Daily Archives: May 11, 2014

A Day in the Life of Caro Lamont by Sparkle Abbey

Fifty Shades of GreyhoundHello – It’s me again. Caro Lamont. You may remember me from previous adventures we’re shared in Desperate Housedogs and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Seems I’m always trying to stay out of trouble but somehow trouble keeps finding me.

In this book, Fifty Shades of Greyhound, trouble finds me at a Greyhound rescue event. You see, I love animals and I don’t say that just because I make my living as a pet therapist. I am an absolute full-out sucker for a furry face; and I always have been. When I was little I spent a lot of time at my Grandma Tillie’s home. She had a menagerie of dogs and cats and other animals. Besides that, I was Grandma Tille’s favorite granddaughter. But don’t get me started on that mess. You see that’s how the trouble started between my cousin Melinda and me. The dispute was, for the most part anyway, about Grandma Tillie’s jeweled brooch. The family brooch plays a big part in this most recent adventure and just wait until you hear what happens this time. Nobody saw this one coming!

Anyway, because I can’t resist an event that involves an animal rescue effort and also because there was the added benefit that I had to buy a new fancy frock, I found myself at the Fifty Shades of Greyhound Gala. Blanche GreyhoundsLeRue, the organizer, was a force to be reckoned with and she had planned this shindig down to the tiniest detail. The elegant venue, the sumptuous food, and even a beautifully crafted Greyhound ice sculpture were all a part of her plan to raise big bucks for Greyhound rescue. What Blanche didn’t know was that, despite her careful planning, things would very soon go awry. Her gala would turn into a very memorable evening (and not in a good way) and the events that transpire set off another chain of events. By the time things are sorted out, two people are dead, my friend, Diana Knight and I are involved in a sting operation, and what’s true or not is awash in shades of gray.

There’s also some fun with pajama-wearing Betty, who you met in Yip/Tuck, and Ollie, our favorite pet-friendly rocker, as well as a few choice tidbits about the sweet Greyhound dogs, who I’ve recently learned are often referred to as forty mile-per-hour couch potatoes.

I think you’ll enjoy this latest installment and from now on I am fixin’ to stay out of trouble…unless it finds me.


You can read more about Caro in Fifty Shades of Greyhound, the fifth book in the “Pampered Pets” mystery series, published by Bell Bridge Books. The first book in the series is Desperate Housedogs. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Comment on this post by 6 p.m. EST on May 14, and you will be entered for a chance to win a digital copy of Fifty Shades of Greyhound or one of the other titles in the series (Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Yip/Tuck). One winner will be chosen at random. Print copy U.S. entries only.

Meet the author
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They write the popular pet SparkleAbbeymystery series which features whodunits set in the wacky world of pampered pets, precious pedigrees, and secrets. They 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). They love to hear from readers and can be contacted via their website: www.sparkleabbey.com

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WEEKLY ROUND-UP: No. 19

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This is the end of week 18 and it looks like Spring is here to stay. Today we were in the highs 70 – probably made it to 80. This was a slow reading week – only read 3 books.

BookCon is coming at the end of the month. It use to be Power Reader Day as part of BEA but this year it is different. I’m hoping it does not disappoint me as I enjoyed the previous Power Reader Day.

Lots of books were released this week. The book budget was overflowing. A good thing.

I wonder should we pressure ourselves to read every single book that we buy and want to read but will never get to read because there’s only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week and 30-31 days in a month and 365 days in a year?

This week on dru’s book musings

  • Toni Holmes by Nancy J. Parra – Baker’s Treat #2
  • Kat Stanford by Hannah Dennison – Honeychurch Hall #1
  • Margery Flax by Elaine Viets – Dead-Ends Job #13
  • Gus Farnham by Barbara Ross – Maine Clambake #2
  • Elliott Lisbon by Kendel Lynn – Elliott Lisbon #2
  • Kate Turner by Eileen Brady – Kate Turner, DMV #1

Last week on dru’s book musings

Recent contest winners

  • The Outsmarting of Criminals by Steve Rigolosi – Melissa L.
  • The Day She Died by Catriona McPherson – Sharon D.
  • Murder on Consignment by Susan Furlong Bolliger – Judy M.
  • Cool in Tucson by Elizabeth Gunn – Annette N.
  • A Dollhouse To Die For by Cate Price – Ruth N.
  • Angora Alibi by Sally Goldenbaum – Sally S.
  • Murder on Consignment by Susan Furlong Bolliger – Julia H.
  • Murder in Merino/Angora Alibi by Sally Goldenbaum – Debra W.
  • The Pickled Piper by Mary Ellen Hughes – Cynthia W.

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  • Death in Perspective by Larissa Reinhart

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Big Money by Jack Getze

Big MoneyBig Money by Jack Getze is the second book in the “Austin Carr” mystery series. Publisher: Down & Out Books, December 2013

THREE WOMEN ARE MAD ENOUGH TO KILL HIM … Left in charge of a third-rate Jersey Shore investment firm, suspended stockbroker Austin Carr becomes the prize in a war between two crime crews, a powerful state investigator and Mama Bones Bonacelli, his boss’s wacky mother. Barely staying alive with mobsters, beautiful cops, and a hitman he calls The Creeper chasing him, Carr stumbles into the secret world of a beautiful but desperate woman — a murderer who chooses Austin as her next victim.

This was a fun read. The author does a great job in pulling me into this very enjoyable drama with his use of dialogue and descriptive scenery that had me laughing-out-loud at the situations that befalls our protagonist. The action-filled mystery kept me entertained from beginning to end with colorful characters that added to the telling of this engaging story. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the world of Austin Carr.

Past Due by Jenna Bennett

Past DuePast Due by Jenna Bennett is the 8th book in the “Savannah Martin” mystery series. Publisher: Magpie Ink, April 2014

The sins of the past are coming due, and someone has to pay the price…

Savannah Martin’s high school reunion is supposed to be a fun weekend of catching up with old friends and parading her boyfriend—Sweetwater bad boy Rafael Collier—in front of everyone who used to sneer at him back in the day. Not even the daily battle she’s waging with morning sickness can douse Savannah’s anticipation.

But when Rafe won’t come to Sweetwater, Savannah has to face her old schoolmates without his support. And her best friend Charlotte isn’t as happy for Savannah’s new relationship as Savannah had hoped. And when a dead body turns up in the Colliers’ old mobile home in the Bog, Savannah is thankful to be on her own. The sheriff is always looking for a reason to shove Rafe back behind bars, and a fresh homicide is just the excuse he needs.

But when another murder takes place at the reunion, even the threat of jail can’t keep Rafe away. Soon old classmates are dropping like bowling pins, and Rafe and Savannah are scrambling to catch up with a killer hell bent on making sure old enemies pay for old sins… all while trying to stay one step ahead of Sheriff Satterfield and the Columbia PD.

A high school reunion turns deadly and it’s up to Savannah and Rafe to bring a murderer to justice. As always I love this series and the author did a great job in delivering a fantastic action-filled drama from beginning to end where all emotions are experienced. Savannah is at her best as she uncovers an event that happened that bares down on the murderer’s intent. I love watching Savannah as she becomes more assured of herself and her capabilities in her investigative skills. The usual cast are featured from her mother to Dix to Yvonne and of course Rafe. This is one of the best book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next exciting chapter in the lives of Savannah, Rafe and the people that surrounds them.