Thursday, May 17, 2012

Get Fluffy, by Sparkle Abbey

Bell Bridge Books, ISBN 9781611941210, March 2012

This is the second of the "Pampered Pets" mystery series from the "Sparkle Abbey" team of Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. This one features Caro Lamont's cousin, Mel Langston, as the pet-oriented businesswoman who gets caught up in a murder investigation.

Mel is the owner of Bow Wow Boutique, is clashing with one of her customers, Mona Michaels, owner of the canine daytime tv star, Fluffy. Despite their differences, Mona finds it convenient to use Mel's shop as the exchange point when her ex, Craig, has his visitation with Fluffy. So when Mona drops off Fluffy and leaves, Mel assumes that Craig will be along before closing time. He isn't, and when Mel finally closes up, she heads off to Mona's house to return her dog.

She finds the door unlocked, and Mona dead from a blow to the head--with Fluffy's daytime Emmy.

In no time at all, Mel is juggling Fluffy, her own bulldog, her on-again, off-again fiance, the same homicide detective who enlivened Caro's life in the previous book, the unexpected arrival of her brother, and the mystery of why Mona's will names her as Fluffy's guardian.

Oh, and the little detail of who killed Mona, and is now after Mel and other inconvenient people.

This is another light, funny mystery, great summer reading.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.