Hello. I’m Carrie Kennersly. If you’ve been to the town of Knobcone Heights, California, in the San Bernardino Mountains and brought your pet along, you may have met me–although I hope the circumstances were good. I’m a veterinary technician at the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic.
But that’s not why I’m here. I wanted to tell you today that I recently opened my own shops, too! You see, my good friend Brenda Anesco, who had to move down the mountains to take care of her ailing mother, sold me her existing bakery, Icing on the Cake. She gave me permission to divide Icing into two shops, so half remains Icing and the other is now Barkery and Biscuits, my very special shop where I sell hand-baked dog treats–healthy treats I developed as a vet tech. They’re so good that even people who have tasted them enjoy them.
So now I spend seven days a week at my shops, since I can’t afford a lot of help yet. I also remain a part-time vet tech. I’m able to bring my own dog Biscuit, a golden toy poodle-terrier mix, with me all the time while I’m at my new businesses since she’s permitted to stay in the Barkery, although not in Icing or in the joint kitchen. We’re both happy about that.
But as difficult as it is to talk about it, some people here aren’t particularly happy about what I’m doing, especially a couple of the Ethmans, one of the town’s most elite families. Some of their members are nice–but not all of them, particularly Myra and Harris Ethman. We’ve been arguing partly because those two own a local pet store that they think Barkery competes with. It doesn’t, though–not really, since their place doesn’t sell hand-made treats, just regular, though good quality, dog food. Even so, when Myra is found murdered with part of a Barkery biscuit near her. . . well, unfortunately, I’m considered to be a suspect and have to prove I didn’t harm her.
What happens is memorialized in a book, Bite the Biscuit, which was just published. I suppose my working so hard to clear myself of murder means I have three careers–at least for a while. But I can handle it.
And be sure, if you visit Knobcone Heights, to stop in at my shops, especially if you have your dog along. I often give free samples of both doggy and human treats.
You can read more about Carrie in Bite The Biscuit, the first book in the NEW “Barkery & Biscuits” mystery series, published by Midnight Ink.
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This is the last stop on the Bite The Biscuit Great Escapes Tour. More stops on the tour can be found here.
About the author
Linda O. Johnston writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink as well as the Superstition Mysteries. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mysteries and the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery series, for Berkley Prime Crime. In addition, she writes the Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne, about a covert military unit of shapeshifters, as well as novels for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Visit Linda at www.LindaOJohnston.com or friend her on Facebook.