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A group of Mayville Heights’ business people hope to convince the Chicago-based company, Legacy Tours, to sell a vacation package in their town. Legacy Tours partner, Mike Glazer, grew up in Mayville Heights, but it seems he’s not the same small-town boy people remember. Everyone seems to have an issue with the opinionated loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him A group of Mayville Heights’ business people hope to convince the Chicago-based company, Legacy Tours, to sell a vacation package in their town. Legacy Tours partner, Mike Glazer, grew up in Mayville Heights, but it seems he’s not the same small-town boy people remember. Everyone seems to have an issue with the opinionated loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him up for good. When Kathleen and her cat, Hercules, discover Mike’s body near the boardwalk, she can’t help but get involved in the investigation—even if it might torpedo her relationship with Detective Marcus Gordon. Now, with a little help from Hercules and Owen, it’s up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before some else takes a permanent vacation.


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A group of Mayville Heights’ business people hope to convince the Chicago-based company, Legacy Tours, to sell a vacation package in their town. Legacy Tours partner, Mike Glazer, grew up in Mayville Heights, but it seems he’s not the same small-town boy people remember. Everyone seems to have an issue with the opinionated loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him A group of Mayville Heights’ business people hope to convince the Chicago-based company, Legacy Tours, to sell a vacation package in their town. Legacy Tours partner, Mike Glazer, grew up in Mayville Heights, but it seems he’s not the same small-town boy people remember. Everyone seems to have an issue with the opinionated loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him up for good. When Kathleen and her cat, Hercules, discover Mike’s body near the boardwalk, she can’t help but get involved in the investigation—even if it might torpedo her relationship with Detective Marcus Gordon. Now, with a little help from Hercules and Owen, it’s up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before some else takes a permanent vacation.

30 review for Cat Trick

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    INTO IT. This actually DOES feel cozy, which not all cozy mysteries do. I just sort of sink into it and don't really look up for air. I REALLY liked that we got to see more of Marcus's viewpoint on everything, specifically that he CAN'T just take Kathleen's word for everything, he has to be able to prove it, and find enough evidence to get the criminal convicted. And he's right. Kathleen doesn't completely trust him to be good at his job. Which he is. (I kind of have a crush on Marcus now. Mmmmmm, INTO IT. This actually DOES feel cozy, which not all cozy mysteries do. I just sort of sink into it and don't really look up for air. I REALLY liked that we got to see more of Marcus's viewpoint on everything, specifically that he CAN'T just take Kathleen's word for everything, he has to be able to prove it, and find enough evidence to get the criminal convicted. And he's right. Kathleen doesn't completely trust him to be good at his job. Which he is. (I kind of have a crush on Marcus now. Mmmmmm, such a great guy.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    In this fourth entry in the series, a local boy made good comes back to town, and tries to bully all of the townspeople with his fame. He wasn't all that well liked before he became somebody, either. The fate of all jerks in these books is death, so it's no surprise when his body is found on the boardwalk. As usual, the primary suspect is one of Kathleen's friends, so she starts poking around. Supercop Marcus doesn't like it. Pretty good, there's a turning point in the Marcus/Kathleen relationship In this fourth entry in the series, a local boy made good comes back to town, and tries to bully all of the townspeople with his fame. He wasn't all that well liked before he became somebody, either. The fate of all jerks in these books is death, so it's no surprise when his body is found on the boardwalk. As usual, the primary suspect is one of Kathleen's friends, so she starts poking around. Supercop Marcus doesn't like it. Pretty good, there's a turning point in the Marcus/Kathleen relationship in this book, making it one of the more important books in the series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I am a little bit obsessed with Marcus Gordon. I adore him. These books are my catnip (ha!); I'm flying through them so fast, this one didn't even get the chance to be marked as 'currently reading'. They're like a warm hug, so comfortable to just sink into and not think about anything else for a couple of hours. This one was my favourite so far. Not at all because of the case (because honestly, who cares about the case) because book 2 still had the best case so far, but because of the relationsh I am a little bit obsessed with Marcus Gordon. I adore him. These books are my catnip (ha!); I'm flying through them so fast, this one didn't even get the chance to be marked as 'currently reading'. They're like a warm hug, so comfortable to just sink into and not think about anything else for a couple of hours. This one was my favourite so far. Not at all because of the case (because honestly, who cares about the case) because book 2 still had the best case so far, but because of the relationship development. Finally there was some development with Kathleen and Marcus and I loved every second of it. I particularly loved the ending, which may sound strange since it ended in conflict, but Marcus is right; Kathleen doesn't trust him to do his job well and it's logical that he has to wait until he can gather enough evidence to actually get a criminal convicted. A lawyer would laugh in the face of Kathleen and her hunches. Even though I understand Kathleen's reasoning about wanting to help people she cares about, she frustrates me to no end sometimes (I still love her at the same time, don't worry). Marcus is asking her to not rush into dangerous situations anymore with only a cat for back-up and not one day later there she goes, rushing off again to confront a possible murderer. Of course, if she didn't there wouldn't be much of a series, but I am still entitled to be annoyed by this. I was a bit bummed that we apparently breezed right past the library centennial celebrations. I was hoping that would get its own book, but alas. But since I am mostly here for the ship, I find myself not caring about most other things. It'll be interesting to see where Marcus and Kathleen go from here. I CAN'T WAIT.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    3.5 First, let's get the unpleasant part out of the way. I didn't like two things. Kathleen's reason for poking her nose in yet another police case is one, but since it's part of who she is, I got over it pretty quickly. Next, I didn't like another character and it turned out I was kind of right in the end. Attached to these reasons is another character who didn't deserve anyone's loyalty in this small town but still gets it because her family is well liked. Since I know I won't have a clue in a 3.5 First, let's get the unpleasant part out of the way. I didn't like two things. Kathleen's reason for poking her nose in yet another police case is one, but since it's part of who she is, I got over it pretty quickly. Next, I didn't like another character and it turned out I was kind of right in the end. Attached to these reasons is another character who didn't deserve anyone's loyalty in this small town but still gets it because her family is well liked. Since I know I won't have a clue in a couple of months what I am talking about, I'll put it in spoiler tags.* The murder mystery is, as usual, the weakest part of these stories, but I don't care. I realised I don't read them because of the mystery. I read them because of these nice, annoying people. I can't explain it. I love how these books make me feel. They are low angst (if any). Kathleen has yet to decide if she is staying or leaving. She misses her family, but there is no Marcus where she would leave. And she can't take the cats with her. I can only imagine how a cat lover would enjoy Owen and Hercules's antics. But, the most enjoyable part of this is Marcus. He is, simply put, perfect. Their slow slow burning romance is moving at glacier speed, but it is so delicious. At the moment it works perfectly for me. *(view spoiler)[ The annoying people are the daughter from the second book and her newfound friend Wren. (hide spoiler)] To be honest, there is nothing really special when it comes to these books, but if you happen to be in the right mood (as I was), you'll enjoy reading them. And that ending deserves at least half a star of its own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    What continues to draw me to each new novel in the 'A Magical Cats ' mystery series? The talking between the cats and their owner, Kathleen Paulson, a Librarian. Since I held many 'talks' with our dogs over the years, and I would almost swear they responded, the fact that this series has made the cats 'magical' and with intelligence, does not ask me to suspend belief to enter into the mystery on hand. So, having accepted this major part of the book, I sat back for a great read, and I got one. Kat What continues to draw me to each new novel in the 'A Magical Cats ' mystery series? The talking between the cats and their owner, Kathleen Paulson, a Librarian. Since I held many 'talks' with our dogs over the years, and I would almost swear they responded, the fact that this series has made the cats 'magical' and with intelligence, does not ask me to suspend belief to enter into the mystery on hand. So, having accepted this major part of the book, I sat back for a great read, and I got one. Kathleen is trying to keep out of her boyfriend's job of Detective. Not so easy when her cat, Hercules has other plans. Hercules discovers a body. Of course, Kathleen has to face the police as they come to her call to report the same. The body was of a man in town for business. Everyone it seems disliked the man. When a friend comes to ask Kathleen's help in solving the crime, how can she stay out of it, especially when Kathleen's other cat, Owen finds clues to help solve the crime? This book was about finding out the murderer, but also about Kathleen's personal dilemma, do you help your friends, or do you stay out of Detective Marcus Gordon's job? The line is almost an invisible one and you quickly feel the conflict. What would you do? The supporting cast of felines, dogs, and friends and family add to this solid, well crafted mystery. I look forward to the next novel to see how Mayville Heights citizens are doing. A gentle cozy murder mystery, fourth in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book had the most boring murder mystery I have ever read. So boring the recurring characters either didn't notice there was a murder in their town or just didn't care. This was more "day in the life of Midwestern librarian Kathleen" than mystery. I am giving it one star for the cats, Owen and Hercules, who were the only living beings who cared enough to solve the mystery. At least it fills in a reading challenge prompt. This book had the most boring murder mystery I have ever read. So boring the recurring characters either didn't notice there was a murder in their town or just didn't care. This was more "day in the life of Midwestern librarian Kathleen" than mystery. I am giving it one star for the cats, Owen and Hercules, who were the only living beings who cared enough to solve the mystery. At least it fills in a reading challenge prompt.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    So I liked this, because - finally! - there's some movement on the Marcus front! (Mystery? What mystery?) And I really like the ending, because otherwise they'd be circling around the same conflict for way too long. So I liked this, because - finally! - there's some movement on the Marcus front! (Mystery? What mystery?) And I really like the ending, because otherwise they'd be circling around the same conflict for way too long.

  8. 5 out of 5

    terpkristin

    Audiobook from Random House Audio Narrated by Cassandra Campbell Length: just over 9 hours I received this audiobook for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review The magical cats are back, bringing Kathleen back with them. In a wonderful return to Mayville Heights, narrator Cassandra Campbell brings us another mystery from small-town Minnesota. On the one hand, it's fun being back with familiar characters--it's like being a resident of the small town, of knowing everybody by name (an Audiobook from Random House Audio Narrated by Cassandra Campbell Length: just over 9 hours I received this audiobook for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review The magical cats are back, bringing Kathleen back with them. In a wonderful return to Mayville Heights, narrator Cassandra Campbell brings us another mystery from small-town Minnesota. On the one hand, it's fun being back with familiar characters--it's like being a resident of the small town, of knowing everybody by name (and possibly knowing too much about them, as seems to happen in small towns). On the other, if this town really existed, I'd be worried to visit, as they seem to have a lot of high-profile murders to visitors. This book chronologically follows the events of Copycat Killing. This time around, it's Kathleen's cat Hercules who finds the victim, Michael Glazer. Glazer was originally from Mayville Heights but moved away shortly after a family tragedy many years ago. He returned to the small town to try to encourage a tour company to set up tours there; the entire town is on display! Unfortunately, in his return, he rubbed many of the townsfolk the wrong way and there end up being a lot of suspects. In every book in this series, Ms. Kelly has improved her mystery writing style. Where the first book (Curiosity Thrilled the Cat) was overly predictable, this one definitely kept the whodunnit going to the very end. I thought I had the murderer pegged pretty early on, and I was intrigued to find out that I was wrong. The story also continues the narrative of the townspeople, and it's quite relaxing getting to know them better. Of course, this "same" formula can make the format a bit predictable, and some might mark that against the book. The only thing I'm really still "wanting" from the series that I'm not getting is more information about what makes the cats magical. I like the format of the stories and each time I read a new book, it's like returning to an old friend. But I really do want to know more about those cats and Wysteria Hill/Manor in general!!! As usual, Cassandra Campbell's narration is perfect. I easily believe that she's Kathleen and that the listener is just another person in town, listening to things going on. I can't wait to read the next one, Final Catcall.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Shropshire

    Such a fun series, easy to read, just the brain candy I need at the moment. We have several formerly-feral cats — long story! — so I feel a connection to Kathleen, Owen & Hercules. I hold many conversations with our dogs and cats; heck, I’ve had conversations with raccoons, possums, armadillos, rabbits and other wild creatures. My mom calls me an “animal-loving nut,” and I can’t deny that, so this series is a perfect fit for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andree

    This one's pretty entertaining. I very much enjoy how pretty much the entire town now ships Kathleen/Marcus, to the extent that they all pretty much grin in glee at any sign of affection between the two. Also enjoy how the cats have more distinctive personalities. Plus, y'know, the fact that Kathleen's mother apparently took a job on what is essentially The Young and the Restless. I mean, sure, the adjectives are changed, but... Plus the relationship development is better than it usually is in t This one's pretty entertaining. I very much enjoy how pretty much the entire town now ships Kathleen/Marcus, to the extent that they all pretty much grin in glee at any sign of affection between the two. Also enjoy how the cats have more distinctive personalities. Plus, y'know, the fact that Kathleen's mother apparently took a job on what is essentially The Young and the Restless. I mean, sure, the adjectives are changed, but... Plus the relationship development is better than it usually is in these types of series. Although, I have to say, one of these days I fully expect Kathleen to act on one of those fantasies, shove Marcus up against the library stacks and kiss him. Because honestly, what is the point of having your protagonist in a crime/romance series be a librarian if you aren't going to take advantage of that opportunity? I think it's pretty much a narrative requirement, myself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    kellyn

    2.0 stars. Okay, we have a significant drop in the rating of the books in this series with this book. Don't get me wrong; I still love the main basic story in this series. I think it's a nice, chill story that doesn't take a whole lot of brain power to keep up with. However, I will not condone the idea of a woman having to downplay herself just to make him happy and feel like a man. I mean, c'mon. It's not a woman's job to make a man feel, well, like a man. Especially when that woman ends up savi 2.0 stars. Okay, we have a significant drop in the rating of the books in this series with this book. Don't get me wrong; I still love the main basic story in this series. I think it's a nice, chill story that doesn't take a whole lot of brain power to keep up with. However, I will not condone the idea of a woman having to downplay herself just to make him happy and feel like a man. I mean, c'mon. It's not a woman's job to make a man feel, well, like a man. Especially when that woman ends up saving people's lives. Like, what's really important here, a man's manly pride or the life a a human being?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This whole series just tickles me. I would love to live next door to Kathleen, the main character, and the cats are...SUCH CATS! There are lots of hints that they have human intelligence, but it never beats you over the head, and their true-to-life cat nature always shines through.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dez Nemec

    I just love this series. A librarian with magical cats?! What is not to like!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Librarian Kathleen, along with her two magical cats, dig into the murder of a local boy who returns to town. I'd steer clear of Mayville Heights - there's an awful lot of murder for a small town. Of course, there has to be to give Kathleen an excuse to investigate. I love her two cats, Hercules (who can walk through walls) and Owen (who can turn invisible) but are otherwise great believable, typical cats. I'm more interested in Hercules' ongoing battle with the local grackle and the gentle, suppo Librarian Kathleen, along with her two magical cats, dig into the murder of a local boy who returns to town. I'd steer clear of Mayville Heights - there's an awful lot of murder for a small town. Of course, there has to be to give Kathleen an excuse to investigate. I love her two cats, Hercules (who can walk through walls) and Owen (who can turn invisible) but are otherwise great believable, typical cats. I'm more interested in Hercules' ongoing battle with the local grackle and the gentle, supportive relationships among town members than I am the mystery (because honestly, the author totally broadcasted the answer to that one in a really clunky way). But my 86-year-old mother and I buddy read these together and both enjoy them which is a rare thing.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A group of Mayville Heights’ business people hope to convince the Chicago-based company, Legacy Tours, to sell a vacation package in their town. Legacy Tours partner, Mike Glazer, grew up in Mayville Heights, but it seems he’s not the same small-town boy people remember. Everyone seems to have an issue with the opinionated loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him up for good. When Kathleen and her cat, Hercules, discover Mike’s body near the boardwalk, she can’t help but get involved in A group of Mayville Heights’ business people hope to convince the Chicago-based company, Legacy Tours, to sell a vacation package in their town. Legacy Tours partner, Mike Glazer, grew up in Mayville Heights, but it seems he’s not the same small-town boy people remember. Everyone seems to have an issue with the opinionated loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him up for good. When Kathleen and her cat, Hercules, discover Mike’s body near the boardwalk, she can’t help but get involved in the investigation—even if it might torpedo her relationship with Detective Marcus Gordon. Now, with a little help from Hercules and Owen, it’s up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before some else takes a permanent vacation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miss Manekofsky

    Don't care what anyone says, going to keep reading and enjoying these books:) Don't care what anyone says, going to keep reading and enjoying these books:)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    I still like the characters. The plot developments are a bit too predictable, which is frustrating.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    A good story though a little slow moving. I did not finish as the actual format of the hard copy book completely beat me. It was tightly bound meaning all the pages were sharply 'curved' and it was in the end just to tiring too keep the book open! A good story though a little slow moving. I did not finish as the actual format of the hard copy book completely beat me. It was tightly bound meaning all the pages were sharply 'curved' and it was in the end just to tiring too keep the book open!

  19. 5 out of 5

    bella

    The occupants in Mayville Heights are getting ready for a food tasting festival, in what they are hoping with lead to a partnership with Legacy Tours. Legacy Tours could bring more visitors to the little town, and town librarian, Kathleen Paulsen, is hoping for the best. Unfortunately the representative from Legacy Tours, is sour-faced Mike Glazer. Mike grew up in Mayville Heights and doesn't have a very high opinion of the town or its residents. When Kathleen (or more importantly one of her cat The occupants in Mayville Heights are getting ready for a food tasting festival, in what they are hoping with lead to a partnership with Legacy Tours. Legacy Tours could bring more visitors to the little town, and town librarian, Kathleen Paulsen, is hoping for the best. Unfortunately the representative from Legacy Tours, is sour-faced Mike Glazer. Mike grew up in Mayville Heights and doesn't have a very high opinion of the town or its residents. When Kathleen (or more importantly one of her cats) finds the dead body of Mike Glazer before the festival starts, Kathleen goes into sleuthing mode. With more than a handful of suspects it's going to take the skills of both Kathleen and her cats to solve this one. My all-time favourite cozy mystery series featuring cats is the Cat Who books by Lilian Jackson Braun. When Lilian Jackson Braun passed away, I had a void to fill and I have to say that void has been filled with the Magical Cats mysteries by Sofie Kelly. By far these are my favourite mysteries that feature cats. Right from the first book Owen and Hercules stole my kitty-loving heart and I look forward to every new adventure with them. What is so special about Owen and Hercules. Well Owen can disappear at will and become completely invisible and Hercules walks through walls. Pretty handy talents for cats right? Not so handy talents for Kathleen, who is the only one that has seen them do this. Of course, Owen loves this talent because in the opening chapter of "Cat Trick" he manages to become invisible, sneak into Kathleen's truck and take a visit with Kathleen's friend, Detective Marcus, and steal some sardines and crackers. Right from that opening chapter, I was laughing and smiling at Owen and Hercule's antics, and really enjoying another visit in Mayville Heights. I like that this story featured around a past resident of Mayville Heights. For readers of this series, it fills in a little back story about some of the residents of the cozy town, and lets the readers try to guess as to how it will all unfold. I liked the mystery a lot. I did have the murderer pegged about three-quarters of the way through the story, but with no clue as to why. I was at the mercy of Kathleen to completely unravel it for me, and I really enjoyed watching it unravel. To quote the book "I love your cats. They are like little people in fur suits." If you love cats in mysteries and sweet cozy towns, then pick up this series. I recommend starting with Book 1, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat. Not because you need to read this series in order, but because you don't want to miss a second of it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sapphyria

    Cat Trick is a wonderful 4th book in Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats Mystery series. This book brings back a former resident of Mayville Heights, Mike Glazer, a partner in a company that puts together vacation packages. He's in town to listen to the townsfolk pitch their case about focusing a package around Mayville Heights. All isn't wine and roses, however, and Mike is found dead in one of the tents set up for the festivities. A murderer walks among them and who knows who might be next. I really enj Cat Trick is a wonderful 4th book in Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats Mystery series. This book brings back a former resident of Mayville Heights, Mike Glazer, a partner in a company that puts together vacation packages. He's in town to listen to the townsfolk pitch their case about focusing a package around Mayville Heights. All isn't wine and roses, however, and Mike is found dead in one of the tents set up for the festivities. A murderer walks among them and who knows who might be next. I really enjoyed the cat and mouse game that Sofie Kelly developed in Cat Trick. Mike made several people mad in the short time he'd been back in town. This means that there are several suspects - those with motive and/or means to do away with Mike. The path taken to the exposure of the person who committed the crime was not straight or easy to navigate. There are secondary storylines woven throughout the book that also fed into the "did he/she, didn't he/she" commit the murder during the investigation. Of course, Kathleen and her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, find themselves neck deep in trying to solve the mystery. This continues to add a layer of frustration to the budding relationship between Detective Marcus Gordon and Kathleen. The detailed descriptions throughout the book are great and I could visualize everything that happened in each scene. The mystery behind the murder of Mike was not revealed too quickly or too slowly, and many suspects were introduced, giving the reader several to chose from. The plot flows along really well, making the entire novel easy to read and understand. I enjoyed the fact that the investigation into the murder wasn't cut and dried. I didn't automatically feel like I knew the person who did it right away. In fact, when the killer is finally revealed, it puts a lot of pieces of the puzzle in this novel together - as it should. Sofie Kelly does another great job of weaving a mysterious tale. . Paperback review copy was purchased by me for my bookshelf.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Larraine

    Mayville, MN is trying to lour a tour group to visit there citing their art scene, beautiful setting and great restaurants. One of the principles of the company is a former resident, Mike Glazer. He wasn't well liked in Mayville. His family moved away after his older brother died in a car accident. Local residents have set up a food tasting booth and art exhibit - both of which Mike criticizes. So he doesn't exactly endear himself to his former neighbors. Then Mike's body is found in one of the Mayville, MN is trying to lour a tour group to visit there citing their art scene, beautiful setting and great restaurants. One of the principles of the company is a former resident, Mike Glazer. He wasn't well liked in Mayville. His family moved away after his older brother died in a car accident. Local residents have set up a food tasting booth and art exhibit - both of which Mike criticizes. So he doesn't exactly endear himself to his former neighbors. Then Mike's body is found in one of the tents. Kathleen, local librarian and amateur crime solver, is the one to find the body. Of course she is assisted by one of her magical cats, Hercules. He and his brother, Owen, have their own special "superpowers" that Kathleen has never told anyone lest her friends and neighbors think she has lost her mind. Hercules can disappear at will, and Owen can walk through walls. I enjoyed the first two in the series as light reading. It could be that my reading tastes have changed. However, this plot seemed very thin and forced. It can be hard to keep a series going. Plus the whole romantic angle between her and the detective, Marcus, just doesn't seem that real. Does any woman in this century approach a budding romance with a lot of red-faced purity anymore? In addition, two of the characters were not very well fleshed out including one key character. I recently abandoned another mystery series centering around cheese. I think this one is going to suffer the same fate as well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    A highly entertaining, escapist read, especially (and probably only) if you like cats. These are magical cats and they have very distinctive, strong personalities as well as "superpowers". They help Kathleen solve mysteries in her little Minnesota town, much to the consternation of the detective and chief love interest, Marcus. I genuinely enjoyed the story overall - great characters, lots of solid dialogue and I really got 'into' the story and didn't want to put the book down. But I have to admi A highly entertaining, escapist read, especially (and probably only) if you like cats. These are magical cats and they have very distinctive, strong personalities as well as "superpowers". They help Kathleen solve mysteries in her little Minnesota town, much to the consternation of the detective and chief love interest, Marcus. I genuinely enjoyed the story overall - great characters, lots of solid dialogue and I really got 'into' the story and didn't want to put the book down. But I have to admit the mystery was a bit secondary to me in this one. I found myself not really caring one way or the other about the murder victim, the suspects, or whether it was solved or not. I *did* think the ending was a bit dumb - Kathleen is either dishonest or acting out of character at the end and it just felt like the author was forcing her character into a TSTL moment. Occupational hazard if you're a cozy writer, I guess. Luckily, a new adventure with Owen and Hercules (the cats) comes out in October and I'll be looking for it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Randee

    This is the 4th book in the series and the fourth one I've read in a row. Yep, I'm hooked. After reading the first one and being surprised at how charming and well written it was; I am only too happy to read the entire series. They just continue to get better as the characters and town, not to mention the cats, become more familiar. The likability factor is through the roof and that's really what I want in a cozy series. I don't read many 'cozies' but I love serial mystery/crime/detective novels This is the 4th book in the series and the fourth one I've read in a row. Yep, I'm hooked. After reading the first one and being surprised at how charming and well written it was; I am only too happy to read the entire series. They just continue to get better as the characters and town, not to mention the cats, become more familiar. The likability factor is through the roof and that's really what I want in a cozy series. I don't read many 'cozies' but I love serial mystery/crime/detective novels that are well written with interesting characters. I was a teenager and one summer my mother and I read our way through the entire Rex Stout 'Nero Wolfe' series and from then on, I have loved to get hooked on series. My mother and I would discuss Nero and Archie (not to mention Saul, Fritz, Lily and the rest of the gang) to the extent that any stranger listening in would think we were talking about friends. I have every single Nero Wolfe book ever written and one day, I want to read them all over again in order. That's what I call nirvana.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol Gibson

    I love this series. The town is filled with colorful characters who you would enjoy knowing. Kathleen is a fun protagonist and you really like her and worry about her and care what happens in her life. Her feline sidekicks Hercules and Owen are wonderful they add so much to the story. I think it is great that they have supernatural powers. The mystery is top notched and she gives clues that allow the reader a chance to figure out who did it. Also Kathleen usually figures out who did by investiga I love this series. The town is filled with colorful characters who you would enjoy knowing. Kathleen is a fun protagonist and you really like her and worry about her and care what happens in her life. Her feline sidekicks Hercules and Owen are wonderful they add so much to the story. I think it is great that they have supernatural powers. The mystery is top notched and she gives clues that allow the reader a chance to figure out who did it. Also Kathleen usually figures out who did by investigating not just asking questions and scaring the killer into coming after her like a lot of mysteries do. I can't wait to read more of their adventures.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nadine

    Ok, I am going to go backwards this time. I loved the ending, what a great cliffhanger. Now for the rest of the book.... Only so so. I thought there were too many details to things that really didn't apply. As I read I found myself a little bored. I do love Sofie Kelly's books but this one was just ok, besides the ending. The first three I thought grabbed the reader more. All that said I really can't wait for the new book to see what happens. Happy Reading :) Ok, I am going to go backwards this time. I loved the ending, what a great cliffhanger. Now for the rest of the book.... Only so so. I thought there were too many details to things that really didn't apply. As I read I found myself a little bored. I do love Sofie Kelly's books but this one was just ok, besides the ending. The first three I thought grabbed the reader more. All that said I really can't wait for the new book to see what happens. Happy Reading :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This has become one of my favorite cozy series and I'm already excited for the next one to come out! Highly recommended! This has become one of my favorite cozy series and I'm already excited for the next one to come out! Highly recommended!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Ugh. I really wanted to like this, and for most of the journey I did. The librarian aspects are fun, I like watching Kathleen cook, and her relationship and conversations with her cats really works. The mystery is a bit simple, seeing as even I figured out the baddie but then I had narrative on my side. I just really disliked how Marcus treated her. And even more, how she reacted to that. The end had me wanting to throw the book against the wall, except I was reading on my iPad and I've already Ugh. I really wanted to like this, and for most of the journey I did. The librarian aspects are fun, I like watching Kathleen cook, and her relationship and conversations with her cats really works. The mystery is a bit simple, seeing as even I figured out the baddie but then I had narrative on my side. I just really disliked how Marcus treated her. And even more, how she reacted to that. The end had me wanting to throw the book against the wall, except I was reading on my iPad and I've already cracked it. See, on the way to solving the mystery Kathleen figures out two very timely problems, and intervenes just in time to prevent them. Both times she starts by calling her boyfriend, the cop, and he's away from his phone. So she goes ahead and prevents one friend from attempting suicide and the other friend from fleeing an abuser, leaving her life behind once again. The cop is really mad because he was also on the right track and he feels that by acting our heroine shows a lack of trust in him, despite the fact that in both situations he would have solved the case just in time to be sad about the tragedies that happened right before he showed up with the solution. OK, he's being emotional because he hates seeing the woman he likes get hurt, but her reaction is to feel terrible and want to apologize and make it right, which is just too close to an abused person's attempt to figure out how to stop making her partner hit her. Yuck. So I probably won't go back for more, since clearly this guy is the love interest and I'm not going to be happy to watch them get together, even if the path is her learning to set appropriate boundaries and him learning that perhaps he doesn't have to insist on a trail of death and lost friends in order to preserve his sense of manliness. You can trust someone is on the right track but still not refuse to prevent problems because they are caught in traffic but will definitely do the right thing eventually.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denae Christine

    Reader thoughts: These are so much fun! I love hearing about Owen and Hercules. Kathleen clearly cares about them and definitely considers them nearly human (she holds whole conversations with them and, at this point, treats all their responses as if they can understand every word). The mysteries are complicated enough that I can't figure it out and yet simple enough that I can follow along and understand what evidence pointed where. The romance is slow and sweet. Marcus and Kathleen haven't even d Reader thoughts: These are so much fun! I love hearing about Owen and Hercules. Kathleen clearly cares about them and definitely considers them nearly human (she holds whole conversations with them and, at this point, treats all their responses as if they can understand every word). The mysteries are complicated enough that I can't figure it out and yet simple enough that I can follow along and understand what evidence pointed where. The romance is slow and sweet. Marcus and Kathleen haven't even decided if they're officially dating, and they've only hung out once or twice without discussing the most recent murder in the town. They are nice without being perfect, and they have a strong reason for getting annoyed with each other. He looks at facts, and she looks at people. Makes total sense. Yet, they have really good reasons to like each other, too (they are helpful and never selfish and very generous with their time). Twins are suspects. A car accident from 20 years ago may not have been an accident. An art show will go on despite the murder that happened in the tent shortly before opening day. Someone cheated on a test, and some are greedy for money. Writer thoughts: I love that Kelly seems to kill off mean people and mostly make the murderers people we don't really like anyway. It makes it easier to feel happy and satisfied with the ending, but it makes it harder to imagine this as real life. (Still, with two magical cats in the book, it's not supposed to resemble real life.) So, authors will have a trade on whether they want to leverage more happy-ending-esque stories or more real-life-esque stories.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Abby Rizzo

    While this book is pretty typical for the cozy mystery genre, appropriate and light-hearted, I find it superior to others of its kind. Two magical cats, named Hercules and Owen, lead their owner Kathleen, a librarian/unintentional crime-solver, on a host of adventures. I do not want to give away the cats’ magical powers, but suffice to say, they do not talk. This means you can take them seriously. As seriously as you can take a cat with magical powers. This book series always features a murder i While this book is pretty typical for the cozy mystery genre, appropriate and light-hearted, I find it superior to others of its kind. Two magical cats, named Hercules and Owen, lead their owner Kathleen, a librarian/unintentional crime-solver, on a host of adventures. I do not want to give away the cats’ magical powers, but suffice to say, they do not talk. This means you can take them seriously. As seriously as you can take a cat with magical powers. This book series always features a murder in which Kathleen, and a host of other absolutely charming characters, comes upon someone who has been murdered and left for dead. Coming to grips with murder in the quaint little town of Mayville Heights proves particularly difficult. A big city kind of murder contrasts starkly with this cake-and-coffee-at-the-diner little town. With extremely well-written, realistic, and quirky characters, you cannot help but fall in love with this book, and the entire series actually. Cat Trick, by Sofie Kelly, is the fourth book in the series. It does not disappoint. The murderer permanently silences the crabby director of a food tasting/art show, and the author injects little quips like, the cat got his tongue, and someone shut his big mouth - permanently. Super funny and lovable books, the town, its characters, and the magical cats, make this book worth a read for almost any age. Adorable and yes, cozy, I heartily recommend this book to all. Grab a snack first though because Kathleen never stops serving cake and coffee!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joni

    Oh Kathleen, Kathleen....when will you ever learn???? Here are all the items on Kathleen's plate in Book 4 of the Magical Cats series: ..Head librarian of Mayville Heights, Minnesota and trying to decide if she should stay when her contract ends or return to her family in Boston ..Owner of Owen, a grey tabby, and Hercules, a black and white cat who each have magical powers that only Kathleen knows about ..recently solved a couple murders, but almost lost her life while doing so ..trying to start a re Oh Kathleen, Kathleen....when will you ever learn???? Here are all the items on Kathleen's plate in Book 4 of the Magical Cats series: ..Head librarian of Mayville Heights, Minnesota and trying to decide if she should stay when her contract ends or return to her family in Boston ..Owner of Owen, a grey tabby, and Hercules, a black and white cat who each have magical powers that only Kathleen knows about ..recently solved a couple murders, but almost lost her life while doing so ..trying to start a relationship with the chief detective ..friends with Maggie and Roma, yoga instructor/artist and veteranarian respectively So with all those things going in her life why does she continue to get involved in murder mysteries ESPECIALLY when the man who she is trying to start a romantic relationship with is in the police force and they are at odds at times????? Because it is a cozy mystery and that is what happens!! The magical aspect of the cats is important in all the murder mysteries. Owen, who becomes invisible, and Hercules, who walks through solid walls, help Kathleen find clues and solve mysteries. An enjoyable series; looking forward to the next book.

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