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. 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 that the real murderer doesn't get a second chance.
©2014 Darlene Ryan (P)2016 Tantor
"This tale is enjoyable from beginning to end." (RT Book Reviews)
Compared to other works in audible.com that are series in a similar format, this one took a bit more time to establish characters and the situation.
I believe it deepens the integrity of the storyline and background. Don't expect a big grab to start; but, give it a chance (you impatient ones like me) as it's beyond worth it.
I'm off to purchase the next in the series!
For any cat loving cosy mystery reader this is a fun treat. Elvis the cat is an unexpected addition to Sara's life and he is a lot of fun.
Sara's business Second Chance has a lovely set of well drawn characters, and her senior had me cheering them on!
Oh my...so many things. Elvis (the cat) is the most interesting character in this book. There are a plethora of people, but no one is fleshed out. I almost stopped listening after the first 20%, but I persevered. Even though I listened to the entire book, I can't tell you the age of the main character, nor the age of any of the characters. Wait! One character is 16. Possibly Sarah (main ch.) is 30. But she could be in her mid twenties, or maybe mid thirties. The older characters initially seem elderly (80?), but then possibly in their 60's.
The premise of using a cat in the story is very weak. I never felt as if the author ever had a cat. I never felt any connection to Elvis...and trust me, I connect to cats!
The narrator made the young women sound old and the older women sound old.
Made her characters three dimensional.
Write this review to make others aware that this story needs a rewrite.
I'm sorry that I cannot recommend this book.
I have read the kindle book once through and decided to get the audio book. I purchased the book without listening to the sample, BIG MISTAKE! The narrator's voice is pitchy, nasal and wobbly. The overall recording is also terrible, it has high points in the audio and then fades.
I have to say this is one of the worst audio recordings I've listened too. If you enjoy the author just stick to reading the actual book.
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