Hi, I’m Carrie Kennersly. I’ve been here at Dru’s Book Musings before and am delighted to be back. Though I never set out to solve murders, I’m still doing so, and that’s resulted in my being featured in a mystery series, the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries. So far, they’ve included Bite the Biscuit and To Catch a Treat, and, yes, there will be a new one soon, available in May. I understand it’s called Bad To The Bone.
So what do I really do in my life? By choice, I’m a veterinary technician, but I always wanted to be my own boss. As a vet tech I developed some pretty special dog treats and when I got the opportunity to buy a human bakery and turn half into a barkery in the town where I now live, Knobcone Heights, California–well, I just had to do it. Now, my Barkery and Biscuits is where I sell my dog treats and I also sell human baked goods in Icing on the Cake, which is next door.
And who helps me? Well, Biscuit, for one–my adorable golden miniature poodle-terrier mix, although she has to stay in the Barkery and not in Icing or the joint kitchen. I also have several wonderful and devoted assistants who help bake both kinds of goods and sell them in the respective shops.
Oh, and by the way, I’m still a part-time vet tech at the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic–and I’ve been dating Dr. Reed Storme, one of the vets there.
So why do I get involved solving this latest murder? Well, Jack Loroco of VimPets, a large national pet supply company–you may have heard of it–has been after me for a while to sell him some of the recipes for my special dog treats. Lately, he’s also been dating my friend Billi Matlock, who is not only a city councilwoman but also owns the Robust Retreat day spa, and–even more important to me–runs Mountaintop Rescue, the wonderful local animal shelter.
But the most recently time Jack came here to visit he brought along Wanda Addler, an ambitious woman who also worked for VimPets. She wasn’t a very nice lady–and guess who became a murder victim. I didn’t think Jack killed her, nor Billi, either–and so I had to help figure out who really did her in.
That whole situation is described in Bad To The Bone. I hope that’s the last murder I have to solve… but I suspect it isn’t.
You can read more about Carrie in Bad To The Bone, the third book in the “Barkery & Biscuits” mystery series.
Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend, Billi Matlock, doesn’t hurt his cause. But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack.
After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.
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About the author
Linda O. Johnston writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries for Midnight Ink, as well as the Superstition Mysteries. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mysteries and the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery series, for Berkley Prime Crime. In addition, she writes the Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne, about a covert military unit of shapeshifters, as well as novels for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, including the upcoming K-9 Ranch miniseries. Visit her at www.LindaOJohnston.com
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Bad To The Bone is available at retail and online booksellers or you can ask your local library to get it for you.