My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kristan (Stan) Connor lives in a Little Town USA and is getting ready to open her first store, selling organic treats for dogs and cats. She has a fabulous boyfriend who owns the towns popular pub (Jake) and they have just moved in together, sharing four dogs and two cats between them. Blissful life right? Except where Stan is concerned, dead bodies keep turning up.
This time its at her mothers engagement party. Lots of suspects are scattered throughout the book, as well as family drama to keep the overall story arc moving. Of course, you never suspect who the real killer is or their motivation for the crime.
There are many hints to previous books and activities but it never impedes on your ability to read this book as a stand alone piece. It was fun; a happy to fill in a cold winters night read. I appreciate that Liz Mugavero named some real animal shelters that do great work saving animals lives a shout out and that she gave a few great animal treat biscuit recipes at the end of the novel.
Sounds like a good series.