A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly

A Tale of Two Kitties

Sofie Kelly

The first hardcover in Sofie Kelly's charming New York Times bestselling series, featuring a resourceful librarian and two mischievous kitties with more than a touch of magic...

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In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson…
 
With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder…
 
The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident.
 
Now it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile, until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town's history—and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don't work for free...


Advance Galley Reviews

I loved this book. It was a book that kept you guessing until the end. I also liked the stories of everyone in the town and how they intertwined. The addition of the cats who seem to have special crime solving powers was also great. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

A Tale of Two Kitties was a fun, enjoyable read in Kelly's Magical Cats mystery series. Its been a while since I had read a book in this series, but I was able to jump right in. One of the things I love about this series is naturally the magical cats, Hercules and Owen. Kathleen and her feline friends find themselves involved in another murder mystery when a friend of Kathleen's becomes the prime suspect. To prove her friend's innocence, Kathleen becomes to determined to find out what really happened. I really enjoy the characters in this series, and I loved seeing how Kathleen's friendship with Simon and his daughter Mia shows a different side of Kathleen. Trying to help this family who has suffered so much tragedy cope with this murder and the aftermath makes Kathleen appreciate her own family. I also enjoyed seeing more development in Kathleen's relationship with Marcus, and I appreciated how Kelly didn't go down the traditional triangle route and kept both stories interesting and true to character. The book had a great central mystery but also some secondary mysteries with recently discovered photos and undelivered mail as well as the death of Simon's mother. I really enjoyed how Kelly brought all three of these stories together in the end. Overall A Tale of Two Kitties was a great read that I would most definitely recommend. I am looking forward to reading Kathleen's next adventure.

Cats, and books (library)? I'm in! This is my first time reading this authors work, and the first of the series I have picked up, but I really enjoyed it. I found it very easy to get used to the setting and characters, and loved the writing style! I also loved that the cats were anything but ordinary, and that they were so expressive!

A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly is the ninth mystery in A Magical Cats Mystery series. Kathleen Paulson is a librarian in Mayville Heights, Minnesota and owns (well, as much as you can own a cat) two special cats named Owen and Hercules. When remodeling a local post office, undelivered mail and photos were discovered. The library has agreed to take possession of the photos. Kathleen wants to find a way to identify the people in the photos and get them in the hands of family. Twin brothers, Victor and Leo Janes have returned to town for Thanksgiving and the gossip mill is buzzing. People remember that Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife. Unfortunately, Meredith died in a car accident shortly afterward. This is a chance for a reconciliation between the two men. Mia Janes, a library student intern, is tickled to have her grandfather in town. Kathleen drives Mia to visit Leo one day after work and Kathleen notices the apartment door ajar. She goes inside to find Leo dead from obvious blunt force trauma. The police soon narrow their sights on Simon Janes, Leo’s son and Kathleen’s friend, when they discover he an argument with Leo and lacks an alibi. Kathleen with the aid of her two magical sidekicks, Owen and Hercules, delves into the case intent on tracking down Leo’s killer. Come visit Mayville Heights and help Kathleen solve her latest case in A Tale of Two Kitties. A Tale of Two Kitties has good writing, but the pace is a little slow. There are nice, relatable characters and a charming small-town setting. Kathleen is a great character who has a wonderful job—a librarian! I enjoy her interactions with her fur babies. A Tale of Two Kitties contains an extra amount of cozy. There is socializing, meals, work at the library, romance, the cat’s antics, the found photographs and mail, plus much more. I wish the author had not devoted so much time to the lost (and now found) photographs and mail. It seemed to dominate the story. The mystery was interesting and I liked how it was structured (containing several different components that all fit together). The author included some good clues which will aid readers in solving the crime (plus the suspect list is very small). My rating for A Tale of Two Kitties is 4 out of 5 stars. A Tale of Two Kitties is a cute story and I delighted in the paranormal element. The magical cats are adorable and entertaining (especially Owen with his funky chickens). If you have not read any of the previous A Magical Cat Mystery novels, you will be a little lost (since there are so many secondary characters) in the beginning and it might hinder readers in solving the crime. A Tale of Two Kitties is a charming cozy mystery that will delight readers.

I am a cat lover. As such, I was immediately drawn in by the title of this book. And really, what is not to love about the idea of a story that includes a librarian and two cats? The premise of magical cats definitely requires suspension of reality, but many good stories do. However, it seemed as though, while the cats were present throughout the book, they weren't the main focal point that I thought they would be. Still, the characters were delightful and the book was a fun romp and a quick read. The "mystery" in the story was not that well fleshed out and was fairly predictable but overall it was an enjoyable book. 3.5 stars.

I had absolutely no idea of the existence of this series, but I’m glad I found it. I think the story has the perfect balance of mystery, cats, and humans. At first I thought there would be trouble reading the novel due to the fact that I hadn’t read the previous books, but that didn’t happen. Such an entertaining book that will make any mystery and cat lover want to read.

Librarian Kathleen Paulson is enjoying the good life as librarian of her little town in Minnesota. She has a great boyfriend in Police Officer Marcus and the joy of living with two magical cats, Owen and Hercules. But life’s about to take a twist in Mayville Heights when two brothers, Victor and Leo, return after a long absence. Leo’s son Simon, and his daughter, Mia, still live in Mayville Heights. But the arrival of Victor and Leo brings back old wounds. At one point Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who later died in a car crash. Things turn really ugly when Leo is found dead and Kathleen finds herself drawn into the investigation as they try to discover whether something from the past has come back to cause death in the present. The Magical Cats series is the perfect mystery. It has a fantastic setting, intriguing characters and, above all, magical cats that help point their human, Kathleen, in the right direction to help find a killer. Ms. Kelly has crafted a mystery that takes the reader on a ride from past to present through photos and stories from the town’s gossip mill. While the Magical Cats series is classified as a cozy, Ms. Kelly delves deep into the human soul, which intrigued me and made her characters so very realistic. As always, the end of one of these books leaves me waiting for more.

How did I not know about this series? I absolutely love Hercules & Owen and their owner Kathleen. This was the first book I have read of this series, and I have to say, you can definitely read this one as a stand alone novel. Such a great little read that will keep you entertained for a couple of hours. Definitely recommending to my friends.

It has been awhile since I read one of the magical cat mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Owen and Hercules again! I had forgotten how their magical abilities are so intriguing, not to mention how they truly do help with the solving of the mystery! I love how Kathleen, their owner, interacts with them and talks to them. I can relate! I also llike the romance of Kathleen's and the magical cat her boyfriend has, but he doesn't know the magic part yet! The murder mystery was easy to follow and involved enough to keep you wondering for awhile. All in all, a very satisfying cozy cat mystery! Settle in and enjoy!

This is the first of the magical kitties series that I have read. The main character, other than Hercules and Owen (the kitties) is Kathleen. Kathleen is a librarian in the cozy town of Mayville Heights. The plot centers around a murder of the father of two estranged brothers. This is an enjoyable light mystery. Even though it is part of a series, you don't have to have read the other books to enjoy this one.

Sofie Kelly's A Tale of Two Kitties is a lighthearted, cozy mystery intertwined with the daily adventures of librarian Kathleen, and her two cats Owen and Hercules. Brimming with small town charm, the town of Mayville Heights is intricate and warm - a perfect place to visit on a summer's day or when you are feeling like a light, comfortable read to delight you when things get a bit too dark in real life.

I have not read any of the other books in this series, so I can only assess "A Tale of Two Kitties" on its own merits. Overall, this is a serviceable cozy mystery. Nothing exceptional but a nice summer read. The "mystical" cats are downplayed (assuming more is made of their abilities in other volumes). The actual murder and investigation seemed less important than advancing the storylines of the various ongoing characters.

This is a fun cozy mystery. I really enjoyed the main character (Kathleen) and her two cats (Owen and Hercules). This one involves two brothers who are estranged from each other since one, Victor, had an affair with the other's (Leo) wife. Eventually, Leo is found dead and the blame is placed on his son. Kathleen and gang have their hands full trying to find out who the murderer is. I love these types of novels and A Tale of Two Kitties will not disappoint. It has quirky characters and did I mention the cats? They are the star of the book! The minor drawback is that there are quite a lot of characters to remember. Overall, I would love to backtrack and read the rest of the series.

A Tale of Two Kitties...and two brothers. Different talents and different agendas. Undeniably different, but how deeply are they divided? One is easy-going, friendly, and easy to love, the other is mysterious and aloof, possibly dangerous. After many years of bitterness and resentment, one reaches out and asks for reconciliation. Is it possible, after the family has been ripped apart? And why now? Our favorite librarian and her charming kitties will untangle more than one mystery, and although nobody can prevent heartache, Kathleen and the good people of Mayville Heights know a thing or two about comfort food! This was another fun installment of the Magical Cats series. As usual, I wanted it to be longer, but when the story is over, it really is time to move on. I give this book a cozy 5-stars for cleverness, interesting new characters, and added depth to existing relationships.

This is a pleasant, lightweight "cozy" mystery. It's the ninth book, apparently, in a series; it works fine as a stand-alone, although there are frequent references to the earlier books. Owen and Hercules, the main character's slightly-magical cats, are the best and most endearing part of the book, and readers with pets will recognize many of Kathleen's interactions with them from their own lives. If you have any trouble reading visually (because of eye issues or because of, say, reading on a device with a dim screen, etc.), you may have to read quite carefully, as there are a lot of characters whose names look similar on the page. There's an Owen and an Oren, a Susan and a Simon, and there's a Maggie, a Mariah, and a Marcus, as well as a Mary and a Mia and a Meredith. My eyes are fine, but I sometimes had to reread a name or pause to remember which character was which.

I am thrilled to have received an advanced reader copy of this mystery. I really enjoyed it. The characters were likable. This book is part of a series. I intend to read the other books. They remind my of Joanna Carl's books, which I love. The main character is very easy to relate to for me personally because I worked in a library at one time in my life. The cats Hercules and Owen are a great addition to the story. They are instrumental in the course of the plot. This novel kept my attention well throughout my reading.

I got 1/6th of the way into the book and couldn't figure out what the plot was. I haven't read the first 8 but that's ok because she explained each interaction they all lead to (this would enrage me if I'd read them).

Owen and Hercules are not your ordinary house cats. It's not just because of Owen's fighting prowess (yes, he came back from the fight with a scratch or two and an ear needing four stitches, but you should see the other guy!). It's more about how they can understand the humans around them and can magically disappear (Owen) or walk through walls (Herc). And these magical cats belong to none other than librarian Kathleen Paulson.  They all live in a quiet little Minnesota town where the library helps act as the heart and soul of the community. So when some undelivered mail and photos from decades ago were found in the wall of the post office, the whole bundle is brought to the library to get identified and distributed to the rightful owners, or at least to the rightful families.  And that's not all that's showing up from the past. Two brothers, twins, show up to resolve a long-standing family rift. Decades ago, Victor stole Leo's wife away and the new couple left town. But not long after that, she was killed in a car accident, maybe trying to head back home to Victor, at least according to the local rumor mill. But when Kathleen finds Leo dead, she discovers that even long-buried secrets can come to the surface and create situations that are troubling and dangerous to family and friends. And it's up to Kathleen, her policeman boyfriend, and those magical cats to figure out what happened and bring the killer to justice.  A Tale of Two Kitties is the ninth installment of Sophie Kelly's Magical Cats series, and it is filed enough small-town charm to make you feel like you just spent a long weekend in a sweet Midwestern village. This is the first book in the series that I've gotten a chance to read, so I did get a little confused by all the characters that I was introduced to. But digging in deeper and getting to know these characters was such fun, and the cats (the true heroes of the series, in my humble catgirl opinion) are captivating in every way. A Tale of Two Kitties is a warm and inviting respite from darker and more violent mysteries. Cat mystery lovers, dive in to these if you haven't already. And if you already know about all the charms of Owen and Hercules, then get set for another fantastic tale starring your favorite magical cats. Galleys for A Tale of Two Kitties were provided by Penguin through their First To Read program.

Fun, delightful, and not fluffy. Usually I receive more literary-ish novels to review, but I am delighted to have received A Tale of Two Kitties. Firstly, I do love a Dickens reference, secondly I am a cat lover, and thirdly, I needed a break from heavy plots rife with symbolism, bifurcated stories, and ambiguous intent. A cozy mystery seemed purr-fect (sorry!), and Sophie Kelly does not disappoint with the ninth installment in her mystical cats series. As a newcomer to the stories, I did have to keep track of the local characters’ relationships, jobs, and personalities. Kelly has created a close knit, caring community in Mayville Heights, replete with a café, gossipy folk, and lots of wool sweaters. This novel is a great fall into winter read with the plot setting carrying into the holidays. Caution: You must drink hot chocolate as you read. The plot has a clever opening that seems ominous, until you realize what is actually happening. Any pet owner will laugh out loud. Kathleen is the owner/colleague of cats Owen and Hercules, who possess seemingly magical powers, such as disappearing and finding hidden evidence. When not busy being furry detectives, they relax with Kathleen watching their favorite movie: The Invisible Man, of course. Despite the small townish, simple folk coziness, Tale of Two Kitties provides some mental stimulation. Mia, a lovely teenaged girl with troubled family history experiences time dilation. The library Kathleen manages is a Carnegie library, which brings its own special history. Aside from trying to solve a murder and avoid another, additional complications arise through considering which characters are truthful and whether a person’s past can be forgiven in the face of cancer. Neither maudlin nor sentimental, this novel provides the right amount of comfort and challenge.

Set in Minnesota, this series by Sophie Kelly is reminiscent of Agatha Christie with its small town setting. The protagonist Kathleen is a librarian determined to solve the murder of one of the estranged twin brothers just recently back in town. Is this murder related to mail found after being hidden in a wall for twenty years? Relying on the instincts of her two cats, Owen and Hercules, who just happen to be magical, Kathleen sets out to prove the innocence of her friend Simon. With fall just around the corner, a cup of tea, a blazing fire, and this cozy mystery will set the stage for a perfect evening. Note - I received an advance copy of 'A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly from First to Read in exchange for my honest review.

I wish I had known it was part of a series because I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if I'd had the background. There were things hinted at that I thought I'd want to know more about, but they'd probably been explained in other books. So for me, it felt like starting to watch Game of Thrones in the second season. Who are these people and why should I care about their stories? It was very well-written though and I'm going back to read from the beginning.

Some of the premise of the book seemed goofy like the cats going through walls or magically appearing when they wanted but I actually liked that. I also liked her talking to the cats like she knew what they were saying because I am an animal person and I talk to animals all the time. It was a good quick read. I liked the characters for the most part and I liked the small town atmosphere. The main character is Kathleen Paulson the local librarian. Her cats are Hercules and Owen both of whom are actually main characters in the book and help her solve mysteries. Kathleen's boyfriend Marcus is a police detective and he has a cat named Micah that came from the same place as Owen and Hercules. Which means she believes that the cat has "super powers" We see many of the other colorful characters in town. In this book we see the Janes family and there messed up issues with their past and history. When one brother mysteriously dies Kathleen knows that the son Simon did not kill him. So she gets involved in solving it so that she can exonerate Simon and find out who did it. The whole mess got started when some mail is randomly found hidden away in an old room in the library. I was able to read this book which I did not realize was 9th in a series by itself and have enough information that I did not feel confused like something was left out. I did enjoy the book and plan on looking into other books in this series. It was a good quick read even though it wasn't a short book. I did not want to put it down and I really should have. I got this book for free to read from First to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

This was a nice, cozy mystery, but I'm afraid I didn't make it to the end. I didn't realize it was part of a series and wish I could have read her earlier books first. Lots of whimsical action and likeable small-town characters. I will go back and read the earlier books, and also look for future volumes from this author.

I picked this book purely for fun since the premise seemed silly. I ended up really enjoying it and my interest has been piqued enough that I may go back and read others in the series. It is part of a series but the plot was very stand alone, so there was no need to have read any of the previous books in order to follow the story. The mystery was well thought out and intriguing but my favorite part was honestly the main character Kathleen and this small town life she has built for herself. I enjoyed reading about her interactions with both her cats and all of her friends in town. Kelly's writing style was very down to earth and took you into small town life without making it melodrama. I liked the bonus short story at the end too.

I didn't realize this was part of a series when I started reading it, but I quickly wished I had read the earlier books since background was hinted at quite a few times, but I didn't feel like I had the full picture. This book can stand on it's own, but when I see it's #9 in the series, I wish I had read the earlier books first just because that's the kind of reader I am. I do enjoy books about cats so I enjoyed the cat parts of the book. Her cats are magical and I definitely would've liked more background on that aspect. The mystery part of the book was good too. I would look for other books in this series.

A Tale of Two Kitties was a wonderful cozy mystery. Good characters throughout. The kitties abilities was a nice twist. I recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers.

This is a great, light read with enough mystery to keep you guessing till the end. Kathleen is a librarian with a penchant for justice and enough curiosity and intelligence to follow her instincts. Helping her are her two cats, Hercules and Owen. If you are a pet owner, you probably will relate to her relationships with her furry friends. Entertaining throughout I recommend this to anyone liking cozy mysteries. I received a pre-publication copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Loved catching up with Kathleen, Hercules and Owen. An old scandal is revived by the arrival of the Janes brothers as they try to reconcile. Mail missing for twenty years.and finally delivered result in the murder of Leo Janes. Kathleen's friend Simon, Leo's son, is considered a suspect as no one is able to corroborate his alibi. Kathleen Hercules and Owen are on a mission to prove Simon's innocence.

I received an ARC of 'A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly from the First to Read program for free in exchange for my review. I have not read any of Sofie Kelly's previous works but thoroughly enjoyed this book. As the head Librarian in Mayville Heights, Kathleen is also known by her fiends and others in the town as the solver of puzzles. This mystery involves mail hidden in a wall for twenty years, the reconciliation attempt by two brothers, and of course, a murder. Kathleen's two 'kitties' play a significant role starting in the first paragraph as she describes their magical powers. The novel is relatively light with excellent character descriptions and development. Another reviewer calls it a 'cozy mystery" and that is an excellent description. I would give the novel four of five stars.

So happy I won this ARC through Penguin's First to Read! I've been looking forward to reading this since the last book! Kelly did not disappoint. It's always great to catch up with Kathleen and her magical cats Owen and Hercules. A great mystery tied to Mail that has been lost for 20 years. Kelly creates a cast of well-thought out, believable characters and a good mystery full of twists and turns that keep the reader invested in finding out whodunit!

I love reading mysteries and this one is a cute and easy read. This is the first of this series that I have read, and I want to read the rest of the series.

I really wanted to read this, but I messed up when trying to open the download and now I can't read it. It sounds like a fun cozy, I'll have to pick up acopy when it's published.

I loved it! A TALE OF TWO KITTIES is a delightful cozy mystery. The human characters as well as their feline counterparts were well developed and interesting and the novel's location was descriptive and easy to visualize. While this was the first book that I have read in series I did not fee lost or confused at any time. I can't wait to read more in the series. Highly recommended to armchair detectives everywhere!

This has been my favorite of the books I've received through First to Read lately! I do so adore a good cozy mystery, and this one was terrific. I haven't read the rest of the series before, but I was able to enjoy this book without feeling the slightest bit lost. Any necessary background information was expertly woven into the story without feeling like an obvious info dump. I adored Owen and Hercules, and I enjoyed the mystery with the subtle clues dropped throughout. Library-related cozies are some of my favorites, and this series is now on my to-read list at my own library.

This is my first experience with Sofie Kelly and the Magical Cats Mysteries. As a former librarian and a cat lover I can't imagine how I missed this series! Hercules and Owen are Kathleen's humans! And they do have human personalities and tendencies. I loved that they had actual conversations just like all my animal loving friends do with their fur babies. Add a hot detective who can cook and what's not to love? The mystery itself had me guessing right up to the end. I never suspected what would be the actual outcome which meant the plot held my interest. Am going to get more to read and will certainly recommend the series to friends. Thank you First to Read for the opportunity!

I've been meaning to read Sofie Kelly for some time and FIRST TO READ gave me that chance with A TALE OF TWO KITTIES and I was not disappointed. I loved this story. I loved the way Kathleen talked to Owen and Hercules like I talk to my animals. The mystery had me guessing. I am definitely going back and reading more from this author.

I had never heard of this author before, but when I saw she has a whole series of books about a librarian who helps solve crimes and 2 kitties with magical powers, I couldn't resist. This is a nice quick read that will have you guessing until the end.

I received the book free for my review. I enjoyed the book. It is about a librarian who is dating a policeman and the librarian has two cats with magic traits. It was light reading with some twist and turns. If you are a pet lover and can handle pets who have magic it is an enjoyable read.

 


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