by L. A. Kornetsky

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Doghouse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Doghouse is the third book in L.A. Kornetsky's Gin & Tonic series. Reader's looking for a great mystery and a series featuring animals, will find this a very good place to start. Kornetsky's investigative duo, Ginny and Teddy find themselves looking into a possible dog fighting ring at the request of a friend and co-worker at Mary's bar. But everything isn't what it seems and the author does a fantastic job keeping the reader off track until the very end. What I liked: This was my first book in the Gin & Tonic series. I didn't have any trouble at all falling into the story line for this novel. It can easily be read as a standalone even though it is book three in the series. I guarantee you'll be going back to read the rest once you dive into this one. Kornetsky does a great job of filling the reader in on what has gone on before, how Ginny and Teddy started working together and how their furry friends are involved. This cozy series has a really unique feel to it. Ginny is not a licensed investigator as are many of the sleuths in the cozy genre, but she has put her shingle out so to speak and is willing to try to help as many people as she can. I liked her tenacity and her tough as nails attitude. But she wasn't foolhardy. She and Teddy both seemed to understand the risks of what they were doing and knew how to protect themselves while still getting the answers they needed. I liked that purposeful kind of approach. Teddy is the manager of a local bar named Mary's in Seattle and I loved the atmosphere created by Kornetsky. The setting was enjoyable and made me want to learn more about these characters and the city of Seattle itself. There were so many little things that seemed to give off a kind of attitude. Laid back, but alert. It didn't feel anything like other cozies I have read and I found that a good thing. It was refreshing and new for this genre. There was a feeling of urgency about the mystery, and the details could have been a bit gruesome but Kornetsky kept it light. Dogfighting or any kind of activity that would harm an animal is something that really gets under my skin. I thought Kornetsky handled the subject with a deft hand. She didn't minimize the issue, she explored it without giving in to the brutality of it, which I think a lot of readers will appreciate. It's a tough subject. I thought the relationship that Kornetsky had developed between Ginny and Teddy was perfect. The worked well together and played off each others strengths and weaknesses. I liked the snarky comments and teasing, but it didn't seem to have too much sexual tension behind it. These two were obviously good friends despite the fact that Tony didn't really want to be Ginny's sidekick. But he did want to help out a friend. They made a great duo! Bottom Line: If you haven't given this series a try yet, I would definitely recommend it. It may be a bit different from your average cozy but in this case that's a good thing. Kornetsky gives readers strong characters, some great pet interaction. I loved Penny and Georgie and reading their thoughts and watching them investigate right along with the hero and heroine. A great overall read that will have you rounding up the others in the series in no time!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
While helping in private investigations is something that Ginny Mallard and her bartender friend Teddy do together as a sideline, it seems that this 'job' is taking more and more time. After uncovering some shady truths about a local shelter this team thought it would be a while before they would have to jump back into investigating. Of course, as fans of the series, we all knew they were mistaken. In the newest Gin & Tonic mystery, a man named Seth who works at Mary’s (the bar Teddy manages) has a friend named Deke that he believes is being wrongly evicted by his landlord. Seth explains that Deke is an ex-boxer and when a situation gets stressful there is a strong chance that Deke could act out in ways that would get him into more trouble. Not wanting to spend money on an actual lawyer, Seth asks Teddy and Ginny to look into this problem and figure out why Deke’s landlord is throwing him out of his rental. So, here the dynamic duo goes again trying to figure out the right questions to ask and the right people to find to solve this mystery. Of course there are two more members of this team, Penny, an independent cat that has made her home in Teddy’s bar, and Geogie, a shar-pei dog that lives with Ginny. Both of these animals have proven their worth before in helping to solve mysteries and also protect their owners. Penny will not hesitate to use her claws on someone attacking Teddy and Georgie has spent the last year training with Ginny in order to protect her effectively. Although Penny is the brains of the two as she will quickly remind Georgie many times a day, both know that they need to make sure and pay attention to every sight, sound and smell that they come in contact with. Any little clue could help their humans solve this new case as long as they can get Teddy and Ginny to listen and understand them before anyone gets hurt. This was a fun and exciting mystery that has great characters I found myself easily liking. I thought it was unique having the relationship between Teddy and Ginny along with the relationship between their two animals Penny and Georgie. The rough exterior but soft center of Teddy and the no nonsense but gentle ways of Ginny make for an amazing team and I enjoyed reading a story where these two characters played off each other in such humorous ways. At the same time it was so much fun bringing the characters of Penny and Georgie to life as this author had me laughing out loud with the way these two animals talked to each other. It was hilarious as in perfect cat-like fashion Penny reprimands Georgie for not noticing or remembering a specific detail and then in perfect dog-like fashion Georgie tries so hard to think of anything she missed to please Penny. These characters are what made this book such a great read. Quill says: A well written and humorous mystery that had me quickly turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago