Monday, January 23, 2017

Muddy Mouth (Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries #5}, by C.A. Newsome (author), Jane Boyer (narrator)

Carol Ann Newsome, December 2016

Lia Anderson is back with another murder mystery about to absorb the intelligence, nosiness, and human concern of herself and her dog park friends.

A local author has disappeared from a literary convention in Texas, just as Lia is building a float in his honor for a parade at home. It appears that he's been kidnapped, but there are no real clues leading the police anywhere. And obviously it has nothing to do with the Cincinnati police or the Mt. Airy Dog Park gang, right?

Except that Lucas Cross, bestselling author, is really Leroy, a local man, not at all literary, acting as the front for Fiber and Snark.
Fiber and Snark is a group of local knitters who sell their goods to raise funds for a local cat rescue. Leroy's disappearance is bringing "Lucas Cross" entirely too much attention, and the ladies are afraid they could be not only found out, but accused of defrauding the public. The ladies want him found, but they can't talk to the police.

So they approach Lia.

It's bad enough when Leroy is merely missing and this isn't even a Cincinnati case. Lia is still in a tricky position, keeping such a big secret from her almost-live-in boyfriend, Cincinnati homicide detective Peter Dourson, even as their relationship grows deeper and Peter is looking for some permanence. It gets a lot worse when the body of one of the Fiber and Snark ladies falls out of the decorative gun on Lia's float during the parade--dead.

It's a very good mystery that kept me involved. I love how Lia and Peter's relationship continue to grow and develop, along with the personalities and relationships at the dog park. Newsome and these books keep getting better and better.

Recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook, and am reviewing it voluntarily.