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A Gin & Tonic Mystery

This fun mystery story does a nice job of gradually unfolding a set of clues that lead the main characters on a convoluted search for the truth. The occasional interjections by the furry members of the cast is a little disconcerting because they are so erratically contributed, but it is entertaining to view the humans’ actions through the prism of a four-footed perspective. The final resolution is not totally satisfying to one who likes her solutions tied with a tidy bow but the story is an entertaining light read nonetheless.

“Doghouse” by L.A. Kornetsky (aka Laura Gilman) is part of the ‘Gin & Tonic’ mystery series that is set in Seattle, which includes not only humans but their four-footed associates. This particular tale centers around a friend of the crochety Seth, the ex-boxer who runs the kitchen at the bar, Mary’s. Ginny Mallard (and her Shar Pei Georgie) and Teddy Tonica (and tabby cat Penny) get involved in a case that may turn out to involve nefarious activities exploiting dogs and far more danger than they anticipated.

Book Blurb for Doghouse

In the third novel in the “entertaining” (Library Journal) Gin & Tonic mystery series, the stakes are raised when Ginny Mallard and Teddy Tonica stumble on an underground dog fighting ring with bloody consequences.

Even though she’s unlicensed as an investigator, the infamously nosy Ginny Mallard has begun to make a name for herself as an unofficial champion of the tongue-tied. When a mysterious stranger comes to her with landlord trouble, she convinces her bartender friend Teddy Tonica to help her once more. Soon, they realize they might have got themselves tied up in an underground dogfighting ring. With the help of Ginny’s pet shar-pei puppy and Tonica’s tabby cat, they have to figure out what’s going on before someone else gets hurt. Will twelve legs really be better than four?

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2014 3.50