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..Show More » 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.
I liked this book better than the first Magical Cats Mystery. I find it less dull (though it is not by any means exciting or action packed). We cont..Show More »inue to have oodles of polite dialogue - discussions of whether Kathleen is ok, etc. The romance takes a tiny baby step forward but it is still the slowest moving romance I have ever seen. And unlike the last book, the end didn't annoy me. I was happy to like the killer less than the victim this time around. That ending in book one still bugs me - I mean does anyone really think after the end of the last book that everyone in town would still be buddies with Kathleen? Apparently they are! I had read some comments that made me think we wouldn't see enough of Hercules and Owen in this book, but I did not find that the case and I picked this series because of the cats. So we do get enjoyable cat time, but I was surprised that no other abilities have shown up and there's been no insight of any sort into the source of these abilities. I have already started the next book to see what happens next,
This is a quick read with a well written and well plotted story line. The main characters are easy to like and very realistic. The mystery is intere..Show More »sting and fast paced. As for the cats, they might be growing on me. Owen and Hercules add lots of humor to the story. I enjoyed listening to this and will listen to the next book if Audible acquires it.
The problem is: I've been looking at the previous books in the series as mysteries. Upon further review, they are more love stories. And they worked s..Show More »omewhat as love stories.
As a love story, this is the best of the series thus far. Kathleen has to choose between two men, Andrew, her former fiancé who traveled to Mayville Heights, MN to try to woo her back. And Marcus, the police detective who wasn't sure she trusted him. Of course, Kathleen loves Marcus. But it took a surprise visit from her mother to convince both Kathleen and Marcus.
Oh, and who did it? Caught me off guard. I was sure it was someone else.
Kathleen and friends are back in another great book. Owen and Hercules are also great and add to the fun. There is a lot of character development an..Show More »d the plot was fast paced. I look forward to the next book.
The author has found a way to create an interesting story and have the main characters work together instead of against each other. And the ending was..Show More » dangerous in the tradition of her stories, but not. Well done.
this one was a no brainer. no complexity of plot at all. too bad. I listen to books as a "get away ". I am hoping this story just slipped by the publi..Show More »sher. this novel is OK if you don't want to get too involved or you need white noise to fall asleep, but if you want to get involved with characters and plot lines, try another in the series. those, at least, aren't completely transparent.