Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Today I'm joining Berkley Mystery in 
celebrating the February 1 release
Book 9 in the Second Chance Cat Mysteries
by Sofie Ryan

Secondhand store owner Sarah Grayson and her inquisitive rescue cat, Elvis, will need to close the book on a killer in the newest installment of this charming New York Times bestselling series.

Although Sarah Grayson is often tending to the contained chaos of her delightful secondhand store in North Harbor, Maine, plus dealing with the quirky personality of her rescue cat, Elvis, she still takes an occasional night off. But her evening out comes to an abrupt end when Sarah discovers Stella Hall, a member of the library board, standing over a body in the street.
Although Stella admits that she and the victim had fought about several things including library funding, she is adamant that she is innocent and the real killer is on the loose. Sarah is eager to help, but even with the assistance of Charlotte’s Angels, the senior citizen detectives who rent out part of her shop, there is still a vast amount of circumstantial evidence linking Stella to the crime. The odds may be stacked against them, but Sarah and Elvis, along with the Angels, will work hard to check out the suspects and catch a killer.

I’ll admit, I’ve gotten behind on the Second Chance Cat Mysteries. It’s certainly not because I don’t enjoy the books. I think this is a very fun series. However, my TBR is ginormous, and I’ve been known to lose track of books. When TOTALLY PAWSTRUCK was delivered, I picked it right up, started reading, and saw just what I’ve been missing out on.

Though many books have passed sense I’ve read this series, and they were a few things that I felt I would understood better had I not missed any, it was a bit liking visiting an old friend. Right away I remembered everything I love about this series.

          TOTALLY PAWSTUCK is such a cleverly written book. Author Sofie Ryan not only knows how to keep her reads engaged in her story, she knows how to keep her readers invested. I knew there was no way I was going to put this book down before I had all the answers. And as I expected, I read straight through until a reveal I didn’t see coming.

Rather you’re a fan of author Ryan and/or the Second Chance Cat Mysteries or a new reader to the series, you’re going to enjoy, TOTALLY PAWSTRUCK! 

About Sofie Ryan

Do you have a family?

Yes. I’m married with one daughter. We live on the east coast less than two hours drive from the ocean. I like living somewhere with all four seasons, although there are times in the middle of January that living on a Caribbean island starts to sound like fun.

What’s your education? 

I have a degree in Biology as well as an Education degree.

Do you ever use that education in your writing?

All the time. I honed my research skills working on my Biology degree. My Statistics professor really emphasized asking lots of questions about any piece of information. And I had a Molecular Biology prof who believed we learn more from our mistakes than our successes—which was good because my lab partner had a habit of setting our experiments on fire.

What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subject was math, followed by science classes. I like the order and logic of math. I still read Scientific American just for fun.

Do you have any hobbies/interests? Do any of those hobbies inspire your writing?

I run. I don't really like the actual running part, but I love the feeling of having accomplished several kilometers before it's even 8AM. I also like setting a goal of running a certain distance in a certain amount of time. I’m not a graceful runner—or a fast one—but I am persistent. My main character in the Second Chance Cat mysteries, Sarah, is a runner.

I like to hike and take photos of things I see. More and more the photos are becoming mixed media art. I’ve been turning the images into collage with fabric and paper.

Besides writing, what was your favorite or most interesting job in your past?

I was once an all night disk jockey. Even though I’m a morning person, I liked the job. Before I started, I had no idea there was a whole sub-culture of people who worked the night shift—not just the obvious, like police officers and nurses. I met artists and musicians who liked working all night and sleeping when the rest of us are awake.

Are you a "cat person"?

Very much so. I love cats. I like their independent spirit. I don't have one because my husband is extremely allergic to them. (If he dies first I'm getting a cat. People laugh when I say that because they think I'm kidding.) Even though I don’t have a cat myself, I do have “cat friends”—cats in my neighborhood that I spend time with so I can get my kitty fix.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Lisa. I lost track of this series, too. (So many books, so little time.)
    Happy Wednesday!
    Pat T