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My Musing ~ A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly is the 9th book in the “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, coming September 5, 2017

In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson.

With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder.

The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident.

Now it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile, until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town’s history—and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don’t work for free.

Whenever I read a book in this series, it takes me on a magical journey that is so comforting. In their latest adventure, Kathleen and her intuitive cats get involved in a murder case when the past and the present co-mingle and it’s up to them to bridge the gap and find a killer who is hiding in plain sight. The tone and pacing were perfectly matched creating a nice flow throughout this light whodunit. The mystery was expertly written with plenty of intrigue that kept me glued to all that was happening. The abundance of plot twists and turns, not only enhanced the telling of this tale, but set the stage for the outcome of this drama where all the main characters played pivotal roles. This is one of the best book in this endearing series and I can’t wait to see what’s next with Owen, Hercules and Kathleen.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.

A Day in the Life of Mary Lowe by Sofie Kelly

Paws and EffectMy mornings all start the same way—with a good breakfast. Yes, I know some scientists have been saying that old adage, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, has no basis in scientific fact. Well, all I can tell you is that my mother ate a hearty breakfast every morning of her life and she made it well into her nineties and was sharp as a tack until the day she died. If fact, if she’d stayed off the roof of the barn when it was raining she’d probably have made it to one hundred. But that’s a story for another day.

After breakfast I either head to the gym or to the library. I may look like someone’s sweet little grandma—well, heck, I am someone’s sweet little grandma—but I can promise you that you don’t get to be the state senior kickboxing champion because you have fluffy white hair and make a mean peach cobbler. It takes work: weight training, plenty of time on the bike, and lots of stretching.

Not that my job at the library doesn’t help keep me in shape. It does. I’m up and down stairs all day, moving books and boxes and occasionally putting the run on a couple of amorous teenagers who think I don’t know what can happen in the library’s gazebo after dark.

I like working at the library, especially since Kathleen Paulson took over. She did a fine job supervising the renovations for our centennial. The building looks the way I remember it from when I was a girl. Now there are so many more people coming in and borrowing books, using the computers, joining a discussion group or taking a course. Thanks to Kathleen, the library has become the focal point of Mayville Heights. She resurrected the seniors’ reading group, she offered free space to the quilters and started Reading Buddies for the little ones.

That’s not to say Kathleen and I are always in agreement. We’re not on the same page when it comes to the proposed development out at Long Lake. I really hope all the controversy doesn’t end up splitting the town down the middle. I think the development is a great idea. More tourists in the area means more money for Mayville Heights. How could anyone think that’s a bad idea? And if you don’t share my opinion, then we can agree to disagree. After all, at the end of the day, it’s not really a life or death issue.


Paws and Effect is the 8th book in the Magical Cats mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, October 2016.

Magical cats Owen and Hercules and resourceful librarian Kathleen Paulson are back in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Faux Paw. . .

Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed—and the evidence points toward Marcus as the murderer.

Though it seems she doesn’t know all of Marcus’s secrets, Kathleen is sure he’s no killer. With his suspect status sidelining him from investigating the case, it’s up to Kathleen and her feline partners-in-crime to find whoever is framing Marcus—and make sure the good detective hasn’t found his last clue.

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About the author
Sofie Kelly is an author and mixed-media/fiber artist who lives on the east coast. She’s the author of the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries that feature librarian Sarah Paulson and her two very special cats, Owen and Hercules, who have a magical knack for solving crime.

As Sofie Ryan she writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series, featuring re-purpose store owner Sarah Grayson, a group of senior sleuths, the world’s oldest computer hacker, and Elvis, a black cat with an uncanny ability to sniff out a lie.

Connect with Sofie at www.sofiekelly.com or www.sofieryan.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Paws and Effect and A Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan. Four lucky winners will be randomly selected. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end October 6, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly

Cat TrickCat Trick by Sofie Kelly is the 4th book in the “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, February 2013

Kathleen Paulson enjoys her life as a small-town librarian with two extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules, who provide companionship during the quiet times and have a remarkable talent for sleuthing when murder disturbs the peace.

The local businesses of Mayville Heights hope to convince Chicago-based company Legacy Tours to sell a vacation package for their town. Legacy Tours partner Mike Glazer grew up in Mayville Heights, but he’s no longer the small-town boy people once knew. Even the local bootlegger has an issue with the bossy loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him up for good.

When Kathleen discovers Mike’s body on the boardwalk, she can’t help but get involved in the investigation—even if her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, would rather she didn’t. Now, with a little help from Owen and Hercules, it’s up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before someone else takes a permanent vacation.

As Kathleen ponders her future in Mayville Heights, she becomes involved in a murder case and with the help of her two frisky and mystifying cats her search for the truth will expose a killer. I love that this whodunit had a solid plot that kept me guessing; good conversations, and a small home town atmosphere that created a warm and cuddly reading experience. I’m glad to see that some things have been settle and I look forward to the next book in this terrific series.

Baking With Georgia Tepper by Sofie Kelly

Cat TrickI really like Mayville Heights. It’s very different from Chicago. I haven’t been here long, but it’s already starting to feel like home. I think it’s going to be a good place to raise my daughter, Emmy.

I do some of the baking for Fern’s Diner and I have my own little cupcake business, Sweet Thing, as well. I’ve been dreaming of doing this for years. Most days I spend the morning at Fern’s and the afternoon baking and decorating cupcakes—and coming up with new recipes.

My first major catering job in town was providing cupcakes for the reception after the final concert at the Wild Rose Summer Music Festival. People seemed to really like my Maple Crème cupcakes. It’s such a simple recipe, my grandmother’s actually, but it’s one of my bestsellers along with Chocolate Mint Madness and Devilishly Decadent Chocolate.

Now I’m making enough money that I can share kitchen space with two other Mayville Heights businesses. Decadence specializes in handmade truffles and caramels. The Earl of Sandwich runs two lunch trucks that service pretty much all the construction sites in the area. (Yes, the owner’s name really is Earl.)

Olivia Ramsey, who runs Decadence, suggested I take part in the festival, A Taste of Mayville Heights. It was planned as part of a pitch to Legacy Tours, to convince them to base an executive getaway around the town. I had no idea that Mike Glazer from Legacy would be so…challenging to work with.

Mike said there were too many chocolate cupcakes on the market. He said chocolate was overdone. He actually suggested I make peanut butter jalapeno cupcakes. They’re supposed to be the latest celebrity favorite. Peanut butter and hot peppers in a cupcake instead of rich devil’s food cake with dark chocolate frosting and bittersweet shavings? I don’t think so. After all, there’s no such thing as too much chocolate, is there?


Sofie is giving away one (1) copy of CAT TRICK and COPYCAT KILLING. Contest open to US and Canadian residents only and ends February 6. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Books will be shipped directly from the author.


You can read more about Georgia in Cat Trick, the fourth book in the “Magical Cats” mystery series. The first book in the series is Curiosity Thrilled The Cat.

Meet the author
Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of award-winning young adult writer, Darlene Ryan. As Sofie, she writes the New York Times bestselling “Magical Cats” mysteries. The next book in the series, CAT TRICK, will be available February 5th. Visit Sofie at www.sofiekelly.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly

Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly is the third book in the “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, May 2012

Everyone thinks their cats are special—but Owen and Hercules have powers that go far beyond an adorable look or an irresistible purrs. 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 working hard to help 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. With the help of handsome detective Marcus Gordon—and her cats’ extraordinary powers of detection—it’s up to Kathleen to unmask a killer.

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.

A Day In The Life Of Kathleen Paulson by Sofie Kelly

Coming to Mayville Heights to be the head librarian, and supervise the renovations to the library building, was the first spontaneous thing I‘d done in my life. I love my mom and dad and my younger brother and sister, Ethan and Sara, but all four of them are very dramatic people. Mom and Dad are actors. My mother once picked me up from school dressed as Lady Macbeth. My father re-enacted the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet on the fire escape. In January. (Yes, in tights and a doublet.)

And things had fallen apart with Andrew, handsome, charming Andrew. I thought we were going to spend the rest of our lives together. Then we had a fight and he went on a two-week fishing trip with his buddies and came back married to a waitress from a fifties dinner. The fact that there was a lot of alcohol involved didn’t really change what had happened.

I guess what I did was run away from my life in Boston. Now, I can’t imagine not being in Mayville Heights. The library is busier than many library systems twice our size. I get to do a little of everything from answering questions to ordering new books. Our Reading Buddies program is being copied all over the state. Abigail’s podcasts about children’s books—her specialty—are being downloaded by parents across the country. And best of all, our borrowing numbers are up. People are reading more.

I spend my days surrounded by books. I can go on safari, travel back in time, or explore Mars without ever leaving the building. For me, there’s something a little bit magical about books. Abigail is an expert on books for young people. Susan can tell you anything you want to know about science fiction. Mary’s area of expertise is craft and cookbooks. I know a little about a lot of things.

Seeing the kinds of things people read, and what music they like to listen to, gives me insight into who they really are as people. All those years of hanging out with actors, watching them use subterfuge to turn into someone else, has helped me be able to separate fact from fiction, reality from artifice. Detective Marcus Gordon says I deal in feelings while he deals with facts. I wonder what he’d say if he knew I don’t just rely on my own intuition when I’m trying to solve a mystery, I also rely on my cats’ instincts.

Owen and Hercules aren’t your typical house cats. I found them out at Wisteria Hill, the old Henderson estate, when they were just kittens. Sometimes I think it was them who found me. Owen is a gray tabby with a thing for catnip chickens. Hercules is a tuxedo cat that shares my love for Barry Manilow’s music. They both seem to have a nose for sniffing out clues. That’s not the only special “ability” the boys have. Let’s just say there’s something magical about Owen and Hercules. In fact, I think there’s something a little magical about Mayville Heights, too.


** Thanks to the Sofie, I have one (1) copy of COPYCAT KILLING to give away. Contest open to residents of the US and Canada only. Contest ends May 2. Leave a valid-email address with your comment. Book will be shipped directly from the author. **

Meet the author
Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of award-winning young adult writer, Darlene Ryan. As Sofie, she writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries. The next book in the series, COPYCAT KILLING will be available May 1st. Visit Sofie at www.sofiekelly.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly

Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly is the second book in the “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), September 2011

Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson is the owner of two very special cats, Owen and Hercules, who possess some unusual gifts in addition to skills for sleuthing.

Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But when Owen and Hercules followed her home from mysterious Wisteria Hill, she realized her mind wasn’t playing tricks on her: Her cats have magical abilities. And when a body is found near Kathleen’s favorite local café, she knows Owen’s talent for turning invisible and Hercules’s ability to walk through closed doors will give the felines access to clues Kathleen couldn’t get without arousing suspicion.

With her pet partners, and perhaps the assistance of a certain handsome detective, Kathleen is determined to find out who kill Agatha Shephard, an elderly woman who seems to have helped almost everyone in town at one time or another. Someone is hiding dark secrets, and it will take a bit of furtive investigating to catch the coldhearted killer.

This was a good read. When Kathleen’s friend is arrested for murder and believing in her innocence, Kathleen begins an earnest investigation into the murder. This was easy-paced story that was very appealing. The mystery was good and with guidance from her mystical cats, Kathleen was able to expose a killer. I liked the character developments; the easy flow of conversations; the small-town feeling and of course, her two furry roommates. I look forward to reading the next book in this charming series.

** I have one copy of SLEIGHT OF PAW to give away, thanks to Berkley! To enter, leave a comment with a valid e-mail address. Please break it up using (at) and (dot), like domain(at)host(dot)com. This is only open to US addresses (at the publisher’s request). Contest ends on September 28th at 6pm EST. Winner will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond. **

Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly is the first book in the new “Magical Cats” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), February 2011

Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson feels good about letting two adorable cats help themselves to her home. But as she’s about to find out, it’s their help she needs.

When librarian Kathleen Paulson leaves her life in Boston and moves to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction, and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen’s fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there seems to be something more to these felines.

When murder interrupts Mayville’s Wild Rose Summer Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are truly special—perhaps even magical. Suddenly she’s relying on their skills to solve this crime and save her reputation. With a little legwork from her four-legged friends, Kathleen may be able to solve this purr-fect murder.

Kathleen, new to Mayville, was there to help renovate the century-old library and bring it into the 21st century when she encounters the visiting and rude musical conductor. When she finds him dead the next day, she becomes the person of interest. Kathleen decides that the more she knows about the deceased, the better chance of finding the killer. When suspicious incidents strike Kathleen, her furry friends are there to protect and help her bring the killer to justice. The story started out slow and then BAM! I was flipping the pages so fast to see what happens next. The home-town setting, the lively and eclectic characters, the two lovable felines and the dialogue creates a charming atmosphere that you want to revisit again and again. I look forward to more adventures with Kathleen and friends.

*new-to-me author

Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog