A large cat, some
dogs, and a guinea pig, oh my! A ferret, a “barkerey”,
and cool pet clothing, and a murder, oh my!
Izzy McHale isn’t all together sure
she has what it takes to run a successful business. However,
she launches Trendy Tails Boutique in her small town of Merryville,
Minnesota. The grand opening party brings in many people with
their pets. An unwanted guest is Sherry Harper, who lives
to protest anything and everything, and is upset about the
concept of people dressing up their pets.
When Sherry is poisoned outside the shop,
Sherry’s business partner and best friend, Rena, is
considered a suspect based on a past confrontation,which landed
Rena in jail. There is no shortage of other suspects, however,
and Izzy sets to work to sniff out the true killer.
There are already so many cozy mystery books
with pet-based themes that I was not sure if this one would
be unique, or run-of-the-mill. I’m pleased to say that
author Annie Knox has crafted a clever mystery that stands
out from the crowded field of cozies. I found the characters
to be likeable and smart. Their relationships are realistic
and as the tale unfolds, readers will get to know Merryville
and some of the back-story of the residents.
for Murder is an impressive start to a new series. The
next book, Groomed for Murder will be out in September
of other titles in this series
for Murder #1
for Murder #2