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Copycat Killing (A Magical Cats Mystery #3)

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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 fl
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by NAL
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Mar 02, 2015 Andree rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Still continuing to enjoy the heck out of this series. The magical cats are just fun, I love Kathleen's two main female friends, Maggie and Rona, and I'm enjoying the slow burn that is the romance. Plus just in general the secondary characters are great. I love the town.

The one problem with setting a mystery series in a small town though, is the fact that already a fair number of the tertiary characters (recurring, but not significant), have been either suspected or convicted of murder (or both
Audiobook from Random House Audio
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Length: 9.75 hours

I don't have a lot to say about Copycat Killing that I didn't say about Curiosity Thrilled the Cat or Sleight of Paw. This was another "Magical Cats" mystery, complete with librarian Kathleen Paulson, her cats with seemingly magical abilities, Owen and Hercules, and her friends living in small-town Minnesota. This time around, there were two murders in the town: a local artist was murdered, and it turns out that the
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Welcome back to Mayville Heights! I hope you brought your umbrella, boots and a rain slicker. It's been "raining cats and dogs" for days. There is flooding all over town. The local artists' co-op has a basement full of water and our favorite librarian Kathleen is helping her friends move their work to higher ground in case the water continues to rise.

All the artwork is saved but one artist isn't as lucky. Mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the basement. The death doesn't look accident
I'm knocking off a star because this got too complicated at the end. I was ready for it to be over. (view spoiler)

But I am still enjoying the series. I can't decide if I like the pace of the relationship or not. I think it'll depend on how it goes from here.
Lee Roberts
Feb 06, 2014 Lee Roberts rated it it was ok
A lot more coffee than the previous story but a little less pastry. Lots of coincidences happen to solve a couple of murders, one old and one recent. It seems that Kathleen Paulson has one of those jobs where you rarely have to actually do any work, so she spends her time having conversations with everyone in town. And for some reason, they all feel a need to confide in her their darkest secrets. Her two magical cats play a small part in finding some clues along the way. Good story if you like c ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it
Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly is another fantastic read. Highly recommended series. 4 stars
Mar 25, 2016 Sam rated it liked it
A fun addition to the series, loving the Hercules/Owen page-time as usual and I'm excited to see the Kathleen/Marcus romance progress.

I had to knock off two stars due to a few annoyances that were too glaring to ignore:

1. How many times did we need to have yet another Mayville resident ask Kathleen how her head felt/tell her that her forehead wound looked painful? It felt unnecessarily repetitive. Too real-life, not enough narrative discretion.

2. How many Mayville denizens will be left standin
Apr 16, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Mayville Heights is having major rain storms causing a huge flood in the small town’s local artists’ co-op. Librarian Kathleen Paulson is desperately trying to help her friends save their art work from being destroyed by all the water. She’s more than a little stunned when she discovers the body of one of the artists floating in the basement. The questions begin starting with why was he down there in the first place.

Kathleen stumbles upon a few clues that make her think the artist’s death is mor
Vicky Marie
If Kathleen can stop bringing up the fact Marcus doesn't have a library card that would be great. It isn't funny, it just makes her sound like a snob. Also, she should stop whining about him doing his job. Some people might think her protectiveness toward her friends is endearing, but to me it makes her stubbornness obvious. I just want her to treat Marcus better.
Kathleen Dixon
This book is a fun, light read with a quirk. The quirk is the two cats that belong to Kathleen - one can appear and disappear at will and the other can walk through walls, literally. They also understand everything Kathleen says to them and the book is full of very humorous 'conversations'.

I got this out of the library because I needed to find a book with my name in the title, author, or key character, and title and author searches didn't find me anything that appealed. Then this came up so I de
Rebecca Mulligan
A Great Twofer

I love this series! This delightful cozy is set in Mayville, Minnesota. Our heroine, Kathleen, is a librarian transplanted from Boston to Minnesota to escape a ruptured romance. She lives with her two magical cats, Owen and Hercules, and is overseeing the renovation of the town's historical library. In this installment, Kathleen is slightly injured when an embankment she is standing on gives way, exposing a skeleton. It turns out that not only was the skeleton murdered (its head wa
May 04, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats
I picked up the first 3 books in this series at a thrift shop in Colonial Williamsburg when an ice-storm shut down the tourist attractions. Good choice, especially since it was based solely on the cats on the front.

I have enjoyed this series and the characters in this little town and, of course, Owen and Hercules. There was enough growth in several of the characters in this installment that if it were the last in the series I would not feel cheated (although if there are others, I will read them
Feb 16, 2016 Cuppa rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Magical Cat Mystery series. As always, I recommend starting at the first book in the series. But if you've already discovered this magical series, then this installment will not disappoint! Kathleen, along with magically talented cats, Owen and Hercules, has two mysteries to solve this time and in the wake of torrential rainfall and flooding. While taking their shift feeding the feral cats in the colony at Wisteria Hill, an embankment collapses beneath her, revealin ...more
It's raining buckets in Mayville Heights. There's water in the basements and librarian, Kathleen Paulson, can't open the library because all the streets are flooded. While she waits for the water to recede, she helps her friends at the artist co-op move their art work to the safety of the upstairs studio. Checking to see how high the water is in the basement, she finds the body of one of the artists floating in the water. But that's not the only body Kathleen has found. When she goes to Wisteria ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Juli rated it really liked it
Copycat Killing
Sofie Kelly

Yes, I have read yet another cozy mystery with cats! :) What can I say? I offer no excuse. I'm addicted.

Kathleen Paulson and her two magical cats, Owen and Hercules, return in Copycat Killing, the 3rd book in the Magical Cats Mystery series by Sofie Kelly.

It has been raining non-stop in Mayville Heights for days. The ground is soggy, and spirits are dampened by the constant deluge. Not only that, but the local artists Co-op has a basement full of water. Kathleen and he
Candace Davidson
Nov 03, 2014 Candace Davidson rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the magical cat series.They are two murders one from the past and one in the present. Both Owen and Hercules are as cute and helpful as they have been in the first two books. There's some questions that are answered that were left from the 2nd book.
Patty P Castillo
Jul 15, 2015 Patty P Castillo rated it liked it
If Kat says "i'm ok" one more time when she gets hurt & it's obvious she's NOT i'm going to stop reading the series all together. Why can she just admit she's hurt & it hurts? Her stupid stubbornness is really getting to my.
I listened to the Audible version of this and enjoyed the book and the narration. This is the third book in the magical cats mysteries and I definitely will be looking to get the next one. In this one, there were actually two mysteries with one happening in the present and one that turns out to be decades old. Naturally, our heroine Kathleen gets very involved in solving both! I also enjoyed the hint of romance that is in the air between Kathleen and the police chief, in spite of their differenc ...more
Carly McEathron
Jan 15, 2015 Carly McEathron rated it liked it
I don't know what it is about this series that keeps me reading it - it has good bones. I was quite a bit confused by the epilogue however. The first three books talk extensively about the library's 100th anniversary, so I assumed that one of the books in the future would be covering it; and it gets stuck in the epilogue? It seemed really strange that the author would tag it on like an afterthought, as if she decided after the 3rd book that she wasn't going to write anymore in the series and wan ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Tess rated it it was amazing
Imagine a cat who seems to have magical powers. Now add another cat who also has magical powers and you have a thoroughly enjoyable, giggle out loud story. This is the 3rd book in Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats Mystery and I, for 1 am really looking forward to more. Sofie writes about everyday, normal people, people who may also be a bit eccentric. For a fun, quick read pick up 1 or all 3 of the books in this series.

FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes
Oct 09, 2014 Joy rated it liked it
This time there are two murdered corpses for Kathleen to solve at the same time. Yet again Detective Gordon is pursuing a good friend of Kathleen's - is she supposed to stand aside and not defend them? It's looking dangerous to be a friend of Kathleen's. Also, I wonder why Kathleen is so determined not to carry her mystery-solving cats around with her. She seems to think it's shameful.

Author Kelly has a knack for writing friendship and conversation. They give the Magical Cats series its warmth.
Librarian Kathleen's super-powered cats don't have as much to do in this, as she is out feeding a feral cat colony when she finds an old grave. Her want-to-be boyfriend Marcus, investigating for the police, finds a class ring for 1963, which means that it isn't an archaeological find. Then Kathleen and friend Maggie find the body of a local artist in the flooded basement of a building. Can these two dead men have anything to do with each other? Well, not really, but does Kathleen ever get beat u ...more
Nov 01, 2014 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
The town of Mayville Heights is drowning after a series of storms and everything is flooded; streets, basements, parking lots, etc. Several businesses, like the library that Kathleen is head librarian at, are closed awaiting the water to recede. While helping her friend, Maggie, move precious items out of the co-op basement, they discover the dead body of a newcomer to the co-op, Jager Merrill.

This time Kathleen isn't just dealing with a potential murder after a local yet mysterious artist turns
Aug 29, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it
Kathleen is back with her friends Roma, Maggie and Ruby, and of course her magical cats, Owen and Hercules. It has been raining in Mayville Heights for days. The library is closed and Kathleen is helping her friends move belongings from the lower rooms of the Artist co-op to the upstairs studios. And she is checking on the feral cats that live at Wisteria Hill. How can a woman who has so much empathy for others, one who is always helping out, find herself in the middle of two murder investigatio ...more
Alannah Davis
Jul 24, 2012 Alannah Davis rated it it was amazing
The 3rd book in the "Magical Cats Mystery" series. I read the first one but not the 2nd, so now I am VERY much looking forward to reading the book that I missed! Needless to say, I love "Copycat Killing."

Librarian Kathleen Paulson, having fled from Boston to a small town in the midwest after a broken love affair, finds that small towns aren't so sleepy. After constant rain causes flooding and other crises in Mayville Heights, Kathleen works to help her friends at the artists' co-op move their be
Paul Lunger
May 25, 2012 Paul Lunger rated it really liked it
The 3rd book in the Magical Cats series by Sofie Kelly is a 2-in-1 mystery that doesn't have either one tied to the other. The first mystery involves the death of Jaeger Merrill an artist who isn't who he appears & the second involves Thomas Karlsson whose remains are found at Wisteria Hill. Kelly does a pretty good job in keep both stories separate & yet moving. In amongst this is an accident involving our primary mystery solver Kathleen Paulson which serves as a useful plot point for t ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-cozy
Copycat Killing
By Sofie Kelly
Copyright May 2012
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery

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
May 08, 2012 Larraine rated it liked it
Sofie Kelly's "magical cats" series is my "go to" series for a light and fun read involving cats. This is the third book in the series featuring Kathleen, a librarian, who is overseeing the renovation of a small town Minnesota library. The renovations are completed in this book, and I imagine that Kathleen's contract will be renewed. In the meantime, she is finishing up the renovations and grand reopening which has been delayed by heavy rains and resultant flooding. The local artist co-op has be ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing
As I usually say of movies, it seems to be a trend to have a really successful first story, a disappointing second one, then a third one that makes up for the shortcomings of the second.

This holds true for the Magical Cats series. Although "Sleight of Paw," the second book, was a good story, it lost me a few times with regards to who was who. At the end, it worked itself out, but the whole thing was a little too complicated for my tastes.

"Copycat Killing," on the other hand, was complex, but mor
Aug 13, 2012 Mirjam rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Copycat Killing is the third book in the Magical Cats Mystery series and one that I was looking forward to a lot. With Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats books I know I'm up for a good time and therefore make haste to settle down with the book and a cup of tea before diving into this charming world.

Owen and Hercules charmed me from the start, so I am delighted whenever they make an appearance! With their wonderful characters, magical skills (walking through doors and invisibility) and rather unusual qui
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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.

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