SLEIGHT OF PAW
Kelly’s appealing cozy features likable, relatable characters set in an amiable location. The author continues to build on the promise of her debut novel, carefully developing her characters and their relationships. The mystery elements are nicely laid out, and if the culprit and motive are fairly obvious early on, that does not detract from the book’s overall charm.
Winter in tiny Mayville Heights, Minn., means Winterfest, the annual town festival featuring winter sports and fun. For librarian Kathleen Paulson, it also means murder when an elderly resident is found dead next to Kathleen’s favorite café. When her friend Ruby is arrested for the murder, Kathleen, assisted by her cats Hercules and Owen, and with no help whatsoever from Detective Marcus Gordon, sets out to clear Ruby’s name, a mission that is hampered by small-town secrets and the residents’ determination to guard them. (OBSIDIAN, Sep., 336 pp., $7.99)