A note about The Cuddlywumps Chronicles

This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. She receives creative input from the Real Cats and clerical assistance from She of Little Talent (old SoLT, a.k.a. Roby Sweet). Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to old SoLt (Ms. Sweet). Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review: Two Tall Tails

Today we have the pleasure of reviewing novellas from two of our favorite cat cozy mystery series: Sofie Kelly’s “The Cat Burglar” (Magical Cats series) and Sofie Ryan’s “No More Pussyfooting Around” (Second Chance Cat series). The stories are conveniently packaged together in one book called Two Tall Tails. Completely uncoincidentally, the two Sofies are also conveniently packaged together in one person.

The Cat Burglar

“The Cat Burglar” brings us to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, where we meet up with magical cats Hercules (tuxedo cat who can walk through walls and who enjoys Barry Manilow) and Owen (gray tabby who can disappear at will) and their human, Kathleen. Certain items have been stolen from the local artists’ co-op store, and the main suspects hardly seem likely to be thieves. Then again, you never know about people, do you? Nobody wants to get the police involved, so Kathleen (and the cats) gets recruited to get to the bottom of the mystery. And by the way, it’s up to the cats (specifically Owen) to discover the culprit.

No More Pussyfooting Around

“No More Pussyfooting Around” takes us to North Harbor, Maine, where Sarah Grayson runs a repurpose shop called Second Chance. She also has a cat named Elvis who can tell when people are lying. This story involves a dangerous dispute between neighbors. Specifically, there is a seriously unpleasant young man taking care of his aunt’s house while said aunt is in the hospital after a fall down the stairs. The question is, is the boy just a jerk, or is there something more sinister afoot? My advice to the humans is to pay attention to Elvis.

Our verdict

We read a lot of murder mysteries, and it’s nice once in a while to read a mystery that does not involve a corpse. Actually, we wish more mysteries would involve plot lines other than “Who killed Mr. So-and-So, and why?” But that is a post for another day.

We found these stories to be a refreshing change. The shorter format means there’s no room for multiple subplots with a laundry list of characters, and we enjoyed that. Both stories are well crafted and well written. Our main concern here is cats, and we are happy to report that the cats in these stories are integral to solving the mysteries. Where these people would be without their cats, we do not know. Not solving mysteries, that is for sure. Both stories will give you a whole new idea of what cats are capable of.

Highly recommended!

A note on the "Paws Up" system: Miss C gives either one or two paws up. One paw is for a good read; two paws is for a great read. She never gives three or four paws because that would require her to lie on her back...and Miss C does not do that!

The link below is an Amazon Associates link. If you buy the book through this link, Miss C and old SoLT may get some change for their piggy bank.

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