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

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

by Sofie Ryan

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Meet secondhand shop owner Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, in the first novel in the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451419941
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 67,260
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sofie Ryan is a New York Times bestselling author and mixed-media artist who loves to repurpose things in her life and her art. She writes the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat mysteries and, as Sofie Kelly, writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries.

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The Whole Cat and Caboodle (Second Chance Cat Mystery Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a cat owner I appreciate a good book involving kitties, and both series she writes are great. Read all the books in each.
lovemysteries1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Honney1944 More than 1 year ago
Loved the cat, the underlying romance and the mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great new series! Look forward to the next book. Love the characters!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy reading. Really enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the writing and the characters. Funny and believable dialog
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Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
I had a slow start getting into this book, but perhaps that has to do more with the reader than with the book. I listened to this book and I had a hard time getting into the readers cadence. Once I got into the meat of the story, I found it quite entertaining as the geriatric version of Charlie's Angels swings into action dragging the main character along against her will. I look forward to reading the next book in the series in book format so I can get to know the characters even further.
Chuck56 More than 1 year ago
A nice light read, although not a terrible exciting one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love cats, and good mysteries then you'll love The Whole Cat and Caboodle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this new series but alas my hopes for it were dashed. I adore her Magical Cats stories but this new one just isn't even close to good. Too much time wasted on daily boring tasks and not enough on character development. Only the last three chapters really saved this book. Not sure I want to spend more money on the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cozy mystery. A leiizure read. Maddie one of the senior citizens of the group has been accused of killing her new beau,Authur.The rest are conducting their own investigation against the wishes of Sarah and local PD. to prove her innocence.So if you cant beat em join em. Sarah finds herself being one in the middle.Driving them around. Talking to some on their behalf. Elvis is the cat with the personality and knowing if someone is expect any minute to find out he really is human. I believe you will enjoy this book. No cursing no sex nothing vulgar. A plus for me. An enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sat, waiting for Black panther.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
"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 More than 1 year ago
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.
otterly More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago