In the charming town of Mayville Heights, librarian Kathleen Paulson and her two cats pounce on clues to catch a killer, in the eleventh installment of this New York Times bestselling series.
Spring is coming to Mayville Heights, and Kathleen’s brother, Ethan, has arrived in town with his band, The Flaming Gerbils. But not everything goes as scheduled when one of Ethan’s bandmates gets into a fight with a man interested in investing in the town. When the businessman’s body is later found, Ethan’s friend is implicated in the crime.
Kathleen wants to help her brother by solving the case, but she has no shortage of suspects from which to choose. Prior to his death, the investor was fighting like cats and dogs with lots of people. If this librarian wants more than a whisker’s chance of solving the case, she will need to rely on her trusty feline sidekicks, Owen and Hercules.
Kelly's pleasant 11th Magical Cats mystery (after 2018's The Cats Came Back) finds Kathleen Paulson, the director of the Mayville Heights, Minn., Free Public Library, hosting her younger brother, Ethan, for two weeks while he and his band, the Flaming Gerbils, are in town. When Derek Hanson, one of Ethan's bandmates, punches drunken businessman Lewis Wallace for kicking a disabled veteran's service dog, Derek's admirable deed makes him a murder suspect after Lewis turns up dead. Kathleen is determined to leave the investigation to her detective boyfriend, Marcus Gordon, until Ethan begs her to help clear Derek. With a nudge in the right direction by her two delightful and perfectly ordinary cats (save for the fact that one can walk through walls and the other can disappear at will), Kathleen finds several people around town who had the means, motive, and opportunity to do away with the unpleasant Lewis. Kelly stocks a charming small-town setting with plenty of colorful characters, mystical cats, and muffins. Cozy readers will be well satisfied.