A Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery, Book #1
A lottery winner uses her good fortune to save a local pet sanctuary, but when a body is discovered on the property, she just might be in the doghouse in this first book in a new, charming cozy mystery series from author Deborah Blake.
Kari Stuart’s life is going nowhere–until she unexpectedly wins the lottery. The twenty-nine-year-old instant multimillionaire is still mulling plans for her winnings when trying to rescue a bossy black kitten leads her to a semiabandoned animal shelter. They need the cash–Kari needs a purpose.
But the dilapidated rescue is literally going to the dogs with a pending lawsuit, hard to adopt animals, and too much suspicious attention from the town’s dog warden. When the warden turns up dead outside the shelter’s dog kennels, Kari finds herself up a creek without a pooper-scooper.
With the help of some dedicated volunteers, a cute vet, and a kitten who mysteriously shows up just when she needs it, Kari must prove her innocence all while trying to save a dog on death row. Now she just needs to hope that her string of unexpected luck isn’t about to run out. (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. I really enjoyed meeting Kari, the workers at the animal shelter and the vet that is helping the shelter when the need arises. And the animals were cute and added a lot to the story, especially Queenie.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story and took me for an intriguing ride. The mystery was well plotted and fast paced and not easily solved. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to solve and it will take a master sleuth to solve the mystery.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It is hard to believe it is the debut book in the series, it felt like I already knew the characters and had made friends with them. I cannot wait to read the next one and see how they are all doing.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.