- Series: Pampered Pets Mystery
- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611940508
- ISBN-13: 978-1611940503
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 206 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Desperate Housedogs: Pampered Pets Mystery Series, Book 1 Paperback – October 14, 2011
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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.
Caro is a pet therapist in upscale Laguna Beach. One of her clients is murdered, and she takes it upon herself to investigate the crime. This is an inherent problem I have with cozies - the heroine of the book, who has no law enforcement training or background at all, just deciding she can do better than the cops - but you go in to them knowing that's what you're getting, so you roll with it.
The book was a fun, light read. There wasn't anything genre-breaking here, and at times I thought the cast of minor characters a bit too large. There are a lot of dogs and owners mentioned only briefly a few times and I had trouble keeping them all straight. The supporting cast, however, was well crafted. I'm looking forward to seeing how some of the relationships go, although I guess I'll have to wait a while since the next book will be from Melinda's POV, so Caro will just be a supporting character.
Definitely a fun new series - I'm looking forward to Get Fluffy, the next book.
The authors also make an excellent plug for responsible pet ownership- getting them fixed, getting them chipped, training them, keeping them exercised- but they do it without you feeling like you're being read a lecture by animal rights fanatics. Caro, Diana, and friends just talk common sense. Not that they always exhibit it in their personal affairs, but then who wouldn't want to spend a week or two making themselves comfortable in the city jail?
If you like what I call "light" mysteries- the ones that are fun to read, with likeable characters (except the bad guy, of course), and don't give you nightmares about the gruesome details the author felt had to be minutely described- then this is definitely a book for you.
Having done some training with s Schuzhund club, I'd like to correct one misconception, though. Dogs trained for protection or for police work are NOT trained to go for the throat. If they're properly trained they go for whatever they can reach, which is usually the arm you reflexively put up to protect yourself. Of course, if you're running away what they can reach may leave you unable to sit comfortably for a few days ...