When Kathleen Paulson moved from Boston to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, to oversee the restoration and modernization of the local library, she looked forward to settling into the peace and quiet of small-town life. Her illusions are shattered when she discovers a murder victim, and the local police take her in for fingerprinting.
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Sofie Kelly. The novel has all the elements that make up a great story in this genre, including good characters and a solid plot with a few red herrings. To top it off, Kathleen has been adopted by two cats who seem have some hidden talents.
By the time we meet Kathleen Paulson, she's been in Mayville for a few months. Although she is still exploring the town, she has already made some friends and is making progress with the library renovations. She isn't all that happy with the construction firm, but a local handyman helps her out when he isn't working on the sets for the local summer music festival.
Among Kathleen's friends are local artists and musicians, a veterinarian, a yoga teacher, and her colleagues at the library. The women get together for lunch or dinner or to watch a movie on a weekend night. Their relationships are easy and supportive. Of course, Kathleen also gets to know Marcus Gordon, one of the local policemen investigating the murder. It is refreshing that their relationship is friendly but not instantly flirtatious. Naturally, we can assume that the two will get to know each other better as the series progresses.
The mystery itself is well conceived. There are enough hints that I almost figured it out, but there were also enough side plots and back story that I was never sure. The novel is solidly cozy, and Kathleen gets help from her cats, Owen and Hercules. The book cover promises "A Magical Cats Mystery," and the cats do indeed have special abilities. I have a high tolerance for magic and fantasy, so I found this element of the book to be fun. I am hoping we learn more about the history of the cats as the series progresses.
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat will appeal to cozy mystery lovers, cat lovers, and anyone looking for a fun read. To learn more about Sofie Kelly, visit her website and read her interview on the Debutante Ball Blog.
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Published by Penguin Group USA / Obsidian, February 2011
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