Review of Sit, Stay, Slay

Sit, Stay, Slay
Dog Club Mystery, Book #5
V. M. Burns
5 Stars


When her best friend Dixie is suspected of killing a dog show judge, Lilly must bring one sick puppy to heel . . .
Tennessee transplant Lilly Echosby has two great loves: dogs and mysteries. So naturally she’s named her poodles Aggie, after Agatha Christie, and Rex, for Rex Stout. Now that she has two dogs to manage, it makes sense to enter Aggie in an obedience competition—especially since her instructor is Lilly’s gal pal, Scarlet “Dixie” Jefferson.

But when one of the judges for the competition turns out to be Dixie’s high school rival, the dog trainer gets hot under the collar. When the woman is found strangled, Dixie becomes the number one suspect. With the help of the other dog club members, Lilly must find the real killer—before the next judge Dixie tangles with throws the book at her . . . (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. Lilly and Dixie are the best of friends and they will do what needs to be done when they have a mystery to solve. They have some help from other members of the dog club that they belong to. It was also great to spend more time with Lilly’s son and daughter and see what is going on in their life.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and in my mind’s eye, it brought the book to life. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Sit, Stay, Slay (A Dog Club Mystery Book 5) by [V.M. Burns]