The Whole Cat and CaboodleI work at Second Chance. It’s a repurpose shop, a place where things find a new home and sometimes a new purpose. Quilts, dishes, furniture, musical instruments; it’s wonderful to see everything loved and appreciated again, to see something new made from something that had been discarded. Would you believe we have a tub chair in the store that used to be an actual bathtub? Sarah and Mac made it.

Sarah owns Second Chance. She opened the store a few months ago. I’m so glad she came home to North Harbor. She’s a darling girl. While she didn’t exactly grow up here, she spent every summer and almost every holiday in North Harbor and I know the town feels like home. I also know the only reason Sarah hired Charlotte and I is because her grandmother pressured her into it. We’re both past the traditional retirement age, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot to offer and I think she’s glad to have us here.

We’re a family and yes, I know people say that all the time about their workplaces but we really are; Charlotte and I, Sarah, Mac, Liz, Avery, and of course Elvis. He’s very intelligent cat. I think it’s important for Avery in particular to be around so many strong women. Teenage girls don’t have enough strong role models these days in my opinion.

And how can I forget Alfred? I guess you can call him my gentleman friend. At our age the term boyfriend just sounds silly. Alfred is a whiz with a computer. Which happens to be very convenient because let’s face it, these days a detective agency needs to be on the cutting edge of technology. That’s my other job. I’m a private detective. Charlotte’s Angels is our agency—Charlotte, of course, Liz, Alfred and me. We provide discrete investigative services. We’re very good at it. I may look like someone’s sweet little grandmother but that doesn’t mean I’m incapable of catching a killer. People see my gray hair and wrinkles and they usually underestimate me.

They don’t do that twice.

You can read more about Rose in The Whole Cat and Caboodle, the first book in the “Second Chance Cat” mystery series, published by Obsidian. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Book Blurb: The Whole Cat and Caboodle
Sarah Grayson is the happy proprietor of Second Chance, a charming shop in the oceanfront town of North Harbor, Maine. At the shop, she sells used items that she has lovingly refurbished and repurposed. But her favorite pet project so far has been adopting a stray cat named Elvis.

Elvis has seen nine lives—and then some. The big black cat with a scar across his nose turned up at a local bar when the band was playing the King of Rock and Roll’s music and hopped in Sarah’s truck. Since then, he’s been her constant companion and the furry favorite of everyone who comes into the store.

When Sarah’s elderly friend, Maddie, is found with the body of a dead man in her garden, the kindly old lady becomes the prime suspect in the murder. Even Sarah’s old flame, investigator Nick Elliot, seems convinced that Maddie was up to no good. So it’s up to Sarah and Elvis, with help from some senior sleuths, to clear her friend’s name and make sure the real murderer doesn’t get a second chance.

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Meet the author
Sofie Ryan is a writer and mixed media artist who loves to repurpose things in her life and her art. She admits to a fondness for chocolate, cats, and old-time rock and roll. As Sofie Kelly, she writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries.

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