Sometimes, you just need someone to tell you a story. It's been a tough week at work, and the deadlines loom, and your brain is tired. Slight of Paw is just what the doctor ordered.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, in which librarian Kathleen Paulson came to small town life and was adopted by two cats with -- it seems -- rather useful superpowers. At least, the cats helped her solve a mystery, even if catnip toys were destroyed in the process.
This follow-up is just as good... if not better.
In this book, which takes place about six months later, Kathleen has settled into small-town life, and has gotten to know Mayville Heights' residents. When an older woman dies right outside the town's cafe, something doesn't seem quite right -- particularly when the police arrest a suspect who, Kathleen is positive, could not *possibly* be guilty.
Slight of Paw has all the elements of a charming cozy mystery: a believable protagonist, a plausible reason for an amateur to get involved, and likeable secondary characters. I'm really getting to appreciate Roma and Maggie, and it's nice that the author takes it slow with the not-quite-love-interest detective. And, of course, the cats, who might have a few uncatlike characteristics but are undoubtedly kitties; no cat lover could resist them.
Unlike a lot of such books, you don't have to read the first book in the series to understand what's happening in this one. I think you'd enjoy it more if you did, but the characters are adequately introduced.
This is not deep literature. It's a quick read when you want something light to distract you from the rest of the world. But for that, it's spot on.