Curiosity Thrilled the Cat
A Magical Cats Mystery
by Sofie Kelly
Between the years 1883 and 1929, 2,509 libraries were financed by the wealthy philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie loved reading and in his youth, he would borrow books from the libraries of wealthy persons. The first library bearing his name was built in his home town in Scotland, but there are Carnegie libraries around the world. Some are free-standing and others are on college campuses. He would donate a large portion of the money required and then the town had to come up with funding. He felt the citizens would have more of an investment in maintaining the libraries if they helped build it.
The Carnegie library in Mayville Heights, Maryland, is being restored for its 100th anniversary. Librarian Kathleen Paulson has moved to this small town on the invitation of Everett Henderson, a philanthropist in his own right. He hires Kathleen to oversee the renovation and to run the library. Mayville Heights is a long way from Boston where she worked in a university library.
As she walks around the town, two cats follow her home. No one claims them, so she does, and names them Owen and Hercules. Kathleen talks to them as if they are children and she is certain they are really listening. She has a knack for baking and has joined a tai chi class where she has become friends with many of the women in town. She also has the habit of saying “crap on a cracker” when either dumbfounded or frustrated. In light of that, I still would think of her book as family friendly.
While the library is being renovated the town is getting ready for the Wild Rose Summer Musical Festival. It may come grinding to a halt when Kathleen finds the famous director and composer, Gregor Easton, dead at the piano in the music hall. Kathleen is now the main suspect in the murder as he was in the library earlier and her cat Owen had jumped on his head, angering him. His blood is found in the library.
As she is trying to clear herself of the accusation, she finds that Owen and Hercules, not only listen to her and understand, but also have some other interesting abilities. Kathleen and her cats set out to find out the answers, and along the way, her life is threatened and the library renovations run behind.
It has been a little while since I have read a cozy. This one was recommended by Daphne from her bookshelf for the PopSugar 2017 Book Challenge. One of the books in the challenge has to have a cat on the cover. This book had two so I think I have this requirement down pat. I think between Daphne and me we could start our own library. It may not be a Carnegie one, but we sure could fill a lot of shelves!