If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

WWK welcomes Welcome Wednesday author interview guests--Edith Maxwell (writing as Maddie Day) 11/4, Elizabeth Duncan 11/11, and J. A. Hennrickus (writing as Julianne Holmes) 11/25, to our blog. Polly Iyer is filling in for us on 11/18 due to a delayed publication. Thanks, Polly! Our guest bloggers this month are--Sam Bohrman (11/7) and Pat Gulley (11/14) in addition to our steadfast Saturday bloggers, Sam Morton (11/21), and Kait Carson (11/28).

Kait's blog will be our last in 2015. Warren Bull will introduce the holiday season on 11/29. Gloria Alden, KM Rockwood, Shari Randall, E. B. Davis, and Paula Gail Benson will present holiday shorts among the holidays. Please look at our 2015 Guest Calendar for December dates. We will resume blogging on 1/3/16.

Maria Barbo at HarperCollins's Katherine Tegen Books has bought a debut YA fantasy by Sarah Henning, tentatively titled Heartless and pitched as the never-before-told origin story of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" told in the vein of Wicked – from the villainess's point of view. Publication is set for fall 2017; Rachel Ekstrom at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency did the deal for world rights. Congratulations, Sarah! --Publishers Weekly 11/9/15

Gloria Alden released the sixth book in her Catherine Jewell mystery series. Carnations for Cornelia is available at Amazon. Congratulations, Gloria.

Congratulations to WWK's Carla Damron. Carla's book, The Stone Necklace, will be released on February 2, 2016. Pat Conroy served as Carla's editor on this project. For further information, look on Facebook or Amazon.

Warren Bull's "When Stinking Aliens Take Over Your Planet" appears in the new Whortleberry Press anthology, Strange Mysteries 6. "The Interview" was chosen to appear in the Flash Bang Mysteries anthology. The anthologies are available on Amazon in paper or Kindle formats.

"A Matter of Honor" by Robert Dugoni and Paula Gail Benson will be published in the first Killer Nashville anthology, KILLER NASHVILLE NOIR: COLD BLOODED, released on October 27, 2015.


Monday, July 4, 2011

A Review of Curiosity Thrilled The Cat by Sofie Kelly

This summer, I’ve read several new first-of-series books that are engaging reads, two of which are by fellow SinC and Guppy members. This week, I review Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly. E. B. Davis

Librarian-with-cats mysteries are common, and yet there are no dull moments in Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, by Sofie Kelly. Streaks of intuition and pertinaciousness propel it out of mediocrity and into the winner’s circle.

When the body of a visiting musician is found by town librarian Kathleen Paulson, she becomes the first suspect in his murder. The victim was in the library hours before his death. A suspicious note implicates Kathleen. The investigating detective, is no dummy. He is also a cat lover. But due to the evidence, and perhaps due to his good taste in women, he keeps Kathleen on his radar. Of course, Kathleen solves the murder with the help of her extraordinary cats, but not before stumbling into small-town relationships fraught with old grievances and secrets.

Kathleen Paulson is a likeable main character. She is polite to a fault and a recent transplant to the small town set in the lake region of Minnesota. Her two new pets, former strays, have special abilities. When not baking for the detective interrogating her, she makes sardine flavored treats for her kitties. Who wouldn’t like Kathleen?

Charm is to cozies as stickiness is to marshmallows—without it, neither is fresh. Kelly’s conversational first person is as charming as the lake setting, phone calls from her mother, an intuitive actress, and the not-so-sweet cats. Her secondary characters are easily identifiable during their sporadic appearances.

Sleight of Paw, the next book in the series, is due for release the end of August and will be in my beach bag.


Donnell said...

Great review, E.B. Sounds like a sound mystery and my kind of read!

E. B. Davis said...

I really liked the book. It's compelling. You want to keep reading, and the voice is such that I will look forward to reading the next one.

Pauline Alldred said...

You've whetted my appetite to read the series. The protagonist sounds like a person I could travel with. As a reader or viewer, I get tired of women setting out to prove they have balls. I'm tired of men doing that already.

Warren Bull said...

Sounds like a fun book.

Kara Cerise said...

This sounds like a fun book!