Get Fluffy (Pampered Pets Mystery Series #2)

Get Fluffy (Pampered Pets Mystery Series #2)

by Sparkle Abbey
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Get Fluffy (Pampered Pets Mystery Series #2) by Sparkle Abbey

“A mystery worth barking about.” – Linda O. Johnson, author of THE MORE THE TERRIER, Berkley Prime Crime

Disgraced Texas beauty queen, Melinda (Mel) Langston, owns Laguna Beach’s Bow Wow Boutique. Mona Michaels, Mel’s most despised client, owns a star dog, Fluffy, who's worth millions. When Mona is found whacked in the head with Fluffy’s Daytime Emmy, everyone wants Fluffy. And someone won't stop at murder to get the pooch.

Secrets. Blackmail. Mel tackles the case like a dog with a bone. But can she dig up the truth before the killer buries her?

I stumbled through the doorway into a mini-palace fit for a movie star. Fluffy’s palace. A white sheepskin rug in front of her personal fireplace, a king-sized sleigh bed and a dressing screen (why a dog needed a dressing screen was beyond me). Fresh, filtered water dripped into her Wedgewood doggie bowl.

The room looked like it had been ransacked.

Mona was sprawled on the floor as if posing for a men’s magazine. It was almost picture-perfect, except for the blood matting her five-hundred-dollar haircut and the gold statue stuck in her head.

I hesitantly moved closer. Fluffy nuzzled Mona’s cheek. When she didn’t move, Fluffy pawed her shoulder, still whining.

“I don’t think she’s getting up, girl,” I said softly.

Mona was deader than a stuffed poodle.

Sparkle Abbey is the writing team of Anita Carter and Mary Lee Woods. Visit the authors at sparkleabbey.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611941159
Publisher: BelleBooks Inc.
Publication date: 03/30/2012
Series: Pampered Pets Mystery Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 230,351
File size: 2 MB

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Get Fluffy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CKCrigger More than 1 year ago
In Desperate Housedogs, the first Pampered Pets mystery, we met Caro Lamont, a former psychologist turned pet therapist. She works in the ritzy Laguna Beach area and is in constant competition with her cousin, Melinda Langston, who runs the Bow Wow Pet Boutique where she sells items like custom-made doggie sunglasses, studded with diamonds, no less, for upwards of $35,000. Both Mel and Caro are former Texas beauty queens, both swear their grandmother willed an extremely valuable (and ugly) brooch to her, therefore setting off a cycle of stealing it from one another. This innocent thievery is a common plot line through both Desperate Housedogs and Get Fluffy, and provides amusing insights into each woman. But of course, these are murder mysteries, for all their fluff and fun, and Mel and Caro have the serious parts of amateur sleuth to play in each story. And romances to resolve, as well. Get Fluffy begins with Melinda Langston throwing a glass of wine on Mona Michaels, one of Laguna Beach’s most prominent—and wealthy—residents. Not that Mel is remorseful, except for putting a damper on the Fur Ball, a gala event to raise money for the local animal shelter and animal rescue effort. Embarrassing her cousin Caro, chairperson for the event was unintended. Unfortunately, the anger between Mona and Mel is construed as a motive for murder when, after finding Mona’s movie star Afghan hound, Fluffy, running loose, Mel is kind enough to return the dog and discovers the woman with Fluffy’s Emmy stuck in her head. It soon comes out that several people had an axe to grind with Mona, and an impressive suspect list including her ex, her housekeeper, her best(?) friend, and possibly even the daughter no one knows she had, begins to add up. It makes Mel’s motive look pretty puny, with which even the detective in charge seems to agree. Until the reading of the will reveals Mona has left Fluffy, the millionaire dog, to Mel. Funny, nobody wanted to care for the dog until now, when they found out a great deal of money is at stake. If murder can be a romp, this one is. With a fun list of eccentric characters, all of whom try to out-do the other with designer duds, cars, art, and dogs, if this were a movie I’d say there’s always something to look at. You definitely will keep turning the pages to find out what mayhem happens next. If I have a complaint (actually, I have two), one is the designer name dropping--I got it, already! They’re rich!--and the second concerns the names given to the doggie characters. I mean, really, Fluffy for an elegant Afghan hound? Missy, for a bulldog? I wanted more memorable and compelling names for the animals. Oh, well, the series is fun anyway.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
In the second Pampered Pets Mystery, Melinda Langston, owner of a posh doggie boutique in Laguna Beach, California, for those folks with very pampered pooches and too much money on their hands, finds the dead body of a woman a lot of people disliked. Unfortunately, Mel is on that long list of potential suspects and, to make matters worse, the victim has left custody of Fluffy, her Emmy-winning Afghan Hound, to Mel. Fluffy is worth a fortune in her own right and is accustomed to star treatment, such as chauffered drives around town. Mel has also been accused of having fleas in her shop and, to top things off, she’s embroiled in a grab-it-and-run feud with her cousin, Caro Lamont, over a garish brooch they’re both determined to possess. These two ladies are former beauty pageant queens with Texas society backgrounds and neither can ignore her upbringing even while engaging in breaking and entering with a spot of burglary. Detective Judd Malone is back but the romantic interest here is Mel’s long-suffering fiance, undercover FBI agent, Grey Donovan. Determined to prevent her good friend from being arrested, she sets out to do her own snooping and soon finds herself in a world of trouble. Much like the first book in the series, Get Fluffy is amusing and entertaining but there are problems. The authors’ lack of knowledge about Southerners and Texas continues and there is an irritating overabundance of designer namedropping. In addition, there are a multitude of construction errors in the electronic format with grammar and spelling as well as misplaced and incorrect words but it’s possible that a later edition has been corrected. Despite these shortcomings, I enjoyed this nudge at the Real Housewives of Orange County lifestyle and am looking forward to the third book, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
I did not read Book 1 of this series, but Book 2 was wonderful ,humorous and full of all types of personalities. The story is both witty and fun with a touch of sarcasm and a touch of attitude. I would recommend this series to anyone who loves cozy mysteries and animals. Thanks to Net Galley and Bell Bridge Books for allowing me to read/review this book.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Review Get Fluffy by Sparkle Abbey 4 STARS Get Fluffy is the second bookin the PAMPERED PETS MYSTERIES books. Its funny and takes off right after the first one Desperate Housedogs ends. The setting for these stories is around the rich stars and their very pampered dogs. Melinda is the main character of Get Fluffy and her cousin is main character of Desperate Housedogs. One gag that makes me laugh is the feud the two cousins are having about a jewel fruit basket pin that is worth a lot but ugly. Thier grandmother in her will left it to her favorite grandaughter. So they both think its thiers and are breaking into each others houses or business and stealing it back and than wearing it in public. Melinda gets in a big fight with two different society women at the big fundraising ball that Carol had helped plan in Desperate Housedogs. In fact Melinda through tea on one of them. Next day Melinda's business Bow Wow was busy with everyone wanting to gossip about the fight and buy what other society pets had that they don't have when Mona comes in her business and threatens to sue if Melinda does not apoligize. Mona is a rich mean lady who pampered dog actually is a actor who has won an emmy. Mona and her ex-husband Cliff share the dog so sometimes they just drop dog off at her business. Which Cliff did and Mona won't pick up the phone to come and get her dog. Finally she takes the dog home and finds the house unlocked and in Fluffy room is Mona who was murdered. So Melinda calls cops and her boyfriend who is undercover FBI. Malone is the homicide detective who in Desperate Housedog was always upset with Carol trying to solve the murder. In fact did. He warns Melinda not to be like her cousin and interfer with his case. When her bestfriend is prime suspect Melinda thiniks well Carol figured out and saved her friend so she will too. Both mysteries are funny and keep you guessing about who the murders are till the end can not wait till the next book is out. I was given the ebooks to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 03/31/2012 PUB Bell Bridge Books
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Melinda was feuding with Caro, her cousin over grandma Tillie's brooch. That was a given. It should be hers! After all Grandma Tillie had left it to "her favorite granddaughter" and that was HER! Caro was mistaken in her belief that SHE was the "Favorite" one. Mel was also feuding with Mona, the queen of Laguna Beaches dog loving divas. Caro didn't end up dead, but Mona did! The annual Fur Ball, fundraiser for the animal shelter was the top of the social calendar for the doggie set. Mel as owner of the local upscale doggie boutique "Bow Wow" had to be there as well as all of the local doggie set. Even Gray, her undercover FBI fiancé was there. Tova Randall started the fight over of all things fleas! Then Mona had to insult my mama! Well things went downhill from there and Mel finds herself embroiled in the investigation of Mona's murder and in possession of Mona's spoiled afghan hound Fluffy as well. Blackmail, secrets, oh yeah, this story has them all. Somehow Mel finds herself in the middle of it all. Much to the displeasure of her fiancé Gray, and detective Judd Malone. Follow along and see where it all leads. More funny, suspenseful fun from Sparkle Abby!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
One Good Turn Deserves a Murder As I mentioned when I reviewed the first Pampered Pets Mystery, the idea behind the series really intrigues me. The books in the series flip flop between two cousins who live in Laguna Beach, California. I can’t remember a series quite like this, and I wanted to revisit the series as soon as I could for Mel’s turn in the spotlight in Get Fluffy. The book opens with the gala that Mel’s cousin Caro was busy planning in the first book in the series. While the cousins are not speaking, Mel is there along with anyone who is anyone. Mel is looking forward to a night of supporting a great cause when she is accosted not once but twice. The confrontation with Mona Michaels might have gotten a little out of hand, but Mel is not ready to apologize the next day, which makes it a little awkward when she winds up with Fluffy, Mona’s famous dog. Heading out to Mona’s mansion to return the dog, Mel is shocked to find her lifeless body instead. She has no plans to follow in her cousin’s footsteps by getting involved in the investigation, but can she help it if she happens to talk to people who knew Mona and learns things relevant to the case? Any doubts I had (and I really didn’t have any) that this switch off could work were shed as I read this book. At least so far, the two characters and their circle of friends are separate since the cousins are feuding. Yet there are still references to each other that I love. The voice of the first person narration is just different enough to be a different person but still feels like part of the series. Of course, none of that would matter if there wasn’t a good mystery. There’s nothing to worry about there since there are enough secrets to keep you guessing until the end. I did figure things out a little before Mel did, but only a chapter or two before, so I’m not complaining in the slightest. The characters are strong as well. I didn’t feel like they were as over the top funny as the characters in the first book, but they were certainly still amusing. The subdued tone make them seem more real to me, however, which helped pull me into the book. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of humor. Being the Pampered Pets series, there are plenty of animals in the book, and their antics are quite fun. One of the things that Mel and Caro are feuding over is a brooch that one of them inherited from their grandmother – they just both think it was them. The back and forth on that was a ton of fun as well. While I do hope the two bury the hatchet at some point in future books, for now I am enjoying their antics. (And personally, I have a theory on who their grandmother really left the brooch to, but maybe that’s just because of a running joke in my family.) Since Get Fluffy features a different main character, you could easily jump into the series here, but there are fun nods to the first book for those who are reading them in order. Either way, be sure to check out this delightfully fun series.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Get Fluffy Sparkle Abbey Book Summary: In DESPERATE HOUSEDOGS, pet therapist Caro finds her client (the human one) dead. What did his two German Shepherds witness and how can Caro track down the killer? In GET FLUFFY, Caro's cousin, Melinda, the owner of a fancy pet boutique and spa, feuds with one of the snarkiest divas in town: Mona, whose pampered pup lives the life of a canine princess. When Mona is found dead, Mel is a prime suspect. Can she clear her name or will her career go to the dogs? Book 3: Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. "A mystery worth barking about." - Linda O. Johnson, author of THE MORE THE TERRIER, Berkley Prime Crime Yes, Melinda was feuding with the queen of Laguna Beach dog-loving divas, Mona. But Mel never expected Mona to end up dead. I stumbled through the doorway into a mini-palace fit for a movie star. Fluffy's palace. A white sheepskin rug in front of her personal fireplace, a king-sized sleigh bed and a dressing screen (why a dog needed a dressing screen was beyond me). Fresh, filtered water dripped into her Wedgewood doggie bowl. It was also a disaster. Fluffy's wardrobe was strewn throughout the room, draped precariously on the bed, and hanging out of open drawers. While Mona had an obscene amount of photos, Fluffy had her own slew of trophies and ribbons. All of them haphazardly tossed about. The room looked like it had been ransacked.Fluffy disappeared behind the disheveled bed. Her tail stopped wagging and she whined softly. Mona was sprawled on the floor as if posing for a men's magazine. It was almost picture-perfect, except for the blood matting her five-hundred-dollar haircut and the gold statue stuck in her head. I hesitantly moved closer. Fluffy nuzzled Mona's cheek. When she didn't move, Fluffy pawed her shoulder, still whining. "I don't think she's getting up, girl," I said softly. Mona was deader than a stuffed poodle. Review: When I first started reading this book (these books) I struggled to get into them. Than like a lighting bolt I was into it. I had the same thing happen during the second book. Now I NEED TO READ all of the them!!!! The language is salty at times. They are rather tame in comparison to most mainstream mysteries and the stories are just fantastic!! The Laguna Beach lifestyle is not for me, however it is fun to read about the people. The pampered pet & dog children is a bit over the top and yet it is funny. I love my pets but do not take them everywhere. The characters are rich in personality and the authors show repeatedly not to judge a book by it’s cover when it comes to preconceived ideas about who people are. The background on the characters is the best. I love that now (not when I started mind you) that the stories go from Caro to Mel and back again. That keeps things fresh and fun. Especially Grandma’s broach. All around the mystery is not the only exciting thing in these books. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bell Bridge Books or allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
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Grouplove - Itchin' on a Photograph <p> Have a pretty day, Poodle. v-v