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Copycat Killing: A Magical Cats Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Sofie Kelly
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 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.

Product Details

  • 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: #90,686 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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars My cats go through the door, but the door's open! July 15, 2012
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When Hercules and Owen, librarian Kathleen Paulson's two magical cats, go through the door, the door is still closed. These two adorable kitties followed Kathleen home one day and life has never been the same for her in Mayville Heights. Besides being able to do supernatural things that other cats can't do, they are especially good at helping to solve crimes along with Kathleen. Not that they don't get miffed when they don't get their sardines when they want them, because they do and they let Kathleen know about it.

It's been raining for days in the town of Mayville Heights and the art co-op is flooding. Kathleen is helping to move the art to a drier floor upstairs, but when she and friend Maggie go to the basement, there is a floater down there in all the water. One of the artists, a mask maker named Jaeger Merrill, is dead in the water. Kathleen and the magical cats have their work cut out for them even if police detective Marcus Gordon thinks it might be better if Kathleen doesn't get mixed up in a crime investigation again.

This is the third book in the Magical Cats Mystery series written by Sofie Kelly. These are cozy mysteries where the crime victims are not very well known to the reader and there is little violence. The cats are very funny and make this series worth reading. Kathleen is a great character who has a humorous way of dealing with cats who are there one minute and gone the next and who are also very nosey, but extremely helpful in solving cases. The writing is good and the stories are well-crafted and thought out into a good mystery. As with most cozies, there is something to learn about the subject matter and art is the subject as well as the cats in this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A cute series, always a new plot.
Published 6 days ago by Cheryl Romaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Love all books by this author.
Published 13 days ago by Cherylpm
4.0 out of 5 stars Ditto to my review of Sleight of Paw
I find it hard to remember which details of plot belong to which book in the series. They are not, however, repetitive and each one is interesting with sympathetic characters and... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Copycat Killings
Imagine a cat who seems to have magical powers. Now add another cat who also has magical powers and you have a thoroughly enjoyable, giggle out loud story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gram Tess
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Warm and Fun Read
These Sofie Kelly books are easy, sweet adventures. The two cats are magic in a creative and happy way. A good way to escape for awhile.
Published 2 months ago by Happy Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific
kept me interested till the end
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
super fun mystery
Published 3 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like Sofie Kelly's mysteries
I really like Sofie Kelly's mysteries. I can't hardly put the story away once I have starting reading them. Every one has been great.
Published 3 months ago by Nelda Hitchens
5.0 out of 5 stars Copycat Killing
Another excellent book by Sophie Kelly. Again Owen and Hurceles step right up to help Kathleen solve the case. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shelia Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Series
Reminds me of "The Cat Who" series. Two cats with magical mystery powers, a sleuth owner, a love interest, and a small town of interesting characters. My new favorite fun 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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