A Night’s Tail (Magical Cats)
by Sofie Kelly
About A Night’s Tail
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A Night’s Tail (Magical Cats)
11th in Series
Berkley (September 3, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B07L7SSYYZ
Librarian Kathleen Paulson’s brother, Ethan, and his band, The Flaming Gerbils, are spending some time in Mayville Heights. Ethan and his band-mate Derek, are giving a song-writing workshop at the St. James Hotel when they stumble upon the body of Lewis Wallace. The former football player was considering the town for the site of his newest business venture. However, not everyone was a fan of the brash ex-athlete, who had a failed business, some disgruntled customers, and several lawsuits in his past. Did he make a new enemy, or did Lewis Wallace’s past finally catch up with him? It’s up to Kathleen—with some furry assistance from her talented cats, Owen and Hercules—to figure out who was trying to settle the score.
About Sofie Kelly
Guest Post by the Author
All About Minnesota by Sofie Kelly
Librarian Kathleen Paulson, from the Magical Cats mysteries, grew up on the east coast but her home now is the fictional town of Mayville Heights, Minnesota. (Her cats, Owen and Hercules are native Minnesotans.) Both Kathleen and I have enjoyed learning more about the state.
Did you know the official state tree is the Norway or red pine, Pinus resinosa? Some members of that species have grown close to 150 feet high. Red pines are long-lived trees. One in the province of Ontario, Canada was estimated to have been 500 years old when it was cut down.
L’etoile du Nord, which translates as “Star of the North” was adopted for as the official state motto in 1861. It was chosen by Henry Sibley, the first governor of Minnesota.
Crazy Eddie Sweeney, who readers first met—albeit indirectly—in Sleight of Paw, probably knows that ice hockey was named the official state sport of Minnesota in 2009. The US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is located in Eveleth, Minnesota.
According to the Office of the Secretary of State, Minnesota produces over 9 billion pounds of milk a year and ranks eighth in dairy production among the states. Maybe that’s why the official state drink is milk. You could enjoy that glass of milk with a blueberry muffin, the official muffin of the state since 1988.
The Honeycrisp™ apple became the state fruit in 2006. It was developed through an apple breeding program at the University of Minnesota, crossing a Honeygold apple with a Macoun. Honeycrisps, as their name implies, are a crisp, juicy apple good for eating and baking in pies or apple dumplings. Kathleen likes to make apple crisp with her Honeycrisp apples.
Minnesota inventions include bundt pans, water skis and staplers. Richard Drew invented Scotch tape in the state over 100 years ago. Wheaties cereal was created for the first time in 1921 when a health clinician in Minnesota spilled wheat gruel on a stove and it turned into flakes. “Washburn’s Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flakes” soon became known as “Wheaties” according to Wheaties.com. The automatic pop-up toaster, rollerblades, and Snickers bars are also Minnesota inventions. Creator Frank Mars named the candy bar after one of his favorite horses by the way.
Hormel Foods, based in Austin, Minnesota began manufacturing SPAM® in 1937—the canned pork product, not the annoying junk email. Austin is also where the Spam Museum is located. Mayville Heights entrepreneur, Burtis Chapman, grew up eating fried SPAM® sandwiches. So did I.
The term “Minnesota Nice” is often used to describe residents of the state. Based on the readers from Minnesota that I’ve heard from over the last several years, the term is well-deserved. If you know any more fun facts about the state, I’d love to hear them.
Sofie Kelly writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries that feature librarian Kathleen Paulson and her two very special cats, Owen and Hercules, who have a magical knack for solving crime. As Sofie Ryan she is the author of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mystery series. She lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter.
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