With a veterinarian dad and a pet-rescuing mom, helping animals is a family business for the Dentons—but after a shocking murder, it’s Liz Denton’s son who might end up in a cage . . .
Sadly, Timothy Fuller is too old and infirm to continue caring for his beloved Pomeranian, Stewie, who is also elderly. But finding Stewie a new home has been challenging. Fortunately, Liz Denton and her son, Ben, are on the case. With two beagles and a calico currently residing under their roof, they’re always ready to provide care in an emergency.
But a rival rescue group is already there when they show up at the Fuller house—along with a nurse and Mr. Fuller’s sour-faced son. After an unpleasant argument, they reschedule the pickup for later. But by the time she gets back, Stewie is an orphan. Mr. Fuller has been found with a knife in his back. And Ben, who’d stopped off to visit one of Mr. Fuller’s neighbors, has been collared. Now solving the mystery is Liz’s only hope for rescuing her own son . . .
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About the Author
Alex Erickson has always wanted to write, even at a young, impressionable age. He’s always had an interest in the motive behind murder, which has led him down his current path. He’s always ready with a witty—at least in his opinion—quip, and tries to keep every conversation light and friendly. Alex lives in Ohio with his family and resident felines, who provide endless amounts of inspiration. You can visit him on Twitter at twitter.com/AEricksonbooks and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/alexericksonbooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A promising endeavor starring cute pets and a strong protagonist, plus a satisfying mystery. Liz Denton is a pet rescuer/foster mom who runs Furever Pets Rescue. She becomes ensnared in a quarrel over an older Pomeranian dog when his elderly owner, Mr. Fuller, suddenly meets his untimely demise. Worse, Liz’s son, Ben is arrested for the murder. Fuller’s son refuses to relinquish the dog, Stewie, although he despises him, and Liz is worried for the dog’s safety. The story moves along at a nice pace with humorous moments throughout. Various suspects are highlighted, question-marked, and discarded as Liz and her daughter, Amelia work quickly to establish means, motive, and opportunity and solve the case. I enjoyed the story and look forward to future books in the Furever Pets Cozy Series. I reviewed a galley ARC provided by the publisher, Kensington, for an honest review. Thank you.
This is a fun start to what looks like it should be a great series. I love the idea of the pet adoption agency. Right away I could tell Liz was in this because she genuinely loved pets, but her competitor Courtney was all about the money. Liz was an awesome character. I liked that she's a bit older than the usual protagonist, meaning she's got a grown son and a college-age daughter. She doesn't always make the best or safest decisions, but honestly, what amateur sleuth does, right? ;) Little Wheels the cat was a great character too! I've mainly only heard of dogs needing wheels for their back legs, particularly dachshunds because of their long bodies being susceptible to disc disease. But sweet little Wheels had been born with useless back legs. With her wheels, she could zip around faster than any of the pets staying with Liz. Wheels was Liz's own cat, and she thought sometimes about adopting a permanent buddy for her. I really enjoyed the mystery which had some good red herrings. Just as I'd like one person for the murder, I'd switch to someone else. I was completely surprised by the reveal, which came after a pretty cool stakeout and showdown. I loved that Liz's daughter Amelia ended up helping her in the investigation. They made a really nice team. Ben and Manny were good father/son characters. This was just a nice little family, which is a pleasant break from the usual pattern of cozy mysteries having the main character just having broken up with someone and ending up with a triangle, or more, of people they like. (I still like any cozy pattern-minus the triangle lol--but different is good too!) I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series!
There are the makings of a good cozy mystery here but also many serious problems. Foremost, parents would drop everything--not return to work or be making vegetable soup--if their son was arrested for murder. Such a devastating occurrence would be all-consuming for them until he was, at least, out on bail. Also, errors regarding the definition of ringlets (tight curls very difficult if not impossible to pull into a ponytail messy or not) and between soup and stew (one thin and one thick in consistency) completely detract from the story. I'm not even half way through the book and likely won't finish, which is quite unusual for me. Fire your editor.