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Linda O. Johnston

by Cynthia Chow
& Linda Johnston


The owner of human bakery Icing and its adjacent canine-centered Barkery and Biscuits, Carrie Kennersly loves nothing more than creating and baking tasty treats for four-legged friends. Her dedication to only producing healthy products is why she has been so hesitant to sell a recipe to the major pet food manufacturer VimPets. The publicity and name recognition is tempting though, especially when they are made by the charming Jack Loroco.

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by Cynthia Chow


After moving to Destiny, California, to discover a bad luck connection with the death of her fiancé, Rory Chasen found herself surprisingly at home in the superstition-based town. Not only was she giving regular animal superstition lectures at the Break-a-Leg Theater, she was about to promote a new line of lucky pet toys she designed for the Lucky Dog Boutique.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Linda O. Johnston


Considering that Carrie Kennersly practically raised and continues to support her little brother, she is understandably still protective of 28 year-old Neal. The prime reason Carrie agrees to accompany Neal on the hiking tour he leads is to meet his new two-day-old love interest, Janelle Blaystone. Any initial reservations Carrie may have had are immediately set aside when she hears of Janelle’s heart-wrenching tale of losing her beloved Labrador, Goliath. Go was dognapped out of their dog park in LA, apparently only one a string of designer dogs and purebreds to have been snatched.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Linda O. Johnston


Rory Chasen came to Destiny, California, seeking answers to the portentous death of her fiancé after he walked under a ladder. What she found was a town that was the headquarters for all things superstitious, as well as a new job managing the Lucky Dog Boutique and selling superstitious pet-related items.

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by Cynthia Chow


Veterinarian technician Carrie Kennersly has just opened Barkery & Biscuits, an establishment featuring baked and cooked dog treats. She’s combining the “barkery” with Icing on the Cake, a bakery for humans. While requiring Carrie to apply arduous kitchen and hygiene procedures to meet legal human health regulations, her dog treats are as suitable for people as they are for their pets. Just not as sweet.

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Halloween, Superstitions And Me

IN THE October 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
SECTIONS

by Linda O. Johnston



Are you superstitious?
A lot of people say they’re not, yet they still cross their fingers, knock on wood, pick up coins from the sidewalk for luck—preferably heads-up pennies—and more.

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by Cynthia Chow



Aurora “Rory” Chasen may not believe in superstitions but she’s familiar with obsessions. The death of her fiancé, Warren, sends Rory on a quest to validate or contradict the superstition that seemed to predict his fate. Rory’s path begins with a book recommended by her librarian/best friend and leads to a visit to the author’s residence in the superstition-themed town of Destiny.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Last month we went to the LA Times Festival of Books and had a great time catching up with some of our favorite mystery authors. We have already posted 3 of our video interviews we did while we were there and now here are the final 3-Cara Black, Denise Hamilton and Linda O. Johnston. Enjoy!

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by Cynthia Chow


As the director of administration for the pet rescue shelter HotRescues, Lauren Vancouver would normally have reveled in the success of her chief benefactor, Dante DeFrancisco’s advertising campaign, promoting a new line of bejeweled pet collars. However, the ads featuring adorable Yorkies and other teacup pooches donning the HotPets Bling line have created a fad demand for the puppies and caused HotRescues to run low on their supply of adoptable tiny pups.

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Saving Pets By Relocating Them

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Linda O. Johnston


As you may know if you have read any of my Pet Rescue Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, each has focused on a particular theme involving animal rescues. My intent is to entertain readers with a fun cozy mystery, but I also hope that I can inform them about a different aspect of rescues that they may not be familiar with.

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by KRL Reviewers


KRL reviewed a lot of really good and great books in 2013, but we decided to give our best shot at choosing our top 5 of the year–some of us cheated a little, but here are our choices! And if you are an author who is not on the list, take heart–like I said, they were all good books!

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by Cynthia Chow


“There’s something about the car.” That first line in Gary Phillips’ introduction to this collection of car-themed short stories by the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime perfectly encapsulates the enigmatic atmosphere and introspection that so often occurs in our beloved automobiles. The close confines of a car and hours spent in traffic force us to either contemplate one’s own thoughts or have deeply intimate conversations with a seatmate without the requirement of uncomfortable eye contact. Some of our most memorable experiences are associated with our cars, and this is reflected in this wonderful compilation of short stories of love, hate and violence, all occurring within our vehicles.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur
& Linda O. Johnston


This week we have a review of the latest dog rescue mystery novel by Linda O. Johnston, Oodles of Poodles. We also have a great guest post from Linda that relates to the book–safety of animals in the movies. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book.

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by Terell Byrd




The compassionate and lively Lauren Vancouver is back in this third volume of the Pet Rescue Series by Linda O. Johnston. Lauren is the director of HotRescues, a no kill pet shelter in Southern California. She and her crew do what they can to save as many animals as possible.

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