Regular readers of the Magical Cats
mysteries have learned that Kathleen Paulson's parents are actors. Kathleen's
mother, Thea, has a devoted fan base thanks to her appearances on the fictional
daytime drama the Wild and the Wonderful, while her father, John's
dancing raisin commercial has become a cult classic. In THE CATS CAME
BACK, Kathleen learns that singer Emme Finley, who is in town for
the Wild Rose summer music festival, has a connection to Thea. They were both in
the musical, Mamma Mia.
I confess that I have a soft spot for movie musicals, which, in part, is why I
decided Thea had to have acted in at least one. So here in no particular order,
and subject to change at any time, are my top ten movie musicals.
- Mamma Mia.
I can sing all the songs. And Meryl Streep. (What else is there to say?)
- Singing in the Rain
Gene Kelly dancing in the rain. Magical.
- The Sound of Music
I know this one is a little dated but it has Julie Andrews whom I've loved since
Mary Poppins. And Do-Ra-Mi is so much fun to sing. (Kathleen and
Hercules are both fans, too.)
- West Side Story
In two words, Rita Moreno. There's a reason she has an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy,
a Tony and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Yes I know Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta were a bit too old for their
roles. I don't care.
- Mary Poppins.
I think we've already established how I feel about Julie Andrews. On top of that
I defy you to sing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and not smile.
- Guys and Dolls
Marilyn Monroe was interested in playing the part of Adelaide, which went to
Vivian Blaine. Frank Sinatra, who was a great Nathan Detroit, wanted the role of
Sky Masterson, played by Marlon Brando. (And I can sing Luck Be A Lady
if anyone is interested.)
Amy Adams is fantastic. By the way, Julie Andrews is the film's narrator. (Yes,
I have a bit of a fan girl thing going for her.)
- La La Land
Fools Who Dream. Go listen on YouTube.
Lin-Manual Miranda's music. Wow!
Yes, I've heard all the arguments that musicals are just too far-fetched, that
in the real world people don't burst into song and start dancing with a light
post, but wouldn't it be fun if they did?
Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson often seems to gets mixed up in
murder, but luckily, her very special cats always find a way to help her close a
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?
As accusations abound and suspicions swirl, Kathleen, Hercules and Owen will
put their abilities—both mundane and magical—to the test, and lay down the paw.
Mystery Cozy | Mystery Paranormal
[Berkley, On Sale: September 4, 2018, Hardcover /
e-Book, ISBN: 9780399584596 / eISBN: 9780399584602]
Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of young adult writer and mixed-media
artist, Darlene Ryan. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and
daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl
around thrift stores. And she admits to having a small crush on Matt Lauer.
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