Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Publisher: Bell Bridge
Date published: October 14, 2011
ISBN 9781611940503
Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained Via Publisher/Netgalley

With the demise of her therapy practice, Caro Lamont, turns her talent to pet therapy. With innate sense of just what makes a cat, dog or other pet tick, she has quickly become the go to person for the residents of Laguna Beach, California and, more specifically, the community of Ruby Point. Called to the home of one of her clients, Kevin Blackstone, she learns that his otherwise well behaved dogs, Zeus and Tommy Boy, have begun to behave rather erratically. Before long she learns that several other clients’ pets are also behaving somewhat oddly. While out on a training walk with Kevin, Zeus and Tommy Boy the dogs go wild and pursue an otherwise innocuous gardener. Unable to reconcile the dogs’ behavior Caro comes up with a plan of action. Before she can embark on it though, Kevin is murdered. Because Caro was most likely the last person to see him alive—and the police have evidence in the form of a missing brooch, Caro becomes suspect number one.

Now that’s not as bad as it sounds…after all the detective on the case is a cutie named Judd Malone. Well, okay, cutie is probably not the right word. More like smokin hot! He has reservations about Caro’s story that the reason she returned to the scene of the crime was she went to retrieve her beloved grandmother’s brooch. And there is quite the backstory as to why she so covets that particular item of jewelry. When two more bodies turn up Caro amps up her sleuthing activities and stumbles on the reason for Kevin’s murder. Can she get to Judd before the killer gets to her?

Sparkle Abbey’s DESPERATE HOUSEDOGS is one of the best books I have read this year. Sparkle Abbey is actually two authors who, using the names of their rescue cat and dog, know how to tell a great story. Aside from some of the most fun, entertaining and easy to like characters, they know how to create suspense and mystery. The ending and what prompted Kevin’s murder took me completely off guard. I did not see it coming—and it was brilliantly done.

Judd is a guy after your own heart despite his unshakable conviction Caro has something more to do with Kevin’s murder than just looking for her pin. And what about that other hottie with the ultra-friendly dog? Will he feature in Caro’s future? Or is there something else going on with him?

Caro is a great heroine. She’s smart, witty, and the kind of person you’d like to have as a friend. She is entertaining, loyal to her friends and loves animals.
Cozy fans will totally enjoy this book. If you aren’t a fan of cozies I still highly recommend you give it a read. You will be entertained page after page. I know I was left wanting more after the story ended – not of the story but of these authors great storytelling. The good news is GET FLUFFY is due out shortly and I already have my copy!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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