The Cats Came Back by Sofie Kelly

The Cats Came Back

Sofie Kelly

A small town librarian gets mixed up in a murder, and as accusations abound and suspicions swirl, she and her two cats will put their abilities--both mundane and magical--to the test.

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Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson often seems to gets mixed up in murder, but luckily, her very special cats always find a way to help her close a case . . .

The charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights is hosting a music festival, and the whole place is bustling with musicians and tourists. Kathleen is looking forward to taking in some fabulous performances--and her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are looking forward to taking in some fabulous sardine crackers. But then the trio stumbles across a dead body by the river.
The victim is a close friend--who also happens to be a look-alike of a popular cabaret singer set to perform at the festival. Who could have wanted to harm this innocent girl? Was it a case of mistaken identity?
As accusations abound and suspicions swirl, Kathleen, Hercules and Owen will put their abilities--both mundane and magical--to the test, and lay down the paw.

Advance Galley Reviews

I had to abandon this one. I couldn't get past the "magical" cats. Cats that walk through walls and communicate with humans was just a little too juvenile for me.

I started reading this book and getting the basic info about the Cats Hercules and Owen sounded familiar and I realized I had read the book in the series before this. The good thing about this book is you can read it and get a good sense of what was going on, I was not lost because it was one in a series. Kathleen is a librarian in Mayville Heights. Her Boyfriend Marcus is a detective with the police. A friend of a friend dies and somehow Kathleen gets involved. Because people talk more to people who are not the police friends talk Kathleen into "Investigating" the case. Of course she discovers it and gets into some trouble. I love the silliness of the cats disappearing and that the town seems to know that the cats understand them and are special because they are "Wisteria Hill" cats. I honestly can't wait for the next book in the series to see if the cats secrets are finally given to Marcus. Great book. I received this book to read for free in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

This is the first book in this series that I have read. I have read other works by this author and have enjoyed them. The author is able to draw you into her stories and the addition of cats just adds to it. I enjoyed this story, although it took me a minute to get with the magical cats. I would recommend this book, and the other titles by this author, for a cozy read.

I guess I should have paid closer attention to the details of this book before signing up to review it. I didn't realize that it was the 10th book in a series. This would explain why I got so lost in the characters and some of their back stories. Still, it was an enjoyable like read like I had hoped it would be and provided me with a nice break from reading books about the Beatles and other biographies. It's always nice to dip into some light fiction to take one away from the harsh realities of today's world...and Hercules and Owen are just the cats to do it!

I've never read a story with cats before, interestingly enough. I thought it was a fun mystery and the cats were entertaining. I'm not sure how I feel about them being "magical" though.. It was a little cheesy but overall I found it to be an enjoyable read on a lazy weekend afternoon. I'd definitely give another of Sofie Kelly's books a try in the future.

Love catching up with Kathleen, two magical cats, Hercules and Owen, and their group of friends. Another fun read from Sofie Kelly!

I really enjoyed this book. Great story! This was the first book I’ve read by this author. I will definitely be reading more.

I LOVE Sofie Kelly’s stories!! I feel like I know Hercules, Owen, and Kathleen, and reading Kelly’s books is like receiving a long letter to catch up on their lives. I can’t wait to read more!!!

These books are the purrfect cozy mystery! Sorry for the bad pun, but couldn't resist! Kathleen and her two furry companions, Hercules and Owen are always in the thick of things including any murder in the town. Their magical attributes are fun and always come in handy in solving the murder. I love all the rest of the regular characters, too and what is going on in their lives. If you like cats and mysteries with a touch of magic, then this series is for you. I have read two or three and have not been disappointed. Enjoy!

THIS book was amazing! I couldn’t put it down and finished it in 3 days. I have since tried to find more of this series. Sofie Kelly is an amazing author and I highly recommend this book

This is the 10th in a series of which I've only read one or two before. There is no problem getting to know the characters with enough of their back stories provided. The most intriguing characters are the two formerly feral cats who have adopted the local head librarian, Kathleen. Hercules and Owen have some magical characteristics and communicate with Kathleen in an almost human (and very believable) way. The mystery revolves around a murder and Sofie Kelly kept me guessing for quite a while. I highly recommend this book as well as others in the series.

I enjoyed this new book about Hercules and Owen. Yes, yes, there were other characters, too, but they're my favorite. I like seeing how Marcus and Kathleen's relationship has evolved over the series. The rest of the cast were their usual charming selves. I'd recommend this book for a quick, fun read.

Not only are Hercules and Owen engaging characters in the Magical Cats Mystery series, the two felines are extraordinary sleuths as well. The two cats followed Kathleen Paulson home when she first moved to the small town, becoming companions and co-conspirators with the head librarian of the Mayville Heights Free Public Library. The Cats Came Back is the 10th adventure for this trio and as usual involves murder. Over the ten books in this series Sofie Kelly has created an inviting community filled with warm characters and relationships. Folks are getting ready for a local musical festival when Miranda, assistant and close friend of the primary guest artist, Emme Finely, is found dead. Kathleen’s boyfriend, Marcus Gordon, is the local police detective and they sometimes share information about investigations since Kathleen has a secret source – Hercules and Owen. Ms. Kelly fabricates a good mystery with all the elements that keep the reader guessing as they work their way through each adventure. What makes this series truly magical is Ms. Kelly’s skill creating the endearing personalities of Hercules and Owen and how they interact with Kathleen and her various friends. Hercules walks through walls and loves Barry Manilow records; he taps the laptop keyboard and gets to Kathleen’s favorite search engine; and he led Ruby and Kathleen to Miranda’s body at the marina. Owen becomes invisible at will; is an addict that tears apart Fred the Funky Chicken to get his catnip fix; “Owen see, Owen like, Owen take” describes his penchant for stealing small things he can carry in his mouth. Kathleen talks to Owen and Hercules, interpreting their facial expressions and various sounds as responses; takes them with her to visit friends who have their own special relationship with the two felines. Each Magical Cats Mystery is a delight to read. And the latest one is always the best. Meow.

I received an ARC of 'The Cats Came Back’ by Sofie Kelly from the First to Read program for free in exchange for my review. I had read her novel ‘A Tale of Two Kitties’ and was delighted to have the opportunity to review hew latest. She did not disappoint. The characters (both human and feline) were well written and fun. Both of her cats played important parts in this story but she did this without over doing it. As the head Librarian in Mayville Heights, Kathleen is well known by her fiends and others in the town as the solver of mysteries. What her friends don’t know are the magical properties of her two cats. They manage to discover the murderer while helping a friend to arrange her wedding. Frankly this was a fun book which I would highly recommend.

I was glad to visit Mayville Heights, MN once again and get another glimpse into the life of local librarian Kathleen Paulson and all her friends. The plot of this mystery kept me guessing for a bit and I really enjoyed the subplot of Roma's wedding for the slice of small-town life.

I’ve never read any of Kelly’s books and I am so glad that I chose to read this one! Because I’m not familiar with her books, I wasn’t familiar with the backstories of any of the characters, but I quickly came to love them. This book moves fairly quickly and I found myself trying to solve the mystery with Kathleen and her furry sidekicks. The ending was surprising but satisfying. The writing was engaging and I throughly enjoyed reading this story. I will definitely read more from her! If you haven’t read this book, I encourage you to do so.

This was an absolutely delightful book and was definitely a cozy read. Kathleen is a small town librarian who owns two cats with amazing powers of perception. When they are out doing a photo shoot for the town calendar, they find a dead body. It happens to be someone that Kathleen is acquainted with and it starts the sleuthing by both her and her two kitties, Hercules and Owen. I liked the fact that Hercules and Owen had once been feral cats but trust Kathleen to hold and pet them - something that they allow no one else to do. They do like others and make it quite clear when they don't. They are definitely special cats that can perform strange feats! Marcus is the local police detective, who happens to also be Kathleen's boyfriend. It's refreshing that he encourages her help instead of trying to keep her out of things. He's protective without being oppressive and is not only her boyfriend, but a true friend. There is the side story to the wedding taking place and different family situations that lend to the main story of murder. I did know who had done the murder early on in the book, however, it was a joy to read the book for the pure enjoyment and not be trying to figure out "who done it" the entire time. There was enough of a twist to the murderer's reasoning to make it hugely interesting. I enjoyed this book so much! I read it in about three settings and it was so relaxing to read between my more serious non-fictions books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and just a good read.

This is the first book I have read by this author but won’t be the last! Interesting characters in a very welcoming world. The mystery was well written with enough turns to keep my guessing almost to the end. Loved the ending! I received a copy from FirstToRead and this is my honest review.

This series just keeps getting better and better with each and every installment. I love how the abilities of the cats do not overshadow the actual mystery and other characters. The mystery was well written as always, the characters relatable and enjoyable. Mayville Heights is a town a reader can love to get lost in!

Kathleen, Marcus and Owen and Herc are well known friends of mine. Reading this book keeps me caught up in the series. I enjoyed this book as well as all of the books in the series. I am not going into the twists and turn of this book. If you are looking for a light cozy Mystery with just a touch of magic thrown in- this is the book for you. Sophie Kelly does a good job telling a story and this book is not different. The complete series is good .


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