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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    A promising beginning to a cute series

    "Beaglemania" is the first in the new Pet Rescue Mystery Series from Linda O. Johnston, the well-known creator of the popular Pet-Setter Mysteries. It's easy to tell the author has a soft spot for all sorts of animals, big and small, and even human, especially if they are extra kind to animals. Unfortunately, not all humans are, as Lauren Vancouver-head of HotRescues, a no-kill animal shelter-discovers all too often.
    At a particularly nasty puppy mill, Lauren helps rescue four adorable beagle puppies that were dumped down a storm drain, and she's pretty sure she knows whodunit. Lauren discovers Efram Kiley, one of HotRescue's employees (he's doing community service to atone for past instances of dog abuse), at the puppy mill and is convinced he's responsible for this latest example of animal cruelty. Efram shows up at HotRescues and threatens her. When Efram is found dead at the shelter (guess who finds him!), Lauren becomes the prime suspect. In trying to clear her own name, Lauren discovers more suspects than she bargained for, including a member or two of her own staff.
    A promising beginning to a cute series. But I couldn't help but wonder.what happened to the beagles? Once they're rescued from the storm drain, we don't hear from them any more. I hope they found a good home.
    Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    A Good Start to a New Series

    This is the first book in a new series by Linda O. Johnston that introduces Lauren Vancouver, head of HotRescues, a no-kill animal shelter in north Los Angeles. Vancouver helps rescue beagle puppies that were dumped down a drainpipe near a notorious puppy mill. She has a confrontation with one of the mill's employees who then threatens her, but when he's found dead at HotRescues, Lauren becomes the prime suspect. She sets out to prove her innocence and in the process becomes the target of the real killer.

    As a fan of mysteries featuring female sleuths, I liked this introduction to the new series. It is a light read and somewhat predictable with the inevitable romance brewing between Vancouver and one of the investigators. However, there were enough suspects to keep me guessing until the end. I'm not sure how far one can go with the theme of pet-rescue and murder, but I'm willing to read future titles in the series to find out.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited nor required. If I didn't like the book I would say so.

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