The seventh entry in the Second Chance Cat mystery series, Claw Enforcement returns to the familiar cast of North Harbor, Maine denizens: Sarah Grayson, owner of the Second Chance antique store, her cat Elvis, her grandmother, and her grandmother’s friends, Charlotte, Liz, Rose, and Mr. P, all members of the Charlotte’s Angels detective agency.
Sarah and her friends are all at a posh reception celebrating the redevelopment of the city’s harbor front when the party is crashed by Christopher Healy. A drunk Healy confronts Joe Roswell, the developer of the project. Shortly thereafter, Healy collapses in the middle of the reception. Sarah and her long-time friend Nick Elliott, a former paramedic and investigator for the medical examiner’s office, attempt to resuscitate him, but they are unsuccessful.
Convinced not only that Healy was murdered but that he was poisoned, Rose presses the Angels to take the case. When they learn that Healy was the stepson of Elliot Casey, a childhood friend of Mr. P, no one could say no to the request.
Although I love mysteries, I don’t read many cozy mysteries. Perhaps Claw Enforcement will change my ways. The small-town setting with so many overlapping and close relationships provides a comfortable backdrop for the narrative. I liked, too, that the protagonists are intergenerational and non-stereotypical, with teenagers, early adulthood, middle age, and senior citizens represented.
I loved Elvis and his commentary as translated by Sarah, though I wish he’d been more instrumental in investigating and solving the case. For the most part, the author provided introductions to characters so that reading the earlier books in the series wasn’t necessary, but in a couple of cases, that wasn’t the case What I didn’t like about the book is that I knew who the murderer was very early on. Also, I felt there were a lot of unanswered questions such as what was going to happen to the land at the center of a legal dispute.
Overall, the book was a sweet, enjoyable read with winning characters and an engaging setting. I’ll definitely check out the other books in the series to find out more about Elvis’s other adventures!
Look for this book in stores on January 28!
Thanks to Edelweiss and Berkley/Random House for providing an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.