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Wednesday 26 November 2014
‘Final Catcall’ by Sofie Kelly
Kathleen Paulson is the librarian in the small town of Mayville Heights, Minnesota. She had moved there from Boston after her boyfriend let her down badly. She has made a happy new life which is suddenly upset when her old boyfriend, Andrew, arrives with the aim of persuading her to return to him.
Kathleen, as you will realise from reading the book cover, has 'magical cats' who have extraordinary abilities but do behave, otherwise, like normal cats and cannot speak. The story moves along very smoothly as a theatre festival relocates to the town and Kathleen is highly involved in establishing it successfully. The theatre director, Hugh Davis, proves to be a rather abrasive individual so he makes a suitable victim of crime.
The characters are well established with both new and old ones. There have already been several books about Kathleen and her relationships. The mystery that surfaces gets Kathleen involved, even though the police chief is annoyed by her lack of trust for correct non-involvement. The interactions that develop make a good detective story, and the personal connections keep one's interest.
Reviewer: Jennifer Palmer.
The earlier books featuring Kathleen and her cats, Owen and Hercules, are Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, Sleight of Paw, Copycat Killing and Cat Trick.
Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of young adult writer and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl around thrift stores
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands & the USA but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics including Famous Historical Mysteries.