HOUNDS ABOUND:
A Pet Rescue Mystery


By Linda O. Johnston

Berkley Prime Crime, April, 2012 ($7.99)

ISBN-13: 978-0-425-24705-1

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Save Them All Sanctuary, the newest no-kill animal shelter in Los Angeles is a haven for disabled and senior animals. However its very existence is endangered when the owner is suspected of killing her ex-husband. Enter Lauren Vancouver, amateur sleuth and director of HotRescues, another no-kill shelter in the San Fernando Valley. Lauren is determined to resolve the case.

Readers who enjoy animals in mysteries will be delighted with the rescued critters and the premise for this series. The protagonist is quite likable and smart; two very important qualities I prefer in my amateur sleuths.

The author is an adept storyteller and doesn't become preachy about her cause; homeless pets.

Books in the Pet Rescue series: BEAGLEMANIA, THE MORE THE TERRIER, and HOUNDS ABOUND. The author also writes the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries.

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