Author: Linda O. Johnston

Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda has published more short stories, plus nineteen romance novels, including the Alpha Force paranormal miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. Alpha Force is a covert military unit of shapeshifters, and the most recent book in the series is GUARDIAN WOLF. The next Alpha Force Nocturne, UNDERCOVER WOLF, will be published in February 2013. Linda's first Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel, UNDERCOVER SOLDIER, debuted in July 2012.

Linda is also the author of the Pet Rescue Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime which debuted in March 2011 with BEAGLEMANIA, followed by THE MORE THE TERRIER and HOUNDS ABOUND. The series centers around Lauren Vancouver, the dedicated administrator of a successful private, no-kill animal shelter who also finds herself having to solve murders. In the Pet Rescue Mysteries, "no-kill" means pets, not people! The Pet Rescue series is a spinoff from Linda's Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter, mystery series, also from Berkley Prime Crime. The next Pet Rescue Mystery, OODLES OF POODLES, will be a February 2013 release.

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Visionary Wolf - Alpha Force, #12

Visionary Wolf
  • Number: B0792Y6PVP
  • Release: 2018-11-01
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Speculative / PNR
  • Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
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Can she love the wolf…

Inside the man?

Lieutenant Liam Corland is the newest member of an elite military unit for shapeshifters. A tech expert, his task is to counter reports of Alpha Force’s existence spreading online. When the rumors take a dark turn, his mission grows more urgent. His greatest ally is Dr. Rosa Jontay—the woman who’s seen him at his most vulnerable, the woman he knows he can never have. The woman he can’t possibly live without…


Bite the Biscuit - A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery

Bite the Biscuit
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  • Number: 9780738745039
  • Release: 2015-05-08
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink Books
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Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery’s owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights. 

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery’s opening party, she badmouths Carrie’s homemade dog biscuits, insisting she’ll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn’t do it before she’s collared for murder.


Teacup Turbulence - A Pet Rescue Mystery, #5

Teacup Turbulence
  • Number: B00D7Z4GPA
  • Release: 2014-01-07
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Los Angeles animal shelter manager Lauren Vancouver has a soft spot for animals in need—and a keen eye for crime. . .

Thanks to a savvy ad campaign featuring teacup pups sporting HotPets Bling—a new line of faux jewelry dog collars—small dog adoptions have skyrocketed across the city. So when Lauren discovers a shelter in the Midwest with more toy dogs than it can handle, she arranges a private plane to swoop in and fly the pups back to LA.

But Lauren didn’t count on rescue worker Teresa Kantrim coming along for the ride. Teresa has cared for the dogs since they were found and doesn’t trust anyone from La-La Land to take over the job. Her biting comments clearly haven’t earned Teresa any new friends, but when she turns up murdered, it’s time for Lauren to dig into Teresa’s past and find out who wanted her put down.


Nonstop Spaniels - A Pet Rescue Mystery, #4.5

Nonstop Spaniels
  • Number: B00AVA4NQQ
  • Release: 2013-06-04
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver is about to discover that some animal shelters make exceptions in their no-kill policy—for people as well as animals—in this all-new novella available only in digital format.

Lauren prides herself on the strict pet-saving policies of her animal shelter HotRescues. As a member of a popular no-kill organization, she tries to intervene at a nearby shelter that seems to care more about appearances than the animals themselves. But it’s not just the animals who are in danger at PetForYou. When the veterinarian is murdered, it’s up to Lauren to find out if an enraged no-kill proponent made a grizzly exception, or if something even more sinister has scratched its way to the surface…

Includes a preview of the next Pet Rescue Mystery, Teacup Turbulence


Oodles of Poodles - A Pet Rescue Mystery, #4

Oodles of Poodles
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  • Number: 9780425259962
  • Release: 2013-02-05
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Shelter manager and pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver once again takes on the role of amateur sleuth when there’s a murder on a film set . . .

Has Hollywood gone to the dogs? Pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver is observing production on a new movie called Sheba’s Story. The title character—a white Miniature poodle—is played by many similar-looking poodles, and to make sure no animals are harmed, Lauren’s friend, veterinarian Carlie Stellan, and Grant, a handsome representative from the American Humane Association, are on location. But when the film’s director is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run after arguing with Carlie about animal safety, it’s up to Lauren to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer before someone else ends up in oodles of deadly trouble.


Hounds Abound - A Pet Rescue Mystery, #3

Hounds Abound
  • Number: B005GSYYJO
  • Release: 2012-04-03
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Saving animals and solving murders seem to go paw-in-paw for shelter manager and amateur sleuth Lauren Vancouver. But this time, mixed up in a murder that may close a much-needed new shelter. Lauren will have to keep herself and her critters safe from an unleashed killer.


The More the Terrier - A Pet Rescue Mystery, #2

The More the Terrier
  • Number: B0052RHBOO
  • Release: 2011-10-04
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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When shelter manager Lauren Vancouver finds out that her old mentor, Mamie Spelling, is an animal hoarder, no one is more shocked, and she jumps in to help re-home the cramped critters. But Mamie's troubles don't end there. She's accused of murder when the CEO of a pet shelter network is found dead. And Lauren's dogged determination to clear her former friend of murder may put a killer on her tail.


Beaglemania - A Pet Rescue Mystery, #1

Beaglemania
  • Number: 9780425240212
  • Release: 2011-03-01
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Read Linda O. Johnston's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

Lauren Vancouver is the head of HotRescues, a no-kill animal shelter north of Los Angeles, but it's often human nature that puts her in the path of danger. Just like when she helps rescue four adorable beagle puppies that were dumped down a drainpipe at a nasty puppy mill. One of the mill's employees has a history of dog abuse-and a bone to pick with Lauren. And when he's found dead at HotRescues after threatening her, Lauren will have to sniff out the real killer to keep herself out of a cage...


Howl Deadly - A Kendra Ballantine, Pet-Sitte

Howl Deadly
  • Number: B002TV07DI
  • Release: 2009-10-28
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Kendra's weekend getaway with gorgeous millionaire Dante DeFrancisco turns chilling when a mother she-wold goes missing from Dante's pet sanctuary. Now Kendra must find her-along with a killer hiding right before her eyes.


Never Say Sty - A Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery

Never Say Sty
  • Number: B001V6P13S
  • Release: 2009-03-09
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Murder muddies up the new Pet-Sitter mystery.

Already an L.A. attorney and pet-sitter, Kendra’s taken on a third job, masterminding a new reality show called “Animal Auditions.” But things get messier than the show’s pot-bellied pigs when her hot new producer is suspected of murder.


Double Dog Dare - Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery

Double Dog Dare
  • Number: B0015DWNBA
  • Release: 2008-06-03
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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A new breed of evil lurks in the latest Pet-Sitter mystery.

Kendra’s boyfriend, Jeff, is missing, his car submerged in a canal. Panicked inquiries lead her to Jeff’s aunt, whose dog died when someone attempted to clone it. Now, Kendra is hounded by questions...


The Fright of the Iguana - A Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery

The Fright of the Iguana
  • Number: B000VMFDRC
  • Release: 2007-10-02
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The petnapping of a puppy and an iguana leads Kendra Ballantyne to her Southern California pet-sitting club, where she learns of other foul play. Then a fellow pet-sitter turns up bludgeoned to death. Kendra has her suspicions, but it soon appears she's barking up the wrong tree.


Meow is for Murder - Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery

Meow is for Murder
  • Number: B000SEICP8
  • Release: 2007-02-06
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Another purr-fect Pet Sitting mystery. The last thing pet-sitter Kendra Ballantyne wants is to start a catfight with her boyfriend's ex-wife, Amanda. So she agrees to help when Amanda's stalker turns up dead in her home-but only if Amanda will take her claws out of her ex for good.


Nothing to Fear But Ferrets - Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery

Nothing to Fear But Ferrets
  • Number: B001KPZ2LG
  • Release: 2005-08-02
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Attorney-turned-freelance-pet-sitter Kendra Ballantyne has found a corpse in a client's apartment, and it's up to her to prove the innocence of the obvious suspects: her client's furry ferrets.


Sit, Stay, Slay - Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery

Sit, Stay, Slay
  • Number: B001M0BUME
  • Release: 2005-01-04
  • Author: Linda O. Johnston
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Introducing Kendra Ballantyne...Former high-powered litigator (temporarily on the outs)Hollywood pet-sitter (desperately in need of cash)Crime-Solver (currently at wit's end)

Canned from her L.A. law firm, Kendra Ballantyne is now a freelance pet-sitter. When her clients start getting knocked off one by one, Kendra fears she's being set up. Aided by sexy detective Jeff Hubbard, she's got to find out why, and fast. This killer's animal instincts are downright dangerous.


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