Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Doggone Deadly - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Doggone Deadly (A Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery #2) by Deborah Blake

Rating: Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  When the woman running the big regional dog show calls out sick, dog groomer Suz Holden is asked to take over. But it's too much for her to handle by herself-- considering the president of the kennel club, Olivia Weiner, criticizes her at every turn--so she calls in her best friend, Kari Stuart, for help.
A long, stressful day goes from bad to worse when a local breeder is found dead, and the murder weapon seems to incriminate Suz.

While Kari knows her friend isn't guilty, the police aren't so sure, especially after a second murder points to Suz again. But trying to run a dog show and investigate a murder at the same time is like herding cats, and Kari will have to rely on the rest of the Serenity Sanctuary staff to keep things running smoothly while she--and her beloved and clever kitten, Queenie--sniff out the truth.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoyed the first book in the series so of course I had to pick up book 2!

My Impression:   This was a bit different from what I was expecting.  Kari spending time at a dog show full of AKC (American Kennel Club) breeders and handlers with all the dog show craziness that that entails was entertaining and unexpected.  I love that her black kitten, Queenie, managed to worm her way into the mix as well.  

Kari is just as likable of a character as I remember from the first book and I love the team feel that the Serenity Sanctuary group feels like.  The mystery was interesting with lots of potential motives and lots of suspects.  I love the time spent around the dogs (and Queenie) and enjoyed this read from start to finish.  It's nice to have a cozy mystery where dogs show up a bit more even if there is a cat main character!  This is a fun cozy mystery series that is perfect for animal lovers and is just lots of fun!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Definitely!  I'm already looking forward to the next book.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you're a cozy mystery lover - especially if you love animals you should definitely give this a try!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I was trying to explain cozy mysteries to our book club last night. Instead of doing that, I should have simply directed them to your blog!

  2. Sounds good, love that Queenie got herself to the dog show!