About the Book:
Ally Winter is going through a ruff patch. The thirty-something
veterinarian lost her fiancé, her clinic, and her savings in rapid
succession. So when Ally’s grandfather undergoes hip replacement
surgery, she moves back to Willow Bluff, Wisconsin, to care for him.
She arrives home, tail between her legs, only to find sleazy lawyer
Marty Shawlin murdered in his home office. And the only witness was
Marty’s faithful boxer, Roxy.
Quick as a greyhound, Noah Jorgensen is on the case. The good news is, he’s the best detective around. The bad news, at least the way Ally sees it, is that Noah is still just as fetching as he was back in high school. He also just happens to have witnessed every embarrassing incident that befell accident-prone Ally–including the fire-ant attack that set tongues wagging and won her the unshakable nickname Hot Pants.
Meanwhile, true-crime aficionado Gramps fancies himself a sleuth, and he is doggedly determined to sniff out the culprit himself…with Ally’s reluctant help, of course. Ally has no choice but to team up with Noah–and the irrepressible Roxy–to solve the case while keeping Gramps on a short leash.
Ally had better learn some new tricks, lickety-split. Because if she can’t bring the killer to heel, she won’t just be playing dead.
This is a fun cozy novel in a new series by Scott. The plot presents a good mystery with a plethora of suspects. It's the characters that make this novel so much fun. Gramps is a great character and a suitable amateur sleuth. While elderly and limited in his actions, he has a rumor mill that gets him more information than the police can uncover. He has a way with women too, getting them to reveal vital facts the police overlook. I liked Ally too although I don't understand how she could be gone so much from her veterinary clinic when she was trying to build her business. Doesn't she know about walk ins?
Scott's writing style is easy to read. The plot is good and characters engaging. I like the idea of a dog helping Ally and Gramps investigating, even if he did produce many red herrings. There are bits of suspense here and there and a potential romance in the future. I look forward to reading another in the series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author:
Laura Scott has loved stories since childhood. When she ran out of ones to read she began writing her own. She wrote her first teen novel at thirteen and her first romance at seventeen. She and her husband live in Wisconsin and have two adult children. You can find out more at https://www.laurascottbooks.com/.
Crooked Lane Books, 320 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post are publisher and author descriptions.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)