Quick Book Reviews: Buy A Whisker and A Whisker of Trouble by Sophie Ryan

Quick Review (applies to both books)

I really do love this series, and this book is an excellent addition to it. A great cast of characters, interesting storylines, a wonderful setting and of course, it has Elvis the Cat. 5 / 5

Summaries (from Goodreads)

Buy a Whisker: Things have been quiet in the coastal town of North Harbor, Maine, since Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, solved their first murder. Sarah is happy running Second Chance, the shop where she sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. But then she gets dragged into a controversy over developing the waterfront. Most of the residents–including Sarah–are for it, but there is one holdout–baker Lily Carter. So when Lily is found murdered in her bakery, it looks like somebody wanted to remove the only obstacle to the development. But Sarah soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems. Now, with the help of her cat’s uncanny ability to detect a lie, Sarah is narrowing down the suspects. But can she collar the culprit before the ruthless killer pounces again?

A Whisker of Trouble: Spring has come to charming North Harbor, Maine, and with the new season comes a new haul for Second Chance, the shop where Sarah Grayson sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. Sarah is turning her keen eye to the estate of collector Edison Hall, hoping for fabulous finds for Second Chance—but when her rescue cat Elvis discovers a body in the kitchen, everything goes paws up.
 
The body belongs to an appraiser who had been hired to check out Edison’s wine collection. When Edison’s sister shows up at Second Chance, she hires Sarah’s friends—the kooky and charismatic trio of ladies who call themselves Charlotte’s Angels and work out of the shop—to solve the murder, Sarah knows she and Elvis are only going to get deeper into the case. But as it becomes a cat and mouse game of lies, cons, cheats, and family squabbles, can Elvis and Sarah claw their way to the truth before the killer slinks away forever?

Review

Seeing as though I read these books one after the other, and my thoughts on them are the same, I thought a joint review would be better than two repetitive ones!

Buy a Whisker and A Whisker of Trouble are books 2 and 3 in the Second Chance Cat Mysteries by Sophie Ryan. I read the first book (The Whole Cat and Coboodle) last year and instantly fell in love with Elvis the cat, the Second Chance shop and the setting. So it was no surprise that as soon as I finished book 2, I started reading book 3.

Easy to read, and engaging, the series has great continuity and a fantastic set of characters of all ages. It’s a fun and entertaining story, and the dialogue is often funny, especially when the Angels are around. However, it’s the deep sense of family and friendship that really makes this a cosy and heartwarming series.

I love the book covers, as I mentioned back in this post from last April. And, it’s worth noting that these first three books in the series were bought, read, reviewed, and rehomed within a year, which almost never happens in my world. 🙂

It’s no surprise that I rated both books, 5 out of 5. I’m looking forward to not only reading more books from this series, but the author has another series, Magical Cats Mysteries, which sounds like it is definitely worth a look!

The Second Chance Cat Mysteries are very quickly becoming a favourite of mine, and the series is rivalling the Myrtle Clover Mysteries from Elizabeth Spann Craig for the top spot on my “cosy mystery fiction that has a cat as a prominent character” list.

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