Stay Calm and Collie On

A Pet Palace Mystery, #1

"Stay Calm and Collie On" is the first book in the Pet Palace Mystery series! Sue Patrick owns the Buckingham Pet Palace, an upscale doggy daycare and spa. One night, Sue gets a call from the police saying that her company van was abandoned near the ferry terminal with a load of doggies inside—and the driver’s dead body. After the incident, malicious rumors spread about the daycare, causing Sue and her business partner Lady Anthea to seek out the murderer before their business crumbles.

The cozy theme—the doggy daycare—wasn’t a new concept, but I liked the royal/England twist that the author added on to make it stand out from the rest. I had a lot of fun reading this book. The characters were all delightful and entertaining. They each had their own quirks and histories, and I mostly liked everyone. Sue, the main character, was very likable. She felt like someone I could be friends with, which is a major plus for me.

The mystery itself was enjoyable. It had a slight predictability to it, but I still had fun so that’s all that matters to me. Overall, it had great characters, a cool concept, funny dialogue and scenes, excellent pacing and a good mystery storyline. It’s a great start to a new cozy series! I highly recommend.

Book Blurb for Stay Calm and Collie On

Buckingham Pet Palace is known for treating dogs like royalty—until murder dethrones its good reputation!

As owner of an upscale doggy daycare and spa, animal-lover Sue Patrick pampers pooches for the most elite clients in Lewes, Delaware. Surely she can survive a weeklong visit from Lady Anthea Fitzwalter, her well-to-do business partner from England. But before Sue can serve her guest a spot of tea, she discovers more-than-a-spot of blood inside the company van—and all over the driver’s dead body . . .

Someone abandoned the van full of dogs at the Lewes ferry terminal and got away with murder, leaving Sue and Lady Anthea pawing for clues. With a fundraising gala approaching and Buckingham Pet Palace facing scandal, can two very different women work together to fetch the culprit from a list of dodgy suspects—or are they heading toward a proper disaster?

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2017 4.50