Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie's friend Billi Matlock doesn't hurt his cause.
But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack. After threatening to ruin Jack's career if he doesn't give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.
Includes delicious recipes for pets and people!
"Veteran Johnston has her formula down."Kirkus Reviews
"This cozy will appeal to fans of Susan Conant's Dog Lovers' series and is also reminiscent of Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen novels."Booklist
"Dog lovers (not to mention lovers of great mysteries) will be thrilled to see this third book in the fantastic series...A whole lot of fun and the animals who are all about spreading warmth and friendship come alive on every page."Suspense Magazine
About the Author
Linda O. Johnston has published over forty romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery series, the Pet-Sitter Mystery series and the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series, among others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this book directly from the author and what a delight. If you're a lover of canine, cozy mysteries you're sure to enjoy the flavor of this baker/ barkery and all the close knit friends. I laughed, got a bit tired of her friends cautioning her yet loving that the ending which was a surprise. So looking forward to reading the next in this great series.
Title: Bad to the Bone - A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Book 3 Author: Linda O. Johnson Publisher: Midnight Ink Published: 5-8-2017 Pages: 290 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub-Genre: Animals; Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780738746289 ASIN: B01M0SXJTR Reviewed For NetGalley and Midnight Ink Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.25 Stars Carrie Kennersly's sleuthing talents are put to the rest when her negotiations VimPets representative, Jack Loroco and rival representative Wanda Addler come to verbal blows. Jack is interested Billi Matlock, Carrie's friend and Wanda wants Jack's job for herself. Needless to say Wanda is found murdered and Jack and Billi are at the top of the suspect list. Carrie sniffs out every clue to find the real killer before, Jack or Billi or both find themselves serving time for the murder. Carrie, the main protagonist along with her supporting cast are a lively group of well rounded personalities that bring reality to the story. The animals that visit Bad to the Bone and their owners will have you looking at your own pets more closely. The story line is thought out and has more than a touch of intrigue and humor. A wonderful, fun read. My rating of "Bad to the Bone" is 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Bad to the Bone by Linda O. Johnston is the third book in A Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series. Carrie Kennersly is the owner of Barkery and Biscuits a bakery that caters to canine clientele in Knobcone Heights, California. She also owns Icing on the Cake in the adjoining space that has delectable delights for humans. Carrie creates her own recipes so she can offer healthy treats for dogs. Jack Loroco, a rep for VimPets (a pet food manufacturer), has been trying to get Carrie to sell one of two of her unique recipes to VimPets. Carrie knows this would provide good promotion for Bakery and Biscuits, but she is reluctant to sell. Jack who is dating Billi Matlock, friend of Carrie’s and city councilwoman, has return to town and invited Carrie and friends to dinner. Jack brings an additional guest to dinner. Wanda Addler works at VimPets with Jack, and she is very ambitious. Wanda has set her sights on Jack’s job, and she will do whatever it takes to achieve her goal. Early one morning Carrie receives a call from Jack. He was out walking his dog when they discovered Wanda stabbed behind his apartment building. Jack and Billi end up prime suspects in Wanda’s murder. Carrie knows that neither of them would harm a person, and she starts exploring other suspects. Once Carrie starts her investigation, she is like a dog with a bone—she does not give up. Bad to the Bone is easy to read, and I like the various dogs in the story. Each person in the story seems to own a dog (I am not exaggerating). Bad to the Bone is the third book in A Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series, but it can be read alone. You would not be lost if you started with Bad to the Bone. I give Bad to the Bone 3 out of 5 stars. The murder mystery is straightforward. I wish, though, that more of the sleuthing had taken place in the book instead of the reader’s being told about it at the reveal. I wanted more mystery in this cozy mystery (instead of food descriptions). You must pay sharp attention to find the clues, but I thought the killer’s identity was obvious. I did love the unique murder weapon. It goes perfectly with the story. I did get tired of people constantly telling Carrie to stay out of the murder investigation (and to be careful if she did not listen). It was repeated over and over. The story focuses more on Carrie’s shops, her work as a vet tech, her love life, friends, and the pets. A significant amount of time is spent on Carrie thinking and her internal questions (book written in the first person with Carrie as narrator). I wish there had been more focus on the mystery than on Carrie’s life. Bad to the Bone is an easy breezy type of story (light and fluffy). I felt it lacked substance and depth. There are two recipes at the end of the book (one for humans and one for dogs). I kept hoping that the series would improve, but, for me, it has not. I will be skipping future books in A Bakery and Biscuits Mystery series.
Bad to the Bone is a wonderful addition to the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series. The crew of regulars both human and furry are back and the victim is truly a horrible person, someone no one will miss. But the cops still have to find the murderer and in Knobcone that means Vet Tech Bakery owner Carrie Kennersly is going to poke her nose in especially when the two prime suspects are friends of hers. I loved the interactions with the fur babies and that Carrie and Vet Reed are moving closer in their relationship. I am going to give the recipes at the end of the book a try. If you enjoy dogs and mysteries enjoy this doggone good tale.