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Carolina Lamont is a Texas transplant who came to live in Laguna Beach CA when she divorced. I'm not going to tell why. You'll find out when you read the book. She is a dog therapist who has become popular in a gated community in Laguna. One of her clients (the owner not the dogs) is murdered shortly after her visit. Caro, as she likes to be called, can't believe she is a possible suspect. There is much more to the story but I'm not going to spoil the read by telling you anything else.
There is an interesting murder with several clues and suspects, not to mention a hunky detective. I liked the characters many of whom had something to hide. The authors are knowledgeable about dogs and how to correct problem behaviors. They were also able to showcase the need to spay/neuter dogs as well as the importance of financially supporting your local animal shelter. I liked everything about this story and rated it five stars.
Pampered Pets Mystery, Book #1
In posh Laguna Beach, murder has gone to the dogs.
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.) Visit the authors at [...] (Goodreads)
Caro Lamont finds her pet therapy business thriving and growing, especially within the neighborhood of Ruby Point. In the affluent neighborhood, many of the dogs are displaying behavior problems
that are not becoming of a rich animal. Is it something sinister in the air or the water that is causing problems in the neighborhood? With the death of one her clients, Caro knows she needs to get to the bottom of things before someone innocent is charged with murder.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed reading about the feud between Caro and her cousin and could picture in my mind their plotting and scheming to take possession of Grandma’s brooch. I also enjoyed the bickering between Caro and Detective Malone. One of the things I enjoyed the most about the book was Caro’s occupation. I found the information on different dog breeds and training techniques fascinating and very informative.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in descriptive writing, whether it be concerning the setting, the animals or the relationships between characters. I was able to sit down and start reading and was transported into the world created by the author and it was a place I wanted to stay in. The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book, and with so many suspects and twists and turns, it was near impossible to figure out the culprit.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you enjoy animal cozies, you will love this book. I am looking forward to reading all the books in this series. Check them out and I am sure you will feel the same way.
Silly, fun cozy mystery about folks waaay above my pay grade living in Laguna Beach, California! Start with a snoopy divorced Texas heiress who has a zany family, and is on her second career in psychology--this time for PETS! Add in a murdered client, a dishy police detective, and a crazy cast of very many, and you have the perfect read for a day when you are trying to leave the pity party for a fun place.
The story is twisty, the narrator captures the snark, and the Texas drawl is clear enough for non-Texans to comprehend. Fran Fuller doesn't fall all over herself trying to emulate all the male voices, yet the listener has no trouble keeping track.
Caroline Lamont used to be a counselor until her husband's affair got both their licenses revoked so she went into pet psychology. She worked with problem pets but usually the problems were more with the people who had them than the pets themselves. She sort of falls into the mystery.
Diana Knight, her friend seems to be a clone of a well-known celebrity who works to promote animal welfare. I won't reveal the name of the celebrity but will say that the character was drawn perfectly down to her love of animals, her beautiful way of dressing and persistent smile.
For me the characters kept me more interested in this story than the mystery but that is fine when the characters make you to keep coming back for more.
I highly recommend this e-book to animal lovers and cozy lovers and especially those who love Laguna Beach. Enjoy!
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