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Teacup Turbulence
Pet Rescue Mystery #5
Linda O Johnston

January 7, 2014 / ISBN 978-0425259979
Cozy Mystery (with pets)

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Lauren Vancouver runs the private pet rescue facility, HotRescues, located in San Fernando Valley, California. Dante DeFrancisco, the owner of Lauren’s facility and the parent company, HotPets, starts a campaign of ads for a new line of Bling collars. The jeweled pet accessories become a hot item and result in a run on adoptions of teacup-sized dogs, which pleases her to no end. When she learns that several puppy mills were shut down in Janus County, Missouri, she is aware that, if those small dogs aren’t rescued, they are in danger of being killed. She appeals to Dante, who helps arrange for the dogs to be flown to California and, ultimately, placed in Lauren’s facility for adoption. When the dogs arrive, they’re accompanied by rescue worker Teresa Kantrim. She wanted to open her own rescue facility and resents the dogs being shipped to L.A. She makes her anger well-known through caustic comments and warnings about knowing the truth. When Teresa is later found murdered, Lauren tries to discover who killed her, but the list of possible suspects keeps growing.

I love the character of Lauren, a charming and caring person who actively tries to rescue and find good, loving homes for the dogs she finds. Unfortunately, her steadfast curiosity often places her in danger. Lauren’s rescue efforts are intricately mingled with a fascinating murder. Although I figured out why Teresa was murdered fairly early, suspects were plentiful and discovering who killed her kept me on the edge of my seat until the last pages.

In short, Ms. Johnston has done it again – written a charming whodunit centering on the pet rescue business and a ruthless murder. Ms. Johnston’s novels just keep getting better and better.

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 2014