It’s me, Melinda Langston. I’m thrilled to be here again. Not sure if you remember, but I own Bow Wow Boutique, a high-end pet shop in Laguna Beach. I’d like to say not much has changed since I was here last, but that’s not the case. You know how it goes, one minute you’re selling diamond encrusted water dishes, then the next minute you’re being blackmailed. Here’s the kicker—the secret I’m keeping isn’t even mine, it’s my mama’s.
But that doesn’t seem to matter to Addison Rae, an up and coming Orange County pet chef. She has proof that my mama exercised poor judgment with Addison’s daddy years ago. Not one to crush my daddy’s heart, I decided it was best if Mama’s indiscretion was left in the past. Addison promised to hand the evidence over to me if I helped advance her career. I’ve done everything she’s asked of me, including helping her get the pet chef job at the ARL glamping fundraiser. Glamping, or glamorous camping, is a big deal in our oceanside town. Think oversized, celebrity RVs, king-sized beds, and Persian rugs.
So now I’m sharing a pimped out RV in the middle of the Laguna Hills with my feisty assistant, Betty, surrounded by fellow glampers who have secrets of their own, pampered pooches, and a vindictive blackmailer.
Just when I thought I was about to put the whole blackmail mess behind me, Betty discovered Addison’s dead body. Since I was seen arguing with Addison hours before her murder, I’m the homicide detectives’ number one suspect. If I can’t figure out who killed Addison, while keeping my secret safe, I could end up in jail. Did I mention that pesky TV reporter, Callum MavAvoy, who’s constantly sniffing around? He can’t seem to stay out of my way.
I’d really like to return to my boutique and go back to selling diamond encrusted water bowls, but first I have to clear my name and find the real killer.
Raiders of the Lost Bark is the 8th book in the Pampered Pets mystery series, published by Bell Bridge Books, March 2016.
Mel’s enemy may be barking up the wrong tree. . .
But someone is about to become a killer.
Melinda Langston, amateur sleuth and Bow Wow Boutique owner, finds herself “Glamping Under the Stars” with a blackmailer, Orange County’s hottest new gourmet pet chef, Addison Rae. But before Mel can put an end to Addison’s strong-arming, the chef is found dead. Mel is just one of many suspects who had motive to snuff out the demanding chef.
Was it Redmond, the angry sous chef who detested working for Addison? What about rival chef, Pepper Maddox? The glamping chef gig was hers until Addison blackmailed her way into the job. And then there’s Asher, a charming fellow camper whose past relationship with Addison isn’t the only secret he’s guarding. Mel’s not one to tuck tail and run, even when it looks like she may be the next victim.
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About the author
Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They’ve chosen to use Sparkle Abbey as their 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). The authors co-write the bestselling Pampered Pets Mystery Series which focuses on the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pooches, and secrets in posh Laguna Beach, California.
Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win one of the books in the Pampered Pets series – winner’s choice (Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Yip/Tuck, Fifty Shades of Greyhound, The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo or Downton Tabby). US entries only, please. The giveaway will end March 4, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!
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