Jul 1, 2021

Ruff and Tumble by Chelsea Thomas

Hello my cozy friends, 

Today I am reviewing “Ruff and Tumble” by Chelsea Thomas, the 2nd instalment in the Dog Groomer Mystery series.  This is a spin off from their popular Apple Orchard Mystery series which features Amy the dog groomer and her poker loving Granny Petunia.  

Every dog has his day. And so does every person. 

“This new series from Chelsea Thomas is just as good as the apple orchard series. Read it for humor, heart and plenty of cute little animals!”

Amy opened a pet salon in her quaint hometown, just outside of Hollywood, and she’s cleaned up every dog in the village. 

Well, almost every dog.

There’s a Hollywood mogul living up in the hills who refuses to have her little chihuahua groomed. The woman says she doesn’t trust anyone with her precious fur baby, but Amy wears her down, and schedules an in-home grooming appointment.

Amy expects that the lady is going to be nicer than people say, and she looks forward to the appointment. But when Amy arrives for the grooming…

…the woman is dead.

When the cops arrive, the body of the Hollywood mogul is nowhere to be found! Amy realizes she’s going to have to solve this murder or no one else will, so she and her grumpy Granny take the case.

Within days, the ladies start getting warnings. “Stay away.” “Don’t look for something you don’t want to find.” “You’re next.”

Will our heroes catch the killer on time, or will they be victims number two and three? 

I really enjoy the main characters and their interactions with each other had me laughing a couple times.  I love the relationship that the trio of Amy, Petunia and Betsy have together. Betsy, reminds me of Teeny from the original series providing the comedic moments. I did find the banter distracting sometimes or a bit much but I still enjoyed the mystery.

I really enjoy hearing fluffy the cat tell his story every other chapter. This time it was a mini mystery of how Lucky the dog was getting treats.

The plot is very good it pulled me in right away and moves at a steady pace.  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. 

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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