A day in the life of Avery Jackson by Sofie Ryan

tellingtailsI like to start my day early. Yeah, I know adults say that teenagers won’t get out of bed in the morning but that’s not true, at least not for me. The morning is my favorite time of the day. It’s quiet and I can think about stuff without people needing to talk to me.

I get up early even in the summer time. It was always a problem for my mom and dad but now that I live with Nonna I can get out of bed when I want and it’s not a big deal. They always wanted to know what I was doing and when I told them the truth—that I was just thinking—they couldn’t take that as a real answer. My grandmother does like to sleep in a little so I try to be quiet. Nonna says that as long as I don’t make a lot of noise or burn the house down she doesn’t care how early I get out of bed. Except she doesn’t use the word “early.” She says “at some unholy hour before even the cows are awake.” Nonna is not a morning person.

Once I’m up and dressed I like to make a kale smoothie—and no, they don’t taste like feet no matter what you-know-who says—and go sit up in the branches of the big elm tree in the front yard. That’s how I saw Mrs. Cameron out running with Reece’s dad.

Mrs. Cameron is just getting started running. I can tell that because I’ve seen Sarah run. Sarah’s my boss at Second Chance. It’s a repurpose shop where old stuff gets fixed and made over. They get a second chance. It’s pretty cool. Anyway, Sarah has been running for a long time. She does races and everything and when she runs her face doesn’t get all red and she doesn’t make a noise like that old bicycle pump we found at Mr. McNamara’s house. Mrs. Cameron has to stop a lot to catch her breath. She bends over and puts her hands on her knees and Reece’s dad pats her on the back and tells her she’s doing great.

I don’t think they were doing anything, you know, funny. Wrong. I think all they were doing was running. But now Mrs. Cameron’s husband has disappeared and Rose says he’s dead and I’m kind of wondering if maybe I’m wrong.


TELLING TAILS is the fourth book in the Second Chance Cat mystery series published by Penguin Random House, January 2017.

The New York Times bestselling author of A Whisker of Trouble returns as secondhand shop owner Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, get caught up in a case of she said, she said.

When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths known as Charlotte’s Angels. Now she has nine lives worth of excitement.

Sarah’s friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer’s purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold. When she wakes up, no one believes her, especially after the woman claims her husband is very much alive and has left her for someone else—and has a text message and empty bank account to prove it.

Despite her convincing story, Sarah is sure something is fishy—and it’s not Elvis’s kitty treats. Sarah, Elvis, and the Angels are determined to unravel this mysterious yarn, before the feral killer pounces again.

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About the author
Sofie Ryan is the author of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series, featuring re-purpose store owner Sarah Grayson; Charlotte’s Angels, a group of senior sleuths; the world’s oldest computer hacker; and Elvis, a black cat with an uncanny ability to sniff out a lie.

As Sofie Kelly she writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Cats mysteries that feature librarian Sarah Paulson and her two very special cats, Owen and Hercules, who have a magical knack for solving crime.

Connect with Sofie at www.sofiekelly.com or www.sofieryan.com.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Two people (US entries only, please) selected at random will receive a print copy of Telling Tales. Leave a comment below for your chance to win. The giveaway ends January 5, 2017. Good luck everyone!

38 responses to “A day in the life of Avery Jackson by Sofie Ryan

  1. Oh how I absolutely love, love, love Owen and Hercules in Sofie Ryan’s awesome Magical Cats mystery series! They, along with Sarah Grayson and her sweet kitty Elvis, totally make this a series you just can’t stop reading once you start. I can’t wait to read this new book! I would be thrilled to win a copy! Love the awesome book cover! Thank you dearest Dru Ann and Sofie for the chance. What a super duper awesome start to the new year!

  2. Oops! I got so excited knowing there was a new awesome book coming out from the very awesome Sofie Ryan that I totally mixed up Sofie’s awesome books in my comment above. Sofie writes awesome books both as Sofie Ryan and Sofie Kelly. I love them all! This new one in her Second Chance Cat Mystery series sounds so exciting. I can’t wait to read about the awesome adventures of Sarah Grayson and her cute kitty Elvis! I would be thrilled to win a copy. Thank you dearest Dru Ann and Sofie for the chance to start out the new year with the chance to win. God bless you girls!

  3. Doward Wilson

    Love this series!

  4. Jody McGrath

    This looks really good!

  5. My next read is Cat Trick, so I am excited for this ‘add’ to the series….thank you for the giveaway…..

  6. How have I missed this series? So many of my favorite things – cats, eccentric seniors, repurposed items, and a mystery! Sure hope I win!

  7. Della Williamson

    Loo;s like an exciting, intriguing read. Have yet to read this author. Do hope this will be a start

  8. I think I have the first in the series on my list, but I would be happy to start here and go back.

  9. Peggy Hyndman

    Telling Tales sounds great! Thank you for introducing me to a new series and “new-to-me” author.

  10. Thanks for chance love your books

  11. Have loved all the Second Chance Cat mysteries so far. Can’t wait to read this newest one.

  12. I adore this series. I would love to win this book.

  13. wendynewcomb

    This sounds like a fun cozy, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  14. Brian Frauenknecht

    I absolutely love this series. I have not had a chance to purchase the new book and would love to win this. Thanks for the chance Dru!!

  15. Wonderful series which I adore. Thanks for your great feature and giveaway.

  16. I adore this series – both of her series, actually, and would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  17. I love this author and can’t wait to read this new book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  18. Happy New Year Dru Ann. I hope 2017 holds all the best for you. I love Sofie Ryan’s books and am sure this one will be just as good. My fingers are crossed I am lucky enough to be one of the two to win.

  19. Sounds like a great read.

  20. Barbara Hackel

    This book sounds wonderful! (Although I think I have missed one in this series.) I look forward to reading it.Thanks Dru Ann. 🙂 Thanks Sofie for the chance to win a copy!!

  21. Good luck everyone! Thanks for stopping by Dru’s blog and thanks to Dru for inviting me.

  22. this is such a fun series that i love! looking forward to this newest installment. thank you for the chance!

  23. Mary Jane H.

    Number 4? Already? Yikes, I need to get busy reading to catch up!

  24. I absolutely love cozies with cats—-and Elvis is just a perfect cozy cat! Thanks for the giveaway.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

  25. Definitely on my TBR list! Love Elvis.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

  26. elainehroberson

    I love cats and mysteries. This sounds like a perfect book to read in the new year. elainehroberson@gmail.com

  27. Love the series.

  28. I really enjoy this series! Thanks for the chance to win and Happy New Year!

  29. Great series, can’t wait to read “Telling Tails”. Thanks for the chance.

  30. Vicki Highley

    Another new author, new book and new series to add to my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Telling Tale.

  31. Ah, the disappearing dead body. How inconvenient.

  32. Such a great series! I can’t wait to read this new installment! Thanks!

  33. Pauline Barlow

    I have “Buy a Whisker” and “The Whole Kit and Caboodle” by Sofie Ryan and enjoy her writing and her cat, Elvis, helping her solve mysteries.I’ve also enjoyed Owen and Hercules in the Magical Cat series.

  34. I love Cozy books about cats!!! Cute cover, by the way!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  35. Looks like a Great Cozy
    Thanks for sharing it with and for all the giveaways

  36. Looking forward to this new book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. I love the Second Chance series! I love Elvis! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I love the Magical Cats series, too. I love Owen and Hercules!

  38. ****WINNER***
    of Telling Tails are: lindamoffitt02 and Barbara Hackel