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Second Chance Cat Mystery Books In Order

Publication Order of Second Chance Cat Mysteries Books

The Whole Cat and Caboodle (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buy a Whisker (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Whisker of Trouble (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Telling Tails (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fast and the Furriest (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Escape Claws (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Writing under the pseudonym Sofie Ryan, as well as Sofie Kelly, is the Canadian author Darlene Ryan, a writer who is well known for her unique take on the mystery genre novel, something which she has gone on to make her own throughout the course of her writing career, as she focuses certain genres on specific pen-names of hers, as this allows her to build a more concreted brand around her name as an author. Largely writing Young Adult fiction, along with some non-fiction too, under her own name she has a strong reputation for character driven stories with complex narratives and engaging compelling story-lines. Working as a mixed-media artist, she is highly adept in a number of different crafts creatively, as she definitely has a personality and distinctive voice that stands out from the rest. Using the name of Sofie Kelly to write her series of books in ‘A Magical Cats Mystery’ franchise of novels, she is also well known for creating engaging and intriguing mysteries that pull the reader in and keep them hooked right until the very end. Living on the east coast of America, she lives with her husband and their teenage daughter, as she’s always on the lookout for new and exciting ideas with which to put into her next major novel. Writing with a sense-of-humor too, she’s no stranger to fun either, as she manages to make her stories accessible to, allowing her readers to enjoy themselves and be entertained with her escapist cozy mysteries with a dash of magic thrown in. This ensures that’s all kept mostly light and breezy so as not to alienate her readers, whilst simultaneously ensuring that stand-out from similar titles in the genre. One such series that she is particularly well known for is that of her currently ongoing ‘Second Chance Cat Mystery’ series, which she writes under her pen-name of Sofie Ryan. Filled with mystery, murder, intrigue and, most importantly, cats, it’s a fun series that provides the perfect level of escapism for any fans of the mystery genre novel. Clearly having fun with the format Ryan is definitely at home here writing about something that she clearly has a passion for, keeping the readers guessing throughout. Set in North Harbor, Maine, in America, it’s an extremely well realized franchise in regards to its use of location, giving the readers a sense of familiarity with each installment. Following the character of Sarah Grayson as well, it sees her take over the ‘Second Chance’ establishment, a shop which sells re-purposed and refurbished items. The cat of the title is a rescue cat, which also becomes a regular fixture throughout, ultimately giving the series a sense of grounding, for both the characters and the readers. This ensures that her audience keeps coming back for more, something which has been clearly proven by the success of the series over the years of its run, as it has come a long way in relatively short amount of time, with more expected to follow in the near future.

Starting in 2014 with the debut novel ‘The Whole Cat and Caboodle’, there has been over five books in total so far and counting, each one with a new mystery to solve. Set around the ‘Second Chance’ shop it develops this intricate little world in very fine detail, giving a clear sense of how it really is for the reader, bringing it to life as it jumps off of the page for them. It doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon either, as there’s still plenty of room to keep building upon the series in the many titles that are set to come.

The Whole Cat and Caboodle

Brought out in 2014 on the 1st of April, this was originally released through the NAL publishing label, setting up the overall ‘Second Chance Cat Mystery’ series in the process. Giving the readers a clear idea of what to expect it managed to create the overall ambiance of the world, along with establishing the premise as well. Introducing the characters too, it provides a self-contained mystery as well, giving her a full case to solve and something that will keep the readers constantly guessing throughout.

Moving into North Harbor in Maine, Sarah Grayson has a whole new life ahead of her as she undertakes the running of the ‘Second Chance’ refurbishing shop. Along with this she also starts to take care of a stray cat she decides to call ‘Elvis’, one of her biggest pet projects to date, as she seemingly has it all laid out ahead of her. That’s when her elderly friend Maddie is found with none other than the dead body of a man in her garden and everyone believes she’s guilty of murder, so it’s up to Sarah to prove her innocence. Will she kind the real killer? Are they going to strike again? Can she solve the whole cat and caboodle?

Buy a Whisker

Released through the NAL publishing outlet once more, this is the second title in the ‘Second Chance Cat Mystery’ series. Carrying on from the last it continues with another case for Sarah Grayson to solve. It was brought out in 2015 on the 7th of April just one year after the first.

Sarah Grayson has happily been selling refurbished items in the ‘Second Chance’ shop with her cat Elvis for some time now. That’s when the waterfront is all set to be developed and everyone’s for it, all except one resident; Lily Carter. After Lily is murdered, though, it seems that at first glance someone wanted her out of the way. Is this really the case though? Will Sarah and Elvis be able to sniff out the clues? Can she solve it and buy a whisker?

The Second Chance Cat Mystery Series

A finely tuned series that is both fun and addictive as it is laid back, it’s easy to see why this has become so popular over the course of its run. Knowing and understanding the genre inside out, Ryan has fun with it in a relaxed a playful style, giving her characters clear motivations and driving forces. All this will ensure its place as a much loved series for many years to come, as it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon, growing from strength-to-strength for many years to come.

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