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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review of Linda O. Johnston-Oodles of Poodles


Shelter manager and pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver once again takes on the role of amateur sleuth when there’s a murder on a film set . . .
Has Hollywood gone to the dogs? Pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver is observing production on a new movie called Sheba’s Story. The title character—a white Miniature poodle—is played by many similar-looking poodles, and to make sure no animals are harmed, Lauren’s friend, veterinarian Carlie Stellan, and Grant, a handsome representative from the American Humane Association, are on location. But when the film’s director is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run after arguing with Carlie about animal safety, it’s up to Lauren to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer before someone else ends up in oodles of deadly trouble.

My Review:

Well, let me just start out by saying this book caused me to lose some sleep.  It was so good that I couldn’t put it down and had to stay up and finish it.  It was a great cozy mystery, especially if you love animals.  This book was very well written and definitely kept my attention.  I was kept guessing till the very end, which to me, is what makes a great cozy mystery.  Lauren is a very likable character.  She is a strong independent woman, a great role model.  It is the first book I’ve read by Linda Johnston, and it won’t be my last. 

Lauren Vancouver is the director of a pet rescue shelter, but she also solves murders.  In Oodles of Poodles, the poodles are in a movie that Lauren’s boss is helping to produce, so she is asked by him to be on the set on days that he can’t be there.  The director ends up being murdered.  Lauren starts asking questions on the set, because her good friend, Carlie, is the main suspect.  Lauren also rescues a dog that has a mystery attached to it.  Then, her pet rescue shelter gets broken into.  Does it have anything to do with her asking questions on the movie set about the murder, or is it about the dog she rescued.  Will Lauren solve the murder in time and will she keep any animals from being harmed.  I highly recommend reading this book to find out.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book for my participation in this blog tour.

Author Bio

Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year. Since then, Linda has had more short stories published, plus ten mysteries and eighteen romance novels.

Linda’s new Pet Rescue Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime is a spinoff from her successful Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series. The Pet Rescue Mysteries debuted in March 2011 with BEAGLEMANIA, followed in October 2011 by THE MORE THE TERRIER and in April 2012 by HOUNDS ABOUND. OODLES OF POODLES will be published in February 2013. Protagonist Lauren Vancouver runs a no-kill pet shelter in LA’s San Fernando Valley and will do anything to save animals. In the Pet Rescue Mysteries, “no-kill” means pets, not people!

Linda also writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne including the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters. So far, they include ALPHA WOLF, ALASKAN WOLF, and GUARDIAN WOLF, and the Nocturne Bites "Claws of the Lynx," which is contained in the print anthology AWAKENING THE BEAST. “Hawk’s Challenge” and “Cougar’s Conquest,” also Nocturne Bites, were published in October and November 2011, respectively. UNDERCOVER WOLF will be published early in 2013.

Linda's first Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel UNDERCOVER SOLDIER was published in July 2012.

Linda has also been a transactional lawyer and loves writing contracts as well as fiction. She has taught courses on romance writing at the California State University, Northridge College of Extended Learning and The Learning Annex in Los Angeles. She has spoken on romance writing and mystery writing at various chapters and conferences of the Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime chapters, the Independent Writers of Southern California, and the Surrey Writers’ Conference. She has additionally presented a variety of programs at libraries and bookstores.

Linda is a member of the Los Angeles chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, and International Thriller Writers.

There is a giveaway with this tour to enter, follow the link below and fill out the form.  Follow all the blogs in the tour for extra entries.

Giveaway for Oodles of Poodles


  1. Great review! I enjoy cozy mysteries, this one sounds very good! =)

  2. Thank you for the excellent review.

  3. Have 2 cats rescued by NJ non kill group. Hope this series gets wide read to encourage rescue & adoption. Added to my TBR list.

  4. Thanks for all the great feedback on my review of this book, it was really good and I do hope that this series will make more awareness of non-kill shelters and resue adoption.

  5. Me, too, Melina. Thank you for the delightful review, and thanks to all the commenters, too!

  6. Loved your review. Blessings, Susan Fryman

  7. Linda, it was great reading your book and reviewing it. Hope I can review some more of your great books.