Friday, August 11, 2017

REVIEW: Paws and Effect

Paws and Effect
Author: Sofie Kelly

Librarian Kathleen Paulson and her two magical felines, Hercules and Owen, return in Paws and Effect, the 8th Magical Cats Mystery.

Kathleen meets three of her boyfriend Marcus' old college buddies. They are environmentalists and in town to stop a proposed development just outside Mayville Heights.  When one of them turns up dead, evidence initially points to Marcus as the killer. Kathleen knows he didn't kill his friend, but she has to investigate to prove it. Who killed Dani and why is the murderer trying to frame Marcus?

I enjoy this series! Kathleen is an excellent main character. She is independent, witty and intelligent. Hercules and Owen are cats of distinction, each with a bit of magic. Owen can become invisible and Hercules can walk through solid walls. Kathleen is a very capable amateur sleuth, putting her research and people skills to good use. With a little help from her two feline sidekicks, she always manages to solve the case.

Paws and Effect is an enjoyable read. The mystery moves along at a steady pace, with plenty of suspects and plot twists. The ending was exciting and believable. All in all, another great visit with one of my favorite fictional librarians!

Sofie Kelly is a pseudonym for YA author Darlene Ryan. She also writes under the name Sofie Ryan (Second Chance Cat Mystery series -- another favorite of mine!)The next book in the Magical Cat series, A Tale of Two Kitties, comes out in September 2017. I can't wait to read their next adventure! For more information on the author, check out her website:

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