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Desperate Housedogs (The Pampered Pets Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sparkle Abbey
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"[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder ... Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners." —The Seattle Times

Book Description

When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German Shepherd dogs, she expects frantic dogs, she expects a frantic dog owner, she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn’t expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone. Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets - Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.)

Product Details

  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WZL0RK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the rare books I'm glad I read! November 13, 2011
I enjoyed this book so much! It's not my typical genre, but the title grabbed me. Three things I loved:

1) When the detective got bit after Caro - it's worded perfectly - I laughed out loud! (there are more than a few of those in the book - the laugh out loud parts)
2) I love the premise and that the books will tag team the cousins - a fun idea and executed perfectly via the brooch!
3) The authors descriptions are excellent; I feel like I've now been to Laguna, and met those crazy people!

Give this book a shot; you'll be glad you did!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Story - Looking forward to more October 27, 2011
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The story is creative, well thought out and a fun read. What secrets lie among the pampered pets of Laguna Beach? I ain't tellin' - read it and be enlightened. I am looking forward to more from this series.
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80 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it BUT....... March 31, 2012
By Ginger
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never reviewed a book but I really had to wonder how two educated ladies with a huge support system were able to make such glaring errors in their choices of words and descriptions???? Makes me wonder who is responsible for editing in today's world. Maybe no one.
In spite of the major stumbles (children who have one birth parent in common are HALF siblings, not STEP siblings; Texas HAS 367 miles of beautiful gulf coastline--the heroine could NOT have grown up in land-locked Texas. Maybe Oklahoma?) and even with the minor ones (used cajones instead of cojones, used poured when pored was meant, used armature racer when I think amateur is the word meant) I still liked the story but I thought the dog psychiatrist was EXTREMELY dense about the actions of the dogs in far too many instances. I sure wouldn't trust her with my dog.
I am hoping that someone takes the time to read the next books for both context and story and fills the potholes so I can really read with enjoyment.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Series December 16, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted first in a series by Sparkle Abbey. The writing was good, fast paced and the characters loveable. I really enjoyed visiting Laguna Beach through the eyes of a pet lover. I'll definitely read the next.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lighthearted murder investigation November 6, 2011
In the affluent Ruby Point neighborhood of Laguna Beach, California, Kevin Blackstone used the PAWS (Professional Animal Wellness Specialist) clinic last year to cure his two German Shepherds (Zeus and Tommy Boy) from chomping on the furniture. Thus when the canines incessantly bark over the past two days, he calls PAWS pet therapist Carolina Lamont to calm down his agitated dogs. The canines escape the house and go after a landscaper who is rescued by Caro and Kevin. Caro teaches Kevin how to use behavior modification to end the barking syndrome

A few hours later, Homicide Detective Judd Malone arrives at Caro's home to question her as the last known person to have seen Kevin alive. She asks him about the dogs who he says are upset locked out on the patio awaiting transportation to the Animal Shelter. Stunned Caro proves her innocence but as a second order effect inadvertently leads to the arrest of her best friend, former movie star Diana Knight who relishes the limelight just in time for the Fur Ball annual animal rescue fundraiser. Realizing ditzy Di thrives on the PR; Caro investigates upsetting barking Detective Malone.

Though out of the amateur sleuth script, this is a fun lighthearted murder investigation starring a former Texas psychologist who turned from people to animals as the latters' bites are easier to cope with. Caro is a wonderful detective who conducts her inquiries with the help of the barking canine crowd. Sub-genre fans will enjoy her antics as she sets out to prove her BFF is innocent while the cop tells her to stay out of the investigation or stay in jail with Di.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightfully Fun Romp December 30, 2011
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I decided to buy this book on a whim, simply because the title caught my eye. I'm so glad that I did! This book was so much fun to read. It took me around three pages to decide I was enjoying the sample enough to get the entire book. Once I snuggled down in bed with it, I had a hard time putting it down! Protagonist, Caro, was funny and interesting, and the plot held my attention from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptionally fun read! January 1, 2012
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The human and dog characters are likeable, real and fun. The descriptions of the Laguna Beach world are fondly sarcastic and fun to read. The book is witty, with a naturalness to it and the authors use just the right language and expressions to capture the reader. The characters are the strength, but they work within a neat little plot. I am looking forward to more books in this series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted fun December 28, 2011
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Desperate Housedogs is a great first book. Fun, lighthearted, fast read. The characters are clever and quick witted. Even the pets have great personalities. I have to say the neighbor is one of my favorite characters. He made me laugh out loud. I can't wait to see what mystery awaits us in Laguna Beach in the next story. Bring it on!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As a former owner of a house dog this book ...
As a former owner of a house dog this book was very rewarding . My Beagle has been gone for three years and I still miss him. Do you wonder if dogs will be in heaven ?
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer. Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What a fun ride!
Published 1 month ago by Tammy Schaefer
4.0 out of 5 stars a woof of an interesting book!
A very unexpected turn of the story! A bone of a surprise ending! I remained intrigued until the ending! A great read!
Published 6 months ago by gamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the animals involved in the story
Entertaining. Love the animals involved in the story.
Published 8 months ago by Kay - Houston
4.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Housedogs
This book is a fun read, however, the editing is poorly done and sometimes interferes with comprehension. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hilda Pelicano
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Too cute. Just a fun, light read. I like the characters and the story was just enough to keep you reading. Would be a GREAT beach read.
Published 8 months ago by MadeinUSA
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Furry!
Love the dogs, the cousins' "tug-of-war" over the junk brooch, and the setting of Laguna Beach -- lots of fun stuff in a solid plot sure to please dog lovers!
Published 9 months ago by A Reader in the Mitten
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and a bit of fluff
This is a take to the beach or read on the plane book, fun and a bit of fluff.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read!
Enough mystery to keep you reading and plenty to leave you wanting more! Looking forward to my next Sparkle Abbey book!
Published 11 months ago by Sandy - Athens, GA
5.0 out of 5 stars what a cute book!
I loved this book. I love animals and the dogs and caro are great. I can't wait to start the next one!
Published 11 months ago by ev
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More About the Author

Our author picture is a shot of us with the real Sparkle and the real Abbey. Don't you love the stare down? Our real names are Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. We write the Pampered Pets mystery series together. We're also friends and neighbors so you'll often find us writing at ML's dining room table or at our local Starbucks.

We chose to use Sparkle Abbey as our pen name on this series because we liked the idea of combining the names of our two rescue pets - Sparkle (ML's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog).

We live in the Midwest, but if we could write anywhere, you would find us on the beach with our laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.

We have had so much fun writing this series and we hope you enjoy Caro and Mel's adventures!

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