Murder, She Meowed
by Liz Mugavero
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 29 Jan 2019
Wedding preparations can be murder - but in this case it is literally true as the body of the young man scheduled to dance at Stan’s bachelorette party is discovered within the fake cake. Between trying to prevent her mother from taking over her wedding, running her pet patisserie, and helping Jessie solve the crime, Stan has her hands full. But unless the murder is quickly solved she won’t rest easy - particularly when a stalker starts targeting her and her business.
Liz Mugavero’s pawsitively organic mysteries are a treat for animal lovers as well as mystery lovers. I enjoyed Murder She Meowed immensely, especially the interactions between Stan and her family and friends. Frog Ledge is a believably close knit community, and all of the characters readers have come to know are present without situations feeling forced. The mystery itself is well crafted, and has many surprises in store...
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.
A Kate Turner, DVM, Mystery #4
by Eileen Brady
Poisoned Pen Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 09 Oct 2018
As an animal lover, I always enjoy Eileen Brady’s Kate Turner DVM mysteries. For one, they are packed with quirky animal lovers and their pets. There are always plenty of laugh out loud moments. I absolutely love Little Man and his mom who dress in a coordinated fashion, and they are only the tip of the iceberg. I also enjoy the mystery aspect, as Kate’s involvement is always believable.
Penned starts with an intriguing concept. What can you do when a witness who may not be reliable sees something or someone important. 80 year old Gloria LaGuardia has dementia, but in some aspects, she is still sharp. When she sees someone she doesn’t expect, someone evil - noone believes her. Even Kate has her doubts. But after Gloria dies soon afterward, Kate begins to wonder, particularly when an author who was working with Gloria approaches Kate at the funeral. Gloria a...
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...
Claws of Death by Linda Reilly
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 26 Jun 2018
I admit it - I love cats, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Linda Reilly’s newest mystery, Claws of Death, attracted my attention. The novel features an assortment of felines - including a ghostly ragdoll eager to help her former companion. But that only piqued my interest, it is the mystery at the heart of Claws of Death that impressed me most. That and the willingness to address domestic violence and its long term effects. The novel is well plotted, and Lara’s reasons for becoming involved in the investigation is a plausible one. Claws of Death may not be an exceptional mystery, but it is definitely solid, well written, and entertaining.
Lara Caphart’s High Cliff Shelter for Cats is developing nicely. They’ve been getting plenty of visitors, but none as notable as the actress Deanna Daltry, who plans to adopt two kittens. But not everyone in Whisker Jog is charm...
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....
It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 27 Feb 2018
The Witch City mysteries by Carol J Perry continue to be fresh and entertaining, easily avoiding the trap of becoming formulaic and repetitive. Lee Barrett and her cat O’Ryan are a memorable pair, and while there is magic, it definitely takes Lee’s creativity and intellect to solve the puzzle.
In It Takes a Coven, Lee is facing a serious challenge - being the maid of honor for one of her students. But along with this, a more complex issue has come into view. Witches are dying and Lee’s friend River believes she might be responsible. At the same time, a murder of crows has descended upon Salem and no one knows why, particularly not Lee who is interning as an investigative reporter. But between her scrying ability and nose for news and O’Ryan’s magical connections the murders plaguing Salem may be solved before it’s too late.
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...