Publication Date: 09/02/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)
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Books in the series:
Pet Boutique Mystery
1. Paws for Murder
2. Groomed for Murder
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Excerpt from, Groomed for Murder, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.
Izzy McHale wants her new Trendy Tails Pet Boutique in Merryville, Minnesota, to be the height of canine couture and feline fashions. But in a week of wedding bells, someone is about to hold their peace…
forever. Love is in the air, and Izzy is hard at work coordinating two special weddings at Trendy Tails. First, Izzy’s friend and mentor, Ingrid, will be tying the knot with her old flame. And a week later, Izzy will host “pupptials” for two lovable dogs.
But even with the hullabaloo, the Trendy Tails crew is intrigued by Daniel, an enigmatic writer boarding above the shop who’s caught the attention of Izzy’s zany aunt Dolly, who gossips like most people breathe.
Unfortunately, it’s Daniel who stops breathing when he drops dead at the altar on Ingrid’s wedding day. Then Dolly is found at the scene with the murder weapon, and it’s up to Izzy, her Trendy Tails pals, and her scrappy pets, Packer and Jinx, to find a killer before the two affianced doggies bark down the aisle….
Pet lovers and mystery lovers alike will be drawn to the new book in the Pet Boutique Mystery series by Annie Knox. Groomed for Murder is all about wedded bliss. Not only will readers get to see a wedding of the two-legged variety, but also nuptials of the flour-legged kind, along with a little murder on the side. Knox has created a cast of characters both furry and fabulous. Readers who are looking for a good whodunit, with an emphasis on pets, will love this one. Having a wedding at a pet boutique might sound a little off the wall, but this series makes it all seem natural.
What I liked:
I will be the first to tell you that my little dog, Sundae is quite the diva. I always love a good series that appreciates the companionship of animals and how they can be a very rewarding part of life. Annie Knox seems to understand the place that pets have in our hearts. The pet boutique idea of a mystery series, gives the author a chance to have a great whodunit and show her love for animals. Pet lovers will fall in love with not only the human characters but the pet characters, as well.
Groomed for Murder is the second book in the series and Knox has decided to focus not only on murder but weddings. I loved the wedding angle and thought it played well into the theme of the mystery. There had to be a reason for everyone to be at Trendy Tails, why not a wedding? Ingrid is a feisty lady and she has turned into a bridezilla of sorts. But when the wedding is interrupted by a murder, everything goes topsy-turvy. Izzy, the main heroine of the series is out to prove that her Aunt Dolly didn't do the deed. Readers who love weddings will also enjoy that aspect of the story.
Izzy is a favorite of mine. She has a great love for animals and she has made it her life's work. But she also has a second passion, sleuthing. I liked the fact that the main suspect hit a little close to home. Aunt Dolly is a great character in her own right and I found myself really enjoying having this mystery surround her. When Daniel Colona ends up dead it's Aunt Dolly holding the actual and proverbial smoking gun. I thought the mystery aspects of the story were well told and gave the reader just enough crumbs to keep them on the trail of the killer. Knox is very good at clue based mysteries.
Izzy's love life is getting more interesting by the book. She has an old flame in Sean and a new man in Jack that has her interest. Who she will end up with is anyone's guess, but Knox showed some definite tension between these two men where Izzy was concerned and that added a whole new dimension to the story. I can't wait to see who she chooses and why.
What I didn't like:
There were times when I felt the transitions between one part of the story and next were a little rushed or not really present. I know that chapter breaks can be used to move to a different part of the story, but I still like for there to be some connection. Certainly, not a deal breaker, this is a very good book.
I you love mysteries and you love animals, this a great series for you! Knox shows her passion for animals and sleuthing in a believable and entertaining way. People often love their pets just as much as the humans in their lives and I think this series will really appeal to them. A great whodunit and a beautiful wedding or two make for a great book!
Groomed for Murder is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Annie Knox doesn’t commit—or solve—murders in her real life, but her passion for animals is one hundred percent true. She’s also a devotee of eighties music, Asian horror films, and reality TV. While Annie is a native Buckeye and has called a half dozen states home, she and her husband now live a stone’s throw from the courthouse square in a north Texas town in their very own crumbling historic house.
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