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I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Thoughts on ...Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly

This is book 3 of the Magical Cats Mystery series and while it can be read as a stand alone there are references to what happened in the other two books.

This book was released on the 1st, purchased on the 4th, finished on the 5th. :D

Did I like it? Why yes I did, however did you guess ;)

This is small town America and the name, Mayville Heights, does bring to mind a similar town. There are quirky characters, deep secrets and a grapevine that is unbelievably fast.

Our main character is a librarian, new in town (at the start of the series), owner of two cats, friend to many, may have a thing for a police detective, and is part of the group watching over a feral cat colony.

It's raining. A lot. The library is closed because the parking lot is flooding but not the basement. The Artist co-op and exercise studio is closed because the street, parking lot and basement is flooded. And when Kathleen wanders a bit after feeding the cat colony the hillside tumbles down uncovering a skeleton. Not a body so this is an older burial. um, make that murder.

Kathleen's friend, Maggie, has artwork orders from the co-ops website to mail and they head to the co-op building to complete the task. Maggie wants to check the water level in the basement but when they open the door, body number two shows up. This one is, ahem, fresh.

So Kathleen sticks her nose in and asks questions, her cats (this is a magical cats mystery remember) help find clues, she butts heads with the police detective.

This is a cozy so everything is happy ever after, with most of the loose ends tied nicely in a bow. I (we?) do not read cozy mysteries to read something new. We know someone is going to die. We know it won't be bloody on screen. We like the people, town and twists that show up. If it's a series we want to follow relationships. We kind of know where the book will end up but we read to enjoy the journey.

Now that I'm finished reading, I'm sad that I must wait for the next one. Oh, wait! I like to re-read my books. Looks like I can visit Mayville Heights again before the next one comes out.

Disclaimer: This title came from my personal library. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of author

Copycat Killing
 A Magical Cats Mystery
by Sofie Kelly

May 2012
Mass Market Paperback
cozy with a touch of paranormal

Grade: B
age? pub says 18, I'd let my 14 year old read it

Product 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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