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Faux Paw (Magical Cats) by Sofie Kelly
Review by Carolyn Frank
NAL Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451472151
Date: 06 October 2015 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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The head librarian of the Mayville Heights Free Public Library, Kathleen, leads her team of librarians while dealing with the stress of an art show to be hosted at the library. At home, Kathleen is the source of kitty treats and care for two former stray kittens, Owen and Hercules. The cats mostly behave like normal felines, although according to Kathleen, they have magical abilities. In Faux Paw, all join forces together with the local detective, Marcus, who has a cat of his own, to solve a mystery and a murder.

The magic of the cats appears to be of the walking through walls variety, which is not particularly germane to the story. Otherwise, they fight over cat toys and cat space like any other pair of cat siblings. Each as his own set of quirks and behaviors, although all are within the norm of pet cats. Their keen sense of smell and associated curiosity does assist in the finding of pertinent clues.

To provide a temporary placement for a set of artworks while the regional museum is undergoing renovations, a movable art show is underway and the next stop is the Mayville Library. As the library is a recently renovated Carnegie building and nothing like a museum, extensive security systems are being put in place. The woman coordinating the logistics and arrangements for the art in the library, Margo, is exceedingly good at her job, highly opinionated, and eventually dead.

As the murder and the associated disappearance of the most valuable of the works of art occurred at the library, the police close the library until they can figure out what occurred. Kathleen needs to resolve these mysteries as quickly as possible in order to get the library re-opened. Her newly-started romance with the town’s lead detective does provide her with some inside information, but he is more open to her usefulness as a cat whisperer than he is to her attempts to investigate areas outside her librarian and cat-behavior expertise.

This is the seventh book in a series of magical cat mysteries, featuring Kathleen, Owen and Hercules. For readers who like a mild amount of romance, Kathleen and Marcus’ cautious getting to know each other provides a slow entrance into their relationship. Readers who enjoyed earlier books in the series will certainly enjoy this cozy tale. But the book stands on its own, with more than enough detail about the cats to entertain any cat-lover. To quote Owen and Hercules, "Merow!"

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