Posted in 4 paws, Cozy, Monday, mystery, Pets on December 16, 2013

Today’s installment of Mystery Monday is the first in the Pampered Pets Mystery series by Sparkle Abbey.  There are four books in total for this series: Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and Yip/Tuck.

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When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German Shepherd dogs, she expects frantic dogs, she expects a frantic dog owner, she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn’t expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.


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I really enjoyed this book!  The main character, and her cousin, are former beauty queens from Texas so they have the attitude to match.  There is a little tussle between the Caro and Melinda (her cousin) over a brooch left to one of them from their grandmother the problem is that they don’t know who since the will just said “to my favorite granddaughter”.  I was amazed at the number of people that ended up getting killed just to find out who killed Kevin Blackstone!  I thought the storyline flowed well and I’m anxious to read the second (and third and fourth) book in this series.

We give it 4 paws and suggest picking it up next time you are looking for a fun cozy read.  I have had this on my Kindle since 2011 (yes I have that many books to read!) and can’t believe I waited so long to read it!


About the Author

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets – Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.)

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