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Copycat Killing: A Magical Cats Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Sofie Kelly
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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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  • Product Details

    • File Size: 609 KB
    • Print Length: 335 pages
    • Publisher: NAL (May 1, 2012)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0072NWJUC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    23 of 26 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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    8 of 8 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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    4 of 4 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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    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
    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 Great cat mystery
    Another great Magical Cats mystery. Actually there were 2 mysteries in this book. The descriptions of the cats antics are so well written I can almost see my cat looking at me... Read more
    Published 17 days ago by NH Wifey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love all the books written by Sofie Kelly have preordered her next one.
    Published 21 days ago by Shirley
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love these cats.
    Love these books. Great way to relax and enjoy a few quite hours. I don't want the series to end.
    Published 22 days ago by Darby
    5.0 out of 5 stars with a grill cheese and tomato soup is the best way to enjoy these...
    On a rainy day, with a grill cheese and tomato soup is the best way to enjoy these books, or on a beach in the sun. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by M. Leroy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love the cats and the inter action with the story. WAY TO GO CATS!
    Published 1 month ago by Dorothy Lewis
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
    This book is just so funny that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although it involved murder, it is 'very enjoyable to read. This is my third book and I have enjoyed them all.
    Published 1 month ago by Kaye Sanders
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Twofer
    I love this series! This delightful cozy is set in Mayville, Minnesota. Our heroine, Kathleen, is a librarian transplanted from Boston to Minnesota to escape a ruptured romance. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Mulligan
    4.0 out of 5 stars Kelly does a pretty good job in keep both stories separate & yet ...
    The 3rd book in the Magical Cats series by Sofie Kelly is a 2-in-1 mystery that doesn't have either one tied to the other. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Paul L.
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Good easy read. Lighthearted fun with a mystery included.
    Published 2 months ago by Troubles
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS AUTHOR AND THIS SERIES!
    Love this author! Great writer. Can't wait for more from her!
    Published 2 months ago by Kokomo618
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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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