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Publisher's Summary

Everyone thinks their cats are special - but Owen and Hercules have powers that go far beyond an adorable look or an irresistible purr. Along with their owner, librarian Kathleen Paulson, they have an uncanny instinct for solving crimes...

It's been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town's been deluged, and now the local artists' co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been up all night helping her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

The artwork survives, but when controversial mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. After she discovers the artist was using an assumed name, she realizes she can't actually assume anything about him. With the help of handsome detective Marcus Gordon - and her cats' extraordinary powers of detection - it's up to Kathleen to unmask a killer.

©2012 Penguin Group (USA), Inc. (P)2014 Random House Audio

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The crazy cat lady does it again

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 interesting 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.

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I can't believe she did it again!

There's a lot I like about this series, and even as the end approached I was sure I was giving this book 3 stars like I did with book two. I enjoy the cats, the small town atmosphere, and the (world's slowest moving) romance. I am over the lack of action and the excess of pleasantries. But then Sofie Kelly did that thing that annoyed me in book one! She has a murderer/motive more sympathetic than the victim. I HATE that. It makes me want Kathleen to stop butting in. And seriously, how many of the friends and neighbors of our Mayville Heights residents have to go to jail before it impacts Kathleen's social life? I almost never have this problem with cozies but now this series has done it in 2 of 3 books. I like the rest of it enough to try one more but I really hope the murderer in book 4 is at least a big jerk

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Cozy for Cat Lovers

This is the third book of this series I have read. I liked the first two a little better than this one.

This book seemed to drag a little for me. The plot is good and I wasn't able to guess the final outcome ahead of time. I am not a person who needs fast paced, thrill a minute stories. However, the pace was a little too leisurely for me.

In earlier books there were more events going on and more new and ineresting characters involved.

Cassandra Campbell is an excellent narrator.

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love the cats

i believe that we all talk to our cats 🐺 and 🐶dogs. so we are not all that crazy. really we're not all that crazy

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Best yet!

I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series it seems to get better and better

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Love this series!

I have no idea why, but I wanted to cry at the end of this book. It made my heart feel full. Great story, great performance and a happily ever after. Who could ask for more?

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My 1st Return

Despite loving mysteries all of my life I rarely figure out who did it. Typically, I don't even try (I'm not good at it) & just enjoy the journey the story takes me on. However, it was easy from the get go in this book. It was too simple to figure out who the bad characters were. In addition, the "will they, won't they" was getting old as well. At this point I don't even care to find out more about the powers of the 2 cats. Although I felt the first 2 books were average the cats made me give the series a third (& final) shot. At best I'd have been disappointed but ok using one of my library credits to borrow this audiobook but to buy it? No way. There are just too many good cozy mysteries that are worth paying for but this series (& especially this book in particular) isn't one of them.

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Another Great Cozy Mystery

This has a couple of mysteries in on book. This is a series that builds on the characters with each book. It can be read out of order but to get full impact read each one. The cats help with clues and book has lots of twist & turns to keep you interested. The person narrating does a great job of changing voices so you don't have to guess who is talking. Another great listen.

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  • 02-24-16

Love Cozy Mysteries

Would you listen to Copycat Killing again? Why?

I would definitely read this book again. In a world filled with stress, it had just the right blend of mystery, excitement, details, and a touch of romance to make reading a relaxing pleasure again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Copycat Killing?

I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery of the puzzle box. Obviously the author did some research!

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Ms. Campbell's performance was just right, not overdone with the cat "voices", and each of the human characters were well defined.

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Great book, great series!

I was so happy to discover this author. As a cat lover, I appreciate the subtle nuances as she interacts with Owen and Hercules. She celebrates their superpowers without being silly or cloying about it. This is a five paws performance!

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  • 12-09-16

Owen and Hercules rock!

This is one of the best cat mysteries, solid writing, quirky small-town characters and excellent narration. I love the mystery surrounding the fabulous feline duo Hercules and Owen and hope to find out more about their origins as we go along.