A Magical Cats Mystery, No 3
May 2012/ 978-0-451-23662-3
by Laura Hinds
Kathleen Paulson is the town librarian in Mayville Heights. Her
job is interesting enough, but life outside the library is full
of surprises; some good, and some terrible. Kathleen has two cats,
Owen and Hercules who possess magical powers. One cat can disappear
and the other walks through walls. They both understand everything
that Kathleen says to them too. The cats had adopted Kathleen when
she first came to town, and have been integral in helping her solve
crimes as well as providing love and companionship that enrich her
It's been pouring rain for days on end, and now the local artists'
co-op has four feet of water in the basement. Artwork and supplies
have been moved up to a higher level of the building to keep them
safe from damage. One newcomer, Jaeger Merrill makes it his business
to complain at every turn, and is pushing for the co-op to seek
corporate sponsorship. Jaeger is not well liked, but it still comes
as a shock when he is found dead on the basement stairs. Kathleen
believes it was murder, and she intends to find the killer.
Merrill's body isn't the only corpse to show up. Bones are unearthed
after a landslide caused by the rain. The bones are onsite of Wisteria
Hill, where Kathleen, police officer Marcus Gordon and other volunteers
take care of feral cats. Is the corpse that of the long missing
Thomas Karlsson, father of the local veterinarian Roma? Will Kathleen
and her cohorts- human and feline- be able to sort things out before
a killer strikes again? Will the budding romance between Kathleen
and Marcus grow into something more?
I've been a huge fan of this series from the very start, and I
am delighted that this new book meets my expectations and then some.
The characters remain true to life, and their relationships continue
to grow. New characters are introduced, but regulars from the first
two books are sprinkled liberally through the story. Cats with magic
powers, a library, good friends who look out for each other and
small town coziness come together in perfect unison.
If you are a fan of Miranda James' "Cat in the Stacks Mysteries"
you will want to read Copycat Killing, and also the first
two books, Sleight of Paw and Curiosity Thrilled the
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