The Puppy Who Knew Too Much
by V.M. Burns
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Feb 2019
If it wasn’t a definite after the first novel, it is now - I absolutely love V M Burns’ wonderful new mystery series. Not only does it have brave, funny, and lovable pups, it also has fascinating larger than life characters (I love Dixie) and just the right amount of humor. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much even has a hint of romance.
After solving her cheating husband’s murder, Lily and her poodle, Aggie, make a fresh start in Chattanooga Tennessee. What she doesn’t expect is to come into conflict with the neighborhood curmudgeon or find another body and become a suspect in yet another murder investigation. Determined not to leave the investigation to the police, or the charming TBI agent that is helping to protect them, Lily, her daughter Stephanie and her best friend Dixie set off to find the killer.
Dozens of clever doodling exercises & ideas for dog people
by Gemma Correll
Quarto Publishing Group – Walter Foster
Walter Foster Publishing
Arts & Photography , Crafts & Hobbies
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
One thing I love about dogs is their variety of appearances and personalities. Gemma Correll does a great job capturing the variety of dog types and expressions, and teaching people how to recreate their pets. It’s fun to doodle ordinary and extraordinary dogs, dogs with costumes, dogs with hats. The prompts and the techniques allow just about anyone to create adorable doodles of dogs. Doodled Dogs makes a perfect gift for dog lovers of all ages. It’s a fun book plain and simple.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Doodled Dogs from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Doodling for Dog People is packed with creative prompts, fun canine facts, and step-by-step doodling projects for the dog-lover in you--the perfect book f...
Irontown Blues by John Varley
Berkley Publishing Group
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 28 Aug 2018
Luna has a thousand faces. Whether you want to live in a 1930s style noir city or a modern metropolis, all is available. If you want to change, lose or add body parts you can. Chris, for his own reasons, and his ultra smart enhanced bloodhound Sherlock run a 1930s style pi office. Most of his business is following cheating spouses until a mysterious woman arrives with a case that if true is a major threat to life on Luna. What ensues is a far more complex case than Chris ever imagined - linked to one of the most terrible times in Luna history. Thankfully he has Sherlock to watch his back.
Part of what makes this novel fascinating is how Varley alternates between Chris and Sherlock’s POVs. Sherlock’s approach is distinctly dog, though his elevated intelligence makes his thoughts accessible. In many ways Sherlock is the stronger partner - his love and support enab...
It is never easy to keep a long running series fresh and interesting. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of repetition. Rita Mae Brown’s success as an author is a testament to her ability to move forward and allow her characters- both human and animal, to develop with time. As in her previous novel, Probable Claws has two related storylines separated by over two centuries. The narrative alternates between present day Crozet and post Revolutionary Virginia. It is a fascinating and unusual storytelling method.
In the present, Harry and a friend are present when their friend Gary, a local architect, is gunned down. Anger and devastation make her nosing in on the investigation a certainty. Before Gary went into private practice, he worked for a major developer, and its possible that something from his past made his elimination a neces...
Home Is where the Bark Is Paws Fur Play Mysteries: Book One
by Stella St. Claire
General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 04 Jul 2018
Home is Where the Bark Is has charm in abundance and will readily appeal to fans of light mysteries. Willow Wells is starting a new life in her hometown after her divorce. Her plans are to turn her Aunt’s property into a dog gym and training facility. But her plans are threatened when her sister’s cat Rover and her dog Telescope unearth the body of a local developer - one known to be in conflict with Griffin, Willow’s contractor. With Griffin as lead suspect, and his accounts frozen by the police, Willow’s building deadlines look like a lost cause. Needless to say Willow decides to investigate with the help of her sister Wednesday and Griffin. She may not have her father, the police chief ‘s experience, but what she does have is determination in abundance. Everyone says Lee Hunter was a good guy, but clearly s...
In the Dog House by V.M. Burns
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 21 Aug 2018
Normally you would want to avoid being in the doghouse, but in the case of this fun, laugh out loud mystery, you will definitely want to make an exception.
With its perfectly balanced blend of suspense, action and laugh out loud humor, In the Doghouse makes for a fantastic read. It is easy to cheer for Lily and her slightly overwhelming friend Dixie (Not to mention fall in love with Aggie <Lily’s new toy poodle> and Chyna and Leia <Dixie’s standard poodles fresh from the show circuit>), as they search for who killed her soon to be ex- husband, Albert. The investigation quickly becomes a family affair, with her daughter, a defense attorney, and her son, an actor joining in. Lily even has the chance to do a little matchmaking when a certain blue eyed policeman agrees to help.
Albert’s antics are more than enough for any self respecting woman to WANT to kill hi...
Linda O Johnston’s novels are always a safe bet for lovers of animal cozies. While not the most innovative, Her books are entertaining, and pets, dogs in particular, play a central role. Pick and Chews is a good, solid cozy that makes for a pleasant afternoon read.
Carrie Kennersly, vet tech and pet baker extraordinaire, is once more drawn into a murder investigation, this time to clear her boyfriend, Reed’s name. When a former veterinary colleague is found murdered after badmouthing the Knobcone Heights Veterinary Clinic - and opening her own competing clinic - suspicion falls on Reed and the other veterinarians. Raella was an unpleasant woman, and only a moderately competent vet, but she was beautiful and she had a talent for manipulation. Having solved murders in the past, and being worried about Reed’s future, she immediately st...
Like it’s predecessors, The Bengal Identity offers a solidly crafted mystery that will be enjoyed by cat lovers and mystery aficionados alike. Not only does Eileen Watkins not hesitate to address issues of importance to animal lovers (in this case the reckless breeding of hybrid cats), she does so in a way that is informative and inoffensive. When combined with her skillful plotting, it is no wonder the Cassie McGlone mysteries are bestsellers.
In The Bengal Identity, Cassie is tasked with solving a murder and finding a missing owner. When a man brings a brown cat of unknown origin begging Cassie to board her for a few days, Cassie reluctantly agrees. But she and her assistant quickly discover that something isn’t quite right. When they bathe Ayesha, the brown washes away leaving a distinctive pattern underneath. Why is she being disguised, and who is the man who left her behind....
I absolutely adore Bethany Blake’s animal cozies. She has such an amazing way of bringing the various furred characters to life. As an animal lover and pet parent I’m well aware of the quirks our beloved friends have and the ways we happily bend over backwards to make them happy. That is at the core of Pawprints and Predicaments. Sylvan Creek is famously pet friendly, so much so that it is the topic of a television series. But not everyone is enamoured with the quirky tourist town. Tv producer Lauren Savidge has other ideas - ideas that get her murdered. Once again Daphne Templeton, pet sitter extraordinaire is lured into investigating. This charming mystery has plenty of wonderful pets, unusual characters, quirky customs, humorous hijinks and just the right dose of romance.
Pawprints and Predicaments is fun, festive and funny - making for a fabulous cosy read.
Take a rather ordinary cozy, add a magnificent scene-stealing German Shepherd and you end up with an extraordinary story. I'm a sucker for dogs, but this one is more than just window dressing, and has an appeal even those not fond of dogs would have difficulty denying.
Kate Davidson receives an unexpected shock when an expected proposal is replaced with an unexpected confession. Her boyfriend Michael is married, and his wife won't accept a divorce unless he pays her off. Kate, Michael and Company travel to see her, but hopes of an amicable settlement are quickly dispersed when Kate and her dog Bella find his wife’s body and Michael becomes the police’s chief suspect. Once again Kate and Rene have their hands full investigating a murder.
Pre-Meditated Murder is a cute cozy that will appeal to dog lovers and mystery love...