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 Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect. More stunning is her realization that Owen and Hercules are magical - and she's relying on their skills to solve a purr-fect murder.
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I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.
One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.
The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.
Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.
I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.
The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.
Yes it was very interested I enjoy the all the of the characters and I love the small town feel of the story. This series reminds of Heather Blake's series. I really looking forward to getting to know them all in the book.
Kathleen, Maggie and of course the cats.
She does a great job I have always enjoyed her I do hope she does the next books in this sereis
I think this is a wonderful series for anyone to listen to. I was little surprised at the ending but that is how I like them. I suggest this one to anyone. I have already downloaded the next 2 and hope the 2 after that are loaded up soon.
I'm not a cat person but I did enjoy this book. The characters were fun and likeable, the plot had a good pace and kept my interest throughout the book. The inclusion of the cats was a bit too gimmicky. But it didn't ruin the story. I'll read the next book in the series and I recommend it to others.
Just above average but not outstanding. I did enjoy it. Light and quick, a good pick for the time allowed.
There is too much mono-tone narration. A little more life in the voices would be more enjoyable.
This is a fun story with a fun twist, but the narrator has an odd way of speaking, and it's distracting. You should make sure to listen to the preview to see if you can take it. To me, she sounds like she puts periods in the middle of words, e.g.: "LIS.en to the PREE.view to see if you can TAKE. iT." I managed to make peace with my reaction though, and I liked the book. By the second in the series the narrator has toned down the irritating affectation and it's barely noticeable.
I was so bummed by the book. How it took 10hrs to tell this boring story is confusing to me. The narrator made it worse! All the characters sounds the sane, condescending.....and boring.
Yes I would listen again. Just a sweet little story.
Owen and Hercules.
I don't believe I have listened to her before
These books are really enjoyable listens. Cozy mysteries.
This is not an overly complicated plot and it does keep you guessing just a bit. It kept me interested and I even laughed out loud a few times because a comment was just that funny (I have a quirky sense of humor anyway). I had fun listening to this book and getting to know the characters. I will be listening to more in this series. I definitely agree with other reviewers that the term cozy describes this book very well.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
The thing to know about this book is that there isn't much action. If you want excitement look elsewhere. I like peaceful books, with small town settings where characters bake and hang out with their cats and even I found this book very mild. There is a lot of meaningless polite dialogue too. "How are you today, Kathleen?" "I'm fine." "Are you sure you are fine?" "Yes, I am sure. Thank you so much for asking." That sort of thing. Kathleen is not an exciting person. There's no romance (though clearly the hunky detective who likes cats is intended as a future love interest). We don't really learn much more about the cats magical abilities than you could learn by reading the back cover. I am hoping to have things pick up in the next book. It isn't entirely clear why Kathleen is investigating the murder at all actually. In general I prefer a real reason to motivate a person. The thing I liked least about the book though was the ending. Most people want the victim to be someone not well liked so nobody is sad about it. This victim is a really bad person, probably too bad because I really didn't care if his murder was solved. Lastly, and this makes me a bad person I guess, when the killer is revealed I sort of wished Kathleen had left the whole thing alone. It seemed sort of self righteous to push this whole issue, and why really was she so hung up on getting "justice" for this dead jerk anyway? However, I have had that issue with other heroines in other series (like Skye in the Scumble River books). They pursue these things because they are such good people. Can't relate. I am going to read the next one though because I feel there is potential with the magical cat angle and the romance angle. I tried reading the print version of this book some time ago and made it about halfway through. It just didn't hold my attention. But I did much better with the audio version. At first I was turned off by the narration. Our heroine is given a very snooty voice and I wasn't sure I could stand it but she grew on me over time.
Yeah. It's got a complex, interesting mystery and lots of character, but never goes into territory I'd consider 'squicky' or 'nsfw', also the language is largely all ages appropriate although I think it speaks more to the life experiences of working age and above people.
Definitely. I always thought I had it figured it out but then more evidence would come to light to keep me guessing.
She's got a gentle voice I could listen to for hours, she strikes a nice balance between acting and clarity
The humor was good. The sweetness of the characters made me feel very cozy, they were great friends.
I'd love to know more books that are like this in tone and quality
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