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Undercover Kitty

Undercover Kitty, February 2021
Second Chance Cat Mystery #8
by Sofie Ryan

Berkley Prime Crime
352 pages
ISBN: 1984802356
EAN: 9781984802354
Kindle: B087PL5XLT
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"This clever plot follows a cat going undercover on the cat show circuit..."

Fresh Fiction Review

Undercover Kitty
Sofie Ryan

Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry
Posted January 19, 2021

Mystery Private Eye | Mystery Culinary | Mystery Cozy

In UNDERCOVER KITTY, Charlotte’s Angels recruit Elvis to go undercover for their new case involving recent sabotage at cat shows. Elvis is Sarah’s small black cat with an “adorable head tilt and scarred nose” along with a ‘purrfect’ personality.

The Angels, led by Alfred Peterson, include Liz French, Charlotte Elliott, and Rose Jackson, all good friends. As Rose explains to Sarah, the damage seems to be vandalism, but the efforts are escalating. Mr. P and Rose want to enter Elvis in the Household Pet Category, giving them access to the show and investigating.

Rose, Mr. P, and Sarah meet other cats and cat owners at the first show as they get their bearings. Elvis seems to be a natural and earns second place in this first appearance. And Sarah meets a couple of new cats and their owners. Unfortunately, Christine, a friend of Debra, owner of Socrates, a high ranking purebred, is killed in the fire in her apartment. Sarah believes it is murder and begins identifying suspects immediately.

Between the suspects for Christine’s murder and those who might be behind the sabotage at the cat shows, Sarah and her friends keep busy following leads and poking around the second and larger cat show.

Ms. Ryan writes a well thought out mystery with twists and red herrings, often incorporating attractive new characters. But the author’s storytelling skills positively shine when describing Elvis and his interaction with the family of continuing characters in North Harbor, Maine. Her portrayal of Elvis and his transformation into a show cat is delightful. For instance, Sarah reads a banner at the cat show – “Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.”  The response from Elvis, “Mrrr.”  And when Elvis wins his category, his answer to the question from a cat food sponsor for his contact information: “Mrrr, Elvis said with a fair amount of enthusiasm.”

In UNDERCOVER KITTY cat whisperer, Sarah Grayson, and her feline Elvis lead readers on an entertaining adventure that discerning cozy fans will absolutely enjoy.

 

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SUMMARY

Sarah Grayson and her capable cat, Elvis, go undercover in the newest installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

Sarah and Elvis can always be found at a charming secondhand shop in the village of North Harbor, Maine. Despite the small-town setting, the daring duo often find themselves wrapped up in murder, but luckily they have help--a quirky group of senior citizens runs an amateur detective agency called Charlotte's Angels out of the store.

The Angels are hired to look into who is sabotaging cat shows in the state, and they decide the best way to do that is to send Elvis the cat undercover as a contestant. But then one of the cat show volunteers is murdered just before the latest competition, and Sarah and the Angels have to catch a killer in two shakes of a cat's tail!


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