A Killer Unleashed
Low Country Dog Walker Mystery, Book # 5
When a client’s dog turns up missing and her husband turns up dead, Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott will have to rely on dogged determination to track down a killer . . .
When a frantic client calls, worried about her dog, Andi Grace is happy to drop by the woman’s home and check in on her beloved pet. She’s initially concerned when she discovers the dog’s not in the house, but she’s out-and-out shocked to discover that the woman’s husband is—strangled to death in his office chair. On top of that, she soon finds a ransom note demanding a hefty sum for the dog’s safe return. Andi Grace knows better than to meddle in a murder investigation, but there’s no way she’s going to let a dognapper get away with it.
Unsure of whether the killer took the dog or if they were unrelated crimes, Andi Grace finds herself confounded from the start. More puzzling still is that the dog’s owner seems more upset about her missing pooch than her dead husband. Could the whole thing have been a setup? Did the woman murder her own husband and send Andi Grace to the house under false pretenses to discover the body? As sinister as that possibility may be, the trail of clues leads Andi Grace to uncover an even more nefarious scheme, and she knows she’ll have to tie up all the loose ends fast before the whole case goes to the dogs . . .
Praise for the Books of Jackie Layton:
“Kept me guessing till the end. Andi Grace is an excellent amateur sleuth . . . and Caught and Collared is an engrossing and enjoyable cozy mystery.” —The Book Decoder, Best Books of 2022
“Andi Grace is adorable, resilient, and has a doggedly curious need to solve a murder. A pleasure to read.” —C. Hope Clark, award-winning author of Edisto Tidings
“Completely charming—and exactly what a cozy mystery should be. Amateur sleuth (and dog whisperer) Andi Grace Scott is wonderfully endearing, and her devotion to her pooches—and to justice—will have you rooting for her from the absolutely irresistible page one. Bow wow—What a terrific debut!” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally best-selling and award-winning author of The Murder List
About the Author:
Former Kentuckian Jackie Layton loves her new life in the Low Country. She enjoys time on the beach, despite one vacation that ended with cracked ribs from riding her boogie board with the kids and another trip that ended with a fish hook in her foot and a trip to the emergency room. There’s nothing like time at the beach, although she tends to be a bit more cautious these days. Jackie is the author of five Low Country Dog Walker Mysteries, including Bite the Dust, Dog-Gone Dead, Bag of Bones, Caught and Collared, and A Killer Unleashed. (Amazon)
Andi Grace is busy planning her wedding and keeping Stay and Play, her dog-walking company on track. When one of her clients asks Andi Grace to go to her house and check on her dog. When she goes to her client’s house, Andi Grace does not find her dog, but she does find something. Her client’s husband is found dead, strangled to death. Andi Grace will have to try and figure out who the murderer is. But it will not be easy.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story and took me on a fun ride. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery is well plotted and there were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to the next one when it is released.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Beyond The Page Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.