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Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,056 ratings  ·  139 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
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Penguin Books
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terpkristin
Audiobook from Random House Audio
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
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Yvonne
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
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Mirjam
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
Snap
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
Text Addict
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
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Elaine
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
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Andrea
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
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sublimosa
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
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
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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.
Julia
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.
Mayda
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
Judy
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
Jennifer
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
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LORI CASWELL
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
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bella
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
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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
Sapphyria
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
Deedee
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
Larraine
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
Jack
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.

The story in this on
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Rebecca
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This is a lighthearted cozy featuring librarian Kathleen Paulson and her two magical cats, Owen and Hercules, in small town Mayville, Minnesota. In this second installment of the series, Kathleen is determined to discover who killed Agatha Shepherd, a former school principal who loved children and helped several teens turn their lives around. When Agatha's body is discovered outside the local diner and Kathleen's
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Christine
My Magical Cat Mysteries just keep getting better and better. Small town librarian Kathleen and her two partners Owen and Hercules are back solving crimes. It seems that Kathleen just wants to protect her friends who could not possibly be involved with murder. Being a small town with just a few detectives, Marcus Gordon seems to show up at all the bodies that seem to cross Kathleen's path. While she keeps adamantly telling her friends that he is not her type, her mind keeps telling her that whil ...more
Karen
I don't expect brilliant literature when I pick up a mystery from the paperback rack at the local library. I'm usually looking for a pleasant diversion. And that is what I found with this book.

I really liked this book. Maybe because the protagonist was a librarian who owned a Tuxedo cat and a grey striped cat. Or maybe because it was a well-crafted story.

There are a few flaws. Kathleen did not seem fully fleshed out, I had no real sense of her personality or character. The cats are supposed to
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Cheryl
May 04, 2014 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: cats
This series is a lot of fun! I think it helps that I am a cat's roommate (no one owns a cat) and I have seen some of her magical powers, including vanishing into thin air at a moment's notice. I also carry on entire conversations with my cat as Kathleen does with hers and I think Minerva understands me and contributes as much as Owen and Hercules do in the book.

I like all of the characters in this little town and the quirky things they do. I think the mystery is rather well-done, although the wh
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Ricki
This is the second in a series that I must admit I'm enjoying very much. Set in a small town in Minnesota, this is a series to read for the setting & characters, not for the intricacies of the plot. (I knew "whodunnit" the moment the character was introduced.) Still, I look forward to spending time in Marysville & with the cat-owning librarian protagonist Kathleen & her circle of (mostly female) friends. Unlike Rita Mae Brown's Mrs Murphy mysteries, we're not privy to the cats' thoug ...more
Diane Heath
This is the second book in magical cats mysteries. Maggie is trying to match Kathleen and Marcus together. One obstacle is that Marcus arrests a friend of Kathleen's for the hit and run death of a former teacher in town. With the assistance of Owen and Hercules, Kathleen discovers the true killer.
Amy Sternberg
Standing in line at the library and the cats on the cover caught my eye, I checked it out and brought it with me on the plane, its a great book to curl up with, I did not get bored with it, and I can't wait to read the other books in this series! Who does not like a good ol mystery with cats involved!
Carole
Kathleen, the new town librarian, keeps falling into murders which the local detective doesn't like and suspects her of being involved in. In addition, she has help from her two magical cats, Hercules (who can walk through closed doors) and Owen (who turns invisible at will).
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Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan.
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