Short & Sweet: Chihuahua Chaos: A Pet Rescue Mystery Novella by Linda O. Johnston

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Short & Sweet: Chihuahua Chaos: A Pet Rescue Mystery Novella by Linda O. JohnstonChihuahua Chaos: A Pet Rescue Mystery Novella by Linda O. Johnston
Series: A Pet Rescue Mystery
on June 18th 2014
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 49
Source: Purchase
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Chief administrator Lauren Vancouver knew something was wrong the moment Brittany Brandewyn showed up crying at HotRescues ready to relinquish her beloved Chihuahua Kirbee forever. Lauren can’t figure out why--until she learns that Brittany ’s neighbor, whose track record includes dog abuse, has been found murdered, and all paws point to Brittany as the culprit. About to be arrested, Brittany has no one else to care for her beloved dog. Can Lauren find the real killer before Chihuahua chaos conquers all and Brittany and Kirbee are separated forever?

Chihuahua Chaos is a novella in the mode of the Pet Rescue Mysteries, which Linda O. Johnston writes for Berkley Prime Crime. It’s a cozy mystery series centered around HotRescues, a no-kill pet shelter in Los Angeles. Its chief administrator Lauren Vancouver, the protagonist of the series, will do anything to save dogs and cats and make sure they have wonderful new homes--even solve murder mysteries.



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This is ADORABLE. Dog, a cute mystery, and food! What!?

I purchased this because the publisher has Linda O. Johnston’s Barkery and Biscuits Mystery on Netgalley. I received that book but thought I would read her novella before I delved into the actual book.

The novella wound up being a short and sweet mystery that had all the right moves. It has intrigue, DOGS (of course), and a sleuth detective that thinks she is not in danger because she is too smart. Of course we all know that means she is going to be in danger.

I love the way Linda is able to bring the mystery to its conclusion without a lot of hubbub. There is some, worthy of good popcorn by the way, but not so much as to get annoying or boring.

My first Linda O. Johnston but will not be my last!

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
4 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.6 / 5


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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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