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Cat Trick (Magical Cats) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2013
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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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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.
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.
Mike was a Mayville Heights boy, but grew up to become a partner in Chicago-based Legacy Tours. Legacy Tours is trying to sell a vacation package to Mayville Heights. Most residents think it's a good place for tourists to vacation and will bring in much-needed revenue. When Hercules, the cat who can go through doors, walls, anything, finds Mike Glazer dead, a lot of people think it was accidental or a heart attack except for Kathleen and Hercules. She makes a promise to find out who killed Mike, if he was murdered, but her tall, good-looking Detective Marcus Gordon wants her to stay as far away from the investigation as possible.
I loved the central part that the cats, especially Hercules, take in this delightful book. Kathleen and her friends are all there, too, but Hercules and Owen, who can make himself disappear, are there to help at a moment's notice. Kathleen is between a rock and a hard place because she can't tell anyone that her cats are magical. The author has done an excellent job with this book and the entire series and I'm looking forward to the next installment.
The problem is that none of the books seem to hold together as smooth plots. There are episodes that are well-written by themselves, but they are like jigsaw pieces from various puzzles. They don’t interlock, they just seem pushed together. The characters seem to sprout personal attributes as needed by that moment in that book, like pasting odds and ends onto paper dolls. Owen’s and Hercules’ magical abilities come out of nowhere and expand or contract as needed for the particular episode, with no real continuity.
I will keep on with the rest of the series in the hopes that the rest measure up to the cats.
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