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An Incantation of Cats

(Witch Cats of Cambridge #2)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The new novel in Clea Simon’s spellbinding Witch Cats of Cambridge series! When two new clients seek Becca’s professional services, the fledgling witch detective is overjoyed. Finally, she can use her skills to help her magical community. But as the young witch finds the new cases intertwining, things grow more complicated. Becca’s three cats – the ones with the real power ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Polis Books
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Deanne Patterson
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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The book has things I enjoy, cats and a delightful cozy mystery.
The story line was pretty good and held my attention .
The banter between the kitties was clever. The kitties and their human solve mysteries.
I liked the concept and enjoyed the cats more than the main character, she fell flat for me.

Published January 14th 2020 by Polis Books.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you
All opinions expressed are my own.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clara and her sisters are fast becoming part of my favorite cozy mystery cats.
And also this series is becoming one of my favorites.
I like how the book is told by the cat POV and how sweet and naif but also sharp Becca is.
This was an excellent story that kept me hooked till the end, the cast of characters is likable and well thought, the mystery is solid and the solution came as a surprise.
I can't wait to read the next instalment in this series.
A gripping and entertaining read, highly recommended
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I think I'm sadly going to give the next in this series a miss; although this book is from one of my favorite authors, and the genre is so up my alley it isn't funny, both books out so far haven't held my interest long. There are the three cats, the main character and her friend, as well as the characters involved in the murder. They all have traditional, older names, and even the author/editor in this early edition uses t
Darla Taylor
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Baca is a young woman who has set out to be a witch detective. She's soon approached by two people who want to hire her. As the cases become entwined, things begin to take a dark turn. Meanwhile, Becca's three cats who are the ones with the real power are fighting amongst themselves. Can they set aside their differences and work together before it's too late?

I really enjoyed the first book in this new series and was eagerly waiting for the second. It was well worth the wait, even the waiting I h
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Incantation of Cats” is the 2nd book in the “A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery” by Clea Simon. It can be read as a stand-alone but I found myself wondering what happened in the first book. I have now purchased it and hope to be all caught up.

When two new clients seek Becca’s professional services, the fledgling witch detective is overjoyed. Finally, she can use her skills to help her magical community. But as the young witch finds the new cases intertwining, things grow more complicated. Becc
Cozy Cat Reviews
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the "Witch Cats Of Cambridge" mystery series by popular cozy author., Clea Simon. Her books are catnip to her readers with her vivid understanding of cats and her wonderful ways of writing them into mysteries. I was thrilled to receive this for review. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity.

In this second in series we return to Becca and her intuitive cats that can read minds. Becca is using her new witch detective skills to help her town . Cl
Katherine Decker
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read. Told mostly from the view of the little calico cat, Clara, this magical mystery is a treat. Clara's human Becca is trying her hand at being a witch detective. The three sister cats don't care for some of her clients. Soon Becca finds herself knee deep in a tangled web of mystery. I like the balance of Becca's adventures and the interactions of the cats. It's a fun read, but I recommend reading the first book in the series before diving into this second book. I also found ...more
The second in the Witch Cats of Cambridge takes the characters to the next level. Becca, the aspiring witch, takes on a case involving a young woman who thinks she is being threatened. Clara, one of her three cats, is concerned that Becca might be getting in over her head and decides to help-- you see, the cats are the ones who DO have powers. The personalities of the cats really shine in this book. While the mystery is a solid one and there are some good twists and turns, I was most enchanted b ...more
Lisa Morin
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute cozy mystery that includes two of my favorite things, cats and witches. I’ve always been drawn to anything dealing with witchcraft, i love the magic of it.
In this book, Clara the cat is busy trying to help her owner, but things don’t always work out.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a light, page turning cozy.
Carol Macarthur
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the narration of this novel is shared by a witch detective's litter of beautiful cats--who are actually witches themselves! The plot winds delightfully around the cats' assisting their owner in solving a mystery. The writing is delicious! ...more
Janie Anderson
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘#An Incantation of Cats by Author #Clea Simon is #2 in her series of Witch cats of Cambridge. Being really a serious reader this was a nice break for me.The book is a magical tale with a dose of mystery.
The talking cats and Becca the witch with all the mayhem is perfect.
Thank you,
#Netgalley,#Clea Simon and #Polis Books
Brittany Labinger
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This was definitely better than the first book and I liked the development of the cats and preview of what might be to come for them.

I feel like Becca is actually really not good at solving mysteries so she can be kinda annoying. The culprit in this book is suspicious to everyone but her it seems. It’s entertaining enough for someone who wants a light cozy mystery with some cat magic.

Also the name of her ex-boyfriend changed in this book. In the first book he is named Jeff and in this book he is
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are three Siamese cats who are witches and actually are the Maine characters of this story. According to cat witch code they are not allowed to give this information to their caregiver. These three are litter mates with their lineage extending back some distance into the past.

Their caregiver is a witch detective who yearns for witch powers. At present she has just got two potential clients come to her on the same day asking for her services. One, a young girl, feels she is going to be kill
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is no denying that this is simply a fun book. It isn’t great literature, but reading this story is a great way to relax. It certainly kept me turning the pages.

Our heroine, Becca Colwin, has lost her job and decided that she would become a detective who helps members of the local witchcraft community. Two clients show up at her door on the same day. Becca ultimately decides that she can work for only the first one as they are both connected to the same event. Unbeknownst to her, Becca’s th
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was fabulous. The characters were original and real. The story was well written and very entertaining
Becca and her kitties solve crimes. I loved the clever little banter between the kitties and the love and concern they have for their human. The mystery itself was rather brilliant and I could not lift my eyes from the pages. All in all, I found this story delightful.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book. I didn't like the cats and their attitudes, i thought that the main character Becca was making major assumptions in her investigation, which really didn't feel like an investigation. She just kept going back and forth to the same shop. #AnIncantationOfCats #NetGalley ...more
Csimplot Simplot
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Coralee Hicks
Simon began her publishing career in 1997 with the harrowing memoir Mad House. Since then she has published 2 other non fiction works. In 2005 she turned her talent to writing mysteries that featured amateur sleuths, cats, and New England settings. In addition she is a well regarded book reviewer for the Boston Globe.

Simon is a disciplined writer. From 2005 to today, she has created 5 cozy mystery series in addition to one stand alone suspense novel. An incantation of Cats is book 2 in the Witch
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Story of a woman who thinks she is a witch and her 3 cats who know they are the ones with the power. Our heroine Becca gets involved in a mystery when the clerk from a magic shop comes for help, followed by her boss/store owner who also wants help. The artist who did the cover missed that the calico cat had a two-colored nose which is mentioned in the story-and I had a calico cat with a nose that has half pink and half brown so I know what it looks like! Also, genetics wouldn't allow the mixture ...more
Elenore Alexander
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
All of the characters are so flat and unlikeable and the author tries so hard to be clever with the mystery but fails miserably. The twist ending just wasn't a twist. You could see it coming from literally the beginning. The only reason this story wasn't 30 pages long is because the main character is just so stupid. She is supposed to be a detective but she's an idiot. I wanted to like this story. It's a very cute idea, but it was so poorly executed. The writing is elementary and needs another r ...more
Donna Schwartz
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This novel was not what I expected. I've read books with cats as familiars, but the plot in this novel really focused on the 3 cats more than their person.
Another problem with this mystery story is that it did not lay out the clues the way most authors do. The most important clue was buried by the constant presence of the cats, especially Clara.
The human, Becca, was not the brightest lightbulb either.
Won't return to this series.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
I tried to enjoy this book – but it fell flat to me. While the premise was promising, with the story told from the cats’ viewpoint, it could not engage me. The human characters were … annoying, flat, one-dimensional … the cats were overly complicated. I loved the idea, but it did not deliver.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Cheri Schaefer
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly fantastic Witch Cat mystery!!

I absolutely love this series. This newest
mystery had a lot of twists and turns that
I couldn't stop reading for a minute! This
was so spell binding. That part toward the
end where Clara got hurt had me in tears.
I truly hope the next in this series won't
take so long to come out. I am definitely
addicted to it. Absolutely love the cats!!!
Peter Archie Guthrie
Really enjoyable

I read the first book and had to download the second book into my kindle. I really enjoy how the main characters cats help her in finding out who th killer was. Great too see previous characters in this book. Would have been nice to have gotten the full coven.
Susan Johnston
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Some humans would be a danger to themselves if they did not have feline help. Becca is a heroine who desperately needs all three of her kitties as she is rather hopeless without them. In the first book of the series, she fancies herself a witch detective thanks to the actions of one of her cats. While she is a fine researcher, her detective skills are still AWOL but she has two people engage her in the same day. The problem is they work together and there is a strong su ...more
Melissa Overby
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cats? Check! Witches? Check! Mystery? Check! This is everything I love wrapped up in one appealing little package. I highly enjoyed this read .
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in this book. I did not like or care about any of the characters.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
one of the most boring cozy mysteries I've ever read
cats are the cutest part of the story
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the cats & the best friend but the main character drove me crazy.
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