Posted in 3 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Review on October 9, 2015

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Knock on Wood (A Superstition Mystery)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (October 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0738745527


Rory Chasen, now the manager of the Lucky Dog Boutique in Destiny, California, is delighted when her closest friend Gemma Grayfield, a librarian, comes for a visit. But Gemma arrives early and seems upset. It turns out she has broken up with her boyfriend, Frank Shorester. Gemma is soon hired to manage the Broken Mirror Bookstore. Frank follows her to Destiny, where Gemma is also wooed by two local men. Rory may be a little jealous—until one of those men, Deputy Mayor Bevin Dermot, turns up dead. Bevin is known for knocking on wood for everything, but despite Destiny being all about superstitions that did not save his life.

Rory tries to help Gemma clear herself of being a murder suspect, even counting on her lucky black and white dog Pluckie to help. But is Gemma guilty of murder—or of just having a run of bad luck?


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This is the second in this series.  The book was good but didn’t grab me like some of her other books.  Plus I felt like several superstitions were repeated several times throughout the book when I don’t think it was necessary to repeat it each time.  Plus it seemed like every time she put Pluckie’s leash on a hook by the counter of the store it was mentioned that it was so Pluckie didn’t leave.  I don’t think it needed to be said more than once.

Despite those few things, I didn’t have a clue as to who the murderer was and it was quite a surprise when he/she was revealed.  I never saw that one coming!

The story was good and I like that Rory and Justin’s relationship continues to grow and hopefully they will also learn to trust each other more – seems like there were times that they were almost at odds with each other.

We give it 3 paws up.


About the Author

LOJPublicityPhotoLinda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.   Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.  She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.

Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries also from Midnight Ink, started off in May with BITE THE BISCUIT and KNOCK ON WOOD comes out October 8.

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