Tuesday, November 1, 2016

REVIEW: Pet in Peril

Pet in Peril
Author: Marie Celine

**I received a copy of this upcoming book from Severn House via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review**

Gourmet Pet Chef Kitty Karlyle is finally seeing some success. Her new television show, The Pampered Pet, has 3 episodes completed and she's awaiting her first paycheck to help her ailing finances. According to her bestie and roommate, Fran, it isn't only Kitty's finances that are hurting. Her pets, Fred and Barney, are depressed. Following a trip to a pet psychologist, Kitty takes her pets and her friend on a vacation to a swanky pet spa. Her producer decides to film the next episode of The Pampered Pet on location at the Little Switzerland Resort and Spa for Pets.  The trip goes downhill from there after another spa guest is strangled in his room, and Fran becomes the prime murder suspect.

Pet in Peril is the third book in the Pet Chef Mystery series. This is the first book in the series that I have read, but I was able to jump right in and enjoy without any trouble. The mystery is well-paced, with plenty of humor and quirky fun. With gourmet pet chefs and doggie psychologists in the mix, how can you not have a zany, good time?

I like Kitty Karlyle as a main character. She has an unusual job, but works hard to be able to continue doing what she enjoys. The supporting characters complement Kitty perfectly. I think Fran was my favorite character in this book. She is sassy and not afraid to voice her opinion, even when she's a murder suspect.

As with most cozies, the plot really isn't all that realistic, but I don't read cozy mysteries for a dose of real life. It's more fun to read about LA Celebrity pet chefs and murderous mayhem at an upscale pet spa. The cover art is absolutely darling -- what a cute dog!!

The mystery plot was a bit predictable, but fun. All in all, an enjoyable quick read! I will definitely be reading more of this series!

This book will be published by Severn House on December 1st. Pet lovers and cozy mystery enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this book!

Marie Celine is a psudonym for author Glenn Meganck. He also writes under the name J.R. Ripley. For more information on the Pet Chef books, check out Meganck's website: www.glennmeganck.com

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