Saturday, January 3, 2009
I love mystery novels especially when they have a a mix of romance in the plot so when I won an autographed copy of one of Linda O. Johnston's Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery I knew I had to get all of them to read. I also thought this series was very intriguing because it involved animals which even though I've never had any pets of my own I've got family who have had dogs and cats as pets. There are 6 books in this series so far but the 7th book in the series called Never Say Sty is going to be coming out on Tuesday, April 7th which is a day I look forward to because it is going to be good. Fine-Feathered Death is the third book in the series and another book that captured me from the very beginning to the very exciting life of Kendra Ballantyne. Kendra was one a litigator with a high-powered L.A. law firm until scandal forced her resignation and when at wit's end, desperate, and broke, she's now had to rent her Hollywood home to strangers that we see more of in the second book.
So she's had to move into the maid's quarters above her garage for a place to live and even jumped at a new job offer as a freelance pet-sitter. Her life has gone to the dogs and who'd have guessed it would be so dangerous when Kendra finds one of her first pet-sitting clients stabbed to death in his upscale Toluca Lake home in the first book Sit, Stay, Slay and then finds out who the murderer was at the end. But things get very interesting in the second book, Nothing to Fear but Ferrets, because Kendra knows that the furry ferrets her tenants keep are illegal, but she didn’t realize they could be downright criminal. That was one interesting novel especially since it's always so much fun to finally find out who the murderer after so much mystery and mayham. So now it's the third book in the series and Kendra is a litigator again but this time she has decided that it is only going to be a part-time job because she loves pet-sitting too much to give it up completely. She's very lucky that an old senior partner from her previous firm has taken all of his clients and open up his own firm with the intention of making law fun and exciting.
Kendra has the free time she needs to pet-sit and also to bring in her own clients with pet legal problems as long as she helps out on cases with her new boss' clients. Things were also heating up and cooling down between Kendra and sexy P.I. Jeff Hubbard since she finally finds out that he had been married before but never thought to mention that he was divorced. Now his ex-wife Amanda has back to his life because she needs help with a stalker and that is causing friction between Jeff and Kendra's budding relationship which has gotten a bit hotter in the last book when Jeff tells Kendra he loves her and wants her to move in with him. But back to the murder mystery and it all starts with Kendra having to work closely on a new case with law partner Ezra Cossner. But things stop short when he’s found murdered in his office and the only witness is of the avian persuasion—and Gigi, Ezra’s blue macaw, can only say her own name and sing “99 Bottles of Beer.” The list of suspects grows and grows, and whodunit nobody knows—unless Kendra can get Gigi to change her tune. This is another amazing mystery book that I couldn't put down and devoured very quickly because I want to know more about Kendra and Jeff's love triangle and also to see what other murder mystery Kendra stumbles upon. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
FINE-FEATHERED DEATH $ 6.99 (Book 3)(261 Pages)

Kendra Ballantyne, Esq., is flying high. Her license to practice law has been rightfully restored. She’s dating the foxiest P.I. in all of L.A. And best of all, since she moonlights as a pet-sitter, she gets to see her furry best friends every day. And these cuddly clients beat out her cranky two-legged ones, paws-down…
Fine-Feathered Death
To earn a much-need feather in her cap, Kendra must work closely on a new case with law partner Ezra Cossner. But things stop short when he’s found murdered in his office. The only witness is of the avian persuasion—and Gigi, Ezra’s blue macaw, can only say her own name and sing “99 Bottles of Beer.” The list of suspects grows and grows, and whodunit nobody knows—unless Kendra can get Gigi to change her tune…

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