Friday, January 6, 2017

Blog Tour: Telling Tails by Sofie Ryan (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #4 in Second Chance Cat Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101991206

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The New York Times bestselling author of A Whisker of Trouble returns as secondhand shop owner Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, get caught up in a case of she said, she said....

When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths known as Charlotte’s Angels. Now she has nine lives worth of excitement…

Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold. When she wakes up, no one believes her, especially after the woman claims her husband is very much alive and has left her for someone else—and has a text message and empty bank account to prove it.

Despite her convincing story, Sarah is sure something is fishy—and it’s not Elvis’s kitty treats. Sarah, Elvis, and the Angels are determined to unravel this mysterious yarn, before the feral killer pounces again...

My Review

Author Sofie Ryan once again takes us to North Harbor, Maine to re-visit Sarah Grayson and her kitty sleuth partner, Elvis. It’s not just Sarah and Elvis, though. The author gives us a whole cast of beloved secondary characters. Sarah is part of a group of senior sleuths, although not a senior herself.  They are friends of her grandmother. Each one is delightful and a pure joy to catch up with. I’ve loved each one in the previous books and they just keep getting better.

The storyline is intriguing. One of the senior sleuths, Rose, is convinced she witnessed a murder right before she was knocked out. When she wakes up, there’s no body and no evidence that anything happened. Rose’s reputation and sanity are on the line.  Sarah and the rest of the crew jump in to try and solve this mystery.

As I said before, these characters are delightful and lovable. The plot took a few different twists and turns along the way. It certainly kept me engrossed and guessing. I couldn't put it down.  I was kind of on the right track as to who the culprit was, but I was totally off on the details of how and why. It did keep me thinking to the end.

I hope this series continues. It’s one of the best cat cozy mysteries around. As much as I loved the whole cast, Elvis remains my favorite :)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Sofie Ryan/Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of author and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl around thrift stores. And she admits to having a small crush on Matt Lauer.

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  1. I always look forward to her new books!

  2. Absolutely yay for cat cozies!

    Good luck everyone.


  3. Sounds like a fun book to add to the Cay Mystery Reading Challenge! Thanks for the review.

  4. I love Sofie Ryan's books and am always looking for the newest. Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. I am currently listening to this one on audio, I really like this series, so I am like you and hope there will be more.

  6. Yvonne, thanks for hosting this giveaway! I will add it to my blog's sidebar. :)

  7. This sounds like a good book, anything with cats is good to me :)

  8. One of my favorite authors and series. YAY for the great giveaway!

  9. Thank you for the giveaway! Sounds like a great read and I'm going to go back and start at book 1.

  10. Thank you for the giveaway & the wonderful review of a new book series ~

  11. I have become a fan of Sofia's books...they are delightful, clever, and entertaining ways to spend my time reading.

  12. Books and cats - a purrfect combination. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.


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