The Fast and the Furriest
Second Chance Cat, Book 5
Berkley Prime Crime, 2018
From the back of the book, “Sarah Grayson owns Second Chance, a shop that sells lovingly refurbished items in the charming town of North Harbor, Maine. But she couldn’t run the store without the help of her right-hand man, Mac—or her dashing rescue cat, Elvis.
“Mac’s life before North Harbor was always a little mysterious, but it becomes a lot more intriguing when a woman from his past shows up in town…and then turns up dead. Suspicion falls on Mac, but Sarah-and Elvis-know he can’t be the killer, and they hope they can prove his innocence quick as a whisker.”
This is my first foray into the Second Chance Cat mystery series and I will admit to being a little confused at first. If I had read the previous ones, then the transition would have been smooth and I probably would have enjoyed it from the beginning. But, as it is, the first few chapters are choppy for new-to-the-series readers. There’s a group of people who all have a history and you know there’s been a lot of character development but as a first-timer, you don’t know what it was, and it drove me crazy. But I persisted and was finally rewarded with a good mystery. Plus, Elvis seemed like a really cool cat to get to know!
Rating 3 out of 5 paws, only because getting through the first chapters and trying to figure who these people were and what their background was nearly drove me to stop reading the book. In the end, the mystery was well written and once I’ve read the previous books, I may go back and reread this one.