Pampered Pets

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 114 ratings

Desperate Housedogs Publisher's Summary

In posh Laguna Beach, murder has gone to the dogs.

When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist, makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German shepherds, she expects frantic dogs; she expects a frantic dog owner; she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn't expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.

Detective Judd Malone scanned my living room, his baby blues taking in my overstuffed couch, easy chairs and crowded bookshelves. My cats, Thelma and Louise, perched in the window sill, replete with tuna. Each opened an eye and then, unimpressed, went back to their beauty sleep. Dogbert climbed from his doggie bed, trotted over for a sniff, but then also dismissed Malone and went back to his nap.

"Can I get you something to drink?" I asked.

Some hospitality is automatic. Even when you have an unannounced guest. Even a guest who might arrest you. He shook his head and continued his scan.

"Well, then. What can I help you with, Detective?"

"I understand you visited Kevin Blackstone today?"

"Yes, I did. I'm the behavioral counselor for his German shepherds. What about Kevin?" I had a really bad feeling about this.

Malone arched a brow. "Kevin Blackstone is dead."

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of two mystery authors (Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter). They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. The pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets - Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita. Visit the authors at www.SparkleAbbey.com.

©2011 Anita Lee and Mary Lee Woods (P)2012 Bell Bridge Books
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  • Book 1

    • Desperate Housedogs

    • By: Sparkle Abbey
    • Narrated by: Frances Fuller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    When Caro Lamont, former psychologist turned pet therapist, makes a house call to help Kevin Blackstone with his two misbehaving German shepherds, she expects frantic dogs; she expects a frantic dog owner; she even expects frantic neighbors. What she doesn't expect is that two hours later the police will find Kevin dead, his dogs impounded; and that as the last person to see Kevin alive (well, except for the killer) she is suddenly a person of interest, at least according to Homicide Detective Judd Malone.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Good

    • By Maria on 07-16-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Get Fluffy

    • A Pampered Pets Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Sparkle Abbey
    • Narrated by: Amanda Terman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Disgraced Texas beauty queen, Melinda (Mel) Langston, owns Laguna Beach's Bow Wow Boutique. Mona Michaels, Mel's most despised client, owns a star dog, Fluffy, who's worth millions. When Mona is found whacked in the head with Fluffy's Daytime Emmy, everyone wants Fluffy, but someone won't stop at murder to get the pooch. Secrets. Blackmail. Mel tackles the case like a dog with a bone. But can she dig up the truth before the killer buries her?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable listen!

    • By Matthew on 04-03-13

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Kitty Kitty Bang Bang

    • By: Sparkle Abbey
    • Narrated by: Karen Commins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Caro Lamont, pet therapist, and her cousin Melinda Langston, owner of The Bow Wow Boutique, pamper the kitties and pooches of Laguna Beach's elites. Unfortunately, their human clients keep turning up dead.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun, Southern Comfort Cozy

    • By asassyvic on 10-24-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Yip/Tuck

    • By: Sparkle Abbey
    • Narrated by: Karen Commins
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    One of Laguna Beach's best-known plastic surgeons may need a new leash on life. Unless he's just taking a very long nap on the bench outside Melinda Langston's Bow Wow Boutique... Dr. O'Doggle continued to give us the silent treatment. Fluffy eyed him intently. I studied him too. Tova Randall wasn't my BFF, to say the least, but I didn't wish her boyfriend any bad luck. My neighbor, Darby, relaxed her grip on Fluffy's leash. The big Afghan lunged toward Dr. O and knocked him over.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Felicia Oliveira on 02-28-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Fifty Shades of Greyhound

    • A Pampered Pets Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Sparkle Abbey
    • Narrated by: Evelyn Marcail
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Caro Lamont, Laguna Beach's favorite pet therapist, is thrilled to support the elite fundraising gala for Greys Matter, a SoCal greyhound rescue group. All the guests in the couture-attired crowd are clad in varying shades of grey, the champagne and donations are flowing, and there are 50 gorgeous greyhounds in attendance. But before the evening ends, a stranger in their midst is dead. Caro sets out to help the rescue group find the identity of the mystery guest but soon finds herself in the doghouse with homicide detective, Judd Malone - oh, and federal agent, John Milner.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

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