MYSTERY

A Night’s Tail

Berkley Prime Crime. (Magical Cats, Bk. 11). Sept. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9780440001133. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780440001140. M
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Kathleen Paulson’s brother, Ethan, and his bandmates in The Flaming Gerbils are in town while they perform around Minnesota and offer a songwriting workshop in Mayville Heights. They’re all at a bar when they witness drunken businessman Lewis Wallace harass a veteran and his service dog, and band member Derek handles the situation. When Wallace is found dead in a hotel meeting space, it’s logical to suspect Derek. Although Kathleen is dating police detective Marcus Gordon, Ethan begs her to investigate and find the killer. Kathleen doesn’t want to get involved, but the more she learns about Wallace, the more suspects there are. Kathleen juggles her time between the quilt show at the library and investigating a businessman who lacked business skills.
VERDICT From the opening scene in this follow-up to The Cats Come Back, there are too many characters to keep straight. This cozy has the requisite number of likable characters, but the large cast means that it’s really directed at fans of librarian Kathleen and her magical cats that disappear and walk through walls.

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