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Teacup Turbulence
     

Teacup Turbulence

4.3 9
by Linda O. Johnston
 

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Los Angeles animal shelter manager Lauren Vancouver has a soft spot for animals in need—and a keen eye for crime. . .
 
Thanks to a savvy ad campaign featuring teacup pups sporting HotPets Bling—a new line of faux jewelry dog collars—small dog adoptions have skyrocketed across the city. So when Lauren discovers a shelter

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Los Angeles animal shelter manager Lauren Vancouver has a soft spot for animals in need—and a keen eye for crime. . .
 
Thanks to a savvy ad campaign featuring teacup pups sporting HotPets Bling—a new line of faux jewelry dog collars—small dog adoptions have skyrocketed across the city. So when Lauren discovers a shelter in the Midwest with more toy dogs than it can handle, she arranges a private plane to swoop in and fly the pups back to LA.
 
But Lauren didn’t count on rescue worker Teresa Kantrim coming along for the ride. Teresa has cared for the dogs since they were found and doesn’t trust anyone from La-La Land to take over the job. Her biting comments clearly haven’t earned Teresa any new friends, but when she turns up murdered, it’s time for Lauren to dig into Teresa’s past and find out who wanted her put down.

Editorial Reviews

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“Gutsy Lauren Vancouver easily wins over the hearts of animals in need—as well as readers.”—Rebecca M. Hale, New York Times bestselling author of How to Tail a Cat

"A likable, efficient amateur sleuth, passionate about her work and smart about how she goes about her investigation."-- Mysterious Reviews

“Animal lovers will delight in a . . . series filled with rescued dogs and . . . a determined heroine.”—Leann Sweeney, author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425259979
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
A Pet Rescue Mystery Series , #5
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
614,062
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

“Gutsy Lauren Vancouver easily wins over the hearts of animals in need—as well as readers.”—Rebecca M. Hale, New York Times bestselling author of How to Tail a Cat

"A likable, efficient amateur sleuth, passionate about her work and smart about how she goes about her investigation."-- Mysterious Reviews

“Animal lovers will delight in a . . . series filled with rescued dogs and . . . a determined heroine.”—Leann Sweeney, author of the Cats in Trouble Mysteries

 

Meet the Author

Linda O. Johnston is a lawyer and a writer of mysteries, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. She lives in the hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley with her husband, Fred, and two Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Lexie and Mystie.

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Teacup Turbulence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
Adorable Pet Rescue Mystery I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. Teacup miniature dogs, a pet rescue organization and designer created dog jewelry all play a part in Linda O. Johnston’s Teacup Turbulence. Well developed characters, good dialogue and an engaging murder mystery kept me turning the pages to see what the heroine would discover next. While the fifth book in the Pet Rescue Mystery series, I was able to read and enjoy this book on its own. Running HotRescues, a thriving animal shelter in San Fernando Valley, Lauren Vancouver has more business than she can handle. In fact the recent run on teacup sized dogs, thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of HotPets Bling, a specialty line of pet jewelry, has left her shelter empty of the miniature sized dogs and in need. When she discovers a shelter in Missouri has an over abundance of the miniature dogs with no place to go, she arranges for a dog rescue transport service to fly in and bring the dogs to L.A. She just didn’t plan on Teresa Kantrim, a difficult dog rescue worker tagging along, or on someone in L.A. wanting Teresa dead. Ms. Johnston does a good job introducing Lauren’s character, her circle of friends and her co-workers, if you haven’t read any of the previous books you won't feel lost. She develops the characters fairly well and I took a liking to Lauren right off the bat. I enjoyed meeting the people in her life, especially Matt, her boyfriend who also works at an animal shelter. The murder mystery is engaging and I enjoyed watching Lauren try to solve the case. Because of all of the people that Lauren knows, she was able to get answers to her questions and kept this reader involved in trying to figure out who had the best reason for wanting Teresa dead (I have to admit Teresa was a bit of a pill and I could see someone wanting her bumped off). Will Lauren discover the identity of the killer before she becomes the next victim? Will her pet rescue be able to weather the fall out of another murder investigation? You’ll have to read Teacup Turbulence to find out. I enjoyed it and I think you will too.
GReba More than 1 year ago
Teacup Turbulence This is a cozy mystery; that is a mystery that has light mystery, no gore, a lack of foulness in other ways, and light on the romance.  While I wasn’t in love with the book where I couldn’t put it down, I did enjoy it.  I found the human characters for the most part endearing…though some garnered more tolerance than actual acceptance.  The pups that litter the pages, from HotRescues to their own personal pooches, were heart warming…and some of the names they had tugged at my own memories  while others simply made me smile. The actual mystery was pretty straight forward, including some of the who-done-its..HOWEVER, and that’s a big however, the final outcome including the revelation of all the players involved, as well as the resolution of an additional mystery we never knew about, DO come as a surprise so I’d say that all’s well that ends well…and this one DOES end well. Final thoughts…a short and sweet read that’s light on the action but pours on the charm, perfect for your weekend bring-a-long or bedtime read.  Though I wish some parts were fleshed out more, that’s not the nature of this particular beast (or rather genre) so I’ll take it as it is and welcome it with a smile.   ****review copy received in exchange for my honest review...full post can be seen on my site***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
judiOH More than 1 year ago
a tale of teacup puppies rescued from a puppy mill will grab your interest even if you are not a dog lover. lauren learns of a bunch of abused pups needing forever homes, she jumps right in. her boss is in the process of launching a new product, dog collars with bling on them. this is the basis of this story. lauren arranges for the pups to come to californis from missouri for placement. along with them is a woman making noises about something illegal going on. nobody understands why, but soon she is dead. somebody understood. the characters are well written and the story will keep you interested until the last page has been read, wishing the next story was already here. puppies, mystery and romance, a great combination!!
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Well, I have found another winner in the cozy mystery category. It has the perfect formula for cozy mystery: no sex (perhaps implied), minimal profanity (almost nonexistent, and a diabolically clever plot. Add the rescue work of absolutely delectable, miniature dogs, and you are set for a surprisingly clever mystery that will probably keep you guessing. First of all, this is my first read in this series, but I honestly didn't have any issues with that. For the first half of the book, I was only mildly curious about the mystery. It was mind-boggling, but I was more intrigued with the dogs than the mystery. But the author's use of foreshadowing kept me going. I knew something was going to be revealed that would be potentially earth-shattering. And I was right! The moment I realized what intrigue was truly occurring, I was hooked! Granted, I would have read this book anyway, but it merits the higher rating due to the amazing mystery within. I would read any book in this series--let me rephrase that. I believe I would happily read anything by this author! I found her writing style quite palatable. I believe I would like to go back and read the books that led up to this one so I could understand the protagonists better. I did struggle to figure out their personalities and relationships, but that is not the author's fault. It is still generally best to read the majority of book series from the beginning--this one is no exception. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
HotPets is adding a new line of pet accessories with HotPets Bling. To showcase their new merchandise they have huge ads all over the city with teacup puppies wearing the new “bling”. This has caused a huge interest in the petite canines. Lauren is trying to locate more of the little ones needing forever homes. Her search leads her to shelter in the Midwest that has just rescued a bunch of pups from a puppy mill. She uses her connections to bring the dogs to her HotRescues shelter. She never expected they would be joined by a very cantankerous human, Teresa Kantrim. She has cared for the dogs since they were rescued and does trust the people in “LA LA Land” with her precious cargo. Not everyone was a fan of Teresa or her biting comments but Lauren is clearly shaken to find her dead body at the shelter. Now it’s up to Lauren to find which person disliked her enough to put her down permanently. Dollycas’s Thoughts Lauren is a fabulous protagonist, she loves these animals with all her heart and loves her job. She just naturally gets involved in these crimes while putting herself in danger. She is one gutsy broad in this installment. I wanted to stop her from going some of the places she did. Johnston has created wonderful characters including a couple of the canine variety. The mystery was very suspenseful and it took me some time, o.k. I figured out right along with Lauren, that is a tribute of great storytelling. The thing I really like about this series is the awareness it brings to pet adoption. HotRescues is the dream animal shelter because it has a benefactor to help with the costs and a staff of volunteers that really get the importance of their jobs. There are shelters everywhere that need help, money, volunteers and staff to keep the places open and the animals taken care of each and every day. After reading these stories I wish I was physically able to volunteer but since I can’t do that I try to write a check or have my husband pick up an extra bag of food to drop at a shelter. Most of our pets were rescues. I don’t know how I would get through my day without my furry blonde dog at my feet and the black and white one lying close by. Pet lovers will love this series and after you are done I bet you will want to help out a shelter near you. The mystery and the characters are terrific but the story behind the mystery will stick with you forever.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the 5th book in series but first one I have read. I had no problem with picking up the story. I think it can stand alone easy enough. I would like to read the other books in the series though. The dogs sounded delightful. I would like to have gone to the parties and played with the dogs. I could not pass to get one of the dogs though. The rest of the characters are just as believable and real to me. I like Lauren that she cares so much about saving dogs and giving them good homes. She manages HotRescues and gets involved in murder cases. The plot Lauren hears about a rescue in the south of lots of teacup dogs that were being mistreated in a puppy mill. In California there is a high demand for teacup dogs thanks to ad campaign for HotPets Bling. So Lauren calls and sees if she can bring some of the dogs to her rescue and find them good homes. With the dogs comes Teresa to make sure the dogs are treated alright. She is unhappy and makes everyone else unhappy around her. She is murdered at Lauren's party. So Lauren decides to help find the real killer. The setting for the books is mostly in L.A. San Fernando Valley. It does make you want to get a dog but I already have two. It is full of dogs and trying to take care of them. The suspense of who and why Teresa was murdered is good. I would read more books in this series. I was given Teacup Turbulence for the purpose of reviewing and being part of its blog tour.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Linda O. Johnston once again thrills readers and pet lover's alike in her latest book in the Pet Rescue mystery series, Teacup Turbulence. Johnston is not only giving readers a great whodunit in this one, but also raising awareness for rescue animals and the dangers of puppy mills and other situations that are inhumane. Johnston's protagonist, Lauren Vancouver and the HotRescues crew are always up for taking on new projects including some puppy bling in this one. A great addition to the series! What I liked: This is a great series! Johnston is always so focused on both the mystery she is writing and the plight of animals. She does a great job of showing readers the behind the scenes stuff that doesn't usually make it into books about pet rescue, especially not mysteries. It is obvious that the author has a real soft spot of animals and their welfare and in my book that's a wonderful thing, it shows itself on every page of her books. They may be mysteries, but they have a secondary focus as well... happy critters. Lauren is a lead character. She always has the big picture in mind when it comes to pet rescue. She wants to make the biggest impact she can and in this case it is rescuing some toy dogs from a midwest shelter that has far too many. I thought Johnston did a great job of showing Lauren's commitment and the also the victims stake in these animals. Teresa came with the dogs, there had to be a reason, right? Love or of dogs or something else? The mystery aspects of the book were well done, however in shorter supply than I would have liked. I thought the eventual motive and the killer were insightful and plausible. Could this one have really happened? There's a good possibility. There were lots of suspects. Let's face it, this chick was not very popular, but there is also the mystery of what's going on with the adoption of some of the rescue dogs. So readers have two cases to ponder. I didn't figure it out until the end and that was a good thing. I don't want to figure it out every time. LOL  What I didn't like: I thought this one was a bit heavy handed on the pet rescue them and the doggie jewelry and a little light on the mystery. Though those aspects of the story were certainly important to the outcome and in providing awareness of rescue pet issues, they should have been a balanced a bit more. I generally read a mystery for the mystery, not the background. Bottom Line: This was good book, though maybe not my favorite of the series. The pet rescue theme was well written, but tended to take over a bit. The killer wasn't obvious and the sleuth did a good job of keeping up with the clues and solving the crime.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy cozy mysteries and am always on the lookout for a new author and series. Teacup Turbulence is a spinoff from the Pet Sitter Series, which I plan to check out. The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover art. I love dogs and the cuties on the cover caught my eye. Then the title just sounded so fun. The title says it all. Lots and lots of teacup pups and turbulence. While I didn’t particularly care for, Teresa, the murder victim, I did wonder if her frosty, rude behavior might be hiding something. It was as you’ll discover when you explore this mystery. Lauren has her hands full with rescuing pups and also selling Bling. I never knew how big and competitive dog jewelry was. Since the murder happened right under Lauren’s nose, she leaps in to solve it. While I had an inkling early on what might be behind the murder, I still had to follow the clues and sniff out the false leads. There are many characters to fill the suspect list, some likeable, some I could take or leave. The pups added an adorable factor to the story. And I loved how the author explains choosing the names for them. It added a lightness to the mystery and had me thinking up all kinds of names. I wasn’t immediately hooked by the beginning, but was gradually pulled into the mystery and while I had a good idea of what was going on, I had no clue who the killer might be. That kept me turning the pages, searching for clues, and surprising me with the culprit in the end. I really didn’t see the murderer coming. I’ll be reading more from this author and I’m sure I’ll be entertained.