Oodles of Poodles

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Oodles of Poodles

A Pet Rescue Mystery, #4

If you are a dog lover, this is a good book to while away the hours. Ms. Johnston is great with inserting realistic expectations of caring for animals whether it’s for a dog or one shelter. I enjoyed reading this mystery book as Lauren Vancouver, Carlie Stellan, and a movie crew becomes involved in solving a murder, a dog dumping, and other adventures along the way.

Lauren Vancouver and her veterinary friend, Carlie Stellan, are on a movie set, about a shelter dog’s trials and tribulations in finding a “forever home,” to ensure the dogs (all poodles of differing sizes and ages) are treated well and to assess for adoptability when the director, Hans Marford, was killed that night. Carlie becomes a viable suspect as she was seen having a big argument with Hans in front of the movie crew just hours prior to his’ death.

Carlie begs Lauren to help find out who killed Hans as Lauren has had prior experience solving murders. So while the police try to solve Marford’s murder, Lauren wanders around the set on the premise of taking care of the dogs and gathers clues along the way.

This novel is good; however, there were a few points I need to address. Ms. Johnston goes over and over certain details from previous novels in this series making it repetitive in areas. Also, I understand about caring for animals is an awesome responsibility as does Ms. Johnston, but I feel she’s not giving the reader credit for understanding it and then move on to the next point. I say this as I kept feeling like the minutia was taking over the plot. Other than those two points, this book was a pleasure to read.


Book Blurb for Oodles of Poodles

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.


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2014 3.50