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Copycat Killing: A Magical Cats Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Sofie Kelly
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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  • File Size: 335 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451236629
  • Publisher: NAL (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072NWJUC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top notch cozy May 1, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Third in the Magical Cats Mystery series, "Copycat Killing" has everything a reader of traditional mysteries could want -- and more. Author Sofie Kelly's unique sense of humor adds a lovely layer of fun and the magical cats are so realistic that when I finished the book I was eyeing at my own cats, waiting for them to be more like Hercules and Owen. Looking forward to the next in the series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Felines Steal The Show!! May 4, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Welcome back to Mayville Heights! I hope you brought your umbrella, boots and a rain slicker. It's been "raining cats and dogs" for days. There is flooding all over town. The local artists' co-op has a basement full of water and our favorite librarian Kathleen is helping her friends move their work to higher ground in case the water continues to rise.

All the artwork is saved but one artist isn't as lucky. Mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the basement. The death doesn't look accidental to Kathleen. Detective Marcus Gordon is on the case and Kathleen along with her fantastic felines just can't help themselves from assisting him in any way they can. Owen and Hercules use their magic to help "unmask" the killer.

Dollycas's Thoughts

These magical felines continue to steal the show! Hercules and Owen are truly special characters. Kathleen handles their powers much better than I would. All the characters are continuing to evolve. Heck the good detective may even get a library card in the next installment. Kathleen has definitely made herself at home in Mayville Heights. She has taken falling for a guy to a new level and finds something startling from Roma's past. And when Kathleen and Maggie get together there is never a dull moment. (Watch out for flying rodents!)

I especially enjoyed this story because of the history featured that creates a mystery inside of a mystery. The town is getting ready to celebrate the library's centennial with a very special showcase of the groups that have met at the library over the years. One group was doing more than most people knew and some journals from Rebecca's mother are discovered that hold several secrets.

Well written, carefully plotted, a little romance and a bunch of humor. A purrfect cozy mystery!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love those cats! May 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this for my K. I was up way early this morning so I downloaded and started reading. Just finished and it's great! Kelly gets better with each book. I can see the cat "faces" as I read. The turned out ear, the wrinkled nose and the cold disdain. The mystery is good and the humor well placed. Can't wait for the next one!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best mystery with cats as helpers!! May 4, 2012
By njn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this third book of the magical cats. It was so good that I couldn't stop until I was at the end. I can hardly wait until the next one comes out. Will Kathleen and Marcus get together? What will happend next in the town? Everyone who likes mysteries should read these books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline, poor editing October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the 3rd book I have read by this author and I am still disappointed with the level of editing. The other books also suffered from the same fate. The editing is very poor with many misspelled words or missing words that make for incomplete sentences. Some of the syntax is incorrect as well.
All have been fast reads with lots of humor that has me laughing out loud as Owen and Herc win their battle of wits with Kathleen. There is just a tiny twist which slows the reader from solving the mystery before the killer is finally revealed. The personal relationship between Kathleen and Marcus needs to go to the next level soon. It has continued to drag along in this book.
Despite these issues, I am looking forward to the next book.
I am happy to see that the storyline deals with the plight of the colony of feral cats as well as the high level of care and concern the people of Mayville give them. I am owned by two crazy rescue cats who rescued me. We talk every day.
Keep the books coming but please get someone else to read and edit the manuscripts before they go to print.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charmingly Terrific Read May 31, 2012
By D. Love
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was a good read. Dead bodies seems to find Kathleen when first she falls down an embankment and then finds one drowned in basement. Are the two incidents connected, despite being years apart? Is the drowning accidental or murder? That is what I faced as this book became a page-turner that I could not put down. The author did a good job in keeping me guessing in this mystifying whodunit. The story boasts a strong heroine who is making her own way in her newly adopted town, two friendly felines who are a whiz at communicating and a supporting cast that rounds out this charmingly terrific series and with that ending, I can't wait for the next book in this lighthearted tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Floods and bones September 1, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's raining in Mayville Heights, MN. In fact, it's been raining for entirely too long. Kathleen Paulson's town library, though not threatened by the rising waters, has had to close because the streets are blocked, and there's four feet of cold, dirty river in the basement of the artists' co-op, to say nothing of leaks in various parts of the building, forcing its manager, her friend Maggie, to play shuffle-the-art and end up with most of it in her dance-and-tai-chi studio, which tends to make classes impractical. When Kathleen goes out to the deserted estate of Wisteria Hill to take her turn at feeding the troop of feral cats that lives there, an earthen bank, weakened by the rain, gives way under her weight--and reveals a human skeleton. Not long afterward, one of the co-op artists, who had been loudly attempting to stir up support for the concept of corporate sponsorship, is found dead in the basement's unwanted indoor pool. The steps, being wet, are slippery; did he fall in by accident? Of course not. Meanwhile the skeleton has proved to be not only in the ground but in someone's closet: it's the mortal remains of the biological father of Kathleen's friend Roma, who vanished when she was very young. When the dead artist proves to be a former forger of religious art, and some journals lent to Kathleen for the library's centennial exhibition turn out to have a number of pages neatly razored out, the mystery deepens. Add in the operations, back in the 50s and early 60s, of a so-called "knitting club" that was actually a kind of updated Underground Railroad devoted to getting abused women away from their men and to safety, and you have the recipe for a complex and fascinating mystery which also provides, at last, an explanation of why Wisteria Hill has gone unoccupied for so long. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
great reading light and entertaining 4stars I love cats, Owen and Hercules are magical what would Kate do without them
Published 26 days ago by Beverly A Salvetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
I love the series. The things the cats do to help solve the mysteries are funny. If you like funny books with a little mystery and cats this is a must read.
Published 1 month ago by cindy brown
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read!
These books are light and fun! I love the powers the cats have, and their thoroughly cat attitudes. The books are well written, and I just sit down and read nonstop.
Published 2 months ago by Michele Pike
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep you head down and keep moving forward
The pace of the book is just right. No getting bogged down with too many details. I enjoyed this one the most so far. Looking forward to the next installment!
Published 3 months ago by Mommy P
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great series!
I have read a couple more of these and really enjoyed them. This one develops the people more. I will get the rest of them.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Nunez
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun
I love this series, the heroine is fun, and the cats are especially fun. Looking forward to more from this author.
Published 3 months ago by astrid
4.0 out of 5 stars This series is quite fun.
Ms. Kelly employs a fun touch in this series. Her characters are nicely drawn and the cats are a hoot. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TerrBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Copycat Killing: A Magical Cats Mystery Review
AS I have said before I have Loved this series. The situations these cats get into are uaually very funny. The suspense goes to the end of the book.
Published 7 months ago by Sooner 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series addition
I love animals (particularly cats) and well-written mysteries. This series gives me both and has introduced me to a host of (although fictional) characters I would like to know in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sheila M. Chenoweth
5.0 out of 5 stars Sofie Kelly
Keep on writing I like the stories. Sofie is not Lilian Jackson Braun. I like the stories and I like the mysteries.
Published 7 months ago by B Bennett
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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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