4.5/5 False Scams
On The Back:
Spring has come to charming North Harbor, Maine, and with the new season comes a new haul for Second Chance, the shop where Sarah Grayson sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. Sarah is turning her keen eye to the estate of collector Edison Hall, hoping for fabulous finds for Second Chance—but when her rescue cat Elvis discovers a body in the kitchen, everything goes paws up.
The body belongs to an appraiser who had been hired to check out Edison’s wine collection. When Edison’s sister shows up at Second Chance, she hires Sarah’s friends—the kooky and charismatic trio of ladies who call themselves Charlotte’s Angels and work out of the shop—to solve the murder, Sarah knows she and Elvis are only going to get deeper into the case. But as it becomes a cat and mouse game of lies, cons, cheats, and family squabbles, can Elvis and Sarah claw their way to the truth before the killer slinks away forever?
A third book in what has proven to be an exceedingly solid series; A Whisker of Trouble was a funny, masterfully written book that proved Sofie Ryan’s writing talent.
Sarah is the MC, but at the same time she’s not. Her cat Elvis. Her elderly friends Liz, Mr. P, Charlotte, and Rose. The other secondary characters Mac, Nick, Avery and Liam. All of these groups of characters share the main spotlight almost equally. So, though it’s in Sarah’s POV, the book doesn’t necessarily focus on her. Normally, I’d say a book with 10 major characters would be confusing and possibly annoying. However, Ms. Ryan makes it work! All of these characters work together to create a wonderfully unique story that keeps a reader wanting more.
The setting is simply wonderful. I can vividly picture North Harbor, and though Maine seems to be one of the most popular settings for cozy mysteries, the author does a wonderful job of setting this setting apart from the other similar areas in cozy mysteries.
The only really drawback to this book was the mystery. It was wonderful and I had no idea the motive for the murder. However, I correctly guessed the killer about 1/3 of the way through the book.
Besides that one point. A Whisker of Trouble was a wonderfully complex story. Highly recommend this and the first two books in the series!