Fashion Faux Paw by Judi McCoy is the sixth book in the “Dog Walker” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), March 2012
It’s Fashion Week in New York and Ellie’s in charge of the dogs’ modeling outfits that match their mommy-mdoels for a fashion competition. But before the first round closes, one of the designers drops dead of anaphylactic shock, her Epipen useless because someone’s emptied it.
The victim’s peanut allergy was well-known, so Ellie and her dog Rudy must comb through the brash designer’s rivals, colleagues, and many enemies to discover who was so desperate that she committed the ultimate crime of fashion.
It’s Fashion Week and all is well until one of the model has an allergic reaction. When Ellie tries to give her an injection, the pen is empty and it looks like murder when the model dies. Ellie tries to stay out of the case, but being on the insides gives her access to unwrap a killer before another person is harmed. This evenly-paced and lighthearted tale was a fun book to read. The banter between Ellie and Rudy continues to highlight this wonderful whodunit as the fashion industry serves as the backdrop. As usual the mystery kept me turning the pages and I adore the camaraderie that Ellie has with both her human and furry friends in charming and entertaining series.
With the author’s passing, her voice will be sorely missed by this reader.