This is the first book in the brand new series called Furever Pets by Bookshop Cafe series author Alex Erickson. I really like his bookshop cafe series, so I knew I’d be wanting to read this one as well. The book is available exclusively at Barnes & Noble for a year, then I understand it’ll be available at other booksellers.
I found the cute Pom picture under the licensed for reuse section of Google and thought that maybe Stewie looked something like this, since the dog has a little frostiness in its face, and Stewie was an older pup.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of the book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a fun start to what looks like it should be a great series. I love the idea of the pet adoption agency. Right away I could tell Liz was in this because she genuinely loved pets, but her competitor Courtney was all about the money. Liz was an awesome character. I liked that she’s a bit older than the usual protagonist, meaning she’s got a grown son and a college-age daughter. She doesn’t always make the best or safest decisions, but honestly, what amateur sleuth does, right? 😉 Little Wheels the cat was a great character too! I’ve mainly only heard of dogs needing wheels for their back legs, particularly dachshunds because of their long bodies being susceptible to disc disease. But sweet little Wheels had been born with useless back legs. With her wheels, she could zip around faster than any of the pets staying with Liz. Wheels was Liz’s own cat, and she thought sometimes about adopting a permanent buddy for her.
I really enjoyed the mystery which had some good red herrings. Just as I’d like one person for the murder, I’d switch to someone else. I was completely surprised by the reveal, which came after a pretty cool stakeout and showdown. I loved that Liz’s daughter Amelia ended up helping her in the investigation. They made a really nice team. Ben and Manny were good father/son characters. This was just a nice little family, which is a pleasant break from the usual pattern of cozy mysteries having the main character just having broken up with someone and ending up with a triangle, or more, of people they like. (I still like any cozy pattern-minus the triangle lol–but different is good too!) I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series!
I voluntarily read and reviewed a paperback ARC provided to me by Kensington Publishing. My opinions are my own and were not swayed by receiving the book.