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Two Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

PawsAndEffect-book-cover.jpgPaws And Effect is the eighth book in A Magical Cats Mystery series by Sofie Kelly. Kathleen, with the help of her magical cats Owen and Hercules, are determined to clear the name of Kathleen’s boyfriend Marcus who is suspected of murdering a college friend.

I’ve enjoyed all the previous books in this series, and this one is no different. The mystery moves at a good pace, I enjoy the writing style, and all the characters – both human and feline – are engaging.

Sophie Kelly also writes Second Chance Cat Mysteries under the name Sofie Ryan, so I’ll have to check those out.

BlackCatCrossing-book-cover.jpgThe Black Cat Knocks on Wood is the second book in A Bad Luck Cat Mystery series by Kay Finch. In typical cozy mystery fashion, Sabrina and her black cat Hitchcock are tangled up in the murder of a local business woman.

I didn’t like this book as much as the first book in the series. The mystery is fairly easy to figure out and Hitchcock the black cat is a great character who plays a prominent role in the story. I disliked Sabrina’s rudeness and only 30 pages in I had to decide to keep reading despite how off-putting I found her behavior. Fortunately, it got a bit better. I thought some of the underlying themes needed more consistency: her reasons for being involved in solving the murder kept changing, and her anti-rodeo animal welfare opinion versus toting (literally) Hitchcock around town on a hot summer day or having him in a harness for hours seemed contradictory. I like Hitchcock’s personality, but I’ll probably wait to read some reviews of the third book before deciding if I continue reading this series.

9 thoughts on “Two Cozy Mystery Book Reviews”

  1. This just reminded me to check out Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy murders. Looks like there are a lot more than I knew about. Rita Mae Brown is a superb writer, you should check her out.

    1. I read those books a few years ago. They’re what got me started in this genre. You’re right, there are a lot of books in her Mrs. Murphy series. The animal characters are great and the books I read had a lot of very cute line drawings of animals.

  2. Wow. I’ve read books by both Sofie Ryan and Sofie Kelly and didn’t know they were the same author! I just wish the books were available from Kindle Unlimited so I could read more of them.

    Thank you for you excellent review of both books. I’ve read Paws and Effect and really liked it. I never heard of the other author, so I’ll have to look into her.

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