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Doggone Deadly: 07/05/22

Doggone Deadly

Doggone Deadly by Deborah Blake and Laura Jennings (Narrator) is the second book in the Catskills Pet Rescue mystery series. Kari Stuart is helping at a dog show with the hopes of finding homes for some of her rescues. Then a dog breeder is accused of running a puppy mill and working under an assumed name. Later the same woman is found murdered, with dog groomer's purple sheers. Kari knows she has to work to clear her friend's name.

This mystery is tied up completely in the business of dog shows and dog breeding. I know some of it from the purebreds my in-laws have bought, as well as, of course, Coraline. None of our dogs, though, were purchased to be show dogs, so my knowledge is only minimal.

While set against the show, Doggone Deadly reads like a locked room mystery. It's confined to a limited number of characters and a limited number of locations. That gives both Karin and us, the reader, a chance to focus on the logic of the puzzle behind the murder.

That said, I had a pretty good idea early on who the murderer was. Part of that was an obvious and strong motive. Part of it was Karin et al's insistence that certain people didn't seem likely because of perceived frailties.

The third book is Claws for Suspicion which released May 3, 2022.

Five stars

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