Raiders Of The Lost Bark

Sparkle Abbey

5 Stars


The Pampered Pets Mysteries, Book 8

Mel’s enemy may be barking up the wrong tree…

But someone is about to become a killer.

Melinda Langston, amateur sleuth and Bow Wow Boutique owner, finds herself “Glamping Under the Stars” with a blackmailer, Orange County’s hottest new gourmet pet chef, Addison Rae. But before Mel can put an end to Addison’s strong-arming, the chef is found dead. Mel is just one of many suspects who had motive to snuff out the demanding                                                             chef.

Was it Redmond, the angry sous chef who detested working for Addison? What about rival chef, Pepper Maddox? The glamping chef gig was hers until Addison blackmailed her way into the job. And then there’s Asher, a charming fellow camper whose past relationship with Addison isn’t the only secret he’s guarding. Mel’s not one to tuck tail and run, even when it looks like she may be the next victim. (Goodreads)


Mel agrees to go on a camping trip for charity with her friend and assistant, Betty.  She was kind of forced to go because a celebrity pet chef, who is blackmailing her, wants her to go camping and promises to turn over the blackmailing material at the campgrounds. Unfortunately, before Mel can get the evidence, the blackmailer is murdered.  Mel is considered a suspect because she was seen arguing with the victim shortly before the murder.  With the help of Betty, Mel has to uncover the killer before she ends up up a creek without a paddle.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Betty is a quirky funny character and I enjoyed the bickering and banter between her and Mel.  Many of their exchanges had me laughing out loud.  I also found many of Mel’s’ thoughts quite humorous.  And the battle continues between Mel and her cousin, Caro, over their grandmother’s brooch and I really enjoyed that.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The mystery is carried on throughout much of the book and there were enough suspects to keep the reader guessing.  The writing is descriptive and while reading the book, I felt like I was at the campgrounds, watching all the action going on around me.  To me, that makes for an extra special read, being drawn into the world that is created by the author.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It has a bit of everything that makes for a great cozy: great characters, great setting, great mystery and great animals.  Do yourself a favor and pick up all the Pampered Pets Mystery series and enjoy.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Bell Bridge Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.



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