Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first Sofie Kelly mystery I’ve read and I will definitely read more of hers. The setting is a small town in Minnesota, which seems to be a popular locale for cozy mysteries. Who knows why? ‘-) Anyway the spring storms have filled the basement of the community art co-op and everyone is trying to deal with the local flooding. Our heroine, the librarian Kathleen, is also involved in caring for a colony of feral cats that have been housed in an old house outside of town.
In the course of this, she manages to step in just the wrong place outside and ends up dislodging most of a slope behind the house and ALSO A SKELETON. I’m really happy I don’t go around finding dead bodies or skeletons, but of course, no mystery without a body, right? ‘-) The hero is the local detective Marcus and I liked him. And so does Kathleen! The Magical Cats aspect was fine. I think Ms. Kelly did a good job giving the cats personalities, yet leaving them as real cats.
Of course, Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series started the bent of cats in mysteries. If you haven’t read them, you’re missing a great series–5 star. Anyway if you enjoy a cozy mystery with lively characters and a plot full of unexpected twists, go ahead and try this one!-Lyn Cote
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