When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life....
Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems....
Kathleen Paulson has her hands full in Mayville Heights, Minnesota, running the public library and taking care of her two uncanny cats, Hercules and Owen....
Holly Miller's life has gone to the dogs. She has no job, her boyfriend's former flame is sniffing around, and a scruffy but lovable Jack Russell terrier is scattering crumbs....
Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows librarian Charlie Harris - and his Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash....
Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play....
When Anna takes Alistair to see veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead....
Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery....
Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers' retreats in the big blue Victorian she's inherited. It's an authors' getaway, but Cat won't let anyone get away with murder....
Miracle Springs is a place of healing. Strangers flock there hoping that the natural hot springs, five-star cuisine, and renowned spa can cure their ills....
When amiable old village eccentric Quentin Andrews dies, the good folk of Cherringham are astonished at the crowd that turns up to his funeral...
Annie's got bad news for her ex-boyfriend, curator Ernst Pettigrew: the snooty Brock Museum's new 15-million-dollar Caravaggio painting is as fake as a three-dollar bill....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
When Marley McKinney's aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers....
CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana....
In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer....
After stumbling across Ida's dead body, Marley's suddenly the number one suspect in her murder....
Author Miranda James returns to Athena, Mississippi, with an all-new mystery featuring Miss An'gel and Miss Dickce Ducote, two snoopy sisters who are always ready to lend a helping hand....
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.
I enjoyed this quietly satisfying mystery (and the next 3 books in this engaging series) for multiple reasons.
!. Location: small coastal town in the amazing state of Maine
2. Setting: a re-purpose/thrift shop where owner Sarah and her staff & friends repair,
recycle and resell unwanted items - good business and good for the planet.
3. Main character: Sarah is a strong, independent woman; not whining over past disappointments, not waiting for a man to make her happy.
4. An eclectic cast of supporting characters, mostly over the age of 30. (I chuckled when another reviewer suggested that "boring older people" should not be featured fiction).
5. PG rated: very little cursing, violence or sexual situations. I believe many recent novels are needlessly crude and degrading; all shock value but no substance.
6. Excellent narration and a unique feline pet. Even though I am a dog person, I like how Elvis has such a distinct, sometimes humorous personality.
I would highly recommend this book and the entire series to mature, discriminating readers.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
Readers, don't be frightened away by the cleverly punned title, which is almost too crazy. I wasn't going to try it but was desperate for something to listen to, so I tried the sample. Then, I bought the book. It's a good read (listen), well-written, nicely plotted, and with such fun characters that I went on to buy the other books in the series so that I could revisit them. I love the cat in the story. Thanks, Sofie Ryan, for an enjoyable listen.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This was an entertaining story, good character development and with an intelligent twist. The narrator is what almost put me off. I was frustrated because the character voices were often indistinguishable and the narrator initially felt forced and a bit over-dramatic in the reading. I kept with it, though and it finally began to flow and my irritation with the narrator abated. As I listened I began to hear the nuances in the voices - I still could not independently recognize the differences in some of the character voices, but the narrator did a better job of reading the "said __" attributions so it began to develop its own rhythm and I was able to get past the irritations. I liked the writing style and character development enough that I am continuing on in the series - despite the narrator.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next one. .
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
Fun characters and good mystery. Love the older ladies and the community. Fun summer listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Being a cat lover that I am I truly enjoyed this book. I fell in love with all the characters and can't wait for Sarah to realize she has not only one man but two who are interested in her. And the narration was purr..fect.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
Tough one. I like the author and enjoyed the story. However, the narrator repeatedly took me out of the story. NOBODY talks the way she narrated. It appears that she paused at every comma, even when it just (properly in written form!) separated the main clause from the person's name who is being addressed. We don't talk like that, and it was exasperating to hear! Where was the producer on this? When I listened to the sample for the second book, it sounded like it was speeded up. There wasn't any example of the type of weird emphasis above, so I don't know if that persisted or not. I'm leery of purchasing the second book.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whole Cat and Caboodle?
Unfortunately, it was a negative - the narrator often put the stress on the wrong parts of sentences to make sense of the story.
Would you be willing to try another one of Marguerite Gavin’s performances?
As above, I'm leery. I really like the author, so this is annoying. She really butchered the narration. Again, did the producer pay any attention?<br/>As a positive note, she did well in creating character voices.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Yes, if this narrator were not involved.
Any additional comments?
I'm sorry to be so negative, but my enjoyment was marred by the inappropriate narration. Why was this allowed? Audible may chose not to display this review. I almost hope you don't - but please do a better job of monitoring narration!
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful