The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan

The Fast and the Furriest

Sofie Ryan

Sofie Ryan is back with her fifth book in her Second Chance Cat Mysteries in this tale of a sleuthing cat and a murder case.

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Sarah Grayson and her trusty companion, Elvis, race to tail the right suspects in the fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items, in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn't run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac--or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis.

Mac's life before North Harbor has always been a little bit mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town, and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah--and Elvis--know he can't be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.

Advance Galley Reviews

It wasn't high literature but it was entertaining and kept me engaged. I've read a few small-town-mysteries-that-involve-cats books by Sophie Ryan/Kelly and I enjoy the light read every time. She is good at world creation and has the structure of the mystery down. I always think I would enjoy living in one of the town she sets these stories in, although there is certainly more murder than is comfortable. I also like that the mysteries are self-contained but the characters in the town give a threw-line from one book to the next. Sometimes it's nice to escape into a small town mystery for a few hours and this book is just right for that.

This was the first time I read one of Sofie Ryan's Second Chance Cat Mysteries and I am sure it will not be the last. I truly enjoyed reading this cozy mystery. I was glued in place unable to put the book down for long. Ryan kept me guessing to the very end. Her characters are wonderfully believable and North Harbor sounds just like someplace I would love to visit. Highly recommended.

I feel like I’m going to visit a good friend when I open one of Sofie Ryan’s Second Chance Cat Mysteries. I felt at home immediately reading that Sarah and her feline Elvis were discussing the merits of a sandwich she thought he should like because it was a version of his namesake’s favorite. Ms. Ryan is incredibly skillful at making the interaction between Sarah and her cat realistic and engaging. Other characters have their own relationship with Elvis, who also contributes to solving the mystery in each book. In this adventure, Mac, who is employed in Sarah’s store, Second Chance in North Harbor, Maine, is arrested as a murder suspect. We soon find Sarah and Elvis joining forces with Charlotte’s Angels, an unusual private detective agency, to help find the real culprit. Ms. Ryan is a very gifted storyteller. Her mysteries are always well thought out. Her writing brings the characters to life, effectively mixing dialogue and narration that brings you right into each scene. The pace is comfortable. Spending a relaxing afternoon, in a comfortable chair with your favorite beverage, is an excellent way to get acquainted with Sarah, Elvis and all their friends. It will be fun, I promise.

I found this a good mystery that kept you guessing until the end. Just when you thought you had it figured out, like the characters, you discovered that he or she had an alibi. My only complaint stems from the fact that this is my first read in the series (this is the 5th book) and I found it difficult to distinguish some of the regular characters. Perhaps if more description of them was provided (age, hair, relationship, occupation, etc.) early on, it would be easier. I do look forward to reading some of the earlier novels as I found the characters interesting, even if I often got some of them confused. This did not take away from the story except when side plots were brought up.

Love catching up Sarah, Elvis and their circle of friend. We finally learn about Mac's life prior to working for Sarah at her Second Chance shop. Looking forward to the next in the series.

A wonderfully entertaining story. I really loved it. It kept me turning the pages.

A warm hearted delightful tale about good friends of all ages standing beside those who matter. A must read


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