Title: A Tale of Two Kitties
Author: Sophie Kelly
Genre: cozy mystery
Is this part of a series? Yes, this is book 9 of the Magical Cats Mysteries.
Publish Date: September 5th, 2017
With the arrival of two towns members- twin brothers that haven’t been back to their hometown in years- a twenty year old scandal is dredged up. When one twin is discovered murdered it’s a race to catch the killer.
Cats Owen and Hercules have helped their owner discover things in the past with a well placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare. Kathleen has long since come to terms with the fact that they aren’t “normal” cats, with the ability to comprehend what she is saying and make themselves understood through gesture (and with their other unique abilities).
Many thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. While I had not known it was in the middle of a series when I requested it, I was still able to fall in love with the characters and follow the story. There is a lot of back story referenced, though, and I recommend reading those books-I have bought the first one and will be doing the same. Still, this seems like a series that can be started from any point.
I liked the premise here- two cats and their human trying to solve crimes- kind of a Nancy Drew/ Scooby Doo thing. The characters were well developed and easy to love, I actually miss them now that the story is over. There were times when I feel like Kelly went a bit far with explanation (magical kitties- got that the first three times it was said), but the writing style was good and it was a quick, fun read. Really, I just thought this was adorable. Four and a half stars.
On the adult content scale, there is very little. There’s a bit of violence and I think someone cursed a couple times. I give it a one at most. This is a book I would hand a young teen without issue.
The book comes out on the 9-5-17, have you read the others?
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