Downton Tabby by Sparkle Abbey

Downton Tabby

bySparkle Abbey

Kobo ebook | June 6, 2015

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Anyone for tea and crumpets . . . and murder?

Caro Lamont, amateur sleuth and well-respected animal therapist to Laguna Beach's pampered pets, works with office mate and tech wizard, Graham Cash, whose beloved Scottish Fold tabby cat, Toria, is purported to have anger management issues. But when Caro drops by the charming Brit's Tudor-inspired mansion to return Toria, she finds his business partner dead and Cash missing.

Caro is left with the cuddly cat and a lot of unanswered questions. Is Cash the killer, or has he been kidnapped? What's up with the angry next door neighbor? And what about Cash's girlfriend, Heidi, who isn't sharing everything she knows with homicide detective Judd Malone?

Suddenly there are more secrets and intrigues than there are titles in England. Add in a stranger in a dark SUV stalking Caro, feisty senior sidekick, Betty, hiding in restaurant shrubbery, and wannabe investigative reporter Callum MacAvoy who seems to be constantly underfoot, and you've got a cat and mouse mystery of the first order.

Caro's got to solve this murder before the killer lets the cat out of the bag.

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, with either an iced tea or a margarita. Visit them at

Title:Downton TabbyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 6, 2015Publisher:BelleBooks Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1611946433

ISBN - 13:9781611946437

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caro is back in action Caro Lamont, transplanted Texan and pet therapist is back in action. Graham Cash, Jake, and Caro share office space in the same building. After Cash ask Caro to watch his cat while he runs home on an errand and never returns, Caro finds Jake dead in Cash’s pool and she thinks Cash has been kidnapped. From there the action, mystery and suspense is on a roll in this cozy mystery. Caro just can’t help herself; she gets involved in the investigation much to the dismay of Detective Malone. There is a lot going on in this book. Cash and Jake are techies that own a technology company which developed the Woofwalker app for healthy dogs, one is dead the other has disappeared, Caro is trying unsuccessfully to dodge her ex-husband and a noisy reporter, she is being followed by a black SUV, she is still fighting with her cousin over Grannies broach, and Sam her new interest is being lovable and calm during all the action. Ms. Abbey created this story with all the needed ingredients for a good cozy mystery including touches of humor; she then brought all the pieces together to form a cohesive wonderful story that I enjoyed. She paced the story well as it never lagged; it kept my interest throughout the story. I found the book an easy read that was delightful. I loved the information on the Scottish Fold Cats as well as all the information on several breeds of dogs and the recipes at the end of the book were a bonus. I recommend this book to anyone that likes cozy mysteries. It is well written and entertaining. I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up for the newest Pampered Pet Mystery Downton Tabby is as delightful as all the others; I have been a fan from the first book and was thrilled win I won a copy of Downton Tabby on the blog, Dru's Musings. As much as I like Melinda, I think Caro is my favorite of the cousins. Sparkle Abbey manages to keep humor flowing while allowing the Caro to act responsibly and intelligently. That balancing act makes this series stand out as much as the pets, a big draw for me. When Caro finds the body of one of the people who share her office building and another disappears, she is pulled into the middle of the investigation whether she wants to be or not. She cares about the people involved so as information comes her way, she of course shares it with the yummy Det. Malone who both appreciates it and wants her to stay out of things. Some people are just trouble magnets and both of the cousins fall into that category. Although Melinda does not have an active part in this novel, her wild employee Betty turns to Caro for help with the St. Bernard she has adopted and, in her usual way, is a little bit of everywhere that she doesn't belong.
Date published: 2015-06-22