Sarah Grayson has returned to her hometown of North Harbor, Maine and opened a second hand shop. In the process she acquires Elvis, a large black cat who she feels deserves a second chance. She also acquires a mystery when she notices an elderly friend missing from her color washing furniture class. When she finds Maddie at her home seated next to the dead body of her suitor, she knows that trouble is afoot – and sure enough her friend, Maddie, is arrested for the murder. Who killed Arthur Fenety? A group of Maddie’s elderly friends who call themselves Charlie’s Angel are determined to find out. Sarah promises Nick, her childhood sweetheart turned medical investigator, that she’ll keep t hem out of trouble – only problem is, she ends up mired in the investigation herself.
The characters in this book are likeable and the story is enjoyable. Sofie Ryan has much experience writing stories that feature cats (check out her Magical Cats series written under Sofie Kelly). A great start to what seems to be a promising series. Four Paws. – ROCCO LO TEMPIO
Sarah Grayson is the happy proprietor of Second Chance, a charming shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. At the shop, she sells used items that she has lovingly refurbished and repurposed. But her favorite pet project so far has been adopting a stray cat she names Elvis.
Elvis has seen nine lives—and then some. The big black cat with a scar across his nose turned up at a local bar when the band was playing the King of Rock and Roll’s music and hopped in Sarah’s truck. Since then, he’s been her constant companion and the furry favorite of everyone who comes into the store.
But when Sarah’s elderly friend Maddie is found with the body of a dead man in her garden, the kindly old lady becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Even Sarah’s old high school flame, investigator Nick Elliot, seems convinced that Maddie was up to no good. So it’s up to Sarah and Elvis to clear her friend’s name and make sure the real murderer doesn’t get a second chance.