Thursday, August 4, 2016

#Book #Review: Cat Trick (A Magical Cats Mystery, Book 4) by Sofie Kelly

About the Book:

A group of Mayville Heights’ business people hope to convince the Chicago-based company, Legacy Tours, to sell a vacation package in their town. Legacy Tours partner, Mike Glazer, grew up in Mayville Heights, but it seems he’s not the same small-town boy people remember. Everyone seems to have an issue with the opinionated loudmouth Mike has become—until someone shuts him up for good.

When Kathleen and her cat, Hercules, discover Mike’s body near the boardwalk, she can’t help but get involved in the investigation—even if it might torpedo her relationship with Detective Marcus Gordon. Now, with a little help from Hercules and Owen, it’s up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before some else takes a permanent vacation.

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My Review:

Cat Trick is a wonderful 4th book in Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats Mystery series.  This book brings back a former resident of Mayville Heights, Mike Glazer, a partner in a company that puts together vacation packages. He's in town to listen to the townsfolk pitch their case about focusing a package around Mayville Heights.  All isn't wine and roses, however, and Mike is found dead in one of the tents set up for the festivities.  A murderer walks among them and who knows who might be next.

I really enjoyed the cat and mouse game that Sofie Kelly developed in Cat Trick.  Mike made several people mad in the short time he'd been back in town.  This means that there are several suspects - those with motive and/or means to do away with Mike.  The path taken to the exposure of the person who committed the crime was not straight or easy to navigate.  There are secondary storylines woven throughout the book that also fed into the "did he/she, didn't he/she" commit the murder during the investigation.  Of course, Kathleen and her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, find themselves neck deep in trying to solve the mystery.  This continues to add a layer of frustration to the budding relationship between Detective Marcus Gordon and Kathleen.  

The detailed descriptions throughout the book are great and I could visualize everything that happened in each scene. The mystery behind the murder of Mike was not revealed too quickly or too slowly, and many suspects were introduced, giving the reader several to chose from.  The plot flows along really well, making the entire novel easy to read and understand. I enjoyed the fact that the investigation into the murder wasn't cut and dried. I didn't automatically feel like I knew the person who did it right away. In fact, when the killer is finally revealed, it puts a lot of pieces of the puzzle in this novel together - as it should.  Sofie Kelly does another great job of weaving a mysterious tale. .

Paperback review copy was purchased by me for my bookshelf.

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