It was a killer party.
Caro Lamont, Laguna Beach’s favorite pet therapist is thrilled to support the elite fundraising gala for Greys Matter, a SoCal greyhound rescue group. All the guests in the couture-attired crowd are clad in varying shades of grey, the champagne and donations are flowing, and there are fifty gorgeous greyhounds in attendance. But before the evening ends a stranger in their midst is dead.
Caro sets out to help the rescue group find out the identity of the mystery guest, but soon finds herself in the doghouse with homicide detective, Judd Malone. And federal agent, John Milner. When there’s a second death, Caro is convinced she’s on the track of someone who wants a secret to stay buried, but it’s a race to see whether Caro can uncover the truth before the killer decides she’s next up.
Full of adorable pampered pets, the story re-visits lovely Laguna Beach, and some of the colorful characters readers have come to love in previous titles: Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and Yip/Tuck.
I enjoyed reading this whodunit. I liked the characters in the book but I felt that I was kind of lost since this is the first Sparkle Abbey, Pampered Pets Mystery that I have read. I felt, after starting this book, that I should have read the others in the series. There was some background information but not enough. It was still a great book that kept my attention. It has some laugh-out-loud moments in it too. If you love animals and are looking for a great cozy that will keep your attention, then this is the book for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They write the popular pet mystery series which features whodunits set in the wacky world of pampered pets, precious pedigrees, and secrets. The first book in the series Desperate Housedogs, an Amazon mystery series bestseller and Barnes & Noble Nook #1 national bestseller, was followed by Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and Yip/Tuck. Fifty Shades of Greyhound is the latest installment.
So happy to be stopping by Melina’s Blog today and to have a chance to tell you a little bit about us and about our books.
As you’ve probably already noted, there are two of us. We co-write the series but we collaborate a little bit differently than most co-authors. We take turns writing the books.
We came up with the idea of this mystery series together and so it seemed a natural way to do things. We only found out later that what we do is unique. The odd-numbered books star Caro, a psychologist turned pet therapist, and are written by Mary Lee. The even-numbered books star Mel, a pet boutique owner, and are written by Anita. We share the series’ Laguna Beach setting and some quirky secondary characters. Also, the two main characters, who are cousins, have cameos in one another’s books. We work closely together on the outline for the series and the individual books and we frequently work across the table from one another either at ML’s dining room table or at Starbucks. But each of us writes a full book.
We had the idea to work together because we had belonged to the same writers’ group for several years and had been writing and submitting fiction separately. We’d both received very “good” rejections from publishers and agents and then had a conversation with a NY agent at a RWA conference. Her advice on high-concept hooks was brilliant and we brainstormed some ideas. Because the idea of setting a mystery in the world of people and their pets was something we came up with together, we decided to team up on the series.
We write books with animals because we are both animal lovers and can’t imagine our own lives without our rescue pets. Even though these are murder mysteries, no harm ever comes to in the books. We describe the books as, “No pets are harmed. People are dead.”
Fifty Shades of Greyhound is the fifth book in the series. It follows: Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and Yip/Tuck.
Again, a big thanks to Melina for inviting us to stop by!
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And monthly on the following blogs:
Paws to Read: http://www.sparkleabbey.com/category/blog/
Killer Characters: http://www.killercharacters.com/
The Stiletto Gang: http://thestilettogang.blogspot.com/
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