I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Linda O. Johnston and her new release Pick And Chews. This is the fourth book in her A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series. I have read the other books in this series and I have enjoyed them
Pick and Chews (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
4th in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
Digital ASIN: B075W2BCW6
The well-written story will suck you in until you find yourself on the last page amazed at the ending.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Carrie Kennersly tries to help her veterinarian boyfriend when he’s under suspicion of murder…Is he a keeper, or should she let him go off-leash for good?
As a technician for a local vet and the owner of the Barkery & Biscuits dog bakery, Carrie Kennersly is excited to host a rescue animal adoption event. She’s also excited to be in a relationship with veterinarian Dr. Reed Storme, despite his pleas for her to butt out of the murder cases she keeps finding herself involved with. Yet when Reed is accused of killing his former veterinary colleague, he seems a lot more agreeable to having amateur detective Carrie butt back in. Can Carrie clear Reed, or does she care too much for a killer?
Includes recipes for dog treats and people treats!
The characters are real developed and well rounded. Carrie is one busy person, working part-time as a vet tech and owning bakeries for pets and humans. That does not leave her a lot of time for other things, but when someone she cares about is a person of interest in a murder case, she knows she has to make the time to figure out who the real culprit is. Which is exactly what she does. I did not feel all warm and fuzzy when I was reading about Carrie and Reed’s time spent together. It is not the most romantic relationship I have ever read about. That is only my opinion and other readers may not agree. On the other hand, her relationships with the numerous animals involved made me feel happy.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the town she created in the San Bernardino Mountains, Knobcone Heights, is some place that I would enjoy visiting. And you can tell how much the author loves animal, especially dogs. The rescue shelter made for some heartwarming moments. And I really enjoyed reading about that.
The mystery was well plotted, although the death did not happen right at the beginning of the book. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through, and I was surprised at who the killer was. They were not on my radar at all.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery with adorable animals. And there are recipes at the back of the book for you and your pet to try and enjoy.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Midnight Ink, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
Praise for Linda O. Johnston:
“Veteran Johnston has her formula down.”–Kirkus Reviews
“This cozy will appeal to fans of Susan Conant’s Dog Lovers’ series and is also reminiscent of Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen novels.”–Booklist
“A whole lot of fun and the animals, who are all about spreading warmth and friendship, come alive on every page.”–Suspense Magazine (less)
Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series for Midnight Ink. She has also written the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Linda also writes the K-9 Ranch Rescue miniseries for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as a paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. And all her current stories involve dogs.
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