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Product Details

  • Series: A Gin & Tonic Mystery (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451671644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451671643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L.A. Kornetsky is an amateur chef, oenophile, and cat-servant. She lives in New York City and also writes fantasy under the name Laura Anne Gilman.

Customer Reviews

This is a fun and engrossing light read.
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I cannot wait til the next book in this series comes out!!
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They have animals but don't seem to care much about them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne Burner on November 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ginny Mallard is a personal concierge who has a half-grown Shar-pei named Georgie, and likes to drink at an out-of-the-way neighborhood bar called Mary's. She has a routine and is a problem-solver. Teddy Tonica pretty much runs Mary's, the bartender an empathetic, yet slightly mysterious, soul who knows when to cut off a patron without ruffling any feathers. His (not his) cat, Mistress Penny-drops, has the run of the bar - as long as she stays out of the way.

A long-time customer of Mary's shows up one evening and spills his trouble to Tonica. Ginny, between customers at the moment, overhears and inserts herself - and her business - in, and lo and behold, ends up with a well-paying commission to find the customer's missing uncle and some papers that were with him when he went walkabout.

Tonica, worried about his verbal sparring partner, agrees to help Ginny find the missing uncle. What starts as an interesting research problem quickly turns frustrating and then frightening as they two are accosted by thugs looking for the same papers.

Ginny and Tonica are a fun, realistic pair of characters who will have you alternately chuckling at their repartee and then worried over them when things turn dangerous. Even Georgie and Penny take a hand, the two animals worried over their humans. This is an outstanding beginning to a new series, and I look forward to future volumes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deanna L. Fisher on January 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
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I'll be the first to admit that I am both a cat and a dog person - and have not only 3 dogs, but 2 cats in my home (yes, I might be slightly insane...) - so when I came across the ARC for Collared on Edelweiss, I was intrigued. I wasn't sure if it was going to fall into the Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown kind of theme - which I didn't really enjoy (maybe because I picked up book 5 in the series...but that is a story for another day). I like it when dogs act as dogs, and cats as cats (as stand-offish as that might be) rather than animorphizing them - so when I was first introduced to not only Penny (the cat) and Georgie (the dog), I was happy to see that their parts were told through their eyes and what they observed. I do think that the author managed the nail the character of the cat (the no one is their owner) kind of feeling without going too overboard.

Then there were the humans, Virginia "Ginny" the personal concierge and Tommy Tonica, the local bartender (yeah, don't laugh too much that was really his name...ok, well, laugh some, I know that I did when he was first introduced). But then, at the same time, I have come to expect slightly cheesy names in cozy mysteries and this was definitely one of those. Overall, I don't have too many complaints about how the mystery panned out - as with any cozy mystery I have read in the past, there were a few times that I wanted to slap by Ginny and Tommy upside the head (a la Gibbs style) for something dumb that they hadn't done, or the fact that calling the cops, never seems to show up on someones radar...I mean, hello....but the ending was satisfactory and I have to admit that I am curious as to where this series might go in the future...are they going to open up their own PI business? Will Tommy keep tending bar? and why the heck is he so secretive about his past...what is he hiding?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
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Ginny was good at making lists. That was what she had done when she went home last night: put together the list of people she thought might be useful, adding and subtracting based on nothing more than gut instinct. She'd ended up with five people, and a sense of satisfaction in a job well done.

And then, at three in the morning, with Georgie snoring at the end of the bed, it had hit her, waking her up with one of those unsettling stomach-turning epiphanies. She had been treating it like just another job-meet the client's needs, rearrange the world so that they are not inconvenienced or delayed. Only this wasn't a party, or a vacation, or even ferrying people to and from the hospital, which she'd done once for an elderly woman facing surgery. This was someone's life she was trying to manage. More than manage-potentially undercut. And it was the life of someone who was neither her client nor an underage dependent of her client. Someone who might have very good reasons to not want to be found.

Review:

L.A. Kornetsky is an alias for Laura Anne Gilman, who writes urban fantasies and under the name of Anna Leonard writes paranormal romances. I love her urban fantasies and I love mysteries so I was excited to hear about this book and have been waiting for it impatiently.

The cover makes it look like a cozy mystery but it's not nor is it cutesy. The latter was a possibility given the addition of the animals as part of the investigative team. Kornetsky plays it straight, not endowing the animals with human characteristics or special powers.

The relationship between the main humans, Ginny "Gin" Mallard and Teddy "Tonic" Tonica is complicated and until now, casual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Collared" is a mystery novel. The mystery was to find a missing man and to discover exactly why he decided to hide (along with some important business papers) from his nephew. They weren't investigating a murder, which was a refreshing change. It wasn't really a puzzle-mystery but following along as they uncovered the trail and decided what to do with what they learned. The suspense was from potential danger to them and the missing man.

The characters were engaging, and Ginny and Teddy both acted in realistic ways to the situation. I liked that they were more concerned about what harm their actions might cause people than in finishing the job to get the money or to prevent a bad reputation for Ginny's business. They also realized when they were in over their heads and when they needed to hand the situation over to professionals.

The dog and cat had "speaking" (to each other) parts in the story, but their concerns and actions were like real cats and dogs. A nice level of detail about the setting, jobs, etc., was woven into the story.

There was no sex. There was a fair amount of explicit bad language. If you don't mind that level of bad language, then I'd recommend this engaging mystery.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.
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