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Desperate Housedogs (The Pampered Pets Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
We get to know Caro quite well, since this is written in first person. The other characters aren't well developed. We mostly get to now them through Caro, which is often the case with first-person narration. Some of them feel overly stereotyped. Despite this, the cast of characters are an enjoyable bunch.
The plot takes us through a whodunit, as Caro tries to solve a murder. At times this stretches credibility. Some of the things she does likely would have landed her in jail for obstruction of justice. So you might need to suspend belief a little as Caro takes you along on her journey.
Most of the downfalls for me are minor issues that should have been handled during editing. For instance, Caro claims to come from landlocked Texas. A portion of this state is on the Gulf of Mexico, which makes that an odd statement. Also, she is constantly dropping designer names with clothing, shoes, etc. That all got a bit tiresome.
The issue that bothered me most of all was that Caro rarely followed through on the pet therapy she was supposed to be doing. She'd go to a house, spend two or three minutes talking to the client about the dog, then leave. Or she'd start talking about the murder and what that client might know. Given that she is supposed to be a prominent pet therapist, I found it strange that she rarely did anything remotely like work. I would have liked to "see" her at work.
Aside from the small problem areas, I enjoyed the story. I love dogs and mysteries, so this was a great distraction from life.
I did like the second mystery lane in the book, a fight between Caro and her cousin for an heirloom - a little brooch left by their Grandma. It was reminiscent of a study on envy in monkeys so vivid in my memory. When one monkey got a beautiful, colorful ornament and another just a piece of nothingness, the poor monkey's eyes watched the object with such a human envy. So it was with those cousins, playing hide and seek childishly. And I wonder what eventually will happen to this heirloom.
The resolution of the investigation and Caro's role in it, the motive of the murder, as well as the roles of those alarmed dogs Zeus and Tommy boys came quit unexpected too. A kind, funny, entertaining suspense, though occasionally, I felt there were too many details about Caro's counseling activity. However, if one decides to retire in Carmel, CA and start there dog whispering business, this will work too.
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