Monday, January 6, 2014
Teacup Turbulence by Linda O. Johnston
Teacup Turbulence (A Pet Rescue Mystery)
5th in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (January 7, 2014)
Los Angeles animal shelter manager Lauren Vancouver has a soft spot for animals in need—and a keen eye for crime. . .
Thanks to a savvy ad campaign featuring teacup pups sporting HotPets Bling—a new line of faux jewelry dog collars—small dog adoptions have skyrocketed across the city. So when Lauren discovers a shelter in the Midwest with more toy dogs than it can handle, she arranges a private plane to swoop in and fly the pups back to LA.
But Lauren didn’t count on rescue worker Teresa Kantrim coming along for the ride. Teresa has cared for the dogs since they were found and doesn’t trust anyone from La-La Land to take over the job. Her biting comments clearly haven’t earned Teresa any new friends, but when she turns up murdered, it’s time for Lauren to dig into Teresa’s past and find out who wanted her put down.
My Review: Teacup Turbulence
This is the 5th book in series but first one I have read. I had no problem with picking up the story. I think it can stand alone easy enough. I would like to read the other books in the series though.
The dogs sounded delightful. I would like to have gone to the parties and played with the dogs. I could not pass to get one of the dogs though.
The rest of the characters are just as believable and real to me. I like Lauren that she cares so much about saving dogs and giving them good homes. She manages HotRescues and gets involved in murder cases.
The plot Lauren hears about a rescue in the south of lots of teacup dogs that were being mistreated in a puppy mill. In California there is a high demand for teacup dogs thanks to ad campaign for HotPets Bling. So Lauren calls and sees if she can bring some of the dogs to her rescue and find them good homes.
With the dogs comes Teresa to make sure the dogs are treated alright. She is unhappy and makes everyone else unhappy around her. She is murdered at Lauren's party. So Lauren decides to help find the real killer.
The setting for the books is mostly in L.A. San Fernando Valley.
It does make you want to get a dog but I already have two. It is full of dogs and trying to take care of them.
The suspense of who and why Teresa was murdered is good.
I would read more books in this series.
I was given Teacup Turbulence for the purpose of reviewing and being part of its blog tour.
Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 35 romance and mystery novels, including Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.
Linda’s Pet Rescue Mysteries, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, feature Lauren Vancouver, a determined pet rescuer who runs a no-kill shelter. In this cozy series, “no-kill” refers to pets, not people!
[Note that, at the time this is being submitted, I've had 33 books published but will have a Harlequin Romantic Suspense published in December, and my upcoming Pet Rescue Mystery TEACUP TURBULENCE will be a January 2014 release.]
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