Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Fast and the Furriest: A Second Chance Cat Mystery

The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan is the fifth installment in A Second Chance Cat Mystery series.  Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance in North Harbor, Maine.  Sarah is refurbishing an item for the shop when she is approached by Erin Fellowes looking for Mac McKenzie (a part-time employee of Sarah’s).  Mac is a private man who has not shared any details of his past.  When Mac returns Sarah passes along the message from Erin.  Later that evening Mac shows up at Sarah’s house.  He was unable to find Erin and wants to tell Sarah about his past.  His wife, Leila has been in a coma for two years from a carbon monoxide leak in their home.  Mac was the main suspect and Leila’s parents sued for guardianship.  While they are talking, Detective Michelle Andrews shows up looking for Mac.  Erin Fellowes was found dead and a witness claims Mac was arguing with her before her death.  Sarah with help from Elvis (her cat) and Charlotte’s Angels goes about locating Erin’s killer and discovering what happened to Leila two years prior. 

The Fast and Furriest can be a standalone.  The necessary details are provided in the book.  I enjoyed the author’s writing style.  The Fast and Furriest is a light, entertaining cozy mystery.  The story has a good pace and great characters (Mr. P is one of my favorites).  I love Sarah’s business and her creative ideas.  I like the interactions between the characters along with the scenes between Elvis and Sarah.  The author is adept at dialogue.  The mystery is nicely constructed. Clues are provided to aid readers in identifying the culprit.  There is also misdirection that could send you down the wrong path.  I appreciated getting to know Mac in this story.  I hope we will see him again in the future books.  It will be interesting to see what develops between Sarah and Nick.  There are those cozy moments that readers love (cooking, going out, gossip, friendship, and family) as well as light-hearted humor.  I give The Fast and the Furriest 5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a charming cozy mystery with a smart main character and an adorable cat, then you should check out The Fast and the Furriest.  The other books in A Second Chance Cat Mystery series are The Whole Cat and Caboodle, Buy A Whisker, A Whisker of Trouble and Telling Tails.

Thank you for visiting today.  Tomorrow I will be featuring Desired in Darkness by Heather Sunseri.  May you have an enchanting day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader


  1. Thank you for another new author. Can you tell me who the artist is of "The Library" which you featured at the end of this post.