Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson often seems to gets mixed up in murder, but luckily, her very special cats always find a way to help her close a case . . .
The charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights is hosting a music festival, and the whole place is bustling with musicians and tourists. Kathleen is looking forward to taking in some fabulous performances--and her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are looking forward to taking in some fabulous sardine crackers. But then the trio stumbles across a dead body by the river.
The victim is a close friend--who also happens to be a look-alike of a popular cabaret singer set to perform at the festival. Who could have wanted to harm this innocent girl? Was it a case of mistaken identity?
As accusations abound and suspicions swirl, Kathleen, Hercules and Owen will put their abilities--both mundane and magical--to the test, and lay down the paw.
The annual Wild Rose Summer Music Festival provides the backdrop for bestseller Kelly's entertaining 10th Magical Cats mystery featuring Mayville Heights, Minn., librarian Kathleen Paulson (after 2017's A Tale of Two Kitties). Kathleen's cats, Owen (who can vanish at will) and Hercules (who can walk through walls), help her investigate the murder of Miranda Moore, the assistant and near doppelganger of up-and-coming Emme Finley, a cabaret singer from Chicago in town for the festival. To unmask the killer, Kathleen must find the motive, which first means figuring out whether Miranda or Emme was the intended victim. Members of Miranda's no-account family are suspect, but there's also Emme's old boyfriend, Derrick, a bad boy according to Nora, Emme's sister and manager. Meanwhile, everyone's preparing for veterinarian Roma's wedding to Eddie out at the old Henderson estate, the birthplace of Kathleen's unusual kitties. Kelly succeeds in making the adorable Owen and Hercules surprisingly believable, even to readers who aren't cat people.