I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery, #8) by Sofie Kelly
Series: A Magical Cats Mystery #8
Published by Berkley on October 4th 2016
Number of Pages: 336
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
I love how even though Owen and Hercules are magical cats, they still act like cats. Sometimes cats in paranormal cozies act too human, or just don’t act the way you expect a cat to act. But that isn’t the case for these two.
I had two guesses as to who the killer was, it turned out that my 2nd guess was right. Though I had no idea about the why. When it was finally revealed, it made sense though. I love how the books in this series don’t always seem to focus on the sleuthing 100% of the time, and yet you don’t feel like it’s slow or have the need to skim ahead to get to a “good part.” Because all if it is pretty much a “good part.”
I like getting to know the secondary characters better in each book. And while Hercules, Owen, and Kathleen are my favorites, it’s fun to see what the other characters are up to. They’re all fleshed out enough that they feel distinct, and are easy to remember even though it’s been 9 months since I read the last book.
This was a very quick read for me, mostly because I didn’t want to stop reading once I had started! I do recommend that you not drink anything while reading the opening pages however. That first scene was hysterical and had me laughing out loud! If you haven’t tried this series yet, you need to do so!