Paws and Effect
by Sofie Kelly
Mass Market Paperback:
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: Oct. 4, 2016
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Magical cats Owen and Hercules and resourceful librarian Kathleen Paulson are back. Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, Detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed—and the evidence points towards Marcus as the murderer.
Though it seems she doesn’t know all of Marcus’s secrets, Kathleen is sure he’s no killer. With his suspect status sidelining him from investigating the case, it’s up to Kathleen and her feline partners-in-crime to find whoever is framing Marcus—and make sure the good detective hasn’t found his last clue.
Paws and Effect is a cozy mystery. This is the eighth book in the series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the mysteries in the previous books.
I liked the heroine as she's not judgmental, cares about people, and is intelligent. She also knows how to ask questions without being pushy or accusing. The cats are pretty intelligent and have cat abilities (disappearing and getting out) taken to a magical degree. They provided some humor to the story.
This was a clue-based puzzle mystery. The heroine looked for clues (with some help from her cats and friends) and eventually found the evidence needed to arrest whodunit. Unfortunately, whodunit realized this and so we get a suspense sequence were the heroine showed her courage, optimism, and determination. Frankly, whodunit was my only suspect, but there was a reason why the characters took longer to suspect that person.
There was no sex. There was occasional use of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this fun mystery.
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