Los Angeles animal shelter manager Lauren Vancouver has a soft spot for animals in need--and a keen eye for crime. . . Thanks to a savvy ad campaign featuring teacup pups sporting HotPets Bling--a new line of faux jewelry dog collars--small dog adoptions have skyrocketed across the city. So when Lauren discovers a shelter in the Midwest with more toy dogs than it can handle, she arranges a private plane to swoop in and fly the pups back to LA. But Lauren didn't count on rescue worker Teresa Kantrim coming along for the ride. Teresa has cared for the dogs since they were found and doesn't trust anyone from La-La Land to take over the job. Her biting comments clearly haven't earned Teresa any new friends, but when she turns up murdered, it's time for Lauren to dig into Teresa's past and find out who wanted her put down.
- Paperback | 292 pages
- 104.14 x 170.18 x 22.86mm | 136.08g
- 07 Jan 2014
- Berkley Books
- United States
"Gutsy Lauren Vancouver easily wins over the hearts of animals in need--as well as readers."--Rebecca M. Hale, New York Times bestselling author of How to Tail a Cat "A likable, efficient amateur sleuth, passionate about her work and smart about how she goes about her investigation."-- Mysterious Reviews "Animal lovers will delight in a . . . series filled with rescued dogs and . . . a determined heroine."--Leann Sweeney, author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries
About Linda O Johnston
Linda O. Johnston is a lawyer and a writer of mysteries, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. She lives in the hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley with her husband, Fred, and two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Lexie and Mystie.
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Well, I have found another winner in the cozy mystery category. It has the perfect formula for cozy mystery: no sex (perhaps implied), minimal profanity (almost nonexistent, and a diabolically clever plot. Add the rescue work of absolutely delectable, miniature dogs, and you are set for a surprisingly clever mystery that will probably keep you guessing. First of all, this is my first read in this series, but I honestly didn't have any issues with that. For the first half of the book, I was only mildly curious about the mystery. It was mind-boggling, but I was more intrigued with the dogs than the mystery. But the author's use of foreshadowing kept me going. I knew something was going to be revealed that would be potentially earth-shattering. And I was right! The moment I realized what intrigue was truly occurring, I was hooked! Granted, I would have read this book anyway, but it merits the higher rating due to the amazing mystery within. I would read any book in this series--let me rephrase that. I believe I would happily read anything by this author! I found her writing style quite palatable. I believe I would like to go back and read the books that led up to this one so I could understand the protagonists better. I did struggle to figure out their personalities and relationships, but that is not the author's fault. It is still generally best to read the majority of book series from the beginning--this one is no exception. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show moreby Ruth Hill