May 24, 2021

A New Leash on Life by Chelsea Thomas

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing A New Leash on Life by Chelsea Thomas, book one in the Dog Groomer Mystery series.  This is a spin off from their popular Apple Orchard Mystery series featuring Amy the dog groomer and her poker loving Granny Petunia.  I love the apple orchard series so thought I would give this one a try,  part of me wondered if I would like Amy and Petunia as much as I do Chelsea, Miss May and Teeny...
Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed.

Every person, and every pet, loves Amy...

...except the guilty.

In a small town, where dog parks are plenty, every street is tree-lined, and if you throw a frisbee, ten cute puppies chase it down, there are still secrets behind every bend.

Murder echoes loudest in small towns.

Amy’s heartbroken, dead broke and as positive and joyful as they come. She’s opening a pet salon with her grumpy Granny after a stressful stint in Pine Grove. But when Amy’s first and only customer is murdered, she realizes if she doesn't catch the killer, the grand opening of her pet salon could be ruined.

Who would have killed Amy’s customer?

Hot shot rookie cop Michael Fine thinks Amy committed the murder. Amy and Granny know he’s wrong, but they don’t have proof. There’s a killer on the loose in their little slice of heaven and if the ladies don't solve the mystery they could lose their business...or worse.

You’ll adore this clean cozy because everyone loves funny mysteries with tons of cute, tiny animals.

I really enjoy the main characters and their interactions with each other had me laughing a couple times.  I love the relationship that Amy and her Granny have with each other and find it to be very realistic. The new characters like Betsy, I found to be just a quirky and funny. 

I also enjoyed hearing fluffy the cat tell his story every other chapter.

The plot is very good it pulled me in right away and moves at a steady pace.  I can imagine the character coming to life in my mind as if I was really there. 

I thought I had identified the killer early in the book but as I read on there were red herrings galore that I second guessed myself. When the murderer was finally revealed had been right.

I highly recommend this series to all my fellow cozy mystery lovers. 

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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