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Product Details

  • Series: Magical Cats (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 1ST edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451414691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451414694
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This series is a winner.”—Gumshoe

“If you are a fan of mysteries and cats, you need to be reading this series now!”—Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

About the Author

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Sofie Kelly: Six Quick Questions

Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of young adult writer and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan. As Sofie Kelly she writes the Magical Cats mysteries. And as Sofie Ryan she writes the Second Chance Cats series. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl around thrift stores. And she admits to having a small crush on Matt Lauer.

How did you get started as a writer?
I've been writing forever. (I won third prize in a poetry contest in third grade.) I wrote radio commercials for years and lots of bad short stories that I couldn't get published--for good reason--they were awful. But the more I wrote, the more I learned.

Did you always want to be a writer?
No. I wanted to move to California, become a director and marry Michael Cole from The Mod Squad, which gives you an idea of how old I am. I think I became a writer by evolution. I went from writing commercials and short stories to writing articles and eventually books.

Was English your favorite subject in school?
It wasn't--which always surprises people. My favorite subject was math, at least until calculus came along.

Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. It could be something I hear on the news. It could be something someone says to me, or something I overhear. (Yes, I'm guilty of eavesdropping in public.) And I like to watch people and make up stories about who they are and what they're doing.

What's the secret to writing a book?
The secret to writing a book is...that there is no secret. Writing a book is like everything else in life, you have to show up and do it. There may be writers who wait for inspiration to hit and then the words just pour out, but I'm not one of them. I work from an outline and I write a certain number of words each day. Some days it's easy. Some days I keep clicking on the Word Count and moaning, "Am I done yet?"

What do you like to read?
The short answer is everything. I read a lot of mystery and paranormal, but if something about a book intrigues me--the title, the subject, sometimes even the cover art--I don't pay any attention to the genre. I tend to read more than one book at a time and one of them is usually non-fiction.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anime Lover on February 7, 2013
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Kathleen is settling into life in Minnesota. The library is going strong, the cats are still driving her crazy, and her relationship with a certain detective is slowly starting to develop (much to her friends Roma and Maggie's delight). The town is abuzz with excitement as one of their own, a poor boy done good, is trying to set to a holiday travel package that would bring money to the area. But everyone seems to have a beef with Mike, including the local bootlegger. But when Hercules finds him dead, everyone thinks it was a heart attack. However when an old friend asks her to look into the death, even she can not stop to wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye. Also as the end of her contract is looming, she must make a decision - return to Boston and the life she once had - or stay on and make a new life with new friends, even though some choices will make one person upset with her.

This book was pretty good, but there was not real leads until close to the end of the book unlike the others. Even Herc and Owen really do not have anything to do, except drive the poor girl nuts. Still I love the series and I can not wait until the next installment. Pick it up if you truly enjoy the story.
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I've been following along in this cozy mystery since the beginning. I hate to overuse the word "charming" but it's really the right term here. Kathleen is simply a _nice person_ who also happens to be a librarian (and who tends to comment about the books checked out by the characters she interacts with), and involved with taking care of feral cats at a once-abandoned house, and friends with also-nice people in the small Minnesota town she's lived in for a year and a half. Oh, and she has a love interest. And most of all, two cats -- each of whom has a special magical ability that, Kathleen knows, she can't possibly talk about because people would think she's nuts.

The setup for Cat Trick is this: A guy who grew up in Mayville Heights has come back after a long time away. He's part of Legacy Tours, a travel agency that could bring quite a bit of money to the town. But Mike is a jerk who rubs EVERYONE the wrong way. And when he's found dead, it's pretty impossible to figure out who _wouldn't_ be glad to see him gone. Naturally, Kathleen gets involved in finding out the truth -- while she also has to avoid offending her boyfriend the police detective.

It's an easy read, a good story, and the characters -- especially the cats -- keep the plot moving. I can't argue that this is a must-read book, but if you like cats and mysteries (and jeez, what kind of a person are you if you don't?!) this is a fun book in an enjoyable series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mona Pelletier on February 11, 2013
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I just finished reading this book today.Love everything about this series by Sofie Kelly. I'm such a cat lover anyway but also love all the human characters as well. I hope she writes many more in this series.
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Mayville Heights Free Public Library was a tad smaller than Boston Public, but Kathleen Paulson had found a home there as their new head librarian. Admittedly, anyone's home town pulled at the old heartstrings, but surrounded by close friends like Roma Davidson, it was a seriously cozy place to begin again. Maggie Adams was always trying out her matchmaking skills by trying to get Kathleen and Marcus Gordon together. The spark was there and maybe, just maybe someday it would ignite. There were a couple of guys in her life and they were Hercules and Owen. Of course cats weren't quite on par with Detective Gordon, but darn close.

When Kathleen moved to Minnesota, she later would recall it was a fortuitous moment when Herc and Owen followed her home. They literally were magical cats with some very "unique skills." Owen had an invisibility cloak and Herc could "walk through walls and doors." They were pretty handy when it came to helping ferret out a few clues to help Kathleen "figure out a killer's identity." A large tent was being erected in anticipation of a bit of food tasting and an art show. One other thing the residents of Mayville Heights were anticipating, or dreading depending on which way you want to look at it, was the arrival of hometown-boy-made-good, Mike Glazer.

The "gossip grapevine" was working overtime. Mike was a partner in Legacy Tours and the town was hoping he'd open a branch office there. Mags claimed he'd changed and described him as a "festering boil on the backside of life." The venue didn't turn Mike on and the feeling was mutual. No one was feeling the love and soon Herc found a little surprise sitting in a plastic lawn chair.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeeTee on February 10, 2013
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This is another wonderful installment in one of my favorite, "cozy-style" mysteries. I happened upon the first book in this series, and as a confirmed Crazy Cat Lady, gave it a try. As someone who reads a LOT of cozy mysteries, I have to say the writing in this series is much better than most. Additionally, the characters are well-developed, and the protagonist is completely and utterly likable. I do wish the author would develop some of the other characters a bit more. I really like the entire cast of characters in this series and would like to "find out more" about them. Also, I find myself laughing aloud at some of the actions of the two kitties- the author does a brilliant job describing the mannerisms of our furry friends. Highly recommend this book but do recommend that you read the previous books first in order. Truly delightful series of books. Can't wait for the next one.
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