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

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,004 Ratings  ·  388 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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Aug 07, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, cozy, murder mystery that had a good story. I thought it might be silly because of the special kitty's but it had just enough magic to keep it funny but not over the top ridiculous.

Two cats adopt and make themselves comfortable in the home of a young woman who is new to a small town, where she has been hired to be the new librarian. She's not sure why or where they came from but they are sweet, ornery, and funny. She likes having them around to keep her company and they seem to
Jun 23, 2011 HeyT rated it it was ok
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
Sep 06, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
So this is cute, but it's also sort of - bland. It's not the magic cats, though I think I'd like that aspect better if it was simply played as "cats are smarter than all of us." It's that this book hits my first-in-a-series, lack-of-complete-background bias, wherein some information is doled out that is central to the characterization of the protagonist, but more is clearly withheld. And it's that the mystery is fairly weak (red herrings practically wear big "Red Herring Alert!" signs) - and tha ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
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 :)
Nov 02, 2011 bella rated it it was amazing
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
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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 liked it
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 liked it
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 really liked it
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,
Mar 06, 2016 Kirsti rated it really liked it
I have read a number of cozy cat murder mystery type stories this year, and I was on the look out for this one. It was a random chance that lead me to a physical copy of this book; I went to a library sale that only had a small table of books; everything else was candles, knitting etc. I wasn't expecting it, but there it was! Another chance find leads to starting a new series.

Now in all honesty, there are probably better first books out there in similar series. This one doesn't give you much bac
Dixie A.
Mar 04, 2015 Dixie A. rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Aug 29, 2014 Betsy rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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
Apr 17, 2016 Randee rated it really liked it
I had heard some good things about this book/series but I suspected it might be 'too cutesy' what with magical cats. I ended up choosing this for a reading challenge in which I had to pick something from a club buddy's read list. I figured worst case scenario would be that it would be cheesy but that it would also be a quick read.

My suspicions were unfounded. Instead of 'cute' I found this charming. It was not beyond the pale and the author must have or have had cats because the two in the story
Marilyn Fontane
Aug 03, 2012 Marilyn Fontane rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Sep 20, 2011 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
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
Mar 12, 2016 Kristin rated it it was ok

I was listening to this on on audio but I could not help but zone out every few minutes. I listen to a lot of audio books and don't usually have a problem staying with them. There were a lot of characters, a ton of dialogue, and not all that much happening. However, since I was listening I don't feel it's fair to judge it too harshly. I might pick it up if I ever come across it in paperback and if you like easy-going cozy mysteries, then you might like this one. Nothing glaringly bad about it
Pamela Mclaren
Oct 28, 2015 Pamela Mclaren rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I gave this book three stars because I did enjoy it (its a new author for me) but I had a bit of reservations about a couple of things in the book, including the way the book wrapped up.

Kathleen Paulson comes to Mayville Heights, Minn., principally to oversee the renovation of the historic library. She's been there a while and has adopted two feral kittens who have taken to her and become pets. At the library there are delays in the renovation because the contractor is not on the job and paying
Jun 04, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Haddock
Feb 21, 2016 Nancy Haddock rated it it was amazing
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!
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
This was a cute cozy mystery. I loved Kathleen's magical cats, Owen & Hercules. I look forward to the rest of the series!
Oct 21, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok
A contemporary cozy that I actually kinda liked, even with all the twee. Usually with cozies I'm irritated by the stupid ways the sleuth finds clues and usually breaks laws in doing so. Aside from one headdesk moment of "Let's follow a bad guy we think has been trying to hurt me and see what he's up to!", I was okay with Kathleen's detecting, mainly because it involved "And then my magical cat walked through a wall and fetched me something that turned out to be an important clue!" (seriously, mu ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Adrienne rated it did not like it
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
Jan 16, 2016 LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2011 Lynn rated it liked it
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
May 24, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2013
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
Jul 06, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Cozy mysteries are great for summer's day at the beach.
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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.

She also writes as Sofie Ryan.
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