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  • Who says you can’t go home?

    Ally Winter has settled into life back in Willow Bluff. Her veterinary practice is growing and life is good. When she takes one of the dogs she is boarding for a walk, the dog runs off and comes back with a woman’s shoe. Ally tracks the dog’s prints and finds a young woman wearing the other shoe, strangled beneath a tree. Noah is on the case as the local detective, but Gramps can’t seem to leave it alone and begins digging around on his own. Even after Noah warms Gramps and Ally to leave it alone, they just can’t walk away. Now it’s a race to the finish and could be the end of the line for them if they don’t watch their step. Any series with animals is likely to be a favorite of mine. This added to the solid mystery and likable characters will leave you wanting more like I do. What I wouldn’t give to have the opportunity to go home and spend time with my own Gramps once again. At least I can live through books, which have been a godsend during the pandemic and continue to bring me much needed respite from reality at times.

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  • A lighthearted whodunit!

    Tailing Trouble by Laura Scott is the second book in A Furry Friends Mysteries. Tailing Trouble can be read as a standalone. The story has likeable characters especially Gramps. He is a hoot. I like the premise of a veterinarian who investigates crimes with her grandfather. However, I felt the story was bogged down with the day-to-day details of Ally’s life. Her visits to Legacy House to visit Gramps, partaking of the meals at Legacy House (or not because she does not want to gain too much weight), walking the dogs, taking Gramps to library, etc. I understand that she needs to walk the dogs, but the readers do not need to know each and every time that she does it. It becomes tedious after a while. Ally manages to get a patient or two. Ally is treating a cat and it scratches her. This makes Ally look like a bad vet. A good vet knows how to hold a cat properly to avoid getting scratched or bitten (at least the ones I have gone to know how to hold a cat properly). She has two dogs fighting in the clinic which results in her losing a client shows us again that she is not the best vet. I wish the author had showed Ally in a more professional light. She does manage to take her boarder dog, Domino in hand. I did find the interactions between Noah and Ally to be awkward and their dialogue stilted. The mystery was interesting. I wish there had been more investigation and less wild speculation (Gramps). I tired of Noah telling Ally and Gramps to stay out of the investigation. I like how everything tied together in the end, though, the ending was rushed. I am curious as to how Ally can keep her practice going with so few patients. She tells us often that she does not have patients (very true) and cannot afford a receptionist or assistant. I am curious how she can pay the bills with the one to two patients a week. Of course, if Ally’s business were not slow, she would not have time to take Gramps to lunch, the library, visit Legacy House, and solve crimes. This series still needs work (a few tweaks). Tailing Trouble is a lighthearted tale with a playful poodle, a rash of robberies, a dashing detective, an eager elder, flavorful feasts, and a curious killing.

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  • Fast Moving and Fun Cozy Mystery

    I picked up this book because I enjoy cozy mysteries and love dogs. I was pleased on both counts. Dogs fill the pages and are integral to the story. The story is great. The plot is well done, the characters are believable and the ending makes sense. While this is part of a series, the book stands alone well. Past information is shared as needed and I never felt lost. The Gramps character is fun and unforgettable. But yelling into a cell phone like it was 1960s long-distance just does not make sense for a man in his 80s in today's world. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • Riveting!

    I was happy to dive into Tailing Trouble, the follow up to "Dogged by Death", part of the Furry Friends Mystery series set in Willow Bluff, Wisconsin, featuring veterinarian, Ally Winter. I got to meet up with Ally again who had a challenging time, losing her fiancé, Tim Mathai, and her co-owned vets practice. Protagonist Ally had been living in Madison but moved back to Willow Bluff. Her granddad, Oscar has had surgery and needs some aftercare, so Ally has stepped in. Ally is continuing the process of building up her new practice, Furry Friends Veterinary Clinic in Willow Bluff as its sole owner. Ally is looking after Domino, a black standard poodle and on a walk along the shore of Lake Michigan, Domino runs off, returning with a red and white polka dot shoe. Ally recognises it as belonging to Pricilla Green, the young cleaner at Furry Friends and underneath a weeping willow, they find the shoe's pair, still attached to its owner's leg. Pricilla has a silk scarf around her neck. This was an excellent, absorbing cozy mystery. Ally and her chirpy granddad, in particular, were great characters and excellent in their respective roles and of course, Roxy, Ally's boxer deserves a mention. With its injections of humour and splashes of romance, I enjoyed my time trying to solve the crime alongside Ally right up until the finale. I will be watching out for book three and look forward to spending more time with Ally, Oscar and the Willow Bluff Widows in Wisconsin. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Loved it!

    veterinarian, small-business, small-town, law-enforcement, Midwest, family-dynamics, senior-sleuths, situational-humor, verbal-humor, murder-investigation, pets, dogs***** She's a veterinarian with a dog of her own, an exasperating grandpa, a hope to go on a date with the local police chief, and a habit of finding murdered bodies. She acquires her friend's standard sized poodle (ostensibly) for a few days, but it all goes to dog fur from there on. The publisher's blurb is a good hook (despite having no clue about the size of a standard poodle), and spoilers won't do, so I'll just say that I absolutely LOVED it! Can't call this an unbiased review because I also loved the last book, too, but I do think that it works as a stand alone. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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