Another great Magical Cats Mystery, Paws and Effect starts with another dead body. Thankfully, this body is found by both Marcus and Kathleen and not just Kathleen and the culprit is immediately known; the culprit steps right up and is proud of the act. Spoiler...Marcus' kitty companion, Micah, is determined to rid her domain of voles and she is showing Marcus how she is taking care of him by bringing him her kills. Very cute opening to the story. Kathleen and Marcus are now a couple, but whilst Kathleen is an open book with very few secrets, Marcus is the opposite; he is a very private person and has told Kathleen very little about his past. When Marcus and Kathleen go to breakfast, four people at anther table are strangers in town, but they know Marcus on sight; they went to college with him and have been friends for years.
A developer has come to Mayville Heights and is planning to put in a large spa and resort on Long Lake not far from Wisteria Hill and the feral cat colony. Marcus' four friends now work for an environmental group and are opposed to the development of the area. The development has the town, even families, divided. Marcus' friends are in Mayville Heights to try to find a way to halt the development. One of the friends is still angry at Marcus because he believes that Marcus stole his girlfriend. And in very short order, one of the friends is found dead. Marcus is a suspect, placed on leave, and told to stay away from the investigation.
Marcus doesn't even tell Kathleen to stay away from the investigation, he knows it would be a waste of breath, plus he needs to know what is happening. Kathleen and her magical boys are on the case. But do they really want to find the truth on this one? Did Marcus really do it?