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Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  1,826 Ratings  ·  207 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
Cheryl Landmark
Dec 31, 2014 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it
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
Dec 11, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
As a librarian, meaning someone who's read a lot of books, Kathleen should know better. That said, the town is really, really charming - I love all their running gags! - even if the amount of murders is probably pretty high for somewhere with a population around 1,046.

I'd like a book where Detective Gordon has nothing to do besides issue parking tickets, by the way.
Sep 10, 2011 Mirjam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 14, 2014 Snap rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it
Sleight of Paw by Sophie Kelly is the second book in the Magical cats mystery series. Librarian Kathleen Paulson becomes involved in the murder of a retired school teacher when her friend Ruby is accused of the crime. An enjoyable typical slow paced cozy mystery. Owen and Hercules(the cats) are the stars and it was good to catch up with all the characters and especially the two cats. It was fun to take part with the towns winter festival and join in with all the various events with the character ...more
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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
Sep 22, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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!
Mary Beth
Jul 31, 2012 Mary Beth rated it did not like it
For the cats to play such a big role in the title (and the fact that they series is "magical cats"), they play a rather small role in the book and when they do appear it's often almost on the side. The "mystery" wasn't really a mystery. I felt like a lot of the dialogue didn't seem quite "real;" I think some aspects just felt fake or forced. And I don't know about other editions, but the paperback I read apparently wasn't edited; lots and lots of typos that, at times, caused a lot of stumbles (s ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-09, 2013-10
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
Jul 30, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
Cute. Implausible. Fun. When I read mysteries like this, i.e. the cat ones, I'm not really reading them for the mystery aspect, I'm reading for the cats and general characterization, but this one does a pretty decent job in the mystery department. This is the 2nd in the series about a Boston librarian who has moved to Minnesota; in the first one she is adopted by two feral cats from Wisteria Hill where the cats are...special (they're known for being very long-lived). Their names are Herc and Owe ...more
Nov 19, 2014 sublimosa rated it it was ok
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
Aug 27, 2016 Doris rated it really liked it
The three musketeers are back! In this case, they consist of one recently arrived librarian and two cats – mystical cats that is! Intrigued? And so you should be.
Sofie Kelly’s second book in this series contains suspicious death, though this time librarian Kathleen Paulson is only second on the scene – the first is generally the main suspect. And as in the first adventure, there are more long-running secrets to be discovered in Mayville Heights who appear to be the cause of the problem … or are
Judy Hall
May 28, 2014 Judy Hall rated it really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2016 Juli rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for cozy mysteries with cats. I recently read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. I immediately checked out the 2nd book from the library. I'm not sure if it was my curiosity about the magical powers of the two cats, or my wondering about the main character's love life that made me pick up the 2nd book so quickly. :)

Kathleen Paulson returns in Book 2 with her two cats, Hercules and Owen. The renovations to the Mayville Heights, Minnesota Library continue. As head libraria
Deborah Almada
Oct 21, 2016 Deborah Almada rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I am really enjoying this series, I have only read the first two but really enjoy the characters, the town has really started to adopt Kathleen, many people really trust her and that helps her help her friend Ruby when she is arrested for the women who was a mentor to her. Kathleen knows she didn't do it and she works long and hard to find evidence that helps her friend. The ties she has made in town and the help of her "magical" cats Hercules and Owen make it possible for her to get to the bott ...more
Sandra Holladay
Dec 22, 2015 Sandra Holladay rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-pet
Good story! Fun read! Really enjoyed all the character interactions, love the cats, and the plot was very plausible (after all, when have any of us not done dumb things-ok, maybe not as dumb as Kathleen, but still...). Kathleen does need to stop worrying about people hearing her ‘talk’ to her cats. Those of us who have animals and love them naturally talk to them. Most of the time they even acknowledge that they understand us (though sometimes they have selective hearing). I came close to giving ...more
BJ Rose
Feb 21, 2014 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, series
Not quite a 4*, since I knew who the bad guy was way too early, but I love the magical involvement of her cats.
Dec 25, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 28, 2015 Ruthe rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2015 Janet Deaver-pack rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2015 Dina Tanners rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2016 Traci rated it liked it
The second installment in Kelly's Magical Cats series is cute enough, but the editing was definitely lacking! I can forgive an error or two, but this one was chock full of them, some just irritating (missing/misplaced quotation marks, missing words such as "a" and "the", etc), some downright strange. For instance, one of the characters comments about a hunky guy, saying something about "a peace of beefcake". HUH??? I know - piece of beefcake. Still, why didn't anyone catch that?

I do like the cha
Sep 21, 2016 RumBelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I picked up the first volume in this series, I started it and really liked the characters, especially Hercules and Owen. One of my major pet peeves about mysteries though, is where you accuse the hero/heroine/detective/officer of being the murderer or the guilty one. I just can't stand that, and that was what the first book was about. So I abandoned it and tried book two. Again, liked the writing and the characters, but I found it to be extremely slow. I did not finish it. I don't want to give u ...more
It's winter, and Mayville Heights' winter festival is in full swing, giving library director Kathleen Paulson a perfect opportunity to best detective Marcus Gordon at hockey, to his great surprise. For beloved retired principal Agatha Shepard, winter is not so kind, however, and Kathleen is incensed when Marcus seems to believe her friend Ruby may have killed the elderly woman. Kathleen and her two magical cats start their own investigation, heedless of the danger.

This leisurely paced cozy myste
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Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of young adult writer and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl around thrift stores. And she admits to having a small crush on Matt Lauer.

She also writes as Sofie Ryan.
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