Friday, February 1, 2013

"Oodles of Poodles" Book Tour

Shelter manager and pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver once again takes on the role of amateur sleuth when there's a murder on a film set...

Has Hollywood gone to the dogs? Pet rescuer Lauren Vancouver is observing production on a new movie called Sheba's Story. The title character--a whit miniature poodle--is played by many similar-looking poodles, and to make sure no animals are harmed, Lauren's friend, veterinarian Carlie Stellan, and Grant, a handsome representative from the American Humane Association, are on location. But when the film's director is killed in a suspicious hit-and-run after arguing with Carlie about animal safety, it's up to Lauren to clear her friend's name and catch a killer before someone else ends up in oodles of deadly trouble.

This is the second book I've read by this author, Linda O. Johnston, and I was not disappointed. As a pet lover and owner of a toy poodle, Joey surrounded by his "Oodles of Poodles" this book holds a warm spot in my heart.

This was just a fun and delightful who-done-it poodle puppy caper mystery. Not in the sense that the puppies solved the mystery, but they were just there to make the story that much more interesting. 

I am a pet lover, so that made the book all that much better. Not only is there pet love, but the book has mystery, romance, and lots and lots of animals.  There is also lots of mystery, I loved the way I was kept guessing right until the end as to who was the guilty person.

I understand this is the fourth book in this series, however, it was a stand alone book also. I will be looking forward to reading other books by this author.

This is my favorite kind of reading, pets, mystery, and a bit of romance. I liked it so much I awarded it 5*****

This book was provided to me by "Cozy Mystery Book Tours"  and the author, Linda O. Johnston, to read and give an honest review. Thank you Linda for a  few pleasant days of reading, and the wonderful visit to California. I enjoyed reading your novel. Actually, after I started reading it, I had trouble putting it down.

A special thanks to "Cozy Mystery Book Tours" for inviting me to be a part of this book tour.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Author Bio
Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year. Since then, Linda has had more short stories published, plus ten mysteries and eighteen romance novels.

Linda’s new Pet Rescue Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime is a spinoff from her successful Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series. The Pet Rescue Mysteries debuted in March 2011 with BEAGLEMANIA, followed in October 2011 by THE MORE THE TERRIER and in April 2012 by HOUNDS ABOUND. OODLES OF POODLES will be published in February 2013. Protagonist Lauren Vancouver runs a no-kill pet shelter in LA’s San Fernando Valley and will do anything to save animals. In the Pet Rescue Mysteries, “no-kill” means pets, not people!

Linda also writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne including the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters. So far, they include ALPHA WOLF, ALASKAN WOLF, and GUARDIAN WOLF, and the Nocturne Bites "Claws of the Lynx," which is contained in the print anthology AWAKENING THE BEAST. “Hawk’s Challenge” and “Cougar’s Conquest,” also Nocturne Bites, were published in October and November 2011, respectively. UNDERCOVER WOLF will be published early in 2013.

Linda's first Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel UNDERCOVER SOLDIER was published in July 2012.

Linda has also been a transactional lawyer and loves writing contracts as well as fiction. She has taught courses on romance writing at the California State University, Northridge College of Extended Learning and The Learning Annex in Los Angeles. She has spoken on romance writing and mystery writing at various chapters and conferences of the Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime chapters, the Independent Writers of Southern California, and the Surrey Writers’ Conference. She has additionally presented a variety of programs at libraries and bookstores.

Linda is a member of the Los Angeles chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, and International Thriller Writers.


  1. This is a book for me. I have loved all her animal mystery novels and this is the latest one! I must try to find it! Nice review.

  2. I love mysteries, I love romance and I loooooove dogs, so this is right up my alley! And with your spectacular review, I'll have to pick this one up. Thanks!

    PS - love that picture of your little guy.

  3. This book sounds wonderful. I never heard of animal mysteries before. Love the photo!!

  4. awwww...Oodles of Poodles sounds great. Cute pic too!