Friday, January 27, 2017

Telling Tails by Sofie Ryan

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Telling Tails
by Sofie Ryan

ISBN-13: 9781101991206
Mass Market Paperback:
304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she didn't expect to be adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and kooky senior sleuths known as Charlotte’s Angels.

Sarah’s employee (and one of those Angels), Rose, agrees to deliver purchase for a customer. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by a woman--right before Rose is knocked out. When she wakes up, no one believes her, especially after the wife 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. Sarah, Elvis, and the Angels are determined to unravel this mystery.

My Review:
Telling Tails is a cozy mystery. It's the fourth book in a series. I'd recommend reading the previous books first as you'll better understand the character's actions in this book. There were also references to events that happened in previous books, though no whodunits were spoiled.

The main characters were engaging. The mystery was clue-based, and the story focused on collecting those clues. I was annoyed that the author didn't clearly state when Rose saw the apparent crime happen as the characters seemed to know. It's hard to confirm how solid an alibi is without that information. Still, whodunit could be solved using the given clues (and before the Angels figured it out). However, the explanation at the end was difficult to follow as it seemed overly complicated. The clues were all explained, yet important details about how the murders were done were glossed over.

There was no sex. There was a minor amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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