The Whole Cat and Caboodle (Second Chance Cat Mystery Series #1)

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FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

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 ...

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Overview

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES

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.

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“A sure-fire winner.”—New York Times bestselling author Miranda James
 
“An affirmation of friendship as well as a tantalizing whodunit, The Whole Cat and Caboodle marks a promising start to a series sure to appeal to anyone who loves a combination of felonies and felines.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Ryan kicks off the new Second Chance Cat Mystery series with a lot of excitement. Her small Maine town is filled with unique characters…This tale is enjoyable from beginning to end; readers will look forward to more.”—Romantic Times
 
“Cozy readers will enjoy the new Second Chance Cat series.”—Gumshoe
 
"A lovable protagonist...and a supersmart cat."—MyShelf.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451419941
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 81,937
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sofie Ryan is a writer and mixed media artist who loves to repurpose things in her life and her art. She also writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries under the name Sofie Kelly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    This was a well done light read.  The mystery was good, the char

    This was a well done light read.  The mystery was good, the characters felt real, and the setting seemed charming.
    The humor throughout was also well done.  "Charlies (Charlotte's) Angels" were a hoot!  I hope there is a book 2.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

    The Whole Cat And Caboodle is the first book in the A Second Han

    The Whole Cat And Caboodle is the first book in the A Second Hand Cat Mystery series.

    I really enjoyed this new series. It is a book filled with humorous, enjoyable characters and an interesting cat named Elvis. I will also be checking out the author's other series, A Magical Cats Mystery, written as Sophie Kelly.

    Sarah Grayson owns a second hand shop in North Harbor, Maine and employs two of her dearest friends, Liz, Rose and Charlotte, and Mac who has given up his job as a stockbroker and helps out refinishing items and pursuing his love of sailing.

    Sarah is getting ready to give a class on color washing furniture at Legacy Place a seniors residence, when she notices another elderly friend, Madeline, is missing from the class. After class, Sarah and Charlotte stop by Maddie's house to check up on her. They find Maddie seated at a table on the patio, staring at her dead beau, Arthur Fenety. The police are called and everyone is questioned, but when the results are known from the autopsy, Arthur had been poisoned, Maddie is soon arrested. Sarah and her elderly friends are sure that Maddie didn't kill Arthur, but the police say different. As the ladies begin to look for the real killer, they learn that Arthur has four wives that they are able to find out about and it's anybody's guess as to how many girlfriends he might have. He has been scamming the ladies out of their monies, so it is a matter of finding out who was hurt the most and wanted revenge in the worst possible way.

    The characters in this book are very enjoyable and likeable. Sarah is all wrapped up in her shop, right now, to even consider a romantic interest, but that may change with Nate, who has recently returned to Norht Harbor. Nate is one that Sarah had a romantic encounter when she was a 15 year old girl spending the summers there. And Nate is wrapped up in his new job working for the Medical Examiner's office. Liz, Charlotte and Rose are in their senior years, but quite active. In the pursuit of the real murderer, they refer to themselves as Charlie's Angel. They may not be Columbo's, but their determination sure does make up for it. And there is Avery, Liz's granddaughter to add a teenagers point of view. I can't forget that adorable cat, Elvis. Elvis decided that Sarah would be a good human to live with and is enjoying being the mascot for Second Chance, Sarah's second hand store. He of course spends most of his time charming the customers, but also has the talent for judging honesty of people, which comes in handy with Sarah looking for a murderer.

    A delightful and fun new series and I will be looking forward to the next book.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

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    Cat and mystery lovers alike will love Sofie Ryan's new series f

    Cat and mystery lovers alike will love Sofie Ryan's new series featuring Elvis, a very savvy kitty. The Whole Cat and Caboodle is the first book in The Second Chance Cat series. Readers who enjoy a good whodunit, with a kitty cat twist will find Elvis irresistible. Ryan's success with the Magical Cats series, under the name Sofie Kelly, proves that she knows what she's talking about where felines are concerned and killers too. With an elderly con artist, a capricious cat and some very good friends, new cozy protagonist Sarah Grayson is on the case!

    What I liked:

    I totally adored the Magical Cats series from Sofie Kelly and knew that this new series under a different name would be just as good. Sofie Ryan may be a new name, but readers are still treated to the same amazing characterizations and descriptions of feline behavior that will keep them reading for hours on end. Ryan has a knack for knowing how cats and other animals get into the hearts of readers and she uses it to her advantage. I love the way she makes the reader wish they had a cat that was just as clever as Elvis. 

    There were lots of things that I liked about Sarah as the protagonist for this series. First of all I liked her profession. She has a second hand shop with vintage furniture and other items that can be re-purposed and brought back to life for some new person to enjoy. I have always enjoyed taking someone else's junk and making it my treasure, so I appreciated this theme a lot. I also liked Sarah's attitude. She goes to the nursing home to teach seniors how to re-purpose things as well. That was endearing on it's own but her relationship with the three elderly ladies who help her out in the shop was the best part of this book for me.

    Liz, Rose and Charlotte provided a lot of comic relief for this book, calling themselves Charlie's Angels and helping to solve the mystery. But the thing that made this one special was how Sarah, a younger woman treated them and developed such an endearing friendship with them. And the entire mystery also features another senior, Maddie who ends up the murder suspect. I think Ryan did a great job of showing the unique kinds of friendships that can develop between women of all ages.

    The mystery was well written and a lot of fun to try to figure out. It seems that Maddie's new beau Arthur was quite the con artist. When he ends up dead on the patio, apparently poisoned, Maddie is the main suspect. I loved finding out about all the women that Arthur had conned along the way. Including four wives and slew of girlfriends. It made for a great mystery and readers will love all of the ins and outs of the case.

    What I didn't like:

    Not much to report here. This was a great first book in a series and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next with this group of characters. Elvis could have had a more substantial role in the book and that would have been fine. He was a great feline character. 

    Bottom Line:

    This is a great new series, with a very interesting heroine. Sarah and her feline sidekick Elvis get in to all sorts of trouble that readers won't be able to keep from laughing about.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Disappointed

    Very disappointing. Thin plot, undeveloped characters. Really enjoy her other series, but it seemed like a different author wrote this book. Won't buy another.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    I have to say that I couldn't even finish this book.  It started

    I have to say that I couldn't even finish this book.  It started off so promising.  What's not to love about cats and cozies??  Wrong.  This book was so boring.  I was so tired of reading about her daily routine at her second chance  shop.  Was there a mystery?  I guess so.  I didn't even finish it to find out whodunit.  I didn't even care.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Cat with catattitude!

    Loved the cat, the underlying romance and the mystery!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    SweetT

    Great new series! Look forward to the next book. Love the characters!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Definitely recommend

    Enjoyable cozy mystery; endearing characters - both human and feline; eagerly looking foward to the next installment. If you like the Magical Cats mystery series she writes under the name Sofie Kelly, you will likely enjoy this series as well; the writing style and treatment of characters is very similar.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    The whole cat and caboodle

    Very easy reading. Really enjoyed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2015

    Fun Story; Quick Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sofie Ryan's "The Whole Cat and Caboodle." The plot kept me interested throughout the book, the characters were well developed, and I really liked the cat. The best part about the cat (Elvis) was that he acted like a cat. No talking. No magic. No throwing books off of bookshelves to give hints about the suspect. The humans definitely had to solve the mystery on their own.

    This was an easy read. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to spend time with a well written cozy mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2015

    Fun read!

    "The Whole Cat..." was a nice diversion from the 'heavier' stuff I also enjoy. You will enjoy it too especially if you're a cat person (which I am not :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2015

    Great story

    I love these small books, Cozy Mysteries. I'm on a really tight budget and I can get 3-4 of these books a month. Their great little stories, without all the cuss words. Just well written and sometimes funny. Thanks for making these available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2015

    Sonata Bio

    Female, can turn into a mermaid whenever she wants, blue tail, seagreen eyes,brown hair, light skin, controls water, can talk to marine animals, and horses, has a green shirt and jeaned shorts with white sneakers, sweet, funny, very private, uses boa staff and hand to hand combat, cannot be defeated on a full moon. Very silly, Greek god Posiedon is her father, is a siren.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2015

    Cat lovers will Enjoy

    This was a delightful change from Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline. Since I am a cat lover and a cat owner, I really loved this one. Our cat is a shelter cat--first time for that! This is short enough for all to enjoy. I shall certainly look for another one in this series, and I DEFINITELY would recommend this to a book group for discussion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    10/10!!

    This is a great book! I really love the se<_>x parts in between!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2015

    Cozy but a little slow but better slow than offensive

    Grafic violence and mish mash of plots . one of the best cat so far i ve read in a cozy except in a crispen. Since i work in a second hand rose shop a cher title or was it striesland,new and used and 30 booths mall really dig the scene however the black dark paint doesnt go around here the business is very regional what sells in one area including anything wont sell in another like.the tub chair but will buy the tub for use or flowers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2015

    Grant to Emily ( PLZ READ AND REPLY!!!!! )

    WHERE ARE U? PLZ REPLY! I AM WORRIED! REPLY AND COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2015

    Orion

    Da<_>ng sister stole my nook. Sorry ill go now.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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