Friday, May 24, 2013

Cat Trick

Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly is part of her Magical Cats Mysteries.  Owen and Hercules live with Kathleen Paulson, a librarian in Mayville Heights.  Mike Glazer grew up in Mayville Heights and now is a partner in Legacy Tours, which sells vacation packages.  The town is setting up a food tasting and an art show in preparation.

Kathleen's friend, Ruby,  is an artist.  She decides to paint a picture of Hercules to auction off for the benefit of a charity that helps cats.  Ruby wants to take photos of Herc so she asks Kathleen to bring him to her studio.  Hercules was in a cat carrier bag when Kathleen got out of her car.  While they were waiting for Ruby, Hercules jumps out and runs down the street toward where the tents were set up.  At the first tent, Hercules walked right through the heavy canvas and went inside (he was magical and could do this).  Kathleen follows him inside and finds him sitting next a lawn chair. Mke Glazer was in that chair and Kathleen was sure he was dead.

Thus begins this very interesting book.  I had not read any of the others in this series.  The cats magical powers are mentioned as is the relationship between Kathleen and Detective Marcus Gordon.     Later on in the book, Owen finds a clue in the tent after he got out of a carrier.

The characters and places are well described.  You feel like you are really in Mayville.  Since I do not know of any cats that actually disappear like Owen or walk through things like Hercules, I could really believe that it is not impossible.  I really like this book and would like to read the others at some time.

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