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Copycat Killing (Magical Cats #3)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,078 ratings  ·  115 reviews
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
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ebook, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by NAL
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Andree
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
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terpkristin
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
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LORI CASWELL
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
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Katie
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.
Betsy
Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly is another fantastic read. Highly recommended series. 4 stars
Yvonne
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
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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
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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
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Cheryl
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
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Snap
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
Candace Davidson
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.
Carly McEathron
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
Tess
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
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Joy
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.
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Susan
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
Sapphyria
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
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Judy
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
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
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Paul Lunger
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
Nora-adrienne
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
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Larraine
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
Jack
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
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Mirjam
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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Heather
The latest book of The Magical Cats Mystery series just continued to win you one over with the intelligence of the cats and the blossoming romance of Marcus Gordon and Kathleen Paulson.

In Copycat Killing, we are introduced with not one, but TWO mysteries. The first is discovered when Kathleen and Marcus feed the stray cats at the Wisteria Hill house. With Kathleen's knack of finding bodies, she unearths, quite literally, a set of bones. The second is found in a water-filled basement at Maggie's
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chrisa
-------- There are some spoilers in this review, read with care!-------------------

I really enjoyed the third book in the Magical Cats Mystery Series. :)

In particular I enjoyed the two-part mystery that was going on as well as all the little mysteries that were included.

I absolutely loved that Kathleen is making an attempt to reconcile that when Marcus is a cop, he is a cop and he has to approach suspects as a cop, not as their friend. It was nice to see two people who are approaching beginnin
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Lee Roberts
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
Tess
Imagine a cat who seems to have magical powers. Now take it times two and you have a thoroughly enjoyable, giggle out loud story. This is the third book in Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats Mystery and I, for one, am greatly looking forward to more. Sofie writes about "everyday, normal
people". (not to say the rest aren't of us aren't normal) Foe a fun, quick read,pick up all of Sofie's books in this series.
Mayda
Kathleen finds herself falling – literally – when a rain-soaked bank at the feral cats’ home gives way. A skeleton emerges and a determination must be made as to its origins. Kathleen also discovers a recently deceased body in a flooded basement. In that case, a motive for murder is first on the agenda. There is never a dull moment in Kathleen’s life, although her detective friend Marcus wishes she would pay less attention to his job and focus more on other things. But with her two magical cats, ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
It is winter time in Mayville Heights and to the shock of Librarian Kathleen and best friend, Maggie more than one body has been found floating in the Artists Co-Op basement. Trying to get those images from her mind, Kathleen takes her turn to care for the feral cats up at old Wisteria Hill. Luckily she is not alone as the hillside gives away and sweeps Kathleen over 10' down and she emerges along with the skull of another body!

This book was filled with humor, truly scary episodes that will have
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Christine
I thought the 3nd book of the series was even better than the first. The characters personalities are exhibited more and many of them are just hilarious. Of course the main character Owen and Hercules (Magical Cats) are adorable and makes me want to have cats just like them. Knowing this is impossible (or is it?) I will have to settle for Sofie Kelly's mysteries. In this story rain has been pouring in Mayville Heights and the town is deluged with water everywhere. Of course when a body shows up ...more
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Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan. She also writes as Sofie Ryan.
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Other Books in the Series

Magical Cats (7 books)
  • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats, #1)
  • Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats, #2)
  • Cat Trick (Magical Cats, #4)
  • Final Catcall (Magical Cats, #5)
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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats, #1) Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats, #2) Cat Trick (Magical Cats, #4) Final Catcall (Magical Cats, #5) A Midwinter's Tail (Magical Cats, #6)

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