Friday 26 April 2024

**FELINE FICTION FIX** Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #279 featuring **The Cats Came Back** by Sofie Kelly PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today. Do mew remember on Monday's post when Basil posted his throwback to December 2017?  And he said I was outside too, well here's the proof.

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This was December 20th at 14.41 and 48 seconds, I was outside in winter!

I know it's totally shocking, right?

But it's ok, I've decided inside is much better now

Anyhoo, what books have mew been reading this week?

Apart from this week's top pick, I've also read:

Lone Wolf by Gregg Hurwitz (BK 9 - Orphan X Series)

Jurassic Park by Micheal Crichton

Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M.C. Beaton

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia (BK 1)

Quite a mixed bunch of books. Jurassic Park was furbulous, I haven't read it before, don't ask me why, I guess I just never thought about it and this week I saw it, bought it and devoured it. 

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. I find _____________________ offensive.
2. __________________ is a good way to make some extra cash.
3. _________ makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.
4. I could see myself naming a cat or dog _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I find litter bugs offensive. Why do some people think it's okay to just chuck their rubbish, such as fast food wrappers, fast food bags, cans, takeaway drink cups, and sandwich wrappers etc, out of the car when driving along in the countryside? Just take it home and throw it in your own fluffing dustbin. Is that too hard? Well, evidently, it is for some. Who the fluff do you think is going to clean it up?
 Another thing that is becoming increasingly more frequent is bottles of yellow liquid chucked out on the roadside; yes, we all know what it is, but take the fluffing bottle home and dispose of it yourself—jeez, it's disgusting.

2. Selling on eBay is a good way to make some extra cash. Either that or hire out your cats for modelling, I'm just kidding; Melvyn's catwalk career has gone nowhere, and he tries so hard.

3. _________ makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. I don't know how to answer this because my brain doesn't think like that; I just plod along and do what needs doing; if that's my form of accomplishment, then so be it! LOL

4. I could see myself naming a cat or dog Sage or Thyme, any herby name really. Well, we need to keep the herbalicious theme. I wanted to call Melvyn, Chervil, Fennel or Dill(on); his name was Malcolm when he arrived from the rescue, but Cat Dad said no to all herby names, hence Melvyn, the most non-herby name ever! LOL

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Today, as it's the last Friyay of the month, we're also joining in the furrbulous...

So do drop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

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Just look closely, and mew'll see Pandora is mid-take-off or launch. This was from January 2018, don't ask me what was happening because I can't remember, but we think it's really funny!

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This week's top book pick is...

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The Cats Came Back

Magical Cats Mystery Book 10


Sofie Kelly

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson often seems to get mixed up in murder, but luckily, her very special cats always find a way to help her close a case . . .

The charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights is hosting a music festival, and the whole place is bustling with musicians and tourists. Kathleen is looking forward to taking in some fabulous performances--and her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are looking forward to taking in some fabulous sardine crackers. But then the trio stumbles across a dead body by the river.

The victim is a close friend--who also happens to be a look-alike of a popular cabaret singer set to perform at the festival. Who could have wanted to harm this innocent girl? Was it a case of mistaken identity?

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This is Book 10 of the Magical Cats Mystery series. I've read quite a few of the others, but it seems that I've only actually reviewed book one, which mew can read by clicking here. I really thought I'd reviewed books two and three at least, but no, anyhoo, I can come back to those at a later date.

So, what did I think about book ten? 

It is an engaging and immersive cozy cat mystery that takes mew on a journey to the charming Minnesota town of Mayville Heights. The story revolves around a small-town librarian, Kathleen Paulson, who always seems to find herself in the middle of mysterious events. Her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are always there to help her out, using their unique magical abilities. The book is set during a music festival in Mayville Heights, which is bustling with musicians and tourists. The town is described vividly, with its quaint streets, cozy cafes, and furiendly locals. The festival is a major attraction, with its lively performances and festive atmosphere. The book does an excellent job of transporting the reader to this world and making them feel like a part of it. The murder mystery plot is well-crafted, with several suspects and motives. The victim is a close friend of Kathleen, who looks like a popular cabaret singer set to perform at the festival. The investigation is full of twists and turns, with Kathleen, Hercules, and Owen using their unique abilities to solve the case. The characters are well-developed, with their quirks and purrsonalities adding depth to the story. Kathleen is a relatable protagonist, who is smart, witty, and determined. The cats steal the show with their epic magical abilities, which are described in detail, making them even more pawesome! The writing style is engaging, with descriptive language that brings the story to life, and the dialogues are witty and humorous, adding to the charm of the book. The pace is just right, keeping mew engaged throughout and those pages turning. The Cats Came Back is a wonderpurr cozy cat mystery with a purrfect blend of mystery, magic, and humour, making it a delightful read for anypawdy who loves a good story and a long series, as there are sixteen in total to read.

Another Totally Top Paw Read


a furbulous addition to this wonderpurr series.

Paperback: 320 pages
Audiobook: 7 hours 45 mins
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Ratings of:

The Cats Came Back

Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

          Brian's Home   Catblogosphere    Feline Friday   Nature Friday    Flashback Friday   Friendship Friday          

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I really hope mew enjoy the book if mew choose to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. We like the Hamish McBeth series of M C Beaton. And Precious came here with her name as is so no changing it. Litter bugs are really criminals never to be caught or made to clean up.

  2. I read this book, Amber...I have the entire series.
    Every Michael Crichton book that I've read has been fabulous; what a storyteller!

  3. That is a good review of what sounds like a very good book.
    I hate litterbugs too. We live down a quiet country lane. There is a MacDonald's about 3 miles from us. It must take that long to eat it in the car because all the rubbish is thrown out by the time they get to where we live

  4. I have very similar fill-ins. I have been saying them on all the blogs instead of the right way of posting them pn mie. BUT I agree with every one today!!! I'd love to read that series of books.

  5. Amber, you did get outside for some fresh air. That is a fabulous capture of Pandora aloft. I really detest litterbugs too! Great review of an intriguing book, Amber!

  6. WOW! You read a lot of books this week Amber. Great review- sounds like an interesting book. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins. I enjoyed all her answers and I feel the same about litter bugs. XO

  7. Yes sweet Amber, inside and warm is a good thing. Those were good fill-in answers. We have tons of disgusting litter bugs here. That was a super fun fail. Hey, I enjoyed your review of that fun book. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. That's an adorable blooper! Amber, I just can't believe you were outside in the winter. And we love this series too!

  9. Looks like Pandora is doing a magical jump🙀 great photo. Need to write this author down sounds like my kind of book been reading The cat who talked to ghosts similar story.xx😽🐈‍⬛🐾

  10. It's nice to get out for fresh air for a few minutes in winter, but much nicer to come back in to the cozy warmth.

    Dill(on) would be a fabulous name for a cat.

    You're right about the mid-take-off photo being quite funny.

    As always, you have reviewed what sounds like a winner of a book.

    Thank you for linking up with Feline Friday!


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