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To Catch a Treat
     

To Catch a Treat

3.8 6
by Linda O. Johnston
 

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When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth

Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie

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When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth

Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped.

Janelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeowner spotted at the dog park where Go was stolen. Soon after Janelle confronts Ada, though, the woman is found dead. With Janelle and Neal on the suspect list, Carrie must solve the mystery before the police bark up the wrong tree.

Praise:

"A mystery to delight dog lovers."—Booklist

"A tale filled with fun, mystery and excitement."—Suspense Magazine

"This sophomore outing is as delightful as its predecessor."—Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/28/2016
Set in the mountain resort town of Knobcone Heights, Calif., Johnston’s uneven sequel to 2015’s Bite the Biscuit finds baker and vet technician Carrie Kennersly up to her eyeballs in dogs and disaster. Her younger brother, Neal, is interested in the pretty newcomer from Los Angeles, photographer Janelle Blaystone, who’s unhappy because her Labrador retriever, Go, recently disappeared from an L.A. dog park. Fortunately, Go later surfaces at an animal shelter, but the woman believed to be the dognapper turns up murdered. Meanwhile, Carrie’s romantic relationship with veterinarian Reed Storme blossoms, but several other men appear to take an interest in her. What could be a truly fun read for dog lovers suffers from too much repetitive detail about baking, while Carrie endlessly speculates about the possibilities involved in the crimes, to the point of considering virtually everyone a suspect, even Neal. Agent: Paige Wheeler, Creative Media Agency. (May)
Library Journal
05/01/2016
Carrie Kennersly, part-time veterinary technician and owner of a dog biscuit bakery, is surprised when her gadabout brother, Neal, asks her to help his new friend. Janelle Blaystone moved to Knobcone Heights to escape the memories of her previous home in L.A., where her beloved dog, Go, was stolen. As Carrie delves into the disappearance, she realizes that Janelle believes wealthy Ada Arnist is responsible. Was Janelle angry enough to murder Ada? VERDICT This sophomore outing (after Bite the Biscuit) is as delightful as its predecessor. Blaize Clements and Clea Simons readers as well as canine lovers will want to try both the human and animal recipes included.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-02-15
The possible dognapping of a pooch that belonged to her brother's new girlfriend puts a dog lover on watch and maybe in danger herself. Though her brother Neal has never been short on love interests, Carrie Kennersly is intrigued that he appears to be smitten once more. Janelle Blaystone, the young woman who's caught Neal's eye, is a newcomer to Knobcone Heights. Although Janelle seems friendly enough, Carrie thinks she sees sadness in her eyes. Her assessment is confirmed when Janelle reveals that one of her primary reasons for coming to town is to get away from reminders of the disappearance of Go, her dog. Later, however, Janelle shows a strong interest in the upscale area of Knobcone Heights and houses like the one belonging to the Arnist family. When Carrie follows up with Janelle, she learns that Go's disappearance may have been a dognapping and that Janelle believes the perp is Ada Arnist. Carrie, who can't imagine losing her beloved Biscuit, is eager to help. At the same time, she wants to determine whether Janelle is worth Neal's attentions. In between indulging these impulses, she must contend with romantic overtures directed toward her by everyone from veterinarian Reed Storme, who's practically her boyfriend, to, well, most of the other males who pass through town. More sensitive readers are warned that the interesting tidbits Carrie throws off about other characters often come off as judgmental rather than witty or informative. No serious departures here from Johnston's series debut (Bite the Biscuit, 2015) or oeuvre (the more recent Knock on Wood, 2015).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738746272
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
05/08/2016
Series:
A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery , #2
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
472,793
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Linda O. Johnston (Los Angeles, CA) has published over fortyromance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery series and the Pet-Sitter Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. She also writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series for Midnight Ink. You can visit Linda atwww.LindaOJohnston.com.

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To Catch a Treat 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: To Catch a Treat - A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery 2 Author: Linda O Johnson Published: 5-8-2016 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 312 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780738746372 ASIN: B01A5OGVOE Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . Carrie Kennersly, is a veterinary technician as well as the owner of Barkery & Biscuit, a bakery selling treats for pets. Carrie has a safe type of personality. She was dependable, always letting family and friends where she can be reached. The most daring thing she has ever done was to take a risk on her new business. While on a day hike with her brother Neal and his new girlfriend Janelle Blaystone. Expecting to not care for Janelle, Carrie suddenly finds herself sympathizing with her over the disappearance of Go, Janelle's Black Labrador. She learns that Go is not the only purebred to be dognapped from the local dog parks. Janelle believes that Ada Arnist is responsible and shortly after Janelle confronts and accuses Ada, Ada is found dead. Carrie begins looking for the dognapper to find answers about the murder, but soon finds herself in deeper than she expected. Carrie endeared herself in Bite the Biscuit, book 1 in the series. She has a core strength she doesn't even realize is there. She and her friends and family are close and loyal. She is willing to push her own boundaries in defense of animals and those she feels needs a helping hand. She is the kind of person you would be honored to call a friend. Linda Johnston has developed a character that can make you forget she is not real. Her plot is so well developed you will feel you are searching for answers along with Carrie. Follow the clues and see if you can discover a killer before Carrie. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
An innocent hike with her brother, Neal, and a bit of spying on his new girlfriend, land Carrie Kennersly, vet tech and owner of Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, smack dab in the middle of a murder mystery. Janelle’s dog, GO, along with some others, have been dognapped. Carrie’s focus shifts from checking out Neal’s girlfriend, Janelle, to the case of the missing dogs. Her radar points to Ada Arnist. When Ada is later found dead, the leads become tangled and Janelle and Neal are now suspects. To untangle the mess, Carrie needs to follow the clues and sniff out the real killer. It’s mentioned in the blurb that it’s purebred dogs that are being dognapped. Just to set your mind at ease, they aren’t a bunch of Dalmatians and Cruella isn’t in this story. So you can scratch her off the suspect list. And no dogs were harmed in the writing of this story. I sure do enjoy the cozy mysteries. They all have such fun themes, from cooking, to needlework, to crafting, and so much more. And what’s a good cozy without some furbabies, such as cats and dogs. A tangled up mess. Dogs gone missing. Suspected kidnapper found dead. No idea who to look at next. Janelle and Neal now on the list of suspects. You can imagine how mixed up this all becomes. There’s also some recipes included for both humans and man’s best friend. Better watch out. That one you’re sampling might be meant for the dog. And what’s a cozy without some romance. I did mention Carrie was checking out her brother’s new girlfriend. But I didn’t mention whether Carrie had a significant other. Since the blurb doesn’t say anything, I’m going to leave you hanging about that. There’s some interesting characters to meet. Gots to have some colorful peeps to add to the coziness. And the cover art. Aren’t those some cuties. All dressed up for their photo shoot. It’s all fun in this cozy, and some mentions of past events have me going back to grab the first book. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it. You can enter the series here with no problems. Looking for a new cozy series. I hope you give this one a try.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series, Bite the Biscuit, was a great read for me, so I was excited to see the next book in the series come out. In the first book, Carrie helped solve a murder, because she was a suspect. In this second book, she is involved in the beginning, to help out someone her brother is interested in, and to make sure that he doesn't also become a suspect. But as the case progresses, she becomes much more interested in the dog-nappings that are probably linked to the death. As an animal lover, finding the dogs and restoring them to their loving families is Carrie's primary goal. The fact that who ever is stealing dogs, might know something about the murder is just gravy. I really liked that the story was smart. It was rare for Carrie to do something dangerous or "dumb". She kept people informed of her whereabouts and mostly did her investigating and interrogating in public. Plus, none of the information she gathered was obtained in any questionable means. It was all a matter of asking the the right questions to the right people. Of course, there were leads that didn't go anywhere and information that wasn't useful. But Carrie used logic and common sense to put the important (to her) puzzle pieces together. I had my suspicions about one of the bad guys, but the other caught me totally by surprise. Quite like Carrie. One of the few things that disappointed me in this book, was that Carrie spent quite a bit of time in her head. I would have liked for there to have been more dialogue scenes. I enjoyed Carrie's interactions with her friends and family and wish there had been more of them. Overall, I enjoyed the book and could really feel the canine love coming through on every page. I gave it 3 stars. Thanks to Great Escapes for the opportunity to read and review the book.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
This second book in the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series is every bit as delicious at the first, BITE THE BISCUIT! Scratch that…it’s even better! Seriously, author Linda O. Johnston knows how to win my heart. Dogs, a dog bakery and connecting human bakery? Pinch me I must be dreaming! A missing dog, murder, and sweet treats, TO CATCH A TREAT has it all! Add to that of course, author Johnston’s wonderful writing, and you have a fantastic mystery that will leave you begging for more. Make no bones about it, TO CATCH A TREAT is a doggone entertaining tail…um, tale!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
To Catch a Treat by Linda O. Johnston is the second book in A Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series. Carrie Kennersley owns the Bakery and Biscuits bake shop in Knobcone Heights, California. One side caters to humans and the other to four legged creatures (what a neat idea). Her brother, Neal has invited her to participate in one of his hikes (he gives hikes of the area) in order to meet his new love interest, Janelle Blaystone. Janelle is upset over the loss of her black Labrador, GO (for Goliath). This is not the first dog napping. There have been a rash of them lately. Janelle is from Los Angeles and is visiting the area (does not bode well for Neal’s romance) with her friend, Delma Corning. Carrie feels bad for Janelle and decides to help her. She takes her to Billi Matlock’s Mountaintop Rescue Animal Shelter and introduce her to their latest guest (a friendly black Labrador who was left in the alley behind the shelter). The rescue dog turns out to be Janelle’s dog, Go. Janelle is so excited at getting her baby returned to her. Go was chipped, but it was unable to be read with the scanner (odd). Janelle confronts Ada Arnist and accuses her of stealing her dog. Unfortunately, Ada soon turns up dead with (guess who) Janelle as the lead suspect. Carrie does some sleuthing to find the real killer and, hopefully, the dog nappers. To Cath a Treat was kind of blah. The beginning is very slow and this reader was not drawn into the story. I was also not taken with the main character. I think Carrie has some major issues and needs some help. Carrie believes all men are attracted and interested in her (it is in her head). The one man who does like her, she keeps pushing away (he should run while he has the chance). The book talked more about the animals, than about the murder. The dog napping seemed to take precedence of the murder (the only people concerned with Ada’s death seem to be her parents). We get many details on the scenery while hiking, dog descriptions, the bakery, people, etc. There are a lot of people and animals. It is hard to keep them all straight (so focus on the main ones). The mystery was fairly easy to solve, but there was a little twist (most people will probably not see it coming). The writer just did not bring this novel to life for me. Some books you read and good novels you live. I give To Catch a Treat 3 out of 5 stars. This is the second book in the series, but I believe it can be read without having enjoyed the first book (though it may help to keep all the characters straight). Will I read the next book in the series? Unfortunately, no. This was just not the right book for me. One thing I did like was the cover of To Catch a Treat. It is just adorable. I received a complimentary copy of To Catch a Treat from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I've read some of this authors previous books and I was excited to see this pop up on NetGalley. I am a huge cozy mystery buff and I love everything a cozy mystery book offers. This series features Carrie, a vet tech, who has recently bought a bakery that offers human and animal treats. The bakery is separated into two stores and is staffed by Carrie and her assistants. In this particular story, Carrie meets Janelle, her brother Neal's new friend. Janelle is trying to heal after her dog Goliath was dognapped. As a huge supporter of animals the story tugs at Carrie's heartstrings and she wants to see if she can help Janelle explore other avenues to find her dog. Carrie begins to get suspicious when she sees Janelle interacting with a local resident and she has her doubts when Goliath, the missing dog, suddenly returns. When Ada, the local resident is murdered, Janelle is considered a suspect and soon Carrie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation, a possible dog theft ring and conspiracy. This book is filled with excitement and the story is well told. There were times I felt the story was dragging a bit, but for the most part it is a well written cozy mystery. If you are a dog lover then I'm sure your heart will melt when you read about Sweetie. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.