by Sofie Ryan
Series: Second Chance Cat Mystery #6
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
It’s fall in North Harbor, Maine, where Sarah owns a charming secondhand shop and sells lovingly refurbished items of all kinds. The shop is always bustling–and not just because a quirky team of senior-citizen detectives works out of it and manages to get in even more trouble than Sarah’s rough-and-tumble rescue cat, Elvis.
A cold case heats up when young Mallory Pearson appears at the shop. Mallory’s father is in prison for negligence after her stepmother’s mysterious death, but Mallory believes he is innocent and asks the in-house detectives to take on the case. With Sarah and Elvis lending a paw, the detectives decide to try to give Mallory’s father a second chance of his own.
A so-so entry. Good character, great cat, small-town setting. Sophie Ryan (who also writes as Sophie Kelly) is a decent writer, too, but the plotting was weak in No Escape Claws.View Spoiler »She gave herself away for me, when she offered up two suspects: one with children, and one without. Then she had the MC lament – repeatedly – the idea that another parent might be guilty and the tragedy would cost another child their parent. At that point, I had overwhelming suspicions; after she offered up the information that the suspect had just missed out on adopting a child of her own, I was certain. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, this is an enjoyable cozy series, as current cozies go. This one just wasn’t one of the strongest.