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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,510 ratings  ·  333 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 NAL
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) I'd say it is. No sex, no violence to speak of...just a "cute" kitty mystery. No big deal. They see worse on TV every day.
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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 :)
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 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
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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
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
Apr 05, 2015 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Katie by: Andree
This is going to be one of those reviews where it sounds like I didn't like the book as well as I did.

A lot of the clues were waaaay too obvious. Which isn't something I thought I cared about in mysteries! I don't care that much about being surprised by the outcome of the case (I like the ride and the characters), but these were like giant red flags. They weren't even red herrings! (That said, I didn't figure out the whole of the case.)

The cats were, um, cute and wonderful, but I thought it was
Feb 08, 2015 Andree rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
I haven't been reading much lately, but I needed something light tonight. Grabbed this from the library.

It amuses me that "Young woman (past heartbreak recommended but not required) who lives in a small town and has a fondness for cats, gets drawn into local murder, and develops a flirtation with the local detective," is becoming a mystery sub-genre. Because seriously.

(Vague hand-wavey magic, and the woman actually being the librarian, also optional. Kooky family required.)

Although, in this one,
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
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
Dixie A.
I don't want to give the impression that this was in any way a bad book. It's a decent book. I'm giving it three stars because it's average, not because it's bad. It's so average, it's formulaic.

This book is a murder mystery, set around a library, a librarian, a small town, a conductor and some cats. The cats purportedly have magic powers, something that plays much less of a role in the story than it should. I think that, if there were more about the cats, this might even have been a four star s
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
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
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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
Kathleen Paulson needs to change her life NOW, her boyfriend goes away for two weeks and comes back MARRIED!!

Kathleen chucks her life in Boston and accepts a job in Mayville Heights, Minnesota, to supervise the renovation and modernization of their library. This turns out to be no small task, but the job is just the kind of distraction she needs.

Not long after her arrival in town she allows to stray cats two snuggle their way into her life. She names the tabby Owen and quickly learns he is addic
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.
A fun cozy mystery - but I would have liked it better if the cats did not have special powers. Cats are pretty interesting animals without having to concoct unnatural abilities.
Janet Deaver-pack
I really, really wanted to like Sofie Kelly. She has some charming ideas, but the way they're put together in her plot aren't so charming. Conversations among friends and acquaintances feel abnormal because they're all in complete sentences. She uses very few colloquial answers to questions such as "yup" or "sure". Brownies appear in a bag on one page, and on the next page the same bunch of brownies is in foil. During the gatherings of female friends during the story, they're always touching, to ...more
I was looking for a change of pace from the stack of self help books I had been reading. I stumbled upon Curiosity Trilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly. When I read the summary and knew that there were cats with magical skills, a library and a murder, I knew this was the book for me. I also liked that this book is part of a series. Kathleen moves to Mayville Heights, MN from Boston after her jerk of a boyfriend ends up marrying someone else after a two week trip away with the boys. It was her way of p ...more
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
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
Karen B.
This is the first book I have read in the series and I can tell I will be back for more. Kathleen Paulson has left her life in Boston, wanting to escape from a heartbreak when her boyfriend ends up marrying someone else. She comes to Mayville Heights Minnesota to be the new head librarian overseeing the restoration of the original library. When she first arrived she encountered a very old house which is apparently home to a colony of feral cats. Two of the kittens come out to see her and "adopt" ...more
Janet S
I loved this book. Loved the characters, the story, the setting and especially the cats.
Rebecca Mulligan
A Wonderful Cat Cozy

What a delightful book! This is the first book of the Magical Cats Mystery Series by Sophie Kelly. It is charming. Heroine Kathleen Paulson has just moved to Mayville, Minnesota to take a job as head librarian for a library under renovation. Two stray cats, Hercules and Owen immediately adopt her. It doesn't take long before Kathleen notices that both cats have certain magical powers. A corpse turns up, and Kathleen goes on the hunt for the killer, with the aid of her two mag
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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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  • How to Moon a Cat (The Cats and Curios Mystery Series, #3)
  • Woof at the Door (Call of the Wilde #1)
  • If Walls Could Talk (A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #1)
  • Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #1)
  • A Timely Vision (A Missing Pieces Mystery #1)
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  • Pies and Prejudice (A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery #1)
Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of Darlene Ryan. She also writes as Sofie Ryan.
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Other Books in the Series

A Magical Cats Mystery (7 books)
  • Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats, #2)
  • Copycat Killing (A Magical Cats Mystery, #3)
  • Cat Trick (Magical Cats, #4)
  • Final Catcall (Magical Cats, #5)
  • A Midwinter's Tail (Magical Cats, #6)
  • Faux Paw (Magical Cats, #7)
Sleight of Paw (Magical Cats, #2) Copycat Killing (A Magical Cats Mystery, #3) Cat Trick (Magical Cats, #4) Final Catcall (Magical Cats, #5) A Midwinter's Tail (Magical Cats, #6)

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