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Monday, October 9, 2017

A Tale of Two Kitties (Magical Cats)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series – First in Hardcover
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (September 5, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399584572
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…

What I Thought:

This has been a series that I have wanted to read for a very long time, but have just never gotten to it yet, but after this one, I am definitely going to go back and read the others in this series.  Owen and Hercules and two very special cats and they made this story very entertaining and humorous.  Kathleen, their owner, is the local librarian.  When two brothers return to town after many years and one winds up dead, Kathleen and her cats become involved in solving the crime.  This story was very well written and I found myself turning pages as fast as I could.  There were many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end.  Again, this was a superb read and I am definitely going to read more in the Magical Cats Series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. 
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 (Paws and Effect, Faux Paw, A Midwinter’s Tail) and, as Sofie Ryan, writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries (Telling Tails, A Whisker of Trouble, Buy a Whisker). Find out more at
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It’s a Cozy Life by Sofie Kelly

I read a lot of different types of books, everything from poetry to mysteries to books about the origin of the universe. I read cookbooks and dictionaries. Just about the only thing I don’t like to read is an instruction manual.  But no matter what book may have currently caught my fancy, I seem to always come back to cozy mysteries.

Why do I like them? Here are my 6 top reasons:

The setting: Cozies are usually set in a small town, or in one particular neighbourhood of a larger city. My Magical Cats series takes place in the small town of Mayville Heights, Minnesota. I grew up in a small town and every time I pick up a cozy mystery I’m reminded of the sense of community and connection that existed in that special place.

The amateur detective: Yes, I like books with world-weary police officers or lone-wolf antiheros, but I have a soft spot for an amateur sleuth. Probably because it plays into my fantasy that maybe I’m smart enough to unravel a mystery. (Please don’t burst my bubble.)

Friends and family: I don’t have a large extended family, so my friends fill that role. In cozy mysteries friends often become surrogate family for the main character. I like that.

Food—I enjoy cooking and I like to eat and I like to read about what other people are eating—even fictional people. Food tends to play a big role in cozies. Many authors even add recipes at the back of their books. Some of my favorite dishes have come from fellow authors.

Cats: Yes, I’m a cat person and I like to read books with cats in them, especially stories where the cats have a paw in solving the crime. No, I don’t think that’s unrealistic at all.

Happily ever after: In the real world sometimes the good guys don’t win. Sometimes the bad guys don’t get punished. In the cozy world the amateur sleuth always catches the killer. There’s a sense that life is fair. That makes my little control freak heart very happy.

So what about you? Are you a cozy mystery fan? What are your reasons for reading?


  1. Thanks for featuring A Tale of Two Kitties on your blog -- the cover is so cute! I have not read any books from this series yet, but I certainly need to start. I especially enjoyed Sofie's comments on why she writes cozies -- that's exactly why I read them ~

  2. Thanks for the great review and for inviting me to visit!