The Whole Cat and Caboodle : Second Chance Cat Mystery

  • by Sofie Ryan
  • Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
  • Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery
  • 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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!
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- Cynthia Bryn Smith

Not very good.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Oh my...so many things. Elvis (the cat) is the most interesting character in this book. There are a plethora of people, but no one is fleshed out. I almost stopped listening after the first 20%, but I persevered. Even though I listened to the entire book, I can't tell you the age of the main character, nor the age of any of the characters. Wait! One character is 16. Possibly Sarah (main ch.) is 30. But she could be in her mid twenties, or maybe mid thirties. The older characters initially seem elderly (80?), but then possibly in their 60's.
The premise of using a cat in the story is very weak. I never felt as if the author ever had a cat. I never felt any connection to Elvis...and trust me, I connect to cats!

The narrator made the young women sound old and the older women sound old.


What could Sofie Ryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made her characters three dimensional.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, sadly.


Did The Whole Cat and Caboodle inspire you to do anything?

Write this review to make others aware that this story needs a rewrite.


Any additional comments?

I'm sorry that I cannot recommend this book.

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- S. Blizzard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio