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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,111 ratings  ·  282 reviews
When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines.

When murder interrupts Mayville's
Paperback, 324 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Signet
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CURIOSITY THRILLED THE CAT was one of those books that you hear about before release day, you get excited about it, buy it on release day and then it sits in your TBR pile. I was so excited when I heard about CURIOSITY THRILLED THE CAT that I raced to the bookstore and bought it. Of course it then spent quite a few months in the ever-growing reading well. Well lately I've had a bit of a reading slump and I was eyeing my shelves and saw it sitting there. I thought I would give it a go. I thought ...more
This was an excellent choice for a kitty-themed mystery in my Women of Mystery group! The mystery was solid and the characters were well crafted. Is it okay that my favorites were the kitties? My birthday is coming up, and guess what I'm asking for. No, not a kitty. Two kitties :)
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Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Length: 10.5 hours

I enjoyed this book. It was a book almost written for me and my silly cat, Oz. It was exactly the type of book I needed after reading a lot of dark and sort of heavy fantasy and science fiction lately, to say nothing of real life. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat was a light murder mystery type book, the type of book I devour like popcorn. The book was fairly mainstream, though did have a fantastical element... The cats i
This book had the potential to be okay but there were two main problems with it for me. The first is that as a ~magical~ cats mystery I expected less derision towards "crazy cat ladies" because who else buys books about ~magical~ cats? Way to alienate your target audience. The second has to do with the pacing. It felt like we were wandering around town endlessly with Kathleen and her library renovations just wondering about who done it rather than her and her cats actively seeking out informatio ...more
Jun 20, 2014 Ian rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ian by: Nya Nya Jinx
After a visiting composer shows up dead sitting at his piano, the town's new librarian steps in to solve the crime. As she investigates with a little help from her two supernaturally gifted cats, the killer seems to be have turned his attention to her and she finds herself in something akin to a Buster Keaton movie...avoiding falling anvils and such.

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat isn't too bad. It's pretty typical of the genre but the supernatural cats promise to deliver something a little more tha
Feb 24, 2012 Janet rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of chick-lit.
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat can be best described as a murder mystery that feels like light reading. The series title (Magical Cats) warned me in advance to suspend disbelief while the two feline heroes of the book demonstrated their amazing abilities.

I did, however, think the author should have given more thought to the naming of her characters. Owen is one of the protagonist's cats and Oren is one of the suspects. This reader had to concentrate too hard to keep the Owen/Oren duo straight. Then
Glenda Bixler
A Different Kind of Book Review: Guest Reviewer: Owen - A Cat Lover Special!

Easton gave me a practiced celebrity-greeting the-little-people smile. Unpack one of those computers just for him? When pigs fly, I thought. Unfortunately, it wasn't a pig that suddenly launched itself onto the conductor's head. It was a cat. My cat. Owen. For a moment Owen perched on top of Easton's
head, tail twitching, like some sort of kitty Davy Crockett hat. Before any of us could move, he leaped over to the top of
I recently read and loved The Whole Cat and Caboodle by Sofie Ryan, aka Sofie Kelly so I decided to read her Magical Cats series. I tend to not love books about magic, witches or anything paranormal related but I love the author so decided to give this a chance. I am glad I did. I loved it, start to finish!!

This book is about Kathleen, who recently moved to MN to oversee the renovation of the town's library. Kathleen used to live in the 'big city' of Boston, MA and was doing a little bit of esc
Marilyn Fontane
Another librarian with cats mystery. Well, I like both librarians and cats. This one is set in Minnesota (ok, it is a young woman, not an old man, but both have two cats who are extraordinary). In this series, one cat seems to the protagonist to become invisible and the other to go through walls (a bit more cat-like than invisibility). The cats offer chewed up clues and lead her in the right direction, but none of the leads are actually deus-ex-machina quality. The characters are quite realistic ...more
Librarian Kathleen Paulson finds murder is not only on her bookshelves.


Author Sofie Kelly mixes librarians, cats, murder, and a hunky single detective in a new “Magical Cats Mystery” series set in the Lake Pepin area of Minnesota. Single newcomer Kathleen Paulson left Boston to lick her wounds after her longtime boyfriend quickly and unexpectedly married somebody else within two weeks of their first real serious disagreement. Her new job is to renovate and update the Mayville Heights’ Carneg
I liked Sofie Kelly's "Curiosity Thrilled the Cat". I am not jumping up and down with glee or turning cartwheels about it -- but I liked it and would recommend it as a fun read.

Kathleen Paulson has recently moved from the Boston area to small town Mayville Heights, Minnesota. Her job as Library Director is complicated because she is in the midst of renovations which seem jinxed. She has 2 cats whom have adopted her and a sequence of new acquaintances and friends helping her get used to small tow
When Kathleen Paulson returns after being away for a couple of weeks, he’s a newly married man. Kathleen has no choice but to pull herself together and start her life all over again. She is quick to leave her hometown of Boston and get a brand new job in Mayville Heights, Minnesota. Her new job puts her in charge of renovated the small town’s library.

After she moves in, two beautiful cats decide to maker her home theirs as well. She names the cats Owen and Hercules. Owen is a catnip addict, whil
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly was a debut novel in a new series coined "A Magical Cats Mystery." I do not know, for sure, that the cats were thrilled, but, I most certainly was.

A new Librarian, named Kathleen has moved to Mayville Heights, MN to oversee the restoration of the town's Historical Carnegie Library. She finds wonderful friends, and two rather talented cats there to greet her.

Alas, the next surprise is a dead body, the guest Conductor for the Wild Rose Summer Music Festiva
There are a million cat mysteries out there. I tend to stay away from most of them but this looked cute so I gave it a try. It's nothing special but it was enjoyable. The cats had a fairly minor role and not much personality--they didn't add much to the story for me. The writing was good and I liked the characters and the mystery.

The ending was weak as it is in so many of these cozy mysteries. The author has a good plot going but can't write it so that the bad guy is revealed through actual clue
Cozy mysteries are great for summer's day at the beach.
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm about ready to give up on contemporary cozies, particularly the "kitty/library" mysteries. When I read "Magical Cats" in the title, I wondered. Cute is not a genre, or at least it shouldn't be, and given the plethora of "kitty mysteries" of late, I picked up this easy-read with some apprehension. But it started out OK; the "magic" seems to be nothing more than the ability of one cat to walk through walls (okaaay) and the other's ability to-- ...more
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat is the first book I have read written by Sofie Kelly. Right off the bat, you are laughing because the main character's cats are causing trouble (at least one of them is). This book is definitely for anyone who loves cats. She is masterful at describing their funny tendencies that make them cats. I just wanted to take Owen and Hercules home with me. This mystery actually has more substance than most cozies as well. I have already ordered more of this series. 4 stars
This was a fun read! The more I read it, the more I wanted to get a cat or two of my own.

I liked Kathleen's process of believing that her cats were magical. Sometimes characters stubbornly refuse to believe what's right in front of her face, but she wasn't like that at all. And though the cats helped her solve the mystery, it wasn't obvious from the beginning who had done it.

Kathleen was a fun, charming heroine that I enjoyed getting to know. But she had a lot of female friends and I had a hard
Mar 07, 2014 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: cats
For a book picked up on a whim because it had cats on the cover, this was a real gem. Great cozy mystery involving two of the greatest things ever -- cats and libraries! I enjoyed the characters in the book and the cozy small town setting and of course the cats. The mystery was well done with great red-herring clues that had me fooled up til the end and believable interactions and motivations. I did find the book made me hungry, though, because Kathleen kept baking things like banana bread and m ...more
A Review
Maybe the cat was thrilled, but I think most readers have higher standards for entertainment.

First, let me say that I love the premise. Cats. Library. I mean, isn't at least some of the success of the internet based on the premise that people love cats and people love information (false or otherwise). Okay, I exaggerate much, but you get the idea...This book should be a recipe for success--at least niche success. Cat ladies. Librarians
I'll give it one more book. I'm sort of interested in where this is going, though I think audio drags the story out, making the filler seem a lot more like filler. If I was reading this, it would probably be done in a day or two, but audio is much slower. I kept losing track of what day of the week it was in the story, and I got seriously distracted by a major plot point involving cinnamon buns at the end of the book. I liked the cats, though not the magic, the mystery was okay, but the characte ...more
This book was on my to-read list for quite a long time. It wasn't until I decided to go back to reading traditional books at night (read article about eReaders and sleep loss here, that I realized I had purchased this book months ago.

I love cats. I have two cats of my own and love reading about them. They are the best friends a person could want. It is just not the same to wake up in the morning with a dog sitting on your head. It is much more pleasant t
This was a fun read. The pace seemed to drag somewhere in the middle at one point, but picked back up. I liked that the killer wasn't totally obvious which let me concoct different scenarios and possible motives throughout the book. I like the characters, and of course the cats. I liked that they were slightly magical and not crazy cat lady magical. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Carly McEathron
Surprisingly good! My expectations were low, since The Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun is so exceptional, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book offered one thing that I appreciate in a mystery series: a well-developed setting. The little Minnesotan town was believable and it's residents were true. The main character also had some depth which made me want to keep reading about her, NOT just about her mysteries.

The one drawback - the magical cats were annoying. I think the book would
Lee Roberts
Kathleen Paulson takes a job as a librarian in a small Minnesota town to escape recent heartbreak in the big city of Boston. She patiently supervises the renovation of the old library thinking that the lazy building contractor is her biggest headache -- until she finds the dead body. The famous conductor was in town for the local music festival, but someone wasn't happy to see him. Kathleen is the one who discovers Gregor Easton's lifeless body slumped over a piano in the concert hall. With the ...more
Cozy Mysteries are what I read when I want to just relax and give my mind a break. I will admit that I'm not the sort of mystery reader who consciously goes through the book looking for clues and challenges myself to solve the mystery before the reveal; instead, I read these more as a straight novel and just enjoy the story as I go along.

It had been quite some time since I last read a Cozy Mystery when I picked up this book. I really didn't know much about it other than it had cats (which I love
Cats are dearest to my soul, so I looked forward to Sofie Kelly’s series. Magical kitties originating from disused mansion grounds, is a fun idea. I imagine this would be enlightened in the succeeding novels. Unfortunately, I hesitate to dip into them. No one is more surprised than I, that aversion to an author’s style of writing can overshadow a subject you like. There was constant focus on body movements. I got through the book by reading two others at once, which is new for me. This tendency; ...more
All cat owners think their cats are special, but Kathleen Paulson’s cats really are! Leaving behind Boston and her broken heart, Kathleen is making a new life for herself at work restoring a library in Minnesota. One day while exploring an abandoned house, she discovers that she has two ardent followers – a tabby cat and a tuxedo cat. Now named Owen and Hercules, she is amazed to discover each has a hidden talent. But what really shocks her is her discovery of a dead composer at the theater. Mor ...more
Enjoying very light reading these days as my brain is too full of work-related issues. Have some heftier titles to read in the near future, but for now enjoying and indulging in whimsical cat-related mysteries.

This is a fun, down to earth series featuring a relocated Bostonian librarian to Minnesota. Kathleen adjusts to her new life with the help of Hercules and Owen, 2 feral cats she adopted that have special powers--they can walk through walls and disappear. They are also addicted to catnip an
Nancy Haddock
Love, love, love this series! The cats are too much fun, and Kathleen is an excellent sleuth in these multi-layered mysteries! Not entirely a paranormal mystery, but the cats add a great dollop of the woowoo element. Yes, I'm a Sofie Kelly fan for sure!
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Huntsville-Madiso...: Staff Pick: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly 1 6 Mar 05, 2013 08:11AM  
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  • Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks, #1)
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  • Lending a Paw (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #1)
  • Tempest in the Tea Leaves (A Fortune Teller Mystery, #1)
  • Books Can Be Deceiving (Library Lover's Mystery, #1)
  • Pleating for Mercy (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery, #1)
  • The Whole Cat and Caboodle (Second Chance Cat Mystery, #1)
  • A Killer Read (Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery #1)
  • Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #1)
  • Cat on the Edge (Joe Grey #1)
  • The Quick and the Thread (An Embroidery Mystery, #1)
  • A Timely Vision (A Missing Pieces Mystery #1)
Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan.
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Magical Cats (6 books)
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  • Copycat Killing (Magical Cats, #3)
  • Cat Trick (Magical Cats, #4)
  • Final Catcall (Magical Cats, #5)
  • A Midwinter's Tail (Magical Cats, #6)
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