Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Buy A Whisker by Sofie Ryan


From the publisher: 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?


Secondhand/repurposing shop owner Sarah Grayson and feline lie detector Elvis return for their second adventure in Buy a Whisker. North Hampton, ME, is buzzing with news of a proposed waterfront development which will be a boom for the town. The only holdout is bakery owner Lily. Her lone opposition is snuffed out when she's found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs. Sarah and Elvis start sniffing around and discover that Lily has been at the center of controversy before, leaving a fairly long list of people with a motive for murder.

I am absolutely crazy about this series. First, I love cozies set in Maine. It's one of my favorite settings. The cast of characters is phenomenal, particularly Sarah's elderly lady friends Liz, Rose, and Charlotte, who call their detective agency Charlotte's Angels, but also remind me of the Golden Girls. Sarah's love life takes a startling turn when she appears to start having feelings for her "jack of all trades" employee Mac. I can't wait to see how this plays out, as well as how things go with Rose moving into Sarah's old Victorian.

I loved every minute of this book and it was over all too soon. Elvis is a little heartbreaker and did a flawless job helping Sarah weed through her list of suspects. The final pages are gripping and left me on pins and needles for book 3, A Whisker of Trouble, due February 2016 and previewed at the end.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Monday, April 13th for your chance to win a copy of Buy a Whisker. Don't forget your email address! (US entries only, please.)

34 comments:

  1. Buy A Whisker sounds like a fun book, and the cover is adorable! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you :)
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Oh, fun! I really enjoyed "The Whole Cat and Caboodle," so I'm looking forward to this book. I absolutely agree that Maine is a wonderful setting and that the characters in this series are a special group. Thanks for teh review and chance to win!

    michstjame at gmail dot com

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  3. Aw, looks like a fun read, thanks for the chance :)
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  4. I've put this series on my TBR list after reading The Whole Cat and Caboodle. Love Elvis!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  5. I'm not sure have I missed this series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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  6. I would love this! This is one of my fave series and authors!
    sarah2323 at gmail dot com

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  7. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  8. Sounds like a great book, would love to read it! Thanks for a chance to win!
    weluvdopey@sc.rr.com

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  9. love cat cozy mysteries will have to check this out please enter me into drawing

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  10. Thank you for the great review, Melissa.

    Good luck in the giveaway, everyone!

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  12. This cat Elvis I simply MUST "meet". Thanks for a chance to win the book.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  13. I read book 1 and can hardly wait for this one. Love Elvis!!!!! Thank you for the Giveaway!!!!!

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  14. Pretty book cover. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.
    Sue B
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  15. Thanks so much for sharing Sofie Ryan's new book. The thought of a cat named Elvis is enticing. I would love to have a copy to read. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  16. I love her Mystical Cats series, but haven't gotten around to reading this one. I need to remedy that!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  17. I hopped over to Goodreads to check out this fun series and see if I'd read any of the author's books. I haven't, YET! Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm addicted to cozies with their flirty covers and titles:)
    laurathomas61@att.net

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  18. Thanks! Cats in cozy mysteries are always tops on my list! patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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  19. Maine + cats + re-purposing goods
    That sounds like a perfect trifecta.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  20. That sounds like a great read. pilch92@aol.com

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  21. Cats and cozies are the best. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. Delightful and intriguing. Ideal. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Thanks for the chance! This sounds like a great book!
    edtercross7304@yahoo.com

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  24. Cat cozies always make me smile.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  25. Looking forward to reading more about Sarah and Elvis! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. This sounds like a great book! It's always fun to find books that are set in our favorite or most familiar places. Whenever I read a really good book I feel like I've lost a friend when it ends.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  27. Sounds wonderful, I would love to be entered in the draw.

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  28. I agree with everyone - looks like a great book! It has been a while since reading the first-in-series, so I am definitely looking forward to catching up with Elvis and Sarah and Mac - and of course, the Angels! Thank you for the contest! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  29. Truffles … did that book put you to sleep?? Heh.

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  30. Really liked the first book and would love to win the second. Thanks. mackisa@gmail.com

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  31. This sounds like a really great book! Thank you for the chance to win it, Melissa and Truffles! :)

    kthattori AT gmail (dot) com

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  32. i was just this morning, wishing i could read this
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  33. Looking forward to reading this one.
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