Before I make dinner, I have one last review I need to share with you today. Of course, I have already fed the animals (they do not wait). I used to have a cat named Punkin that would wake me up at 5 a.m. for breakfast! Nothing could stop that cat. He was very determined.
Purebred Dead: A Canine Mystery by Kathleen Delaney is the first book in A Mary McGill Mystery series. Mary McGill is a retired home economics teacher living in Santa Louisa, California. She spends her time helping with various fund raisers around town (a lot of them). Mary is the chair of the Victorian Christmas Extravaganza which is taking place that night. She is on the steps of the library when Dalia comes running up to her. Someone was lying in the manager and would not get up. Mary finds Dr. Cliff Matthews dead in the manger. Cliff is a retired vet (lost his license due to drinking). Dalia and her brother, Ronaldo also found a puppy near the body. Why would a puppy be there?
Don Dunham, Santa Louisa’s Chief of Police (and Mary’s nephew) quickly arrives at the scene. The kids are quickly escorted from the scene. Mary decides to investigate the crime. She starts asking questions around town and finds out that the puppy is an important clue to the case. Mary follows her leads (from her questions) while doing her charity work to find the killer. Will Mary be able to keep herself and the children safe until the person responsible is apprehended?
Purebred Dead was a cute and fun cozy mystery. The mystery was not super complicated nor was it very simple (though I did solve it). The writer has a nice conversational style that makes the book a delight to read. I give Purebred Dead 4 out of 5 stars. I do not know how Mary has time for all her charity work (just reading about it was exhausting). The characters are pleasing in the novel and I liked the descriptions of the various animals. If you relish reading cozy mysteries, give Purebred Dead a try.
I received a complimentary copy of Purebred Dead from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Amazon listed some new cozy mysteries today. They will not be out until next March, but they look good (I love pre-ordering). I will tell you about some of them tomorrow! Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader