Thursday, September 15, 2016

Buy a Whisker by Sofie Ryan

Summary from Amazon:

     Things have been quiet in the coastal town of North Harbor, Maine, since Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, solved their first murder. Sarah is happy running Second Chance, the shop where she sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. But then she gets dragged into a controversy over developing the waterfront. Most of the residents—including Sarah—are for it, but there is one holdout—baker Lily Carter.

     So when Lily is found murdered in her bakery, it looks like somebody wanted to remove the only obstacle to the development. But Sarah soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems. Now, with the help of her cat’s uncanny ability to detect a lie, Sarah is narrowing down the suspects. But can she collar the culprit before the ruthless killer pounces again?


My Thoughts:

     Sarah runs her second hand shop, Second Chance, in the small town in Maine where she used to spend her summers with her grandparents.  Now she lives there full time and has help with around the store from all of her grandmother’s dearest friends.  Needless to say, she doesn’t need anyone else to mother her or nose in her personal business!

     The lovely little seaside town is in the midst of a controversy over a new waterfront development that is trying to revitalize their village.  Most everyone is for the development as it will be very financially beneficial to the town but there is one hold out, Lily and her bakery that is right smack dab in the middle of the future construction site.  Someone desperately wants both Lily and her building gone!

     There is quite a cast of characters in North Harbor, Maine! At the beginning of the book I was a bit confused when trying to keep everyone straight but after a few chapters I had it pretty much straight.  I liked Sarah, the main character, and loved the talk of her shop and of her redoing old furniture and other household items. 

     Also, all of the older grandma-like ladies in her life (Charlotte, Rose, Liz, etc.) were quite spunky and funny! The only thing that bothered me was I thought some of the Elvis the cat stuff was a bit hokey but I don’t mind allowing for a bit of the unbelievable when reading a good story. A cat that can detect when someone is lying? I’ve read a lot more unbelievable stuff!

     I used to read a lot of cozy mystery books but I haven’t in quite a while because a lot of them became immature and just too cheesy for my liking.  Buy a Whisker is definitely back in that genre but I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I thought I would!  The characters are fun and have just enough mystery still in some of their backgrounds that I would like to read more in this series and get to know them better.

     The mystery was not something I saw coming from the beginning which is always a plus for me.  I wasn’t necessarily surprised at the end but I was kept moving right along in the investigation with “Charlotte’s Angels” so it kept me reading and wondering-always important! If you like a good, cozy and light mystery with some fun background characters you will enjoy Buy a Whisker.

3.5/5 stars
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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