Book Review: To Catch a Treat by Linda O. Johnston

May 17, 2016 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews, Short & Sweet 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: To Catch a Treat by Linda O. JohnstonTo Catch a Treat by Linda O. Johnston
Series: A Pet Rescue Mystery
Published by Midnight Ink on May 8th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 312
Source: NetGalley
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When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth
Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped.
Janelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeowner spotted at the dog park where Go was stolen. Soon after Janelle confronts Ada, though, the woman is found dead. With Janelle and Neal on the suspect list, Carrie must solve the mystery before the police bark up the wrong tree.
"A mystery to delight dog lovers."—Booklist

My thoughts

After reading the cute novella, Chihuahua Chaos, I thought I would give this one a try. I am normally not into reading mysteries but cozy mysteries are right up my alley. I have read a few now and Linda O. Johnston’s are right up there with my favorites.

The main character, Carrie, is a Vet Tech and owns a shop with treats for humans and pups! There is a book prior to this that I did not read, but fortunately there is also enough information that allows the reader to delve straight in. The information about Carrie is interesting enough so that I want to go back and read more about Carrie before continuing on but suffice it to say, this was a solid book without knowing the background.

One thing to know about Carrie is that she gets herself into a lot of trouble! She’s always finding a mystery to wrap herself up in or more importantly, a dog to help! When a pup needs assistance, Carrie cannot help but help! She’ll do anything she can to make sure the pup is okay, even if it puts herself into difficult situations.

The main suspect in this is also the new boyfriend of her brother, Neal, so Carrie is even more determined to figure this mystery out.

I was able to figure out some of the plot, but not the important parts. There are a lot of players in this but somehow Linda is able to keep everything in perspective. I found myself wanting to fast forward a little around 70% or so. The plot was good but I was ready for the end a little faster than it came around. That said, in all I was very happy with this mystery and cannot wait to read more about Carrie and her friends and more importantly the dogs!



Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
4 / 5
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Overall: 4.3 / 5
The Author


About 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 had more short stories and novellas published, plus, by the end of 2015, she will have had forty-one novels published, including mysteries and romance.

Linda currently writes two cozy mystery series for Midnight Ink, the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries, both featuring dogs. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, which was a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series. And yes, they involved dogs, too.

Linda additionally writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne including the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters--and all the werewolves also have cover dogs. Linda also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, including a miniseries about a non-witness protection program.

Linda, a currently inactive transactional attorney, now writes fiction full-time. She is a member of the Los Angeles chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, as well as International Thriller Writers.





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