Review of Doggone Deadly

Doggone Deadly

A Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery, Book #2

Deborah Blake

5 Stars


Kari Stuart is roped into helping out at a dog show–but soon finds she’s bitten off more than she can chew when her best friend is framed for murder in this new Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery.

When the woman running the big regional dog show calls out sick, dog groomer Suz Holden is asked to take over. But it’s too much for her to handle by herself– considering the president of the kennel club, Olivia Weiner, criticizes her at every turn–so she calls in her best friend, Kari Stuart, for help.

A long, stressful day goes from bad to worse when a local breeder is found dead, and the murder weapon seems to incriminate Suz.

While Kari knows her friend isn’t guilty, the police aren’t so sure, especially after a second murder points to Suz again. But trying to run a dog show and investigate a murder at the same time is like herding cats, and Kari will have to rely on the rest of the Serenity Sanctuary staff to keep things running smoothly while she–and her beloved and clever kitten, Queenie–sniff out the truth.


Kari and her friend Suz are really good friends and they would do anything to help each other.  When Suz gets put in charge of the dog show, Kari is more than happy to help her.  And when someone is killed and Suz is a person of interest,Kari knows she will have to find the culprit. 

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I could picture the dog show in my mind’s eye and all that it entails.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and it was not easily solved.  I did not know who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This was a really good addition to the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.