Aspiring P.I. Geri Sullivan’s new case has got her talking Chihuahua, Pepe, hot under the collar. Wealthy widow Lucille Carpenter left her entire fortune to her beloved dogs, and someone is trying to poison them. Anyone who would hurt a perro is lower than a cucaracha in Pepe’s book. But when Geri and Pepe investigate, they discover that it’s not just the coddled canines who are in danger. Now there are human targets too.
At the lavish Carpenter manor, Pepe digs for clues among the pampered pooches, bitter relatives, suspicious staff, and larcenous lawyers. But there’s only one diminutive detective smart enough to save the day–and the dogs. . . (Goodreads)
Geri and her partner, Pepe, are on another case. A rather strange case, one involving dogs that have inherited a fortune from their deceased owner. The problem is, someone wants the dogs dead and attempts to poison them. The case has special meaning for Pepe because he is a dog himself. And not just any dog, but a talking dog. Any threat made against a fellow dog is very upsetting to him and he is willing to do whatever it takes to catch the culprit. Unfortunately that puts him and Geri in real danger.
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Geri is new to the PI business but what she lacks in experience she more than make up with her determination and sense of fairness. She is willing to go the extra mile in her investigations. Pepe is one tough little dog who is only afraid of a few things, such as the dog pound and water. They make a great team and give it their all when working the case. I really enjoy their relationship and the love they have for each other. Geri’s boss, Jimmie G is a pain and I really do not like him. He treats Geri unfairly and he only cares about himself. He does add great contrast to Geri and Pepe.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy ready. The authors are very talented in character development and creating suspense with the written word. Even after the guilty party is identified, there is still tension revolving around the dogs. There are enough suspects and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I enjoyed that.
If you enjoy a well crafted mystery with plenty of animals and a touch of whimsical, this book is for you. Be sure to read all the books in the series, they are all great books.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. i would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this five star book.