Review of A New Leash on Life


Every person, and every pet, loves Amy…

…except the guilty.

In a small town, where dog parks are plenty, every street is tree-lined, and if you throw a frisbee, ten cute puppies chase it down, there are still secrets behind every bend.

Murder echoes loudest in small towns.

Amy’s heartbroken, dead broke and as positive and joyful as they come. She’s opening a pet salon with her grumpy Granny after a stressful stint in Pine Grove. But when Amy’s first and only customer is murdered, she realizes if she doesn’t catch the killer, the grand opening of her pet salon could be ruined.

Who would have killed Amy’s customer?

Hot shot rookie cop Michael Fine thinks Amy committed the murder. Amy and Granny know he’s wrong, but they don’t have proof. There’s a killer on the loose in their little slice of heaven and if the ladies don’t solve the mystery they could lose their business…or worse.

You’ll adore this clean cozy because everyone loves funny mysteries with tons of cute, tiny animals.

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The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Amy is a very positive person, even if things around her are falling apart.  She has opened a pet salon with her grandmother, Petunia.   Her grandmother is a real hoot.  When Amy’s customer is killed, she and her grandmother are considered persons of interest so they have to try to figure out the culprit. They are hoping that the cop that is working the case, Michael,  will help them, but is he friend or foe?  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I had a few people that I was considering but I was not sure until the reveal.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Petunia, (and Amy), get into next. 

A New Leash on Life (Dog Groomer Mysteries Book 1) by [Chelsea Thomas]