Begging For Trouble by Judi McCoy is the fourth book in the “Dog Walker” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, March 2011

As a professional dog walker, Ellie Engleman is constantly getting tangled up in her clients’ lives. Taking care of their furry best friends is the easy part—it’s when she tries to clear their names of murder that things start to get hairy.

Rob Chesney has been one of Ellie’s favorite clients for some time, but she only recently discovered how he makes hi living: as a famous drag queen. When she gets free tickets to his latest show, she can’t resist the opportunity to drag along her tough-guy NYPD boyfriend, Sam to watch Rob strut his stuff and embarrass her man.

The screams aren’t all for the killer dance numbers, though. Backstage, Rob is discovered, weapon in hand, kneeling over a dead body. Sam is obligated to cuff him then and there, but Ellie knows Rob is innocent, and intends to get the truth out of the one who saw it all: a Poodle-Chihuahua mix name Bitsy.

From the streets of Manhattan to the den of a pet psychic, Ellie and Bitsy will go wherever it takes to bone up on the night’s troubling events.

A night on the town leads to Ellie’s friend Rob, being arrested by her boyfriend, Sam. When Rob’s “baby” is traumatized by what happened, Ellie promises to help them both. I really like how Ellie always finds herself garnering information being at the right place at the wrong time. This was a good mystery that kept me on toes and turning the pages. It was fun spending time with Ellie and her angst at doing what’s right for Rob and for Sam. It’s good to see their relationship become stronger as they both learn to accept each other for the person that they are. This was the best book thus far and I can’t wait to read the next one in this entertaining series.

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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