Sunday, January 4, 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. Meow is for Murder is the fourth book in the series and another book that captured me from the very beginning to the very exciting life of Kendra Ballantyne.
In the last book Kendra got her law license back and starting working with a very understand boss who let her pet-sit and bring in her own pet law clients to the firm. The only stipulation to this is that she has to help him with his own law cases. We also learned that Kendra's sexy P.I. Jeff Hubbard didn't tell her about being married once and divorced to a very bitchy woman named Amanda. Well now in this book Amanda is going to be a big part of Kendra's murder magnet mystery because Amanda's stalker turns up dead in her home. She then makes Kendra an offer she can’t refuse: solve the case, and Amanda will take her claws out of Jeff for good, which is something that Kendra really wants to happen. But it won’t be easy because there’s a litter of suspects, two slinky Bengal cats are the only witnesses to the crime, and Jeff and Amanda seem cozier than ever. Worst of all someone’s threatening to harm Lexie, Kendra’s beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniel, but the killer seems to have forgotten one very important fact. Because when it comes to crime solving, Kendra Ballantyne is the cat’s meow since she has already solved three murder cases before.
I loved reading this book because it was funny and suspenseful with Kendra trying to juggle her pet-sitting job, her lawyer job and also to solve a murder case. Jeff was a bit more annoying and frustrating in this novel that I wanted to personally smack him in the face as much as Kendra did some times throughout the book. I also did not like but didn't hate Amanda because she can be bitchy and annoying especially when she's around Kendra or Jeff. The murder mystery of Amanda's stalker was very interesting indeed and I had no idea who it could have been until it was brought to my attention at the end of the book. I sometimes have a suspicion of who the murderer is in a mystery novel but in this series it is always so damn hard to tell who did it until Kendra finally gets to the point of exposing the murder. But that doesn't stop me from loving Kendra and all the other characters in this amazing series that I so gladly discovered. Here is the description of the book from the back cover and picture:
MEOW IS FOR MURDER $ 6.99 (Book 4)(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…

Meow is for Murder

When Jeff Hubbard’s vixen of an ex-wife, Amanda, asks for help avoiding her stalker, it’s all Kendra can do not to hiss and scratch. But when that stalker turns up dead in Amanda’s home, she makes Kendra an offer she can’t refuse: solve the case, and Amanda will take her claws out of Jeff for good. It won’t be easy: There’s a litter of suspects, two slinky Bengal cats are the only witnesses to the crime, and Jeff and Amanda seem cozier than ever. Worst of all someone’s threatening to harm Lexie, Kendra’s beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniel. But the killer seems to have forgotten one very important fact…When it comes to crime solving, Kendra Ballantyne is the cat’s meow.

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I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre.
 
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