With a veterinarian dad and a pet-rescuing mom, helping animals is a family business for the Dentons–but after a shocking murder, it’s Liz Denton’s son who might end up in a cage . . .
Sadly, Timothy Fuller is too old and infirm to continue caring for his beloved Pomeranian, Stewie, who is also elderly. But finding Stewie a new home has been challenging. Fortunately, Liz Denton and her son, Ben, are on the case. With two beagles and a calico currently residing under their roof, they’re always ready to provide care in an emergency.
But a rival rescue group is already there when they show up at the Fuller house–along with a nurse and Mr. Fuller’s sour-faced son. After an unpleasant argument, they reschedule the pickup for later. But by the time she gets back, Stewie is an orphan. Mr. Fuller has been found with a knife in his back. And Ben, who’d stopped off to visit one of Mr. Fuller’s neighbors, has been collared. Now solving the mystery is Liz’s only hope for rescuing her own son . . . (Amazon)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I enjoyed getting to Liz and her family. I would have liked meeting her under different circumstances but that is not how it works in Cozy World. Liz is a good mother and she cares for her family deeply. So when her son is accused of killing someone, she goes into save-my-child mode. She will do anything to clear her son and find the murderer. Her daughter helps her work at finding the killer, a mother-daughter duo. At times I felt that Liz was a little too aggressive in her sleuthing and took unnecessary risks and that made it a little unrealistic for me. That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me. The animals that were in the story were very cute and added another dimension to the story.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, helping Liz to solve the mystery. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. I have to say, the real culprit was hardly on my radar.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I will have to read the next one to find out the next adventure Liz is involved in.