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Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,385 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her-her cats have magical abilities.When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local café, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to wal ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Penguin Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10.25 hours

Just like the first book in the Magical Cats Mystery series, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, I enjoyed this book. This time, the murder victim was an elderly resident of Mayville Heights, MN, a beloved former teacher. Unlike in Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, Kathleen wasn't a suspect, but one of her friends, Ruby, was. In the last book, the actual murderer was pretty easy to spot early on, even if the motive wasn't. This
Librarian Kathleen Paulson is back with her magical cats Hercules and Owen in their second adventure. When an elderly citizen, Agatha Shepherd, is found dead, Kathleen is shocked that one of her close friends is arrested for the murder. She’s sure that there is no way her friend would do such a horrible thing but the local sheriff, Marcus Gordon, is determined to look no further for a suspect.

Kathleen vows that her friend won’t go down for a crime she didn’t commit. She begins her own investigat
Sleight of Paw is another wonderful Magical Cats mystery! This is a cozy like cozy should be. Charming town, great people and in this case, magical cats! As a cat lover the latter is not so hard to believe. After all cats always have been and always will be mysterious creatures! The whodunit is pretty good, although I did suspect the villain from the start. It did not spoil the story for me though. Kathleen is great, her cats Hercules and Owen are utterly adorable, her friends fantastic. Sofie K ...more
I have been reading the Magical Cats mystery series out of order, which is very unlike me, but I'm really enjoying the series and I'm reading them as I find them. Kathleen Paulson has moved from Boston -- away from a bad relationship -- to take the job as head librarian in Mayville and supervise the renovation of a Carnegie Library. She's made new friends, is taking a Tai Chi class and has adopted two rather extraordinary cats, Hercules and Owen. When an elderly woman's body is found in an alley ...more
Cheryl Landmark
I enjoyed this second book almost as much as the first one, but there were a few issues that dampened my enthusiasm somewhat.

I still loved the small-town setting with its dramas and secrets and quirky, zany characters, although the introduction of so many characters at times was overwhelming and it was difficult to keep everyone straight. The relationship between Kathleen, Roma and Maggie was delightful--filled with humour, chemistry and strong friendship.

Once again, as in the first book, there
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This is the second "Magical Cats Mystery" by Sofie Kelly, and it was just as fun as the first one (Curiosity Thrilled the Cat). It's possible, though, that I'm biased toward librarians as heroines. Or perhaps I just like the presence of a little magic in this one - part of the relatively new trend that's been gently folding urban fantasy elements into cozy mysteries. Kathleen Paulson, library director in a smallish Minnesota town, is pretty sharp, if a bit handicapped by the fact that telling an ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I enjoyed this latest novel in the series "A Magical Cats Mystery," with Kathleen (Librarian,) Owen and Hercules, wonderful mystery cats.

What bothered me a bit was the constant referral to the fact that Kathleen is worried she is going to appear as a crazy cat woman if she is seen talking to her cats. Most everyone I know that owns pets are constantly talking to them and yes, having conversations. I guess if a friend confessed to me that her cat was able to walk through doors etc., I would think
Feb 24, 2015 Andree rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
Not quite as good as the first one in the series (I do like first books though). It does have a better title.

I think this one suffers a bit on the not a lot of development front, not in the relationships (both romantic and friendly). The protagonist's relationship with the town does move forward at a normal pace.

Some of the relationship stuff is charming, what with the hockey and then the ice skating.

But this one suffers from the protagonist meddling just a little to much. And doing something tr
Wow, this one really worked for me. I don't know why, but it just clicked.

Okay, so I wasn't very into the mystery and Kathleen's actions at the end were just dumb, but I really like the characters and the world!
This is book two in the Magical Cats series. There is only one more published with book four planned for 2013.

That's not enough! These are wonderful books. There's a mystery, a touch of romance, small town interactions, and of course, Owen and Hercules.

I love the fact that Hercules is named for Kevin Sorbo.

Although the series is titled Magical Cats, there is actually very little reference to their "superpowers" in this book. The cats' main role is as a sounding board for the lead character.

If yo
This series has a strong focus on female friendship, and a large portion of the book is concerned primarily with the main character being friends with various women around town. This does require you to keep track of an enormous number of characters, but is for the most part interesting.

I'm still of two minds about whether the mildly magical cats are at all necessary to the plot, but I appreciate the non-ditzy protagonist. Pity the resolution of this story required her to behave like a complete
I am a fan of "magical" mysteries. I love Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft mysteries, Heather Blake's Wishcraft mysteries, Bailey Cate's Magical Bakery mysteries, etc. The Magical Cats mysteries by Sofie Kelly have the added attraction of starring Hercules and Owen, two feral cats with at mysterious past that "adopted" librarian Kathleen Paulson. And Kathleen needs a pair of savvy felines with special talents as trouble seems determined to keep finding her. In the second installment of this series ...more
Silly. I read the first in the series and enjoyed it enough to read this one. But SK's taken the cat thing too far. Okay, I blame myself-the title includes "Magical Cat" in it, so I shouldn't be surprised. It's one thing for the cats to have their little abilities but having Kathleen be so afraid someone will overhear her talking to the cats will have them sure she's crazy? Almost anyone who has a pet knows that you talk to them. Normal as normal can be. And the way the cats communicate back wit ...more
Rebecca Mulligan
Owen and Hercules To the Rescue

This is a delightful series by Sophie Kelly. Kathleen, assisted by her magical cats Owen and Hercules, together with her friends Maggie and Roma are on the trail of a killer again. This time, an old, retired teacher has been run over and killed. There is of a question whether it was an accident or not but even if it was, it was a hit and run. To Kathleen's horror, her young friend Ruby is arrested for murder. Kathleen and her friends know that Ruby could not have c
Judy Hall
I did not realize until I had started it that this was the second book in the series. I went ahead and read it because I did not have anything else at the time. I'm glad I did.

Kathleen is a small town librarian who impulsively moved to Minnesota for a library restoration project. In the first book (that I haven't read) she is followed home by two kittens from the local feral colony. She learns they are very special.

In this book she gets caught up when a friend is accused of murdering her high s
BJ Rose
Not quite a 4*, since I knew who the bad guy was way too early, but I love the magical involvement of her cats.
I've really enjoyed the first two books in this series. i like the characters, and the cats, who really do not dominate the stories. So far. I'm looking forward to #3.
This is the second book in the Magical Cats Series. Some of the characters introduced in the first book come to life in this book as the story develops. There is murder fairly early on and I started to feel that I knew who was responsible. But as the characters are developed a bit more and some of their secrets are revealed, you realize you are on the wrong trail. the two magical cats - Owen & Hercules - are involved in helping Kathleen solve this murder. You just can't go wrong with a book ...more
Janet Deaver-pack
Sofie Kelly fixed nearly all the flaws that made the first book such an unsatisfactory read. Her plot is better, there are far fewer spelling mistakes, there's less unnecessary touchy-feeley among the group of female friends, and the insistence to answer questions with unnatural-feeling whole sentences is less. This is a tighter book, and overall much better. Sofie was wise and didn't change the cats in either attitude or the practice of their magical feats. There are still some parts of her plo ...more
Dina Tanners
I enjoyed the first book of this series but was a bit disappointed with the second book. The main character follow the same type of "search" on her own and didn't seem to advance much from the first book. Also, it was fairly easy to figure out the murderer. Agatha seemed like a fascinating character, especially in how she had influenced the lives of so many of her students whom she saw with potential but were on a destructive path.

I still enjoyed very much the interaction with her cats. Yes the
This is the second installment in this delightful series. Agatha Shepherd, now elderly, has been a helpful force in the lives of many of the town’s inhabitants. So who would be in involved in running her down in what looks to be a deliberate hit-and-run accident? Kathleen, with the help of her two amazing cats, is no slouch when it comes to ferreting out the truth. And neither is the detective assigned to the case. But can they work together? This entertaining cozy is pure fun from beginning to ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Judy by: a win at Cozy Chicks blog.
I won this book in a giveaway on the Cozy Chicks blog a couple of years ago. My copy is signed by the author and I also received the next installment, Copycat Killing. Although I found a couple of typos it did not distract from my enjoyment of the story. This is the 2nd in the Magical Cats Mystery series and there are some references in the story about the solving of the first murder, this book can stand alone. I may, however have a bit of insight into the murder in the first book, Curiosity Th ...more
This book was a mix of delightful and frustrating elements.

Pros: The book is set in idyllic Mayfield all dressed up in snow and winter splendor. Its inhabitants are a mix of sweet and interesting people. Protagonist Kathleen is likeable and smart, a gal worthy of leading her own cozy series. The mystery was pretty satisfying, though even amateur sleuths will have no problem naming the culprit. The titular magical cats were characters in their own right and cat lovers will fall in love with them
Agatha Shepherd was an educator and over the years she helped almost everyone in town in one way or another. When she is found dead outside a local cafe people are certainly shocked. Who would do this and why???

Kathleen hopes that with the help of her feline friends and maybe a little assistance from a handsome detective she may find the answers. Of course having a cat that can walk through closed doors and another that can become invisible at will makes Kathleen investigation a little easier as
I simply loved CURIOSITY THRILLED THE CAT, the first book in the Magical Cats Mystery series, and I was anticipating that the second book would be just as good. Well I was wrong. SLEIGHT OF PAW was even better!

SLEIGHT OF PAW sees Kathleen, with her two feline cohorts, trying to solve the murder of Agatha Shepherd, retired school teacher. Agatha Shepherd was a nice person, and couldn't possibly have a enemy if the world so who would've wanted to kill her? It's up to Kathleen to find out!

I loved t
Diana Leigh
SLEIGHT OF PAW is the second book in Sofie Kelly's A Magical Cats Mystery series starring librarian Kathleen Paulson and her two cats with supernatural abilities. I haven't read the first book, but I was able to jump right into the story without feeling lost. In this book, Kathleen starts investigating the murder of Agatha Shepherd, a former school principal, when her friend Ruby is arrested for the crime. Agatha had always gone out of her way to help troubled kids, including Ruby. Why would any ...more
Things have calmed down a bit in Mayville Heights, MN, since the murder of Gregor Easton in Book 1. Kathleen is healing from her injuries, the library is functioning as it should, Owen and Herc are cute as ever; all is going smooth. It disturbs Kathleen; however, when she happens to inadvertently come upon several of the townsfolk, at various times and in various locations, having seemingly heated discussions with a local named Agatha Shepherd. Not very familiar with Agatha, Kathleen's partners- ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Deedee added it
These are such fun stories. No excessive gore, no excessive swearing, just a romp through the pages, spying through the peephole of Kathleen life as she works through her contract with the town's library as their librarian. It's winter so lots of snow, which complicates things when a sweet octogenarian is found dead in an alleyway. Who killed hr and why is best left to the professionals, like Marcus the police detective, but that's never stopped Kathleen from getting involved. She's determined t ...more
The second in the "magical cats" series is another fun romp featuring Kathleen, a Boston librarian who relocates to a small town in Minnesota for a two year contract after her long time boyfriend dumps her. You have to take a deep breath and forget reality in this series. However once you do, it's a lot of fun, and there's even a touch of romance. Kathleen does not discover the body this time. Her friend, Ruby, does. The body in question is an elderly woman named Agatha whom Kathleen had never m ...more
It took me three attempts to actually finish this book. Not because I didn't like it. To the contrary. It was because I kept getting interrupted for extended periods of time and had to keep starting over!

You didn't really need to know that, but I thought it would be nice to clarify that this is also one reason this book in the series why I neglected to add that last star to my rating. I loved "Curiosity Thrilled the Cat," Sofie Kelly's first novel in the Magical Cats series.

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Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan. She also writes as Sofie Ryan.
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A Magical Cats Mystery (7 books)
  • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery, #1)
  • Copycat Killing (A Magical Cats Mystery, #3)
  • Cat Trick (Magical Cats, #4)
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