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review 2017-06-04 02:04
Paws and Effect (Magical Cats, #8)
Paws and Effect - Sofie Kelly

It does't sound good that my favourite character in this series is Fred the Funky Chicken, but it's true.  The other characters are all likeable in the best cozy-mystery way, but my heart goes out to Fred the Funky Chicken every time.**

 

I'm not going to pretend that this book isn't everything a modern cozy is; the magical cats pretty much give the game away.  But Kelly does't over-play that magical hand and doesn't try to hide the deux ex machina-like effect this has on her ability to plot her mysteries.  She also creates likeable, believable, characters that enjoy a reasonable amount of realistic conflict; some of which is resolved and some of it isn't.  

 

The murder plot was decent-ish.  I was side-eyeing the murderer for awhile but there weren't any puzzle pieces to play with, just one big whopper of a clue that solved the whole thing for everybody at once.  Or at least, for the reader and the MC; everyone else would need more proof, of course, thus allowing our MC to stumble into mortal peril.  A reader comes to understand this is the nature of cozies though, and at least this peril was believable.  Sort of.  (How did the murder find them??)

 

So Paws and Effect is everything you'd expect a contemporary cozy to be anymore, but better than most of the rest; a bit more solid and well written.  A fun, fluffy bit of fiction for lazy afternoons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page count:  315

$$:  $3.00

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review 2017-05-02 14:51
If you had a chance to start over, would you?
Murder, She Barked (Paws & Claws Mystery) - Jeanie Kanaley,Krista Davis

Holly gets a frantic call from her Oma's friend that sends her back home to Wagtail. Only on the way, she acquires a dog and witnesses a car going over the edge. When she gets to Wagtail she finds that it has changed a lot and her dog is welcome at her Oma's Inn. She then gets involved in a mystery of who killed Sven and Jerry. She also becomes reacquainted with old friends. 

 

It was a good story and enjoyable. things moved along well and I felt that it was a fast read. I got this book for free for Kindle in March and enjoyed it. There are recipes at the end of the book and know that my girls and I would make a few of them, including cookies. 

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review 2016-10-27 20:56
Murder, She Barked ★★★☆☆
Murder, She Barked (Paws & Claws Mystery) - Jeanie Kanaley,Krista Davis

So this was my first foray into the cozy mystery genre, and it was really cute. Like, super cute. I figured, how can a puppy dog themed mystery story go wrong? And sure enough, whatever flaws this book had were certainly forgivable, because doggies. 

 

The plot was... I don't know, DOGGIES

The characters were... Uhhhmm, DOGGIES

The murderer was... Who cares, DOGGIES

 

I will say that this would probably have been better in a text format than on audio, because the performance by reader Jeanie Kanaley was substandard. The pacing was excruciatingly slow with a very careful enunciation of every word, her voice was almost girlish, and her European accents were... not like any I've heard in real life. 

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text 2016-10-27 12:37
Murder, She Barked - progress 74%.
Murder, She Barked (Paws & Claws Mystery) - Jeanie Kanaley,Krista Davis

The story is very cute. Actually, the story is !!!CUTE!!! But I can't say I really care about whodunnit enough to even guess at it. 

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review 2016-10-23 03:46
Paws and Effect
Paws and Effect - Sofie Kelly

See this and all my reviews at Mystereity Reviews

Kathleen is out to breakfast with boyfriend Marcus when they unexpectedly meet up with Marcus's old college friends; John, Danielle and Travis. Not long after, Danielle is found dead - and the evidence seems to implicate Marcus, who doesn't have a good alibi. Kathleen knows there's something Marcus isn't telling her, but she also knows that Marcus did not murder his friend. With the help of her friends and her magical cats, Owen and Hercules, Kathleen wades through the secrets between friends to catch a killer.

This is such a cute series, and I always enjoy visiting Kathleen and the gang in Mayville Heights. I can't believe we're up to #8 of Owen and Hercules and their shenanigans! As usual, they're busy walking through walls, making themselves invisible, and biting the heads of catnip chickens while smugly pointing out clues.

This was a great plot, I liked that details about the victim were filled in as the story went along, because you don't really get to "know" her before she is killed and those details gave clues to who the killer was. I guessed who did it early on, based on what I thought was a clue and it turns out I was on the right track, but the "clue" wasn't a clue at all, or even a red herring.

This can easily be read as a standalone, as past events aren't really a part of this story and the few references don't hinder this book for new readers. But I definitely recomend reading the other books in the series because magical cats. Owen and Hercules are the real stars of this series, if only because their antics add some humor and whimsy to the series.

Overall, another great book in an enjoyable series and I don't hesitate in recommending this series to cozy mystery fans.

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