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Paws for Murder: A Pet Boutique Mystery    by Annie Knox order for
Paws for Murder
by Annie Knox
Order:  USA  Can
Signet, 2014 (2014)
Paperback, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Izzy McHale has opened her Trendy Tails Pet Boutique in Merryville, Minnesota counting that her small town and its environs will flock to her couture for cats and dogs. To further that goal, she is planning an opening party – The Halloween Howl – to start things with a bang.

Her best friend and partner, Rena, and she will serve tasty snacks at the opening – canapés from their barkery. Unfortunately, local activist Sherry Harper starts picketing in front of the shop. Sherry is a died-in-the-wool angry woman, sees plots in everything, and just knows she must alert everyone to the travesty right in front of their eyes.

Izzy finds Sherry's body behind dumpsters. How did she die? Why did she die? Who did her in? There is a town full of suspects. Most everyone is considered by the police to have a motive. They settle on Rena – and the tale takes off.

If you are a fan of cozies, you will definitely like this one. Animal lover? This is for you. Like both and you're in for a treat. Paws for Murder by Annie Knox is delightful with loads of images to brighten each page. Knox has a well-tuned sense of humor.

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