Death by Dog Show–review

This was the first book in the Creature Comforts series by Arlene Kay who is no stranger to writing regular mysteries. I would call this a cozy with some edge to it, but I still enjoyed it. Babette, Perri’s friend was such a hoot! I meant to add her to my other review, but I can’t go without mentioning her. She’s super rich (she’s a three-time widow and divorced once), loves nice clothes and amenities (hence a huge motor home with all the comforts of an actual home) she’s very sweet and loving to Ella, Perri’s guy’s little girl, loves her dog to the moon and back. In other words, I would definitely want to be friends with her. She seemed very loyal to the people and dogs in her life.

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Death by Dog Show (A Creature Comforts Mystery #1)Death by Dog Show by Arlene Kay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome start for a new series, a well-plotted and well-written book, lots of intrigue and a nail-biting showdown too! I like that the jobs of the main character and her boyfriend were different than usual. Perri was a leathersmith who sold high-end dog collars, leads mainly to rich dog show clientele via the dog show circuit, and she was formerly an Army sergeant. I thought that part was especially cool! And her two dogs had the Schutzhund training–after reading about it in another cozy, it sounds like the perfect thing for a mystery main character to have, dogs trained in that method. Perri’s main squeeze as she calls him was Wing Pruett, a well-known investigative journal who was very popular with the ladies, although Perri knew he only had eyes for her now. Ella was his adorable 7-year-old daughter who was learning about dog showing by raising her Pointer, Guinnie.

There were quite a few good suspects and at one point I had absolutely no idea who the killer was, but one small clue pointed me in the right direction, then another clue. The showdown was a little nerve-wracking, but as always, the perp went down. I guess one thing this book was pointing out was that there is almost always a shady underbelly to even a family-friendly event like a dog show. Everyone there had their share of secrets. I won’t say who, but there was one person I was especially relieved was not the killer. You’ll know when you read it! There’s a chapter preview of the next book which looks like it’ll focus on horses instead of dogs.

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The Puppy Who Knew Too Much–review

This is the second book in Valerie (V.M) Burns’ newer series, Dog Club Mysteries. I absolutely love this series and wouldn’t change a thing about it. It has everything I have come to love in a cozy mystery! This definitely works as a standalone, but I really recommend treating yourself by reading the first one first. You’ll appreciate this one even more!

My Goodreads review:

The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (Dog Club Mystery #2)The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew I loved this new series when I read the first book, but after reading this one, I am beyond in love with it! It’s the perfect cozy mystery with a great twist!

Lilly Echosby had made her move to Chattanooga TN and no sooner had she moved into a house she was going to rent, when she found a body in the woods nearby. It was identified as her landlord that she’d never met. After another body turned up and Lilly was told by the local officer that she was a person of interest, the TBI officer that had befriended her family took over the case. He hadn’t known Lilly that long, but he realized it was futile to ban her from investigating. And as usual, she and her friends came together at the end to solve the murders. The twist was great and I definitely never saw that coming.

I loved how Lilly’s daughter Stephanie immediately bonded with the Golden Retriever that they’d found cowering under the deck at the house. She got him medical help and he truly proved himself to be a loyal friend. Little Aggie was coming along with her obedience training and also had a fairly important part in taking down a killer. I am over the moon about Lilly and her new friend Red! I can’t wait to read the next book!

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Bark Up and Smell the Coffee–review

This is the second book in the Paws Fur Play series by Stella St. Claire, the author of the Happy Tails Dog Walking series. I love the characters in this series and little Telescope is a pup I would just love to cuddle! He’s fiercely loyal to Willow, his human who adopted him, and he likes showing that just because he’s little and only has three legs, he can do anything he sets his mind to do. I think you’ll like this book as much as I did!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book provided by the author via InstaFreebie. The book releases next week, August 28. I’m now anxious for the third book!

My Goodreads review:

Bark Up and Smell the Coffee (Paws Fur Play Mystery Book 2)Bark Up and Smell the Coffee by Stella St. Claire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another awesome book in this series. I just love little Telescope and how intuitive he is to Willow’s needs or thoughts. He got to be a hero in this book too, proving that just because a dog is little, they can still be a good protector.

After the murder of a local B&B owner, Willow’s newest championship-bound client (actually the dog would be the champion-bound one) is suspected of the murder. Willow is sure she didn’t do it, so she sets out to find out who else may have wanted the woman dead. Her sister, Wednesday, was still working at the police department, but she seemed to be slacking a lot in her day job due to an assignment she got from a social news site. Then there was the matter of wanting to date again, and trying to figure out where she stood with Griffin, her high school friend and contractor. Tele got to save the day again in the showdown with the killer, who eventually confessed.

The book had opened with so many things going wrong for Willow, but I was pleased to find that it closed on a very happy note! Let’s just say she’s had an epiphany about dating! I’m really enjoying this series from the story itself to the adorable cover artwork.

I was able to enjoy this book a little early due to receiving an advance copy from the author as part of her ARC team. I would like to say thanks for that! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

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Home Is Where the Bark Is–review

This is the first in a cute new series called Paws Fur Fun by Stella St. Claire who also wrote the Happy Tails Dog Walking series, which is also a good series and lots of fun. Willow, the protagonist in this book, was trying to get her grandma’s property fixed up so she could have doggie gym classes there. Despite everything that happens, it becomes a reality.

My Goodreads review:

Home is Where the Bark Is (Paws Fur Play Mysteries Book 1)Home is Where the Bark Is by Stella St. Claire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is going to be such a fun new series! I just love that little chihuahua Telescope that Willow has! He is right in tune with her and approves or disapproves of people that come in the house. That can be very useful when trying to catch a murderer. I also love that it shows a disabled dog in a great way–he can run that agility course as well as a regular four-legged dog can.

Willow was getting her grandma’s house and dog run renovated for opening her Doggie Gym, when she and the handsome contractor found a body out in the yard. Due to lack of other suspects, her contractor, Griffin, was the main suspect. Willow’s dad was police chief and her sister, Wednesday, (I love that name, reminds me of the Addams Family, wonder if the author is a fan?) works at the police station so between them, they don’t really want to see Griffin as the suspect. Willow and Wednesday did some sleuthing and even Griffin did some. All this did pay off and the killer was revealed. It was who I thought it might be but I had no clue as to why.

The story was well-written, quick and fun to read. I’m looking forward to more in this series!

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