Yip TuckIt’s me again, Melinda Langston. Ever since I helped the Laguna Beach police solve a recent murder, business has sky-rocketed. Not sure if you remember, but I own Bow Wow Boutique, a high-end pet shop. Since the upswing in business, I’ve decided to hire a part-time assistant, but it hasn’t been easy. Who knew it was so difficult to find good help? Not me. The right person has to waltz through my front door at some point, right?

I love my quirky clients. Even the handful who enjoy indulging in a tidbit of gossip as much as they love spoiling their pampered pooches. I do my best to redirect the conversations, but some of my regulars are dogged about their local “chit-chat.”

The past few weeks, Dr. Jack O’Doggle, Orange County’s top plastic surgeon, has caused my customers’ tongues to wag. Besides the fact that the good doctor looks like a Hollywood movie star, he’s been dropping an awful lot of money at my boutique. Not that I’m complaining. It’s just that he doesn’t even have a dog.

Dr. O is dating Tova Randall, a successful lingerie model, who loves to dress her pocket-puppy, Kiki, in Bow Wow Boutique’s one-of-a-kind couture doggie outfits. Apparently, the couple has been on the outs, and Dr. O has resorted to winning Tova’s affections through expensive gifts for her beloved Kiki.

I don’t really know Dr. O all that well, but he seems like a nice guy. He’s certainly extravagant towards those he cares about. As for Tova, well she and I have a contentious history. I don’t exactly trust her. Enough said.

Tomorrow night, I’m throwing a party for a new environmentally friendly dog clothing designer, Ava Rose. Her outfits are fabulous. One of my favorites is an adorable Oxford plaid sweater. I hope you can attend the event. Oh, don’t forget to bring your pampered pooch. Of course, my English Bulldog, Missy, will be there.

Before you ask, no, I did not invite Caro. My lovely cousin and I are still not speaking. I swear, this time it’s not entirely my fault Caro and I aren’t talking. In fact, I’ve been on my best behavior. Although, if the latest scuttlebutt is true, that may change soon. Rumor has it murder is about to get a facelift.


Sparkle Abbey is giving away one (1) copy of any of the books in their “Pampered Pets” series, winner’s choice. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the author. Contest ends May 31 and US entries only.


Meet the author
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They co-write the popular pet mystery series featuring former Texas beauty queens who’ve ditched their hairspray and tiaras for botanical flea dip, doggie couture, and over-the-top pet lovers. The cousins, Caro and Mel, solve whodunits in the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pets, and secrets. The first book in the series Desperate Housedogs (2011), an Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestseller, was followed by Get Fluffy (2012) and Kitty, Kitty, Bang, Bang (2013). Yip/Tuck will be out this May.

Mary Lee and Anita chose to use Sparkle Abbey as the pen name on this series because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog).

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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