Downton Tabby

Downton Tabby

by Sparkle Abbey


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Anyone for tea and crumpets . . . and murder?

Caro Lamont, amateur sleuth and well-respected animal therapist to Laguna Beach's pampered pets, works with office mate and tech wizard, Graham Cash, whose beloved Scottish Fold tabby cat, Toria, is purported to have anger management issues. But when Caro drops by the charming Brit's Tudor-inspired mansion to return Toria, she finds his business partner dead and Cash missing.

Caro is left with the cuddly cat and a lot of unanswered questions. Is Cash the killer, or has he been kidnapped? What's up with the angry next door neighbor? And what about Cash's girlfriend, Heidi, who isn't sharing everything she knows with homicide detective Judd Malone?

Suddenly there are more secrets and intrigues than there are titles in England. Add in a stranger in a dark SUV stalking Caro, feisty senior sidekick, Betty, hiding in restaurant shrubbery, and wannabe investigative reporter Callum MacAvoy who seems to be constantly underfoot, and you've got a cat and mouse mystery of the first order.

Caro's got to solve this murder before the killer lets the cat out of the bag.

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets-Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and, depending on the time of day, with either an iced tea or a margarita. Visit them at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611946246
Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication date: 06/06/2015
Series: Pampered Pets Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 775,849
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Downton Tabby 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great series, one of my favorite. This is the seventh book in the Pampered Pets Mystery series by Sparkle Abbey. Caro is an animal therapist to Laguna Beach’s pampered pets. Caro has been working with Toria whose owner Cash is a tech wizard and also happens to have an office in Caro’s building. When she goes to take Toria home she finds Cash’s business partner dead in the pool and Cash is missing. When things keep happening around Caro, she is let with no choice but to put her sleuthing skills to the test. She is determined to find the killer before they strike again. If you are looking for a great mystery that will leave you guessing to the end then you need to read this book. I can’t wait until the next book comes out.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Pet therapist Caro Lamont is spending this morning in her office working on some paperwork, which is why, when Graham Cash asks her to watch his tabby cat, Toria, for a little while, she readily agrees. Cash and his business partner, Jake, have rented an office for their very successful app making business in the building that Caro uses, and Caro has enjoyed getting to know them both. When Cash doesn’t return in the agreed upon time, Caro begins to get worried. After all, she has afternoon appointments. She decides to take Toria to the house that the business partners share. However, when she arrives, she finds no sign of Cash and Jake’s dead body floating in their pool. What happened to Jake? Is Cash okay? Or is he the killer? There is plenty happened here, including a visit by Caro’s ex-husband, so the pages fly by. Unfortunately, all the events mean that the mystery could have been a bit stronger. Still, it had some fun twists and surprises before reaching the logical conclusion. The real star here are the characters, both two and four legged. The pets will charm you, and the humans will entertain you. Some are more realistic and help draw you into the story. Others are so over the top that you are certain to laugh. Yet they are perfectly balanced and feel natural interacting with each other. This series is always a light, fun treat, and this entry is no exception.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I was ready to enjoy this book just because of the title. I'm a sucker for word play. It's a good mystery with lots of questions and misguiding "answers". Are there secret agents involved? What's with the secret room? Who can be trusted? And a Scottish fold cat. Something for everyone.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This is book seven in the series but the first one I have read. The story was very easy to follow, it works great as a stand alone. Caro Lamont is an animal therapist who lives in Laguna Beach. When billionaire internet tycoon, Cash, asks her to watch his tabby cat for him, she readily agrees. But when she goes to his house to return the cat, she finds his business partner floating in a pool, an electrical cord wrapped around his neck. Caro is doing her best to take care of the cat Toria, keep her own pets happy as well as working with her other clients. It doesn't help that her ex is back in town and his motives are downright nasty. Add in a senior style Nancy Drew with sinister plans of her own and you have the makings of a well written series. The characters are well thought out and the plot kept me guessing. I will definitely suggest this book to other readers.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Caro Lamont, transplanted Texan and pet therapist is back in action. Graham Cash, Jake, and Caro share office space in the same building. After Cash ask Caro to watch his cat while he runs home on an errand and never returns, Caro finds Jake dead in Cash’s pool and she thinks Cash has been kidnapped. From there the action, mystery and suspense is on a roll in this cozy mystery. Caro just can’t help herself; she gets involved in the investigation much to the dismay of Detective Malone. There is a lot going on in this book. Cash and Jake are techies that own a technology company which developed the Woofwalker app for healthy dogs, one is dead the other has disappeared, Caro is trying unsuccessfully to dodge her ex-husband and a noisy reporter, she is being followed by a black SUV, she is still fighting with her cousin over Grannies broach, and Sam her new interest is being lovable and calm during all the action. Ms. Abbey created this story with all the needed ingredients for a good cozy mystery including touches of humor; she then brought all the pieces together to form a cohesive wonderful story that I enjoyed. She paced the story well as it never lagged; it kept my interest throughout the story. I found the book an easy read that was delightful. I loved the information on the Scottish Fold Cats as well as all the information on several breeds of dogs and the recipes at the end of the book were a bonus. I recommend this book to anyone that likes cozy mysteries. It is well written and entertaining. I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
As delightful as all the others; I have been a fan from the first book and was thrilled win I won a copy of Downton Tabby on the blog, Dru's Musings.  As much as I like Melinda, I think Caro is my favorite of the cousins.  Sparkle Abbey manages to keep humor flowing while allowing the Caro to act responsibly and intelligently.  That balancing act makes this series stand out as much as the pets, a big draw for me. When Caro finds the body of one of the people who share her office building and another disappears, she is pulled into the middle of the investigation whether she wants to be or not.  She cares about the people involved so as information comes her way, she of course shares it with the yummy Det. Malone who both appreciates it and wants her to stay out of things.   Some people are just trouble magnets and both of the cousins fall into that category. Although Melinda does not have an active part in this novel, her wild employee Betty turns to Caro for help with the St. Bernard she has adopted and, in her usual way, is a little bit of everywhere that she doesn't belong.
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TessT More than 1 year ago
The Pampered Pets Mysteries are written by Sparkle Abbey, aka friends Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. Fittingly Sparkle is really Mary Lee's cat and Abbey is Anita's dog. Downton Abbey is the 7th in the series. I have missed a couple of books, but as I was reminded how much fun they are, I will be going back to catch up. Carolina, a pet therapist finds herself mixed up in murder again. Joined in this investigation by her boy friend, Sam, Betty Foxx, who works for Caro's cousin Melinda at her high end pet shop, and although he hinders more than helps ex husband Geoffrey is around. Caro can't seem to get anything done, sometimes the more help you have, the less you get done. Once again, we were entertained by Caro's cats, Thelma and Louise, her dog, Dogbert and clients, Cork, Toria and Rosie. I am always ready for a visit to Laguna Beach and I'm ready right now.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Pet therapist, Carolina “Caro” Lamont, is back and better than ever in this seventh installment of the Pampered Pets Mystery series. Author(s) Sparkle Abbey have penned another wonderful story. The author’s sense of humor shines through as well as their fantastic way with crafting an entertaining mystery.  Fast moving, but not so much as to be confusing, DOWNTON TABBY was as tight as a newly would ball of yarn and just as fun to unravel. With each turn of the page the questions kept coming, making this mystery even more intriguing, right until the surprising reveal.  This was such an addicting read, I couldn’t stop reading it! Now I know how cats must feel about catnip! Cat lovers and mystery fans will be in their glory with this excellent read. DOWNTON TABBY will leave you purring in delight. And make sure to check out the two great cat treat recipes at the back of the book!
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Downton Tabby by Sparkle Abbey. It is the seventh book in the Pampered Pet series, but Downton Tabby can easily be read without having read the previous book in the series. Caroline “Caro” Lamont is a pet therapist for dogs and cats. Caro always likes to poke her nose in investigations despite being told repeatedly by Detective Judd Malone to keep out of his investigations. Caro states she is just passing along information she hears and receives from people who are not comfortable talking to police! Graham Cash (goes by Cash) and his partner, Jake Wylie shares an office with Caro (along with a psychic). They run a business called 2Gyz and developed an app called WoofWalker. Cash asks Caro to watch his cat, Toria for him. He was only supposed to be gone 20 to 30 minutes. When he does not show up, Caro tries to reach him without success. Caro heads over to their house to drop off the cat with Jake. The door is unlocked. Caro finds Jake face down in the pool. Cash’ car is out front, but he is not answering his phone. Caro sets out to find out who killed Jake and what happened to Cash. Caro also has to meet with her clients and help their pets, deal with her annoying ex-husband, and Betty Foxx, an elderly woman who wears pj’s and pearls (everywhere) along with some strange red eyebrows. Betty keeps inserting herself into Caro’s investigation (and Detective Malone’s). There is also a pesky reporter. Caro has someone following her which has her scared. She gets to seek comfort in the arms of her hunky Greek boyfriend, Sam Gallanos. I found Downton Tabby an adorable cozy mystery. It was a very fun book to read. I give Downton Tabby 4 out of 5 stars. The murderer is very obvious. I loved the descriptions of the dogs and cats along with their troubles. My favorite was Betty’s new dog, Raider. He is a St. Bernard with a lot of energy! I have a dog, Doozy, who is half English Pointer and half St. Bernard. It is very hard to walk a dog that big! I received a complimentary copy of Downton Tabby from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.