An Animal Cozy: “Desperate Housedogs” By Sparkle Abbey

desperate-house-dogsSparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter) who are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets– Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). Natives of central Iowa, they have an interesting website at Desperate Housedogs is the book one in their series.

A Brief Summary:

When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German Shepherd dogs, she expects frantic dogs, she expects a frantic dog owner, she even expects frantic neighbors.

What she doesn’t expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.

Our Take:

Interesting cozy with funny language! This book might be only appealing to cozy readers but that doesn’t mean it’s not of high quality. Several cozy writers have started wring novels with the animal themes being the integral part of their stories and whether the readers will like this type of novels is remained to be seen.

Our Rating: 3.8

Like Books By Sparkle Abbey?

You can check out the following titles from this cozy duo. Click on the images to go to Amazon page for each book.