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Sunday, February 7, 2016

14) Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly

The Blurb :

Everyone thinks their cats are special—but Owen and Hercules have powers that go far beyond an adorable look or an irresistible purr. Along with their owner, librarian Kathleen Paulson, they have an uncanny instinct for solving crimes...

It's been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town's been deluged, and now the local artists' co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been up all night helping her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

The artwork survives, but when controversial mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. After she discovers the artist was using an assumed name, she realizes she can't actually assume anything about him. With the help of handsome detective Marcus Gordon—and her cats' extraordinary powers of detection—it's up to Kathleen to unmask a killer.

My Thoughts :

The Magical Cats Mystery series has been on my shelves for years.  I managed to read the first two books somewhere along the way but the series has been constantly ignored.  Attempts at getting back into the series have been foiled by review books and addictions to other series.  So when I saw this one on Audible I knew what I had to do.  It was time to get back to the kitties and Audible once again helped rescue me!

I will start off by saying I love the concept, I love the characters and the location is quite nice but the Magical Cats angle, isn't, like the series name would make you believe, a big factor in the story or plot.  Sure the kitties have some 'powers' but I didn't really associate them being a big part of the mysteries this book covered and the solving of the crimes.  It was a cute little twist but not as prominent as I expected or remembered it to be.   So to conclude the cat concept is a little disappointing but maybe in later books it gets more paws on...

However despite the lack of kitty sleuthing I did enjoy the story and plot.  There were actually two murder mysteries with one being an older case and the other happening in the present time line of the story.  The plot was well thought out and both mysteries were nicely tangled into the on-going story and general cast of the series.  A good cozy read and a series that is definitely worth checking out.

The Audible version was a delight to listen to although there were times where I thought the narrator was a little slow.  It wasn't annoying or anything but I did think she could have told the story a little faster.  On saying that, I am looking forward to the next installment and will be keeping to the Audio versions because otherwise I fear I will never catch up with this series.

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