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Desperate Housedogs: Pampered Pets Mystery Series, Book 1 Paperback – October 14, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Pampered Pets Series

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About the Author

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter who write the Pampered Pets mystery series for Bell Bridge Books. They are friends as well as neighbors so you'll often find them writing at ML's dining room table or at their local Starbucks. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets, Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog). They live in the Midwest, 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.
Readers can stay up-to-date on new releases as well as author appearances by signing up for their newsletter via their website: SparkleAbbey.com
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Product Details

  • 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 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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