Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Review: Doggone Deadly by Deborah Blake


About the Book

Cozy Mystery



Release Date
November 16, 2021

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Kari Stuart is roped into helping out at a dog show--but soon finds she's bitten off more than she can chew when her best friend is framed for murder in this new Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery.

When the woman running the big regional dog show calls out sick, dog groomer Suz Holden is asked to take over. But it's too much for her to handle by herself-- considering the president of the kennel club, Olivia Weiner, criticizes her at every turn--so she calls in her best friend, Kari Stuart, for help.

A long, stressful day goes from bad to worse when a local breeder is found dead, and the murder weapon seems to incriminate Suz.

While Kari knows her friend isn't guilty, the police aren't so sure, especially after a second murder points to Suz again. But trying to run a dog show and investigate a murder at the same time is like herding cats, and Kari will have to rely on the rest of the Serenity Sanctuary staff to keep things running smoothly while she--and her beloved and clever kitten, Queenie--sniff out the truth.

My Review

Kari Stuart, owner of Serenity Sanctuary, is asked to help her best friend, Suz Holden, at the regional dog show.  Kari is more than happy to help and even sets up a booth to promote her new animal shelter, Serenity Sanctuary.  The workload causes much stress especially to Suz, who is constantly being criticized by the president of the kennel club.  

Things really get stressful after Suz has an argument with a local breeder and the breeder is found dead at the show.  The cops immediately suspect Suz of the murder.  When another body turns up at the show, Suz again finds herself the suspect in not one but two murders.  Kari, along with her adorable black kitten, Queenie search for a killer.

This is the second book in the series.  I thought it was as good as the first.  The mysteries are contained within each book so there are no cliffhangers, but it’s worthwhile to start at the beginning and see how Kari became the owner of an animal shelter.

I adored Kari right from the start of the first book and I still adore her.  The characters are well written and well developed.  Very likeable.  Even kitty Queenie has her own personality.  She very non-chalantly points Kari in the right direction.  

There are a few possible suspects.  I admit I was able to guess the culprit before the book ended, but I so loved the journey getting there.   It’s one of those fast-paced mysteries that I couldn’t put down until I knew everything.  This is such a captivating series.  Animal lovers will love this one.  I want more!

For reading challenges:

Cruisin’ thru The Cozies Reading Challenge 2022
What An Animal Reading Challenge 2022
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2022
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2022

Disclosure:  I borrowed this one from the library.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. Such a fun series.

  2. Cozy mysteries are the best reads.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week. ♥

  3. I downloaded this from my library and plan to read it soon! The dogs on the cover convinced me.

  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I've really been enjoying this series and can't wait to see where it goes.


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