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A Whisker of Trouble

(Second Chance Cat Mystery #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  874 ratings  ·  111 reviews

The New York Times bestselling author of Buy a Whisker offers another adventure with secondhand shop owner Sarah Grayson and Elvis the rescue cat.

Spring has come to charming North Harbor, Maine, and with the new season comes a new haul for Second Chance, the shop where Sarah Grayson sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. Sarah is turning her keen eye to the estat

Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by NAL (first published February 1st 2016)
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah and Elvis are back in this delightful installment of the Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

Author Sophie Ryan has penned another enjoyable story with A WHISKER OF TROUBLE. It’s always fun to spend time with main character Sarah and her feline friend Elvis, as well as the other wonderful characters from this wonderful series. And I simply adore the store in this series, Second Chance. I love that it isn’t just a thrift store, but a store that sells repurposed items. I would love to see repurpose
Jeanie Jackson
The very definition of cozy reading

I fell in love with this series from the first book and become more attached to the warm and caring characters with each new one. The mysteries are well plotted and unexpected and, my favorite thing after the characters, the people act intelligently. I enjoyed meeting Liam. Awesome!
Really 4.5 stars, but I rounded up.

A third book in what has proven to be an exceedingly solid series; A Whisker of Trouble was a funny, masterfully written book that proved Sofie Ryan's writing talent.

Sarah is the MC, but at the same time she's not. Her cat Elvis. Her elderly friends Liz, Mr. P, Charlotte, and Rose. The other secondary characters Mac, Nick, Avery and Liam. All of these groups of characters share the main spotlight almost equally. So, though it's in Sarah's POV, the book doesn't
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do really like this series. The characters are quirky - especially the senior citizen private detectives - and the entertaining relationships between them are almost more important than the murder plot.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, cats, mystery, cozies
Sarah is in the resale business, but that deosn't mean she can't time to solve a murder. She gets a little help from her trio of Angels who do some background sleuthing, and her cat Elvis figures in, too. A quick read with an unexpected ending, it's an entertaining cozy with delightful characters.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah and Charlotte's Angels are on the case

I keep coming back to this series just for Elvis the cat, being a fan of the real Elvis. The cat seems to have a knack for helping Sarah solve a mystery, which is a trait I think the real Elvis would have loved. Not just Elvis the cat but all the characters in this series, are fun, engaging and with their banter make them very enjoyable to read.

Sarah Grayson runs “Second Chance” a second hand antique shop where she and her assistant, and jack-of-trade
What an awesome cast of well drawn characters to solve an
unexplained murder mystery!!!
Sarah Grayson owns and operates a repurpose store called
Second Chance. Sarah and her colleagues are on a mission to
haul away items from an estate that she can sell to help the
family financially. The only exception is the deceased’s wine
collection which will be appraised by an expert.
Ready to begin work, Sarah, her colleagues and Elvis arrive
at the house. Elvis is Sarah’s green eyed cat who starts
acting weird…
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I LOVE this series. This is the third book in the series and I've pretty much read one right after another. I binge on a series if I really love them. As I mentioned in my reviews of the two previous books, I like Sarah who owns a resale shop and her cat, Elvis, who is her companion at both her home and the shop. I like this ocean side town in Maine and the friends, employees and relatives that populate Sarah and Elvis' world. The murder/mystery pretty much just serves as the background to have ...more
I loved this book as I do the series, each book gets better and better. I can't begin to stress how much I love all the characters in this book. The relationship between Sarah and the group of elderly ladies known as Charlotte's Angels is so much fun. The personalities are not over the top but they aren't so mild that it stops them from throwing zingers, I had many laugh out loud moments throughout. I love that the teens respect the elders and the elders do not treat the young like idiots, very ...more
Terri Crossley
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Charlotte' s Angels! Sarah is the owner of Second Chance she sells refurbished and repurposed items and she is on a mission to help discover some fabulous finds with a new commission. On her very first day at the house the only thing she finds Is the dead body of the wine expert who was hired to find out who swindled the owner and sold him fake wine. With the help of Charlotte, Liz , Rose , and Mr. P aka Charlotte' Angels things are going to get a bit c ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love the cat in this book — he reminds me of my own little black cat (except more cooperative). Aside from the wonderful kitty, though, this book is pretty lame. It's quaint, and pleasant, but it's too cheesy and cutesy and simple for me. The writing is okay, not great. For such light reading, this took me a surprisingly long time to get through, because the story moved so slowly. Too many unnecessary details. I love detail, but she's doing it wrong. The author should read a pile of Stephen Ki ...more
Connie Stein
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Charlotte's Angels are on the case again, which includes involving Sarah, Elvis the cat, Mac, Nick and Liam (Sarah's brother). I love that Sarah is getting more involved with the men in her life. This was a fast read and the story line moves right along. The plot has a few twists and turns, however I did figure out the killer early on. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a great cozy mystery.

***I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and h
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cats
I like Elvis the cat and I like the detective agency, but the protagonist is annoying and there are pages full of small unnecessary details. I liked the previous books in the series but this one felt a lot slower in places, as if the author didn't know how to fill some parts.

Basically the supporting cast overpowered the protagonist, and in a desperate attempt to make her relevant again the killer (completely unnecessarily) got sent after her. But this last trick only made the, already a bit loos
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daniele, jeanie

A Whisker of Trouble
A Second Chance Cat Mystery #3
By Sofie Ryan
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


Spring has come to charming North Harbor, Maine, and with the new season comes a new haul for Second Chance, the shop where Sarah Grayson sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. Sarah is turning her keen eye to the estate of collector Edison Hall, hoping for fabulous finds for Second Chance—but when her r
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah's grandmother asked her to take on the task of cleaning out and organizing for sale the items in Edison Hall's cluttered home. But when she and Elvis enter the home, the last thing they expect is to find a dead body. When the police determine that this is a case of murder, the family hires the Angels to find the murderer. Sarah soon finds herself caught up in their investigation, much to Nick's consternation. Twists and turns, financial scams aimed at seniors, fake wine bottles, all lead t ...more
Nov 12, 2017 added it
I enjoy the parts where Elvis the cat is main character.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cat-books, cozies
Figured out the killer 40 pages out. She made it quite obvious at that point. And the last ting that happens.... not sure I like that.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book albeit the cheesiness is getting to me sometimes. Sarah is an enjoyable character in a very enjoyable cast. on to the next book
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
A Whisker of Trouble is book 3 in the A Second Chance cat Mystery series, so named because the protagonist, Sarah Grayson is the proprietor of a second-hand shop called Second Chance. Sarah has a black cat named Elvis who is preternaturally intelligent and helps her in her investigation along with “Charlotte’s Angels”.

Sarah is hired to clean out a home of someone who has recently died and discovers a dead body on the premises. The family wants her and the PI team of Charlotte’s Angels to help so
Cyndy Bailes
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was pleased to receive an advance copy of A Whisker of Trouble from the author in exchange for an honest review. Although it is the third book in the A Second Chance Cat Mystery book series, it was stand alone and the first one that I had read.
From the first page, I was thoroughly engaged in this delightful book. The main character is Sarah Grayson who runs the Second Chance shop; the shop sells used furniture and other items. Ever at her side is her adopted cat Elvis. Sarah has a number of
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
This 3rd novel in the Second Chance Cat Mystery series is a blast - the series continues to get better and better!

Sarah is the kind of protagonist I really enjoy - hard working in a unique line of work that sounds fascinating to me, values family members and those who are as close as family, and wants to see justice done and life to be fair. Oh, and Elvis, her companion, protector cat, who owns her just as much as she 'thinks' she owns him. The senior crew of Charlotte's Angels help with any my
Rosemary K
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Grayson loves living in North Harbor, Maine. She has her shop, Second Chance, where she sells items that have been refurbished. She knows that she can count on her friends. Currently she will be emptying the house of Edison Hall. If she's lucky, she might find some items for her shop. What she doesn't expect is for Elvis, her cat, to find a body. Now Charlotte's Angels will have to find the killer? What happens next is an exciting adventure. Sarah is a lovely, caring person who has her han ...more
Deborah Almada
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoyed this mystery, it was the first I had read by Sofie Ryan, I will admit it took me a while to warm up to the heroine in this story, this is the first book that a read in the series and I have to admit for a while I felt lost with the characters and what had happened before, I really felt like I was missing stuff I needed to understand the book, but as time went on I finally got there and really started to like Sarah. I love the whole re purpose store idea, love Elvis (the rescue cat) and ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"A Whisker of Trouble" is a cozy mystery. It's the third book in a series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this novel didn't spoil the previous books.

The mystery was clue-based and could be solved using those clues. Whodunit wasn't too difficult to uncover if you stop to think things out. Untangling the entire wine scam was more complicated and was what Charlotte’s Angels spent most of their time on. The main characters were engaging, nice people, and the c
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's the first I've read in the series, and now I can't wait to read the first two! Great cast of characters that are vividly written. It was so good I couldn't put it down to start writing my term paper! Great plot and lots of twists and turns. Some of the changes between scenes and locations made the reading a bit choppy, but that could be part of the writer's style for this series. Even with that one negative I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to read mor ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Enjoyable read, and I thought it was better than the last one (although I liked the last one pretty much.)

I liked that the character development moved along a little bit (although I still suspect a looming love triangle) and the plot was pretty good. I figured out the who fairly early on in the book but not the why. Actually, truth be told, I had other suspicions:

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Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Whisker of Trouble was a delightful read! This is the third in the Second Chance Cat mysteries by Sophie Ryan. Sarah Grayson and her cat Elvis discover a body in the home of the late Edison Hall. With the help of of a group of "unique" group of seniors that call themselves Charlotte's Angels, they must find the killer before he gets away. With mystery, humor, and a little romance, you have a sure fire hit!
I received this book for an honest review.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
3.5 stars
This is an entertaining cozy series. I like Elvis the cat, and though he was present throughout the book I did not feel that he played as big a part as in prior books. I like the mix of older and younger sleuths.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elvis continues to delight, as does the geriatric detective agency! This series is just chock-full of three-dimensional characters who you really just want to sit down and drink a cup of tea with!
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
a very fun read
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Pseudonym for Darlene Ryan. Also writes under Sofie Kelly.

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“I couldn’t put Rose and Mr. P. off forever. They were going to talk to Teresa sooner rather than later and I hadn’t exactly been straight with them. It wasn’t that I was afraid she’d get railroaded, because I knew there was no way she would have been sneaking around Edison Hall’s house looking for something to take. It was because I knew there was at least a possibility that she had been.” 1 likes
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