Off the Chain review

This is the first book in a series called Gone to the Dogs by Janice Thompson. The end of the book shows a second book coming but by a different author. One reason I liked this book so much was definitely that it had some mystery going for it and something that needed solved along with a few random problems and situations that popped up–and of course, the dogs.

The best part was everything getting a satisfactory solution, so at least the mystery lover in me was satisfied. But I found myself really liking these characters and wishing I could read more about them. I loved Mari’s vision for her pet rescue ranch and how some unlikely people stepped up to help. It had all the makings of a super sweet Hallmark movie!

The next in the series isn’t written by this author, but it does sound promising as far as having some mystery in it. It’s called Dog Days of Summer. Looks like in October we’ll get to see how Mari gets some help opening her Second Chance Ranch for pet rescues. Then when I was leaving the Amazon review, I saw that Janice Thompson’s writing the third book coming in January, Barking Up the Wrong Tree. (This is an Amazon link, but I’m not an affiliate anymore.)

My Goodreads review:

Off the Chain (Gone to the Dogs #1)Off the Chain by Janice Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really found myself enjoying this cozy sort-of mystery even though there was no murder. I got invested in the characters as I read and really cared about what happened to them. To keep my interest though, there were some smaller side mysteries and situations that happened. But it all had such an awesomely happy ending! Not gonna lie, I might’ve leaked some happy tears here and there as different situations played out. It was very hard to put the book down!

Even though I’m first and foremost a cozy murder mystery fan, every so often a book like this comes along, and as along as the wrongdoers in the book are all taken care of and made to pay for what they did, or sometimes a character changes and isn’t as bad as originally led to believe–then all’s right in the book. I’d absolutely read more about these characters in a follow-up book, although I’d still want there to be some intrigue and some type of a problem or mystery to solve. 😉 I just couldn’t have been more satisfied with the outcome of the book and how everyone in it shared the same values I do (and love of dogs!).

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

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Pleating for Mercy–review

This is the first book in the Magical Dressmaking series by Melissa Bourbon. I love to sew, and when I saw this series along with the word “magical” in it, I knew I’d really enjoy it. I didn’t steer myself wrong either.

It was a great opening book for the series, and after meeting all the regulars, I’m anxious to read the next one. I had this book in a drawer unit stored with 20 or so other first in series, so I challenged myself to read that drawer of firsts that I’d squirreled away going on a couple of years now. The book will fit into several more challenges, some of which I planned for it to!

My Goodreads review:

Pleating for Mercy (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery, #1)Pleating for Mercy by Melissa Bourbon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Harlow Cassidy was not only descended from outlaw Butch Cassidy, but her family legend said he had placed a charm on all future generations of Cassidy women. Her mom, grandmother and great-grandmother each had a personal charm that they knew about. Nana was a goat whisperer, something she wasn’t exactly proud of, but Harlow had no idea what hers was, until she came back home to Bliss, Texas. A girl she knew from grade school was getting married and had to have her gown and her bridesmaid’s gowns in less than two weeks, because the shop she’d originally dealt with suddenly went out of business. When the maid of honor was found strangled outside Harlow’s shop, her friend Josie was a person of interest as well as Josie’s fiance, Nate. Josie begged Harlow to help her.

I really enjoyed visiting Bliss, TX and liked the main characters a lot. I got a kick out of Nana the goat whisperer, but I think my favorite was Meemaw–and she wasn’t even physically there, she was dead. But she would make her presence known to Harlow in the form of noises, pointing out words in magazines or moving things around. Harlow’s possible love interest Will was very sweet and his teen daughter Gracie was really cool because she wanted to have Harlow continue teaching her to sew. I never guessed at all who the killer was! By the end of the book, Harlow finally figured out what her special charm or talent was. I’m anxious to read the next book in this series, especially since there was a several page teaser to read at the end of this book.

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