Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review/Book Giveaway: A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #9 in A Magical Cats Mystery Series
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads...

In this charming mystery from the bestselling author of Paws and Effect, two magical cats have powers of detection that prove indispensable to librarian Kathleen Paulson…

With a well-placed paw on a keyboard or a pointed stare, Kathleen’s two cats, Hercules and Owen, have helped her to solve cases in the past—so she has learned to trust their instincts. But she will need to rely on them more than ever when a twenty-year-old scandal leads to murder…

The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo’s wife, who then died in a car accident.

Now it seems the brothers are trying to reconcile, until Kathleen finds Leo dead. The police set their sights on Leo’s son and Kathleen’s good friend Simon, who doesn’t have much of an alibi. To prove her friend innocent, Kathleen will have to dig deep into the town's history—and into her sardine cracker supply, because Owen and Hercules don't work for free.

My Review

Kathleen Paulson’s friend, Simon Janes, is in the midst of an old family scandal when both his father and uncle show up in Mayville Heights. Unfortunately, Kathleen finds Simon’s father, Leo, dead and she’s right in the middle of it all. She knows Simon would never hurt his father, but the police don’t agree. Not even her detective boyfriend agrees with her. Kathleen vows to prove Simon’s innocence but it’s not easy.

Kathleen uncovers some deeply hidden Mayville Heights secrets. With the help of her two cats, Hercules and Owen, she tries to figure out what is going on before her friend finds himself spending the rest of his life in jail for a crime he did not commit.

I always enjoy my visits to Mayville Heights, Minnesota. The adorable magical cats, Hercules and Owen, always make me smile. In case you were wondering, their secret powers include disappearing and walking through walls. They don’t talk, but they do play a part in solving the mystery.  They are main characters as much as any of the human characters.

This has always been one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Of course it also has two cats, which is a major plus for this reader. The storyline is fast-paced and the characters feel like old friends. There is something comforting about re-visiting characters you’ve grown to love over the years and catch up with their lives.

The mystery had several different suspects. It could have gone in any direction. I was surprised how it all wrapped up. I’m looking forward to another adventure with Kathleen and her kitties.  This is the perfect escape for this cozy mystery reader.

For reading challenges:
The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2017
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2017
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2017

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


You can win a print copy of A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly.  Thanks to the publisher, I have one to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

1) You must fill out the rafflecopter form below.

2) Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old

3) US Residents Only

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No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.

The giveaway begins on September 5th (midnight est) and ends on September 12th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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  1. It sounds great and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I enjoy Sofie's delightful books. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway.

  3. Sounds good. Thanks.
    Carol Smith

  4. I love this series by Sofie Kelly. Of course any book with cats on the cover is a winner with me. Thanks for hosting Sofie and her new book on your blog. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. This looks like such a cute book. I have a couple of the series just waiting to be read! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com Also doing Rafflecopter

  6. Loved the post. Do appreciate the heads up. I have been fortunate to read one of the books and really look forward to reading this. Definitely hoping. Is on my TBR. But hoping for sooner. Rather than later. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  7. I already have a few titles in this series, would love to add this one as well!

  8. I love this series! Can't wait to read this one!!

  9. Cute cover and great review. Sounds like one for the bookshelf.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. What a sweet cover. Sounds like a purrrfect read for Fall

  11. I love this series! Hercules and Owen are amazing, like how they are included in the book. Can't wait to read.

  12. I love this series! Hercules and Owen are amazing, like how they are included in the book. Can't wait to read.

  13. I have read this book and it great. Owen and Hercules have more of a part. It is a treasure.

  14. I just love Hercules and Owen---I'd like to read this book.

  15. This looks like an excellent book.

  16. As a Mom & maid for four of my own furbabies, I have to admit I absolutely love the cover for A Tale of Two Kitties! Hercules and Owen sound like quite the pair from reading the blurb, and I am looking forward to adding these pair to my want list.

  17. Sounds like a wonderful read! I love kitties! Thank you

  18. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I can't wait to get caught up with this series.

  19. The plot sounds fantastic...thanks or the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  20. I haven't had an opportunity to read any of the books in this series, but I've read other books you've written in other series, and I have loved them! You are one of the great authors I've discovered through Penguin's book review program :)

  21. Thanks Yvonne and good luck everyone!

  22. Love the cover. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  23. This sounds like it is going to be a fun read. Besides how can one not love a story with cats in it. LoL!

  24. I love stories like this! Thanks for the change to win.

  25. This looks so fun. I love cozies involving pets (especially cats).


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