The Whole Cat and Caboodle – Sofie Ryan

4/5 Teacup Herb Gardens

Originally published on Goodreads on December 22, 2014

On the Back:

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.

My Thoughts:

What a great beginning to a new series! Sophie Ryan created a wonderful setting and group of characters that is sure to become a favorite of many people. I loved the vivid detail she used when describing the setting and characters, and I loved the way the mystery fit. I guessed the killer a bit before the end and I felt the end was a bit rushed (hence the 4 star rating) but overall this was a quick, light read.

I loved the main characters, especially Rose, Liz, and Charlotte. They all seemed real, I could picture my grandma doing somthing like they did. I also liked Mac, he was a strong, caring character that I hope we see more of in the next books.

The setting was wonderful I wish I could go to Second Chance and pick up a mini herb garden or a tub chair. I loved “vibes” that the town gave off throughout the author’s writings.

However, I felt that the ending was very rushed, one second Sarah says she had a plan and the next the murderer is caught. I felt that the story would’ve benefited from a slightly longer ending to explain more. I did, however, love the very end after the killer had been caught. I felt that it left a great opening for more books without leaving a cliffhanger.

Overall a great start to a new series and I hope that I’ll be going back to North Harbor soon!

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