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.
The Magical Cats Mystery series is quite simply, pure magic. Owen and Hercules are back for their 8th adventure in Paws and Effect and more adorable and clever than ever.
The action begins on page one when Kathleen finds yet another dead body...a furry little vole dispatched by her boyfriend's cat Micah who is very proud of his kill, thank you very much! Kathleen and Marcus go to breakfast where they run into two people from Marcus's past who work for an environmental group and are in town to look for evidence to stop a big development project from taking place near the local feral cat colony. The four friends have a complicated relationship dating back to college, and in very short order one of them is dead and evidence at the scene leads directly to Marcus.
This is one of those series that the more time you spend with Kathleen and her magical cats, the more they feel like good friends. With each book her relationships with friends Maggie, Roma, and Rebecca, her co-workers, and Marcus grows and the quaint town of Mayville Heights comes alive in my eyes. This book introduces us to Marcus's father Eliot who has a strained relationship with his son, yet he forms a connection to Kathleen. There's also a big development by the end involving a secondary couple readers have been rooting for.
While this is a book that can be read as a stand-alone, there's a long winter stretching ahead of us and I can think of no better way for cat worshiping bibliophiles to "pampurr" themselves than to read the entire Magical Cats mystery series from start to finish.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.