Get Fluffy - Sparkle Abbey
Released March 2012
Bell Bridge Books
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
The second book in the "A Pampered Pets Mystery" series is just as delightful as the first. This time, it's Mel (Caro's cousin) who takes center stage. Those who read book one, Desperate Housedogs, know of Mel and Caro's longstanding feud over their grandmother's brooch. If you missed book one, Get Fluffy is still enjoyable, but having the background between Mel and Caro is an essential part of the experience.
Mel Langston owns the Bow Wow Boutique in Laguna Beach, and that puts her in the right spot to know all of the pampered pets in Laguna Beach. After throwing a glass of red wine at one of her prissier clients, Mona Michaels, during a fundraiser, shortly after being accused of giving another woman's dog fleas, Mel's had enough, even her boyfriend suggests she heads home to cool off.
The next day, Mel winds up with Mona's ritzy poodle, a pet star named Fluffy. When she drives out to Mona's house to return her, she stumbles upon Mona's body. Mel's cleared as a suspect, but her best friend isn't. While police keep telling her not to do her own snooping, much like her cousin, Mel can't resist the urge to get to the bottom of this high society murder.
I hated Mel in book one. I totally sided with Caro, but now that I've read Get Fluffy, I find I like both cousins equally. I honestly can't wait to read the next book in the series and witness more of the cousins' antics.
Mel is a spitfire with a tongue to match. Her call-it-as-I-see-it attitude had me snickering more times than I could count. If you enjoy pet-themed cozy mysteries, you can't go wrong with Sparkle Abbey's books.