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Oodles of Poodles
A Pet Rescue Mystery #4
Linda O. Johnston

Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
February 5, 2013 / ISBN 978-0425259962
Mystery / Dogs

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Lauren Vancouver is the administrator of a private pet rescue facility, HotRescues, located in San Fernando Valley, California. When the facility’s owner, Dante DeFrancisco, asks Lauren to attend the filming of a movie nearby to insure no dogs are mistreated, Lauren accepts. On the set, she meets an animal safety representative, animal and human stars, and her friend, Carlie Stellan, who has a TV show. 

When the movie’s director is run over shortly after he and Carlie argue over the dogs’ safety, Carlie becomes the prime suspect.  Lauren, who has previous success as an amateur sleuth, is determined to prove Carlie’s innocence. As the list of potential suspects builds, Lauren also contends with a break-in at her shelter and possible poisoning attempt there. In addition, Lauren tries to find new homes for her dogs, even the poodles being used on the film.  

I love this series. Lauren is a very caring and intelligent character who will do whatever she can for her friends, even if it places her own life in jeopardy. I was happy to see many of the characters in the previous books return, but especially her sexy beau, Matt Kingston, a captain with the L.A. Animal Services, who is protective, even when Lauren feels it’s unnecessary.  

Oodles of Poodles is a fast-paced mystery with a solid plot and an intriguing glimpse into the film industry, especially movies that feature animals. Though there are characters from earlier books, Ms. Johnston does an excellent job of incorporating them into the plot without the need to have read the previous releases.  In short, Ms. Johnson has written another masterfully wrought whodunit, and one I thoroughly enjoyed. Oodles of Poodles is a delightful read and a must for all mystery and 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 2013