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
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.
WWK Blogger Paula Gail Benson has two short stories running in Kings River Life Magazine this weekend, "Pelican Spring" and "The Mama Factor." Both are Mother's Day short stories. You can read them by going to: http://kingsriverlife.com/category/kings-river-reviewers/terrific-tales/
Linda Rodriguez is a finalist in two categories for the International Latino Book Awards (given out at BEA the end of May)--one for Every Last Secret and one for editing Woven Voices: 3 Generations of Puertorriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives (with Gloria Vando, Anika Paris, and Anita Velez-Mitchell). Congratulations, Linda!
The second SinC Guppy anthology, Fish Nets, has been released by Wildside Press. WWK authors, Gloria Alden, Warren Bull, Kara Cerise and E. B. Davis have short stories in this volume, which can be bought at Wildside Press, the usual retailers and will be available at the Malice Domestic Conference. Look for "the story behind the stories" on May 1 here!
Upcoming Salad Bowl Saturdays include authors Carolyn Mulford on 5/25 and Liz Mugavero on 6/1. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, send a message to Jim Jackson at email@example.com.