Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Elvis is Back in The Fast and the Furriest (Review)

Sarah Grayson and her trusty companion, Elvis, race to tail the right suspects in the fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items, in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn't run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac--or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis.

Mac's life before North Harbor has always been a little bit mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town, and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah--and Elvis--know he can't be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.
The Fast and the Furriest
Second Chance Cat Mystery #5
Sofie Ryan
Pub Date: 2/6/18
Berkley Books
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating: 4/5
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Cats have never been more appealing to me since I came across the Second Chance Cat Mystery series. Sofie Ryan introduced the lovable feline with a knack for detecting lies in The Whole Cat and Caboodle. Four mysteries later and Elvis is still helping his savvy human, Sarah Grayson, solve local murders.

In the fifth book of the series, The Fast and the Furriest, Sarah's right hand man at Second Chance finally opens up about his past. Of course, he has no choice if he doesn't want to go to jail for murder! A friend from the past shows up seeking to talk to Mac, but before they get the chance to speak she's found dead. Finally, it feels like this series is moving forward and past the usual arguments about whether or not Sarah's elderly squad should investigate. Now, they are pretty much an official outfit so the point is moot.

Mac is a constant character whose hidden past always made him seem mysterious and kind of unimportant to the story as a whole. With these new revelations Mac is cast in the spotlight and proves to be a more important character than I realized.

The mysteries of this series are never too complicated, but they take readers down a rabbit hole that really gets you thinking and trying to figure out whodunit. This particular story, though, I think has a bit more emotional tone as multiple characters seem to get fed up with each other or even become closer.

I am eager to see what's next in the Second Chance world. If you love cozy mysteries with lovable kitty cats, then you'll love Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis!
*ARC provided via First to Read*

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