Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey – Guest Post, Review + $50 Giveaway

Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey - Guest Post, Review + $50 Giveaway

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Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey – Guest Post, Review + $50 GiveawayFifty Shades of Greyhound on May 8, 2014
Pages: 205
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It was a killer party.

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 fifty 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 out the identity of the mystery guest, but soon finds herself in the doghouse with homicide detective, Judd Malone. And federal agent, John Milner. When there’s a second death, Caro is convinced she’s on the track of someone who wants a secret to stay buried, but it’s a race to see whether Caro can uncover the truth before the killer decides she’s next up.

Full of adorable pampered pets, the story re-visits lovely Laguna Beach, and some of the colorful characters readers have come to love in previous titles: Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and Yip/Tuck.


I am excited to welcome Sparkle Abbey here today for a guest post. Thanks so much for writing a post for my blog. I enjoyed reading it, and I know my readers will, too.

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter who live in Des Moines, Iowa. They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook bestselling Pampered Pets mystery series. The books feature whodunits set in the wacky world of pampered pets and secrets in Laguna Beach, California. They chose to use Sparkle Abbey as the pen name on this series because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog).

We were so excited to have Brooke Blogs as a stop on our blog tour because Brooke’s tag line is: Live, Laugh, Love, Blog

And, come on, isn’t that what it’s all about? Living, laughing, loving, and connecting with each other.

We’re often asked why we do what we do and that’s sort of the answer.

We both work full-time. Mary Lee in information technology and Anita in staffing and we have active families. We’re wives, moms, and grandmothers. And we write…

We write books that are like the books we like to read. Mysteries with twists and turns before they can be solved. But also mysteries with a quirky characters and a light-hearted bent.

We write books with animals because we are both animal lovers and can’t imagine our own lives without our rescue pets. The main characters in our series are cousins and former Texas beauty queens. Caro is a pet therapist and Melinda is a pet boutique owner. Even though these are murder mysteries, there’s no danger for the animals in the books. We like to say, “No pets are harmed. People are dead.”

Mainly we write because we have stories to tell and our hope is that our books will be an escape for other readers like us who sometimes have very long days and need a bit of a mental get-away.

Fifty Shades of Greyhound
is the latest installment and follows in the footsteps (or would that be paw prints) of the previous books in the series, Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and Yip/Tuck. Up next will be The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo.

Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey is the fifth installment in the Pampered Pets mystery series. I haven’t read the others in the series yet, but this was such a fun read. I was immediately drawn in by the title and wanted to read just because of that! 😉

Caro is a great sleuth. I love her job as a pet therapist, and it was interesting to read about some of the problems she encountered with her work. Her supporting cast of characters were entertaining and enjoyable (except for the bad guys!). I liked following Caro as she solved the murder and would love to read the other stories in the series. The mystery was interesting and I didn’t know who the guilty party was until revealed.

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  1. So what books do you read when you need an escape? On a FB thread today someone mentioned they read the Southern Sisters series by Anne George when they need a giggle.

    We read the Jayne Austen books by Laura Levine when we’re looking for a mental get-away.

    How about you?

    1. And we authors love finding new readers… 🙂

      Book bloggers like Brooke do such a service for both readers and authors! Not everyone likes the same types of books and being able to find out about a book helps us determine whether that book might be of interest to us.

      Book bloggers rock!

  2. Big fan of this series. Hooked by anything involving pets. Dogs, specifically. Say, do you think you can work a Beagle into your next story? 🙂

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