Sep 292016

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I caught up on this series looking forward to Sofie’s visit today!
I am thrilled she is here today and thrilled to catch up Owen and Hercules!

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Lessons from a Cat by Sofie Kelly:

paws-and-effectKC was a little calico cat that lived three houses away from me. Our friendship was cemented when we both had surgery at the same time several years ago, me to repair my right leg and her to remove a small growth on her neck. The general consensus was that KC was definitely the better patient. These are some of the lessons she taught me:

You can’t make people like you.

I’d tried for years to make friends with KC. All my efforts were met with less than indifference. As far as the cat was concerned I didn’t exist. It wasn’t until I stopped trying to befriend her that she decided I might be worth knowing.

Don’t be afraid to look a little silly.

After surgery I had a massive cast on my leg from toes to mid-thigh and saying I was ungainly on crutches is an understatement. I didn’t want people to see how awkward I was. KC was wearing a big plastic cone. That didn’t stop her from being out and around, even though she had to go through the door with her head at an angle.

When in doubt take a nap.

Preferably in the sunshine, on a nice warm lap, although blankets fresh out of the dryer are good, too.

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Show your appreciation.

Being in that collar meant it was impossible for KC to scratch behind her own ears. So I’d do that for her. And I was rewarded with lots of purring, a reminder that everyone needs to hear more than whining at least once in a while.

Guilt is a waste of time.

So you got cat hair all over the clean clothes because you decided to take a nap in the laundry basket. Or you destroyed someone’s favourite coffee cup because crutches are a lot harder to use than they look. Wallowing in guilt for the rest of the day isn’t going to change anything.

Looking good takes work.

Especially if you’re in a five pound cast or a plastic cone. However neither is an excuse to let yourself go even if you can’t wash your own hair or get dust bunnies off your own ears.

Curiosity did not kill the cat but it can kill an afternoon.

For instance, how many things can you knock off the table with a crutch or a tail before someone gets mad?

And lastly,

If you’re cute you can get away with almost anything.



Find out more about Sofie Kelly and her books here.

Written as Sofie Ryan


Paws and Effect
(A Magical Cats Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Minnesota
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (October 4, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451472168
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Magical cats Owen and Hercules and resourceful librarian Kathleen Paulson are back in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Faux Paw

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 toward 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.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this 8th installment of this very popular series, Kathleen is fighting to show her boyfriend, Detective Marcus Gordon, had nothing to do with the death of his friend. Again Owen and Hercules offer their assistance along with Marcus’ partner to find the real killer.

Sofie Kelly has given us another dynamite mystery with plenty of clues for the characters and readers to follow, but the feline tenacity plays a major part in the solution. I don’t want to spoil anything but one of the cats plays a hero at the end and it is much more than magical.

The characters in this series really resonate with me. Kathleen loves living in Mayville Heights and her job at the library. Her relationship with Marcus is moving at a nice pace. She has made some great friends in her short time in town. Marcus takes his job seriously and does his best to keep Kathleen out of his investigations but realizes she has great insight. And I love the way they volunteer to take care of the feral cat population at Wisteria Hill. Since he has been taken off this case along with his partner, Kathleen tries to keep him in the dark until she needs answers to questions only he can answer.

Owen and Hercules have much more to their story. They are magical in certain physical abilities but they are intuitive as well and truly seem to understand the English language very well. Being feral brings in another element. Not just anyone can scratch them behind the ears or just reach out and pet them. They have their people who they will protect and comfort. Treats like bacon and toys like Fred the chicken give certain people just a little advantage. I love these cats and it makes me miss mine every time I read one of this stories.

The author all balances the drama with the fun “purrfectly”! Paws and Effect is a wonderful addition to this series.

I should note you can read this book without reading any of the others as the author includes plenty of background while still leaving plots of previous books a mystery.

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  46 Responses to “Special Guest – Sofie Kelly – Author of Paws and Effect – #Review / #Giveaway too!”

  1. Can’t wait to read this.

  2. It looks so good! Fun to read!

  3. I have read several in this series. I need to get caught up now that there is a new one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. This sounds like a real cute series! I’d love to read it.

  5. It looks great and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  6. Kathleen and the Cats and Neighbors are one of my Very Favorite series!

  7. I enjoyed how you take elements of both your surgery and the calico cat’s surgery and wove them together as a learning opportunity. Thank you.

  8. Thank you Sofia for a great series

  9. I’ve read the previous Magic Cats books. Love the characters. All good reads.

  10. This is a fun series. Thank you for the chance to win this addition to it.

  11. entered your give away. didn’t see where to click like for the author’s post.

  12. This is on my want to read this!

  13. Paws and Effect sounds absolutely adorable! I’d love to read it and discover an entirely new series.

  14. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  15. Have not yet had the pleasure of reading this author, though the books are on my TBR. Do hope this will be a start. The post, the synopsis was most intriguing

  16. Very good advice.
    I very much enjoy your books. The cats particularly capture my fancy.

  17. Looking forward to reading this series!

  18. I loved reading about KC and the lessons you learned while you were both convalescing. I look forward to reading Paws and Effect and appreciate the giveaway!

  19. Sounds like a good read.

  20. Sounds like a good cozy. Thank you for the chance.

  21. Thanks for this lovely cozy feature.

  22. I love books with cats in them. I look forward to reading this.

  23. Thanks for the great post! I would love to read this series!

  24. We as humans can learn so much from cats if we just open our minds to learning.

  25. I love this series and would love to be the lucky one to win it. My cat has taught me so much and provides me such comfort when I’m stressed.

  26. This is such a fine series with its two mysterious cats and their magical tricks. Looking forward to reading this next book in the series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. This book and series sounds like fun from a cat’s point of view. Thanks for giveaway.

  28. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Good luck in the giveaway!

  29. This looks like an interesting series!

  30. I love my cats. This book looks so good. I’ve added it to my goodreads shelf to read. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  31. I am excited to find authors with reading adventures I want to take…I love the ‘punny’ title, too.

  32. Luv giveaways but even more new to me at least authors that write in series, thanks.

  33. I really enjoy this series. Owen and Hercules are a great addition to the characters in the book. Can’t wait to read.

  34. Sounds like a great series. Cute book covers.
    Sue B

  35. I would love to get the chance o read about the escapades of the two cute cats. My cats were never adventurous enough to do anything like this. They preferred to lay around all day or eat.

  36. This is a terrific series!
    “When in doubt take a nap.” That’s what I say, too!

  37. Love the Minnesota setting in this fun series! Thanks!

  38. I love this series. I’m allergic to cats, but not to Hercules and Owen thank heavens. Please keep writing and it would be wonderful to win the book. I’ll get it no matter what though.

  39. This is one of my favorite series. I love the cats.

  40. Perfect to share with my mum!

  41. Thank you for having such a nice giveaway and the chance to win. I can’t wait to read this book because it looks like a good one.

  42. I love this series. I’m in the sixth book of this series right now, I need to finish up and read the next one one so I can read this one.

  43. I love this series and have read all of them! Am anxiously awaiting the next one!

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  46. What a great series! Thanks for sharing the lessons from KC.

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