging characters who befriend Kathleen and a possible romance with the detective Marcus Gordon, on top of the antics of Owen and Hercules, that make this a most enjoyable read. Yoga practitioners will enjoy the chapter headings, as they are all named after yoga moves, such as "Slant Flying," "Carry Tiger to Mountain," and "Repulse Monkey". Cat lovers will also appreciate the depth of information Kelly presents about feral cats, as she cleverly works the colony of feral cats into the plot line. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. A very fun, whimsical read. Can't wait for the next one. The characters of the cats were lots of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been searching for a series that could captivate me the way The Cat Who mysteries had and this is it!!! The cats are wonderfully quirky and mischievous as great cats are and the heroine Kath is someone i feel like i have known my whole life she is so likeable and funny! The characters come to life as does the beauty of Mayville as magically as the cats ability to solve crimes! I couldnt put the book down and at the end i couldnt wait to start the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love each and ever book. This one is one good story! When is the next one out? Hurry already!
avid-mystery-reader More than 1 year ago
Great fun with the cats and their antics.
Sioranth More than 1 year ago
Loved this new book from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries and cats and this book was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great, love kitty books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I like all the twists and turns of the story. I also enjoyed the antics of lead character two cats.
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No matter which one you read , Sofie Kelly or Sofie Ryan they're both great author's with 2 of my favorite series. I've waited a long time for the next one in this series and it'll be here this year so I'll wait. I adore every character in these. Kathleen,Marcus, Hercules & Owen I love. She has the cats down pat. There's Soo many I like , I can't name em all. Kathleen's mom rocks but then so does her whole family. Only thing is I wish I didn't read so fast! I highly recommend this series and the Second Chance also! Happy reading ? Rhop19
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this first novel in this series by Sofie Kelly. Kathleen Paulson moves to small town Minnesota to become the head librarian at the local Carnegie library, which is undergoing renovations. She adopts two very special cats, Owen and Hercules, from a nearby abandoned estate that houses many feral cats. Accidents during the renovations, a dead body connected to a local music festival and a lot of secondary characters with a name that begins with 'R' caused the book to wander a bit for me, but the mystery was good in the end and well played out. I will definitely read the next one in the series and hope a few of those kinks are smoothed out.
cozy-reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
CURIOSITY THRILLED THE CAT was one of those books that you hear about before release day, you get excited about it, buy it on release day and then it sits in your TBR pile. I was so excited when I heard about CURIOSITY THRILLED THE CAT that I raced to the bookstore and bought it. Of course it then spent quite a few months in the ever-growing reading well. Well lately I've had a bit of a reading slump and I was eyeing my shelves and saw it sitting there. I thought I would give it a go. I thought maybe those magical cats might get me out of my reading slump. And, guess what? THEY DID!CURIOSITY THRILLED THE CAT is the first book in the Magical Cats Mystery series and tells the story of a librarian, Kathleen, who has been adopted by two cats, Hercules and Owen (of course its cats that adopt us, not the other way around). Kathleen is working hard at the Mayville Heights Public Library, getting it restored, when suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a murder. Okay so I'm not going to be subtle. I adored every single page of this book. I LOVED Hercules and Owen, and yes by the way Hercules is named after Kevin Sorbo (and if you don't understand this reference you are far too young!). They are full of so much mischief, and remind me of my own cats. I loved their magical, supernatural powers (which I won't spill - you have to read the book to find out!).Adorable cats aside, I fell completely smitten for Mayville Heights. Being the first book in the series, Sofie Kelly, introduces us to a lot of fun, quirky characters in the town. Each time I met a new character I kept thinking "oh don't be the murderer" because I want to read more about these delightful people again and again. As to the murder mystery itself, it was very enjoyable, and nope I didn't guess who did it, although towards the end I did get very close. It wasn't too predictable at all, and I had fun finding out who did it right alongside Kathleen.I've already picked up SLEIGHT OF PAW from the library, and intend to start it very soon.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delightful. A cozy little mystery replete with libraries, cats, murder, interesting characters, and a subtle touch of magic. A Boston transplant to Minnesota (what is it about cozy mysteries and Minnesota?), Kathleen is overseeing a library renovation that seems snake-bit. Delays, accidents, and incompetence seem to dog the project, and Kathleen is usually catching the short end of the various mishaps. Things get a little more serious when she discovers a dead body with evidence tying it to the library, and finds herself a "person of interest." While the part of the mystery concerning the on-site accidents turned out to be a little lame, I loved the characters and the atmosphere of the story. I especially enjoyed the cats and their "special" abilities. They helped solve the mystery, of course, in such a way that Kathleen can never explain. I truly enjoyed this one and will look for subsequent titles.
bemislibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Librarian Kathleen Paulson finds murder is not only on her bookshelves.*** Author Sofie Kelly mixes librarians, cats, murder, and a hunky single detective in a new ¿Magical Cats Mystery¿ series set in the Lake Pepin area of Minnesota. Single newcomer Kathleen Paulson left Boston to lick her wounds after her longtime boyfriend quickly and unexpectedly married somebody else within two weeks of their first real serious disagreement. Her new job is to renovate and update the Mayville Heights¿ Carnegie Library. The librarian finds small town gossip means no one has secrets, unless murder is involved. The shock that her two feral cats, Owen and Hercules, like Detective Gordon, is set aside, as she becomes the prime suspect in the murder of well-known composer and conductor Gregor Easton. It didn¿t help that her cat Owen jumped on the conductor head when they first met in the library. Hercules appears to have magical powers and just happens to gather items that give Kathleen hints to who really murdered the conductor. There is nothing magical about the accidents at the library, or the murder and infidelity that will lead to a storybook ending, but it is a satisfying beginning to an interesting mystery series.
nlb1050 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I was not sure about the Magical Cats but soon found them delightful. Ms. Kelly has made the characters so that you feel like you know them but still want to learn more about them. Very good start to a new series. I am ready for the next adventure of Kathleen Paulson.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kathleen needs a change in her life so she accepts a job to head the renovation of a public library in small Minnesota town. No sooner does she get there than 2 cats attach themselves to her. Fast forward a few months, as the renovation is lagging behind and the town prepares for it's annual music festival, Kathleen has settled into the town and made many friends. Too bad the same cannot be said for the celebrity guest conductor who is heading the music festival, Gregor Easton. When Easton is murdered, Kathleen has the misfortune of finding his body. Now she is determined to discover who killed him, and she soon has unexpected help.I enjoyed this book but there is a lot going on. It is the first book in the series and those often suffer from information overload. But the characters are so homey and the town is so nice. I know I will read the next in the series. I really need to find out about the mysterious deserted house and the strange attraction Kathleen seem to have to the magical cats that live at that house and with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are interesting and seemed to fit my idea of small town residents and a real variety of personalities. A musical celebrity comes to town to conduct the town’s annual music festival. It turns out the conductor is a real jerk and a womanizer and in a few days he is found dead. There are a few subplots going on which enhances the storyline. I thought the cats were awesome. Looking forward to book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was laugh out loud funny. I'm a dog person but the cats in this book are too funny. The storyline was good although I did figure most of the ending. I will continue to read this series.