Monday, November 4, 2013

Cozy Monday Book Review ~ One Dog Too Many by Lia Farrell

Our stop is in Rosedale, Tennessee today to meet up with Mae December. She runs a boarding business for dogs and has taken in feisty dog named Elvis. Elvis belongs to Ruby Mead Allison who has been on vacation in Hawaii for the past two weeks and was due back two days ago. When Mae stops by Ruby’s house to see if she’s there, she finds one of Ruby’s red boots by the flower bed. Concerned with the fact that Ruby said these were her favorite boots, Mae makes a visit to Sheriff Bradley’s office and reports her missing. The next day Mae is helping a neighbor track down his dog after it ran off and discovers Ruby’s body. 

Title: One Dog Two Many
Series: Mae December Mystery
Author: Lia Farrell
Publish Date: November 15, 2013
Publisher: Camel Press
Source: eARC from Author

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My favorite character was Dory Clarkson. She’s the receptionist at the Sheriff’s Office and helps in many capacities. A little loose with her tongue, Dory has not always been the favorite of Sheriff Bradley’s, but he has learned that she knows what she is talking about.

Location and Setting:
I liked the cozy street of Little Chapel. Neighbors were friendly enough, but obviously had plenty going on in their life to not be too nosy. The little street was also looking to be improved and widened, which seemed to be a point of discontent among the neighbors.

The writing in the very beginning of the book was a little rough, but as soon as the crime solving began, the story had me hooked. Of course the Sheriff continually tells Mae to stop snooping, but eventually he finds she is helpful in talking through the possible leads and information. I liked how the crime solving was woven through the story. It was up and down with trying to figure it out. Definitely the best part of the book.

Very cute. Both Sheriff Bradley and Mae had posted profiles on the local dating website. This website is run by Mae’s friend Tammy who does a little meddling herself.

About the Authors:
Lyn Farquhar taught herself to read before starting school and honed her story telling abilities by reading to her little sister.  Ultimately, her mother ended the reading sessions because Lyn’s sister decided she preferred being read to over learning to read herself. She fell in love with library books at the age of six when a Bookmobile came to her one-room rural elementary school. The day the Bookmobile arrived, Lyn decided she would rather live in the bookmobile than at home and was only ousted following sustained efforts by her teacher and the bookmobile driver.

Lyn graduated from Okemos High School in Michigan and got her college and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in Education, but has always maintained that she remained a student for such a long time only because it gave her an excuse to read.  Lyn holds the rank of Professor of Medical Education at Michigan State University and has authored many journal articles, abstracts and research grants.  Since her retirement from MSU to become a full time writer, she has completed a Young Adult Fantasy trilogy called Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom. Volume I from the trilogy is entitled Journey to Maidenstone and is available on Lyn has two daughters and six step children, nine granddaughters and three grandsons. She also has two extremely spoiled Welsh Corgi’s. Her hobby is interior design and she claims she has the equivalent of a master’s degree from watching way too many decorating shows. 

Lisa Fitzsimmons grew up in Michigan and was always encouraged to read, write and express herself artistically. She was read aloud to frequently. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she was seldom seen without a book in hand. After becoming a mom at a young age, she attended Michigan State University in a tri-emphasis program with concentrations in Fine Art, Art History an Interior Design.

Lisa, with her husband and their two children, moved to North Carolina for three exciting years and then on to Tennessee, which she now calls home. She has enjoyed an eighteen year career as a Muralist and Interior Designer in middle Tennessee, but has always been interested in writing. Almost five years ago, Lisa and her mom, Lyn, began working on a writing project inspired by local events. The Mae December Mystery series was born.

Lisa, her husband and their three dogs currently divide their time between beautiful Northern Michigan in the summertime and middle Tennessee the rest of the year. She and her husband feel very blessed that their “empty nest” in Tennessee is just a short distance from their oldest, who has a beautiful family of her own. Their youngest child has settled in Northern Michigan, close to their cabin there. Life is good.

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