Review of To Catch A Treat

To Catch A Treat

Linda O. Johnston

4 Stars


When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth

Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped.

Janelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeowner spotted at the dog park where Go was stolen. Soon after Janelle confronts Ada, though, the woman is found dead. With Janelle and Neal on the suspect list, Carrie must solve the mystery before the police bark up the wrong tree. (Goodreads)


Carrie finds herself involved in another murder investigation when her brother and his female friend are both considered suspects in the killing.  Carrie is still busy running her two bake shops and trying to form an opinion about her brother’s possible love interest. And she still works parttime as a veterinary tech so she does not have a lot of spare time. But that does not stop her from trying to find the real murderer and also look for clues in a possible dognapping ring.  That is enough to keep anyone very busy.

I like the characters in this book but I think they can be a little more developed.  I read the first book in the series and I do not feel like there was a lot of growth between the two books.  That is only my opinion and other readers may not feel that way.  I feel like Carrie needs to decide if she is going to actually pursue a relationship with Reed, one of her bosses at the veterinary clinic.  She is a bit wishy washy about that relationship and is looking for other suitors throughout the book, thinking that other men are flirting with her.    

I felt that the mystery was a little weaker than what I expect in a cozy mystery.  It did not seem like there were many clues for the reader to pick up on and that made it more difficult to try to solve the crime.  I did like the fact that this book centered around dogs, the possibly kidnapped ones, Biscuit, Carrie’s dog and Hugo, Reed’s dog. I also really appreciated the love shown between Carrie and reed and their dogs.  They felt like very relationships between humans and dogs. and made me smile.

This is the second book in the Barkery And Biscuits Mystery series and although I did enjoy reading it, it fell a little short for me.  But I will definitely read the next book in the series to see what the next adventure is for Carrie and her friends.

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


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