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Hounds Abound
A Pet Rescue Mystery #3
Linda O. Johnston

April 3, 2012 / ISBN 978-0425247051
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Lauren Vancouver is the director of a no-kill animal shelter, Hot Rescues. She's also an amateur sleuth who has proved herself innocent of murder by finding the real killer. When Lauren's mentor, who has become an animal hoarder, is charged with murder, Lauren helps prove her innocence. It's clear that Lauren has a knack for solving crimes. She only wishes she could save more dogs and cats from being euthanized.

Lauren is thrilled when newly divorced Bella Frankovick starts a unique shelter that fills a much needed gap - one which cares for pets that are older or have physical injuries. Bella wants the pets in her care to live their lives in comfort, whether or not they find new homes. Bella's ex, Miles, is a cosmetic surgeon who is contesting their monetary divorce settlement and confronts her, making it clear he believes Bella is wasting "his" money. When a fearful Bella calls, Lauren and her L.A. Animal Shelter boyfriend Matt rush to Bella's place, only to find Miles car parked in front of Bella's shelter, and a knife in Miles' chest. Naturally, Bella is the prime suspect.

Lauren is a compassionate, intelligent and caring protagonist who believes animals shouldn't be euthanized. The settings and secondary characters are well-developed, and the plot is exceptional in that it focuses on a sensitive problem: the importance of trying to find homes and caring owners for pets that are considered too old or have disabilities that might make them otherwise unadoptable. Combine that with a masterfully wrought whodunit, along with excellent dialogue, and Ms. Johnston has created a fast-paced mystery, one of the best I've read this year. Though this is the third release in the series, Hounds Abound is a delightful, heartwarming read and a must for all pet lovers.

Reviews to other titles in this series

The More the Terrier #2
Hounds Abound #3
Ooodles of Poodles #4
Teacup Turbulence #5

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2012