A Day in the Life with Melinda Langston by Sparkle Abbey

Raiders of the Lost Bark Cover RevealHey everyone!

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.

Check out the cover reveal for Raiders of the Lost Bark on Goodreads on March 1st! Sign up and add it to your “to-read” list today!

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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.

They love to hear from readers so stop by their website, www.sparkleabbey.com or visit them on Facebook to check out all their latest news.

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!

All comments are welcomed.

40 responses to “A Day in the Life with Melinda Langston by Sparkle Abbey

  1. Thanks for the chance to win a copy they all look Great

  2. Thanks for a chance to win. I haven’t read all this series yet but what I have read has been great.

  3. Pampered Pets mystery series sounds like a great series. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  4. Series is new to me and I’d love to win one. Thanks for the chance.

  5. I’d love to win #1.

  6. I have LOOOOOVED all your titles and books! So funny, so much fun. Can’t wait to see the new cover!

  7. How fun! Love the glamping piece. Would love a copy.

  8. I love this series. It would be so nice to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  9. I love the names of these books! Thanks for a chance to enter.

  10. elainehroberson

    These would be great titles to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  11. I haven’t read any of the Pampered Pets mystery series yet but it sounds like a great series. Thank you for this chance.

  12. Barbara Hackel

    Love the “Glamping” idea and can’t wait to read this book! Thanks Dru and Sparkle for today’s fun possibility! 🙂

  13. This series is so fun, but I have not read the whole series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Love this fun series! Cozy mysteries at their best. 💌

  15. Thanks for the chance to win. I hope hope hope I do.

  16. Glamping! What a great word! Thanks for a chance to win one of the books in this series.

  17. sounds like such a fun series…can’t believe I have been missing out on this!!

  18. My pampered pets think I should enter this contest and read about other pampered pets. Thanks for the contest.
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  19. sounds like a great series, would love to win, ty

  20. I would love to win a copy of Downton Tabby – best title ever!

  21. Would enjoy reading another one of Pampered Pets series, I’ve only read the first one and really enjoyed it. I like a story where animals are included. Life would be so empty without them. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  22. Jeanie Dannheim

    This sounds like a great series! Would love to read the first book in the series, see where it all started. My cats, who love to be waited on, would really appreciate my learning more ways to wait on them! 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  23. A wonderful series which sounds delightful and special. Thanks for this great feature.

  24. Kathleen Costa

    How can this be a new-to-me series! I must have missed something…I love the theme and am in to get started on this series.

  25. Boy, blackmail never turns out well, does it?

  26. Wishin’ and hopin’ with fingers crossed and bated breath.

  27. Love this series and these authors. Raiders of the Lost Bark sounds like a stellar addition to the series. Remember, adopt, don’t shop!

  28. Thanks for the chance!

  29. Thanks, everyone! We hope you enjoy Raiders of the Lost Bark. Good luck on the drawing!!

  30. Love the cousins and can’t wait to see Melinda glamping!

  31. I would love to gift my daughter -in- law with one of your books. She loves dogs and needs to read some humorous books!

  32. Love anything about dogs, but this sounds spectacular!

  33. Love my puppy love books about dogs😍

  34. I’ve known about and wanted to start this series for awhile, but I’ve never been able to get a hold of even one book in it. So hoping this will be when I can because it has always sounded like a great series. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

  35. Marilyn Denler

    Read some in the series and hope to read the rest. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  36. Della Williamson

    I do so love cozy titles. It will be interesting to see how Melinda gets out of this one. So I hoping I’ll find out sooner rather than later. This blurb was so enticing. Thank you for a chance to get it sooner

  37. kayekillgore

    I love, love, love Sparkle Abbey

  38. Lynne Moody

    So Love Reading all kinds of Cozy mystery books 💟 Would Love a Chance to win the Fun sounding Book 💟💟

  39. Love the Pampered pet series i pamper my puppy daily😍