Barking Up the Wrong Tree review

This is the third book in the super cute Gone to the Dogs Mysteries being written by Janice Thompson and Kathleen Y’Barbo. According to Goodreads, it looks as if there’re at least two more books coming. The fourth book shows April as the publication date, but this book was originally set to publish January 1, 2023 and it published today. I just happened to see another blogger reviewing it and found out that way. It’s still listed as January 1 on both Goodreads and NetGalley. But it was definitely no chore to bump it ahead and read it since I’ve really grown to like these vet clinic characters a lot, and Grandma Peach, well, she’s just a hoot and a half, lol. 

My Goodreads review:

Barking up the Wrong Tree (Gone to the Dogs #3)Barking up the Wrong Tree by Janice Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I saw this was releasing sooner than the date that showed in NetGalley, I hoped I could get it done in time, but no worries there. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop! It was great to read about the vet/office team at Lone Star clinic especially when they were sleuthing. And while I’m all about cozy murder mysteries, I’ve never minded that this series doesn’t have that. I get so wrapped up in the characters and how they’re going about solving the mystery, it just never seems to matter if it’s a murder or a swapped-out dog.

I love how there’s always a couple of side stories about the friends doing some positive things and goodwill gestures for some of the neighbors like Mr. Robbins finally adopting a dog or Mr. Flores getting some much-needed house and yardwork help. But the ones who aren’t the good guys never get away with it–that you can count on! It was great how the crew flushed out the missing dog.

Grandma’s wedding was awesome especially what happened at the reception! Super sweet and just fun to visit with these characters again. I enjoyed this book being from Kristin’s viewpoint too!

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

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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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