As an animal lover, advocate, rescuer, mom… *gasp* grandmother… and *gasp-gulps–swoon-faint-smelling salts (lots)* great (thud) grandma to many four-legged creatures, I have a soft spot when it comes to animals. I’ve been rescuing animals ever since I could remember. I took in every animal and rescued just about every creature imaginable. I carried bunnies, ducks, kittens, and puppies in my coat pockets, sweatshirt pouches, book bags, backpacks and handbags – cracked open, of course! I care, save and protect them because they are unable to do so themselves. I was raised with animals and to this day prefer them to people. Full disclosure – I am a softie when it comes to animals.
Johnston’s second Pet Rescue mystery, The More the Terrier, is a must for animal lovers, cozy enthusiasts and readers looking for a solid mystery. Johnston packs her tale with humor, tenderness and brief literary service announcements about the growing pet overpopulation epidemic, as well as the importance of spaying and neutering by shining a light on the heinous way animals are discarded and mistreated. Johnston is flawless illustrating Lauren’s pet advocacy and doesn’t waver once.
The More the Terrier delves into the hot button topic of hoarding – animal hoarding. When Lauren Vancouver discovers her old pal, Mamie Spelling, is an animal hoarder, she is absolutely flabbergasted. Although dismayed, Lauren, immediately jumps in to help Mamie find forever homes for the little canine and feline darlings. If only it was that simple. Mamie’s accused of murder when Bethany Urber the CEO of Pet Shelters Together Organization turns up dead. The businesswoman was belligerent, domineering and an evil bully. Bethany was demanding Mamie join her organization by threatening to reveal her hoarding disorder. Amateur sleuth Lauren is determined to prove her former mentor is not a killer and in doing so may put her life on a short leash.
Lauren is an enjoyable character filled with compassion. Johnston does a remarkable job keeping her filled with strength and showcases her beliefs without making her weepy, wimpy and wishy-washy. Lauren remains true to who she is by following her true calling – rescuing animals. While Johnston’s series is fun, peppered with a delightful cast and strong heroine, this installment was a bit overpopulated with hoarding info – enough for eyes to glaze and minds to wonder. Johnston has a natural gift to entertain and here’s hoping she continues telling stories that are kicky, informative and makes readers feel moved to make a difference… not turned off.
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