Friday, June 21, 2013

KNEADING TO DIE by Liz Mugavero #1 in A Pawsitively Organic Mystery

Kristan "Stan" Connor lost her high stress public relations job. It turned out to be a good thing. Now she can spend her time baking healthy, organic pet treats in her new Victorian home in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, the quiet little town she just moved to with her Maine Coon cat, Nutty.

Stan's new neighbors, there's a lot of pet lovers in Frog Ledge, are excited with the organic treat option that Stan bakes. Though not as thrilled as their pets are. But not everyone is into Stan and her organic ways.

Town vet Carole Morganwick is from the old fashioned school of pet care. She insist Stan brings Nutty in for a checkup. Not wanting to rattle any cages, Stan does. But she didn't expect to find Carol's dead kibble covered body in one of the exam rooms. As the prime suspect in the murder, Stan wants to find the real killer and clear her name.

From the entertaining animals, to some of Frog Ledge's more colorful residents, this was a good story. Stan is a enjoyable protagonist. I liked her from page one. We also get to meet Char and Ray Mackey who own the B&B and Alpaca farm "down the way", Isabella "Izzy" Sweet owner of the local coffee and sweet shop, and Jake, the owner of McSwiggs Irish Pub. I fell in love with Jake's big, energetic dog Duncan. And for cat lovers, Stan's Maine Coon Nutty rings true to the kitty world in his I'll-love-you-when-I-choose-to ways.

I was kept guessing as to who the murderer was as suspicions grew from on person to the next. It seems a lot of people had a reason to want Carol dead. I guessed wrong, never seeing the ending that was coming.

As is popular with so many cozies, Ms. Mugavero includes some of her organic pet food recipes, which I was very happy about.

All in all, a good introduction to a promising new series. I look forward to the next.

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