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A Midwinter's Tail (Magical Cats) Mass Market Paperback – October 7, 2014
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Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Magical Cat Mysteries
“Owen and Hercules are a delight.”—Kings River Life Magazine
“If you are a fan of Miranda James’s Cat in the Stacks mysteries, you will want to read [this series].”—MyShelf.com
“Coziness at its finest. I adore those magical cats!”—Socrates’ Book Reviews
“With great characters and an interesting story, readers will be in for a treat with this classic whodunit.”—RT Book Reviews
“Small-town charm and a charming cat duo make this every cat fancier’s dream.”—The Mystery Reader
About the Author
Sofie Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author and mixed-media artist who lives on the East Coast with her husband and daughter. She writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries and, as Sofie Ryan, writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries.
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Only one word, AMAZING!!!!!! Normally a series like this would start to feel stale, but Sofie keeps the magic and the entertainment flowing. Poor Kathleen, not only is she getting involved again, but this time Herc and Owen are not helping as they seem to be having a bro fight and she is working to get them to make up - which of course just adds to their adorable characters. Also the romance is really spreading as several of her friends seem to be matching up with someone (and a few of them I am happy to see). Again this was another great book and I can not wait until the next one to see what happens to everyone - and maybe watch Marcus have a nervous breakdown whenever he finds out about our favorite furry sleuths.
In this book -- I think it's the sixth? in any case, you should start at the beginning -- librarian Kathleen Paulson is bound and determined NOT to get wrapped up in yet another mysterious death, even if it DID happen at the fundraiser she organized. She doesn't want to mess up her still-new relationship with the detective in her life. But still, she _does_ know the people who are the Obvious Suspects, and she's motivated to help.
There are several elements in this Magical Cats series that keep me coming back. One of them is a knowledgable librarian (though there's not much in this novel about bookish interests); another is the cats' adorableness and their unique abilities (here, Sofie Kelly delivers well); there's also the whodunnitness (and this one's okay); yet another element is the cast of characters and their story arcs. Much of the attention is given to character development this time around, and that's just fine with me. All the main players have warm and humor (not HA HA HA LOL but things that make you smile with affection), and everybody's working to make their lives a little better.
If you've been reading along with the series and want to know if this latest installment is good, I can happily report YES. If you haven't, but you're looking for good storytelling, a fun puzzle (who DID do it, and why?), and cats who act like cats... well, now you have a whole mess o' books to buy.
A lot of work has gone into the fundraiser as far as decorations and food, and as things are getting started for the evening one of the guests dies as a result of an allergic reaction. The fundraiser is ended and Kathleen and her romantic interest, Marcus, try to solve the case, although Marcus prefers that Kathleen stay out of the official police investigation.
I like everything about this series. I like Kathleen and the magical cats, and I especially like her volunteer work with the feral cats at Wisteria Hill. Her friends are loyal and always there when she needs them and Kathleen is there for them in a pinch. The food sounds awesome in the restaurants and cafes and Kathleen is independent enough that she doesn't have to rely on anyone but herself to get things done and enjoy her life.
These are fun books best read in order because of the order in which things happen and her friends appear in the story. The next book is due out in a few months and I'm anxiously looking forward to that one.