Pet Rescue Mysteries
I love pets!
That’s why I’ve been
volunteering at no-kill animal shelters in the Los Angeles area.
It’s also why I’ve been on training sessions for the
Small Animal Rescue Team of Los Angeles Animal Services
(SmART). I attend pet fairs, including those that call
attention to terrible situations for pets such as puppy mills,
and those where homeless pets are brought by the shelters caring
for them to introduce them to possible adopters. I have
talked with a lot of animal rescuers and heard stories that made
me laugh... and cry.
And it’s why I focus
on animals in so much of the fiction I write.
am thrilled now to be creating a spinoff from the Kendra
Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series, the Pet Rescue mysteries.
The new series features Lauren Vancouver, a pet rescuer who was
introduced in the Kendra books
HOWL DEADLY and
Lauren is in a
situation that is relatively unique in the pet rescue community:
she has all the funding she needs at HotRescues, the no-kill
shelter she runs. That doesn’t keep her from getting into
situations that stir her deepest feelings... and mine. In her
first adventure, BEAGLEMANIA,
Lauren is present when dogs are saved from a puppy mill.
That includes rescuing some beagle puppies that were tossed down
a storm drain to hide them. Emotions are heightened as the
situation evolves, and someone gets murdered. Lauren is
the primary suspect, and she has to find the real killer to save
second in the series, THE MORE THE TERRIER, revolves
around animal hoarding, another situation emotional enough for
Lauren to get involved--including solving a related murder.
And be sure, since
these are cozy mysteries, that “no-kill” refers to the pets, not