Maltipoos are Murder

Maltipoos are Murder

by Jacqui Lane
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Overview

Maltipoos are Murder by Jacqui Lane

Can a murder investigation keep these opposites from attracting?

Cara Rogers wants a fresh start after a slew of bad luck in Washington DC. Moving to Virginia
to help her aunt run La Maison de Chien, a doggie spa, is just the peace of mind she needs. No
stress. Just her aunt, the dogs, and wide-open country.

But when she finds Aunt Marian floating in the doggie swimming pool, the rest she so
desperately needs flies out the window. The only witness to the death is Rex, an apricot
maltipoo, and while he may not be able to talk, he's communicating the only way he knows
how—one paw at a time. And Rex's clues lead to murder.

Can Cara keep the doggie spa afloat, convince Middleburg homicide detective Cole Sampson
that Aunt Marian's death was no accident, and keep Rex from the killer's clutches before they all
end up as dead as dogs?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622665327
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Series: Doggie Day Spa Mystery
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 980,033
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jacqui Lane is the nom de plume for writing partners Lane Stone and Jacqueline
Corocoran.

Stone is a native Atlantan and the author of the Tiara Investigations Mysteries, which
feature a standard schnauzer named Abby. She and her husband, former Assistant Secretary
of Defense Larry Korb, live in Sugar Hill, GA and Alexandria, VA with the real Abby. Her
volunteer work includes conducting home visits for A Forever Home, a dog rescue organization.
She's a member of both the Chessie and Atlanta chapters of Sisters in Crime.

Corcoran is a professor of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University and lives
in the Washington, D.C. area with her family. She is the author of numerous self-help books, the
middle grade fantasy, Time Witch, and the Snarky Mom mysteries.

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Maltipoos are Murder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me from page one. In the first few pages we are introduced to our amateur sleuth, veterinarian Cara Rogers, and we are given a glimpse of the turmoil her life has taken at only twenty-seven years old. From being cheated by her accountant to losing her veterinary license, to being broke, and to breaking up with her boyfriend of two years. That’s more than any one person should live through in a lifetime and this all happens to Cara in her twenties. Your heart breaks for her right from the start. She appears to be a genuinely nice person. Things only get worse when she arrives at her Great Aunt Marian’s doggie spa to find her beloved aunt dead in the swimming pool. We then take a wild ride with Cara as she tries to convince the police that this was no accident or illness, but a gruesome murder. Cara can’t help but find the lead detective to be very attractive, but Cole Sampson has one major fault. He suspects her of killing her own aunt. Along with her mother, Cara tries to uncover what’s really going on at the doggie spa and what really happened to Aunt Marian. They are desperate to prove Cara’s innocence. This is a fast-paced, easy-to-follow mystery and romance. The author does a good job of giving us just the right amount of mystery and romance blended into one story. I even enjoyed the setting of Middleburg, Virginia. While the mystery is nicely wrapped up – I didn’t see the ending coming at all – there is a hint that there will be another book as the romance between Cara and Cole is just beginning. As a lover of animals, I’m always looking for new animal-related cozy mysteries and this has the makings of being a hit with readers. FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I liked the characters and want to see more of them in the future. The plot was a good suspense was not sure who the killer was till the reveal. Fast paced cozy mystery. Easy to follow and makes you want to take your dogs to a doggie spa. Has some nice humor. Their is even some dog recipes in the back of the book. I really like Cara Rogers. She is a strong female character. She takes her responsibilities serious. She has had some bad luck and come to help her great Aunt run her doggie spa til she gets back on her feet. Detective Cole Sampson is good looking and has his own troubled past. He is serious about his job. He likes Cara and can't see her as the murder. Cara first day on her new job she finds her great aunt dead in the swimming pool. She does not believe it was an accident. She wants to find out who has a motive to kill her. She finds a few with motives for wanting her Aunt dead. The only problem I had with plot was I think someone who ran a business for a dog spa and was involved with a dog rescue would have had a dog of their own. Cara Rogers to save money is living with her mother. Her mother has her own boyfriend. Cara has just lost her business that she loved and broke up with her lawyer boyfriend. She is very attracted to Detective Cole Sampson. The setting for the book is Middleburg, VA a small community about 45 minutes away from D.C. area. I would love to read more of this series. I was given this ebook to read for the purpose of giving a honest review and being part of its blog tour.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This was a fun read with a good mystery and some nice tension between the two main characters. The setting of the Doggie Day Spa was cute and I loved all the details about it. I liked the attraction between Cara and Cole, and loved to watch the two of them deny and try to resist the pull towards one another. Although they are attracted to one another, they are both dealing with issues from their past as well as the whole conflict of interest issue with Cole being the detective assigned to investigate the murder of Cara’s aunt. And of course the more time they spend together, the harder it is to deny the attraction… “Cole followed Dr. Rogers into the doggie spa and briefly wondered if he should act gruff and official, or return the surreptitious glances they attracted from the staff with a wink. He had to admit, he was harboring certain fantasies about what she was about to show him. A man could always dream.” The mystery part of the story was good and had me guessing right up until the end. I did find it a bit of a stretch a couple of times where Cole would include Cara in his investigation or tell her things about it that he probably shouldn’t have, but, since this is fiction, it was pretty easy to just go with it and enjoy the dialogue that would ensue between the two when this happened. This was a fairly quick read which didn’t allow for a lot of character development, and I would have liked a bit more to the ending. But since I think this is going to be the first in a series of cozy mysteries, I’m hoping to find out more in future books about what happens next for Cara and Cole, as well as meet more of the residents – both two- and four-legged - of Middleburg. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. 
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Jacqui Lane has written a wonderful cozy mystery. I was pulled in from the first page. This story has it all - romance, humor, cute animals, and murder. Cara Rogers needs to reclaim her life. She came to Middleburg to work for her Aunt Marian after she lost her veterinary license and her money. When she finds her aunt's body, her life changes yet again. Detective Cole Sampson arrives to investigate and sparks fly. She is attracted as is he but murder stands between them. Since she is a suspect, Cara begins to investigate. Will she be successful in her quest for justice? The characters are charming, humorous and feisty. Watching Cara and Cole dance around their attraction is so romantic. The other characters added to the suspense. They provided potential motives that kept me guessing to the very end. I loved Cara's mother, Emma. What a woman! The small town atmosphere and the doggie spa, La Maison de Chien, provided the perfect background for this mystery. The story was fast-paced and enjoyable. A perfect summertime treat. I loved it!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Cara Rogers arrived for her first day on the job at her Aunt Marion's doggie day spa. She was expecting introductions and training, never in her wildest dream would she think she would have walked in to se her Aunt murdered. She was shocked by her Aunt's death and even more surprised at her instant attraction to the hot police detective Cole. He seems to notice her right away too. The pair could not deny the instant attraction, but Cara may was also a possible suspect. This was a really cute cozy mystery. The details of the doggie day care made it easy to picture the rooms these pampered pets stay in. I especially loved the recipes in the back of the book. They are treats for dogs that are mentioned in the book. The book kept me guessing the entire read. I was happy with the way the book ended, but the author did leave room for a book or two more. I do hope we hear more from these characters. Rating 4 Heat Rating Sweet Reviewed By Rae Courtesy Of My Book Addiction And More
ShellsBellsMH More than 1 year ago
Cute & Quick Cozy Mystery Maltipoos Are Murder is a quick and enjoyable cozy mystery that had me guessing whodunnit until the very end of the story. Veterinarian Cara Rogers is determined to leave her career issues and personal problems behind in D.C. while she learns how to take over her great aunt's business, La Maison de Chien. She figures it's still working with her favorite four-legged creatures, so managing a doggie day spa can't be all that bad. Her first day on the job, however, proves that life in a small town can still be filled with pain and darkness, when she finds her Aunt Marion has passed away at work. Cara begins to think the worst when things don't add up, so she sets off on a quest to find out what happened to her beloved great aunt with the help of handsome local detective Cole Sampson, and Rex the Maltipoo, the only witness to the crime. 'The electric shock--or maybe magnetic pull...one of those undeniable natural forces anyway--felt like it was literally pulling them together.' Middleburg, Virginia, detective Cole Sampson isn't sure what to make of beautiful Cara Rogers when he begins to investigate the death of a local businesswoman. He's attracted to the newcomer, even though he's sworn off relationships after his longtime girlfriend shattered his heart. Cole doesn't believe foul play is involved in Marion's death at first until he and Cara find evidence to the contrary. His investigation continues to have more twists and turns, all the while unable to shake the feeling that he and Cara have something special between them. Who would have thought a homicide in a frou-frou doggie day spa could introduce him to the woman who takes his breath away? I love reading cute cozy mysteries with animals playing a prominent role, and Maltipoos Are Murder fits that bill perfectly. Author Jacqui Lane did a great job keeping the story concise but still giving us an interesting plot and two main characters with tons of chemistry. I like the thought that out of darkness, Aunt Marion's passing, something positive happens, Cara and Cole meet and fall in love. Their romance definitely had some bumps along the way, however, things ultimately work out for all involved. The murder/mystery portion of the storyline really kept my attention, this being one of those books that I can honestly say I wasn't sure until the end who the culprit was, which was quite nice. Overall, Maltipoos Are Murder is a nice addition to any cozy mystery fan's collection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
Loved This Romantic Mystery. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. This book was told in the first person. This is a perfect cuddle read. So if you have a dog, or cat, find your best reading area and cuddle up with your baby. Maybe you’ve lost your baby, like I have, so a stuffed animal may make a nice substitute. But this book is not just for pet lovers – even though dogs are the animal of choice here. The tone of the story would have changed otherwise. I never realized how exciting a pet spa could be – I’m in the wrong profession. I was disappointed once the ending appeared. I wasn’t ready for this story to be over but I did love the ending. It was more of a HFN than an HEA. So you can certainly use your imagination to come up with your own ending. Me, I’m hoping that there is going to be a book two in the Doggie Day Spa Mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed Jacqui’s tale and so will you. And if you want to know more of who Jacqui is, make sure to read “About the Author” at the very end.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
Cara's a vet who had to close her practice in the city after her accountant embezzled her money and her employees retirement funds. Her great aunt offers her a job at her doggie day spa in the country. On Cara's first day on the job she finds her aunts dead body floating in the pool...Cara thinks its more than 'old age' causing an accident..the police aren't sure. Sexy detective Cole is attracted to her but he's been burned before by a woman who found 'country' life not enough. Cara is used to fixing everything so of course she meddles in the investigation. Cara and Cole circle around each other , both attracted, both shy, both afraid to trust again. The description of the spa is adorable and the characters are very likable...good story, easy read. I would like to read more about Cara and Cole.
Claudia_love_books More than 1 year ago
3,5 stars for a cozy mystery Cara Rogers movest to Middleberg, Virginia to get past a ruined career and bad relationships. Her Aunt Marion had offered her the job of manager of La Maison de Chien, the doggie spa she owns Cara accepted because she needs to regroup and find a way to build her career again. Unfortunately when she arrives for her first day at the spa she finds her boss, aka as Aunt Marion, dead floating face down in the doggie pool. Of to the side shaking in the shadows she finds the only witness, Rex, a lovable and sweet maltipoo puppy. When the local Detective is first not as convinced as she is that this was a murder, Cara decides it is up to her to find the real killer. This was a nice, fast-paced and cozy mystery. Cara is a determined woman who wants to do what is right. Cole is a detective and tries to be professional but can't stop to want a bit more from this beautiful suspect/witness. the story-line was nice and fast-paced but was a bit too quick in the timeline. everytime there was a reference to the short amount of time they actually knew each other and they worked on the case I was a bit surprised I would also have liked to get a bit more of an ending. this was nice but I missed an epilogue or at least one small chapter after the solving of the case. all in all, a short and light read for a rainy afternoon Disclaimer: A copy was provided to me by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
This is a murder/mystery book in which the main character Cara moves back to her mother and aunts home town to regroup and take over management of her aunts doggie daycare/spa. She had lost her veterinarians license due to a bogus accountant. Then she finds her aunt dead. It appeared to be an accident but Cara just didn't believe it. Enter in hunky detective Cole Sampson. Cara and Cole tried to determine if Aunt Marians death was just untimely or indeed who could want her dead? Then it appears that they want Cara out of the way to!
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read. Cara and Cole story is sometimes you have to follow your gut instinct along with your heart.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Maltipoos Are Murder -Doggie Day Spa Mystery Book 1 Author: Jacqui Lane Publisher: Entangled Publishing Published: 5-27-2014 ISBN: 13:9781622665327 E-Book: B00K48GVGK Pages: 146 Genre: Cozy Mystery Tags: Women Sleuths, Animals, Romance Sensual Level: Very Mild Overall Rating: Great Reviewed For: NetGalley, Reviewer: DelAnne Violence : 1 Sex: 0 Profanity: 0 Drugs and Alcohol: 0 Moving to Middleberg, Virginia from the fast paced and bad relationships left behind in Washington DC was meant to give Cara Rogers a new start. Her Aunt Marion had offered her the job of manager of La Maison de Chien, the doggie spa she owns Cara accepted. She had lost more than everything in Washington and needs time to regroup. Unfortunately when she arrives for her first day at the spa she finds her boss, aka as Aunt Marion, dead floating face down in the doggie pool. Of to the side shaking in the shadows she finds the only witness, Rex, a lovable and sweet maltipoo puppy. When the local constabulary turns their eyes to her as a suspect, Cara decides it is up to her to find the real killer. Cara Rogers, is a woman of integrity and honor who loves being a vet and the animals she cares for. She trust too easily, but is not shy on work ethics and is loyal to a fault. Detective Cole Sampson is also a person of integrity and honor. No matter how much he may find Cara attractive she is still a suspect and he is not about to let her get away with murder. My favorite character is Rex, so sweet you just want to cuddle him close and take him home with you. This is a fast pace story seasoned with humor and suspense. You too will fall in love with Jacqui Lane's new series. I avidly await the next in this delightful series. A cozy mystery filled with animals and dialog that will having you laughing out loud as you read. A plot that intrigues and hold's your interest until the final reveal. What more could you ask for?