Caught and Collared review

This is the fourth book in the Lowcountry Dog Walker series by Jackie Layton, a series I recently rediscovered after seeing and getting this ARC on NetGalley. I already had the first book and knew I’d be able to binge through the first three before reading this. In fact, now that I’ve read all four, I strongly suggest reading from the beginning. The series is more like a serial story that has characters, relationships and even a new dog or two in each story that all build on each other. Sometimes a person or dogs are just randomly mentioned, but it’s really cool to be able to think back and know you’ve already met those or read about them. And some of the people you might not’ve thought would be important when you met them turn out to be pretty important to a book’s storyline.

I just love the series so much that if I had time and not a gazillion other books on my WTR, it’d be one of those series I could easily reread. I hope the author keeps on writing in it as I feel some of the main characters and side characters still have lots of great stories to tell!

I found a picture of a beagle that made me think of poor sweet Peanut in the story who lost his human but eventually gained a new dad to love and take care of him.

My Goodreads review:

Caught and Collared A Low County Dog Walker Mystery #4Caught and Collared A Low County Dog Walker Mystery #4 by Jackie Layton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love how the character and their relationships have built in this series. It’s definitely a series I’d recommend starting from the beginning. Leroy, for example actually became a pretty important character in this book, but a couple books ago, he was just that guy out there fishing. Same for Jeremiah and Frank, two veterans that I’ve liked since I met them. And Ike’s another veteran and a sweetheart, but you really need to get his backstory before reading this book, if you want full enjoyment. The series is more like a serial story without cliffhangers, if that makes any sense.

Marc and Andi have such an awesome relationship that isn’t too mooshy or unbelievable. They’ve learned mutual trust and I thought it was sweet how they had some plans for gifting that included her siblings. Andi’s whole posse of friends and family are so amazing with how they help each other out in the community. And again, it’s told in a believable way and not bigger than life and not outrageously flaunting how good they are. It’s just normal nice people doing everyday nice things for each other expecting nothing in return except the love and friendship they all enjoy.

This was one crazy mystery that had everyone puzzled until Andi’s research led her to something big. It all built up to an exciting showdown where both Marc and Andi along with two very cool veteran characters managed to survive a killer.

If Heyward Beach with its characters and places was real, I’d visit in a heartbeat and rent part of the renovated old kitchen building–or maybe I’d wanna stay on the beach. Now I’m so eager for the next book. I’d gotten and read this book as an ARC but liked it so much, I went ahead and bought the Kindle file. I just want the author to keep writing this series!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Beyond the Page Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Kept in the Bark–review

I just finished book five of the Happy Tails Dog Walking series and it just keeps getting better! I like how the author leaves a little bit to think about for the next book. The main mystery is always wrapped up nicely but just like a TV show or even real life, there are some little tails hanging, and not the wagging tails that Olivia takes care of. 😉

Here’s my Goodreads review:

Kept in the Bark (Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries Book 5)Kept in the Bark by Stella St. Claire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off there are a lot more than 21 pages in this book just wanted to let anyone know who is planning to buy it that it’s the same length as the other four books.

Olivia has promised herself to be the perfect girlfriend to Andrew and also that she will not turn everything into an investigation. This doesn’t last too because Andrew has to go out of town on a business trip for a week just when she was wanting to ask him to move back in with her. She tries her best to keep communication open while he’s gone. But something in the form of another case has gotten her interest and it turns out, Andrew actually approves.

A local woman who was helping Andrew develop his new app has gone missing. She’s Jackie’s next door neighbor and it was actually Jackie and Olivia who noticed since Andrew sent Olivia on an errand to give the woman (Hattie) a message. Hattie is known to be agoraphobic and spends most of her time inside doing computer and tech work for people and companies. From the looks of her house when Jackie and Olivia go in after Hattie’s cat comes rushing out the partially open door, it seems as though Hattie’s not been there for a few days.

This was an interesting case and believe it or not there was no murder involved. That didn’t make it any less intriguing though. There were little mysteries here and there to solve. Jackie and Olivia both had another incident of vandalism so that aspect is still not cleared up.

In the end, everything works out. Janelle’s mood swings and crazy stressed-outness over a wedding she’s catering all turns out well–I won’t spoil it though! This series continues to intrigue me and I love how the author wraps up the case but leaves enough dangling to entice the reader to read the next book. I am super interested in reading book six!

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All Bark and No White Knight–review

I finished this book on January 9. Amazon wouldn’t let me post a review there even though I’ve not made any rule infractions so I guess here and Goodreads will have to do. In fact, Amazon has totally wiped away ALL my reviews, even the non-book ones. I have no clue why. If anyone knows how to get those back, please let me know too!

I’ve been reading the Happy Tails Dog Walking mysteries from the beginning so these characters are always like coming back to old friends.

My Goodreads review:
All Bark and No White Knight (Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries Book 4)All Bark and No White Knight by Stella St. Claire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Olivia Rickard and her boyfriend Andrew are back together but lately he’s been a little distant and not talking much as well as postponing or cancelling their dates all together. Olivia follows him to one of these meetings since she eavesdropped on his conversation when they were together and he took the call. She sees him with a blonde and a rose. When the blonde ends up dead, Olivia is worried that Andrew would be the main suspect since he was probably the last to see her alive so of course she can’t have that and starts investigating.

In the meantime, Janelle hasn’t been in a great mood since she’s wanting to expand into catering which also means needing to expand her bakery. As if two things weren’t bad enough, Jackie tells Olivia she’s had a vandal in her book store. Soon after that, Olivia’s office is trashed and a warning note is found. Despite Nick’s warnings to stay off his investigation, Olivia feels the need to keep on but has to keep watching her back because she is afraid she could be the next murder victim.

Like the other three books, this books was fun and quick read and had plenty of great clues and suspects. I really didn’t see it coming as to the killers identity. Andrew’s secret was revealed and all was right with the world after the killer was caught. The vandal was never caught so I’m guessing that story line will continue into the next book which I will actually be reading…next!

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