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:

Jen Scott said...

Buy A Whisker sounds like a fun book, and the cover is adorable! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you :)
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Michstjame said...

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!

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Lisa Brown said...

Aw, looks like a fun read, thanks for the chance :)
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Karen B said...

I've put this series on my TBR list after reading The Whole Cat and Caboodle. Love Elvis!
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Alicia said...

I'm not sure have I missed this series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
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Acemommy said...

I would love this! This is one of my fave series and authors!
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skkorman said...

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

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Laura Collins said...

Sounds like a great book, would love to read it! Thanks for a chance to win!
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robin lorraine williamson said...

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

Sofie Kelly said...

Thank you for the great review, Melissa.

Good luck in the giveaway, everyone!

Sue said...
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Sue said...

This cat Elvis I simply MUST "meet". Thanks for a chance to win the book.
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oneponychick66 said...

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

katsrus said...

Pretty book cover. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.
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Robin Coxon said...

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

Katreader said...

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

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Laura Thomas said...

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:)
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Anonymous said...

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

Unknown said...

Maine + cats + re-purposing goods
That sounds like a perfect trifecta.
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pilch92 15andmeowing said...

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

petite said...

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

traveler said...

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

Rita said...

Sounds like a good read.

Terri Crossley said...

Thanks for the chance! This sounds like a great book!
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bookwomen said...

Cat cozies always make me smile.

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holdenj said...

Looking forward to reading more about Sarah and Elvis! Thanks!
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Robin Mudge said...

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.
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Joanne Magill said...

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

Mama Cat said...

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

Cathy Keisha said...

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

Allison said...

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

meowmeowmans said...

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

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Malka E said...

i was just this morning, wishing i could read this
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dot kel said...

Looking forward to reading this one.
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