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The Whole Cat and Caboodle Audiobook

The Whole Cat and Caboodle: Second Chance Cat Mystery Series #1

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"This tale is enjoyable from beginning to end." (RT Book Reviews)

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    Rusty 01-07-17
    Rusty 01-07-17 Member Since 2017

    Great Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Mainely Wonderful"

    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 18 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Bryn Smith 03-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth it!"

    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!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 01-24-16
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 01-24-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book"

    I enjoyed this book and I look forward to the next one. .

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Marjorie Dawson 02-12-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A Fun Furry Cosy Mystery"

    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
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    Susan PEARLAND, TX, United States 09-07-17
    Susan PEARLAND, TX, United States 09-07-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Just..... no."

    I like the "cat-mystery/struggling-shop-owner" genre for when I'm tired and don't want to have to think much, so I was hoping to like this one .

    Nope.

    I gave the story three stars on the "benefit of the doubt" principle. I didn't actually listen past the forst chapter.

    It's the narration. Does ANYONE actually sound like this? It's like eating a bowl of sugar with cane syrup on top.

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    Kathy N Long Beach, CA United States 08-28-17
    Kathy N Long Beach, CA United States 08-28-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A Humorous but Slight Mystery"

    This is a slow-paced, relaxed cozy mystery with a good sense of humor, about a multi-generational group of friends trying to save one of their number from a murder accusation. It has some flaws, though. The cat doesn't play as big a role as the title suggests, the police seem to be doing pretty much nothing while the friends sleuth, and they take risks as if a potential murderer is just another person to have tea with while being delicately pumped for information.

    The narrator seemed too relaxed at first, but then I realized she fits the characters, does voices well, and is pleasant to listen to. Overall, it was a pleasant diversion but not complex enough to make me want more in the series. If you enjoy not having to think too hard with your cozies, it may be just your cup of tea.

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    Kat Harrison 06-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Elvis"

    Fun characters and good mystery. Love the older ladies and the community. Fun summer listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. Cooper 04-06-17
    N. Cooper 04-06-17
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    "GIve it a chance"

    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
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    MaryAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 02-02-17
    MaryAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 02-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Really? The Whole cat and caboodle?"

    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
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    Ronda 01-28-17
    Ronda 01-28-17 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm in love with Elvis"

    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

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