Pick and Chews

Pick and Chews

by Linda O. Johnston

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Pick and Chews by Linda O. Johnston

Carrie Kennersly tries to help her veterinarian boyfriend when he’s under suspicion of murder...Is he a keeper, or should she let him go off-leash for good?


As a technician for a local vet and the owner of the Barkery & Biscuits dog bakery, Carrie Kennersly is excited to host a rescue animal adoption event. She’s also excited to be in a relationship with veterinarian Dr. Reed Storme, despite his pleas for her to butt out of the murder cases she keeps finding herself involved with. Yet when Reed is accused of killing his former veterinary colleague, he seems a lot more agreeable to having amateur detective Carrie butt back in. Can Carrie clear Reed, or does she care too much for a killer?

Includes recipes for dog treats and people treats!


Praise for Linda O. Johnston:
“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


“A whole lot of fun and the animals, who are all about spreading warmth and friendship, come alive on every page.”—Suspense Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738752457
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Series: A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 97,581
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Linda O. Johnston (Los Angeles, CA) has published over fortyromance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery series and the Pet-Sitter Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. She also writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series for Midnight Ink. You can visit Linda atwww.LindaOJohnston.com.

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Pick and Chews 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
DanieleK 5 months ago
PICK AND CHEWS is the fourth book in the Bakery and Biscuits Mystery series but the first that I have read. Having enjoyed other works by Johnston and loving the dog-centric theme of the series, I had high expectations. However, I came away from PICK AND CHEWS disappointed. Carrie, vet tech and bakery owner, puts her investigative skills to the test when her boyfriend/coworker Dr. Reed Storme becomes the prime suspect in a former colleague’s murder. The death does not occur until about a third way through the book. I kept waiting for someone to die, and this made the story drag. Even after the murder, the pace suffers, partly because the writing is a bit clunky. Carrie and Reed have no chemistry or romantic vibe going on, and I kept wondering why she stayed with him even though she was never quite sure that he wasn’t guilty. I understand that she wants him to be innocent, but…. There are several suspects to keep the story plugging along, but the killer’s identity seemed to come out of nowhere. The best part of the book is the fictional setting in the Southern California Mountains. Knobcone Height seems like a great place to visit, especially with dog in tow. My favorite character is Carrie’s dog Biscuit. I received an ARC of this title through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
LisaKsBooksReviews 7 months ago
I’ve read two other books in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, and I really enjoyed them. Great characters, fun locations, and pets. A perfect trio for me in cozy mysteries. PICK AND CHEWS has a well thought out plot. The murder comes later in the book which gives readers a chance to learn more about their surroundings and characters instead of jumping right into the murder. Author Linda O. Johnston puts her all into each and every book she writes. PICK AND CHEWS, like her stories before, leads readers on a whodunit that in the end, I didn’t guess. The is one negative about the book that stands out. . . Ms.. Johnston’s writing style does not shine through in this tale. It feels a bit subdued, and it reads as though written for much younger readers. At times reminiscent my childhood Nancy Drew books. I hope the author gets back up to her full writing strength for the next book in the series. If you enjoyed the first three books in this series, please do give PICK AND CHEWS a read. There really are nice elements to the story that you shouldn’t miss. Having enjoyed two books in this series, I gladly accepted an advanced readers copy (ARC) from the publisher for PICK AND CHEWS.
Deana0326 9 months ago
I am so excited to read another book in this series. The author writes a great story with interesting characters. I love that animals are in the series because they just make the story fun. I have thought it would be fun to work at a Vet clinic. You get to see all different breeds of dogs, cats and other animals. I would want to take them all home but I think the owners may get a bit upset if I did. Carrie is such a great character with a big heart for her patients and her care for them is wonderful. Reed seems nice but I don't think he cares for Carrie getting involved with murder cases.I think it is great that she has a keen eye for detail. Perhaps her investigative skills will come in handy when her boyfriend Reed is accused of murder.I knew from the first few pages who was going to be killed, but I still liked how the character was introduced. Raela is just a nasty person who has a grudge against Reed for some reason. Her presence at the clinic would make dogs howl with displeasure. I almost thought of her as the mean person from 101 Dalmatians. Well at least I pictured her like that because she is just an angry, snotty unhappy person. What is the real reason Raela is in town? Why does she keep showing up at every place Carrie goes to? One of the things I love about this series is the emphasis on animal adoption. It is so nice to see awareness about a problem that so many animals face. The author always does such a great job of putting pet adoptions in the stories and it makes me smile every time I read it. As you can tell, I love animals especially dogs. I love how the animals play a big role in the series and how easy it is to fall in love with them. On the day of the adoption I was very mad at what I read. Why would some vicious out of town person say negative things about the vets that see the animals before being adopted? The poor animals are trying to find new homes and it is being ruined. I would have walked over to the person and kindly shoved her out the door.I loved how the author allowed Raela to become nastier with her unfounded claims of shady work being done a the clinic Carrie works for. Some people may believe her and that could be the end of the well known veterinarian clinic. I remember from the last book how Reed didn't like Carrie getting involved with murder investigations. Funny how he changes his mind when he finds himself as a murder suspect. The book is quite intriguing and has twists that I found surprising.Who killed Raela and why? All these questions will be answered when you read this well written story. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 9 months ago
I am so excited to read another book in this series. The author writes a great story with interesting characters. I love that animals are in the series because they just make the story fun. I have thought it would be fun to work at a Vet clinic. You get to see all different breeds of dogs, cats and other animals. I would want to take them all home but I think the owners may get a bit upset if I did. Carrie is such a great character with a big heart for her patients and her care for them is wonderful. Reed seems nice but I don't think he cares for Carrie getting involved with murder cases.I think it is great that she has a keen eye for detail. Perhaps her investigative skills will come in handy when her boyfriend Reed is accused of murder.I knew from the first few pages who was going to be killed, but I still liked how the character was introduced. Raela is just a nasty person who has a grudge against Reed for some reason. Her presence at the clinic would make dogs howl with displeasure. I almost thought of her as the mean person from 101 Dalmatians. Well at least I pictured her like that because she is just an angry, snotty unhappy person. What is the real reason Raela is in town? Why does she keep showing up at every place Carrie goes to? One of the things I love about this series is the emphasis on animal adoption. It is so nice to see awareness about a problem that so many animals face. The author always does such a great job of putting pet adoptions in the stories and it makes me smile every time I read it. As you can tell, I love animals especially dogs. I love how the animals play a big role in the series and how easy it is to fall in love with them. On the day of the adoption I was very mad at what I read. Why would some vicious out of town person say negative things about the vets that see the animals before being adopted? The poor animals are trying to find new homes and it is being ruined. I would have walked over to the person and kindly shoved her out the door.I loved how the author allowed Raela to become nastier with her unfounded claims of shady work being done a the clinic Carrie works for. Some people may believe her and that could be the end of the well known veterinarian clinic. I remember from the last book how Reed didn't like Carrie getting involved with murder investigations. Funny how he changes his mind when he finds himself as a murder suspect. The book is quite intriguing and has twists that I found surprising.Who killed Raela and why? All these questions will be answered when you read this well written story. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 9 months ago
I am so excited to read another book in this series. The author writes a great story with interesting characters. I love that animals are in the series because they just make the story fun. I have thought it would be fun to work at a Vet clinic. You get to see all different breeds of dogs, cats and other animals. I would want to take them all home but I think the owners may get a bit upset if I did. Carrie is such a great character with a big heart for her patients and her care for them is wonderful. Reed seems nice but I don't think he cares for Carrie getting involved with murder cases.I think it is great that she has a keen eye for detail. Perhaps her investigative skills will come in handy when her boyfriend Reed is accused of murder.I knew from the first few pages who was going to be killed, but I still liked how the character was introduced. Raela is just a nasty person who has a grudge against Reed for some reason. Her presence at the clinic would make dogs howl with displeasure. I almost thought of her as the mean person from 101 Dalmatians. Well at least I pictured her like that because she is just an angry, snotty unhappy person. What is the real reason Raela is in town? Why does she keep showing up at every place Carrie goes to? One of the things I love about this series is the emphasis on animal adoption. It is so nice to see awareness about a problem that so many animals face. The author always does such a great job of putting pet adoptions in the stories and it makes me smile every time I read it. As you can tell, I love animals especially dogs. I love how the animals play a big role in the series and how easy it is to fall in love with them. On the day of the adoption I was very mad at what I read. Why would some vicious out of town person say negative things about the vets that see the animals before being adopted? The poor animals are trying to find new homes and it is being ruined. I would have walked over to the person and kindly shoved her out the door.I loved how the author allowed Raela to become nastier with her unfounded claims of shady work being done a the clinic Carrie works for. Some people may believe her and that could be the end of the well known veterinarian clinic. I remember from the last book how Reed didn't like Carrie getting involved with murder investigations. Funny how he changes his mind when he finds himself as a murder suspect. The book is quite intriguing and has twists that I found surprising.Who killed Raela and why? All these questions will be answered when you read this well written story. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour. The review is my own opinion.
wvteddy 10 months ago
This was my first book in this series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rescue dogs, recipes, and murder. What's not to love? Carrie is a part-time vet tech and owner of bakeries for people and dogs. She works with her friend to help get rescued dogs adopted. And she helps solve murders in her spare time. In this case her boyfriend Dr Reed Storme is a suspect and she is desperate to prove him innocent. There are several suspects and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing a little and interesting enough to make you keep reading to see whodunit. I enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more. I wish to thank Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for this review.
yomicat 11 months ago
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to review this book. I am a huge fan of cozy mysteries especially ones that revolve around pets. Picks and Chews, however, was a chore to read. I had great difficulty completing. this book. Each time I put it down I had to review what I previously read. I really had no interest in discovering who the murderer was, I just wanted it to end. The most interesting character was Biscuit, I found Carrie to be rude when questioning the suspects after all she is a Vet Tech/ bakery owner and not the police. Not one of the best Cozies that I have read.
brf1948 11 months ago
Pick and Chews is a sweet novel, a nice change of pace and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The protagonists are well rounded and likable, the bad guys are camouflaged until late in the tale, and the dogs are all adorable. I loved the interplay between Carrie Kennersly and the police as she tries to solve yet another murder to clear her friends - boyfriend Dr. Reed Storme and boss Dr. Arvus Kline - who are currently the prime suspects in the murder of fellow veterinarian Dr. Raela Fellner. Ms. Johnston has several series out - a total of 45 books - so I will be able to indulge myself next time I need soothing entertainment. She can keep my busy for a lo-o-o-ong time... I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Linda O. Johnston, and Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.
VWilliams 11 months ago
First, let me thank the publisher and NetGalley for granting me an ARC of this book. I was thrilled to receive the download and, of course, it features dogs. How could you go wrong? Well, ***spoiler*** alert, something went very wrong. Looking at the cover, absolutely too cute. And the blurb? Well, okay, it sounded interesting. Carrie is a woman who owns two howlingly successful businesses and is a part-time vet tech. The Barkery and Biscuit is definitely a unique name for a bakery catering to healthy food and treats for animals. Also appreciated that she wrote about holding rescue animal adoption events. Super. So what set up the hackles? Yes, it's an ARC, there will be edit errors and there were. It's an ARC, but that's not what I'm talking about. The writing style in this book is more than banal. It's annoying. I didn't like the characters, particularly the protagonist or MC. Carrie is awful. Her dialogue borders on insipid and the plot awkward. She is supposed to be in a relationship with Reed, the first person of interest, and she has to fight with herself through most of the book to think he may be innocent. No love loss, none forthcoming. Reed may have had a personal relationship with the newly dispatched victim. Dr. Raela Fellner was painted so viperously you knew she was going to get offed. Fellner shows up to interview for a position at the vet clinic and sets off a tirade from Reed. Reed is a vet at the clinic in which Carrie works part-time. Carrie acts like she runs the joint, and it's just as well as the owner/manager Dr. Arvus Kline isn't exactly an alpha. There are other support characters, some fleshed more than others, but no one is really engaging or sympathetic. The barkery and bakery shop assistants, her sales staff are always covering for her, thank heaven. There are constant reminders of how many murders she has solved, ad nauseum. Even for a cozy, this had a slow, grinding beginning and a head-scratching conclusion. Not even Biscuit, her darling little dog, can save this one. No, I don't need any recipes, nor can I really recommend this book.
CozyOnUp 11 months ago
When you’re somewhat of a successful sleuth, what happens when your boyfriend is one of the top suspects in the most recent murder? That’s what Carrie Kennersly finds out when her boyfriend is accused of murdering a former colleague who has come to town. Lots of suspects, lots of speculation, but little that drew me in and captured my attention. I found the story dragging on and the writing style clunky. While others complain of grammatical errors, ARCs clearly state that the book is not edited or in it’s final form. So that does not play a part in my review. While it’s not my style, you may enjoy the book if you’re looking for a cozy series that is G rated.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 11 months ago
Carrie is back and this time it is her boyfriend that’s in the hot seat. Yep, this time it is Reed who is under suspicion for murder and now he is okay with Carrie playing amateur sleuth. This fun story will keep you guessing and re-guessing up until the very end. Join Carrie and Biscuit and the gang as they try to say Dr. Reed and thus save Reed and Carrie’s relationship