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Faux Pas: A dog mystery (A Paws and Pose Mystery) Hardcover – December 1, 2015
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I loved how the author got you settled into the main character so quickly. You become drawn to Ella from the start. She is the doga instructor at the Pampered Pup Spa and Resort on the island of Moon Key in the Gulf Coast. It is an island for the rich of the rich only and full of women with pampered pets that have way to much money and time on their hands. Ella is a very down to earth girl but does have anxiety attacks. Her friend at the Pampered Pet Spa and Resort, Bonnie is her go to person when they occur. She really helps her to calm down and do her breathing exercises. Ella comes from the poor side of Clearwater Florida where she grew up with a single mom. Let's just say that her childhood was not picture perfect. Although she does have one good memory of her beloved childhood dog Angel who by the way she still sees once in a while before something is about to happen in her life. Whether that is good or bad is to be seen??
She loves her life and job and is finally looking toward the future when one of her clients is found dead in a pile of Dead Sea mud with her pampered pooch Princess shaking in the corner. Everything starts to go down hill from here for Elle. Her best friend in the world, Holly now has to deal with people thinking her husband is a suspect and of course the whole doga class is a suspect too. The world is spinning out of control. Then she finds out through the grape vine that the women that was killed happened to have a PI looking into her ex husband for some dirt about an affair. This leads Elle to find and meet the PI, Devon Burke. From this point on Ella is determined to help clear her friends husband if it is the last thing she does.
This book was so much fun to read. I love the adventure and mystery that take Elle and Devon on a quest to find the truth. Will Elle find a way to help before the killer gets to her first? Or will someone get away with murder on Moon Key? And what will happen if she is taken out of her comfort zone, will she have a full blown anxiety attack or will she find a way to overcome her fears?
I can't wait till the next book in this series. I love how the author ended this one, now I want more:)
There is a death and the victim writes B O in mud. Elle's friend's husband looks to be guilty so Elle and a PI called Devon (and their dogs) attempt to prove his innocence. I'm not sure there would be quite as much exchanging of information between a PI and the police in real life - but hey ho, this is fiction :)
The developing plot works very well alongside the developing romance between Elle and Devon. They are both believable characters and I liked their scenes together very much.
The twist at the end was unexpected (although I had an inkling who it might be at the beginning).
All in all a very enjoyable read with some nice touches. I'll definitely look for the next one in the series when it is published.
I was given an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Elle Pressley is from a poor neighborhood in Clearwater, FL She is a complex character with anxiety attacks, self-esteem issues but a big heart that truly wants to help others. She has been practicing yoga for a decade to help herself. With her best friend, Hope's help she got a position as a "doga" instructor at Moon Key's Pampered Pet Spa & Resort. Although still living at home with her mother, she has found a contented life until she has to go home to her mother each night. I liked Elle but I had trouble connecting to her at times in the story. I felt like I was missing a part of her backstory.
Devon Burke is an Irish private investigator on Moon Key. His mom and dad had owned one of the mansions on Moon Key before they died under suspcious circumstances. He has traveled the world as a photographer and never really thought he would ever settle down. Now he's on Moon Key because of his parents death and he will do everything possible to find out what really happened.
One of Elle's client's is murdered and Hope's husband is accused. Elle promises Hope that she will investigate; but since she knows nothing about investigating a murder, she hires Devon to help her. There are little twists and turns as the story moves along. There are some interesting insights into the wealthy and their attitudes toward life, pets and relationships. There is also some very nice romantic scenes between Elle and Devon that give the reader an opportunity to enjoy their developing relationship. The secondary characters do help to move the story along and provide the clues to the murder. The reveal was dramatic,in more ways than one. The end of the story was quite romantic.
A promising start to a new series and I will be looking for more in this series. I was given an ARC from NetGalley and Severn House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.