Monday, May 19, 2014

Fifty Shades of Greyhound {+ Awesome Giveaway}

50 shade of greyhound SMALL BANNERIt’s a pleasure to be participating in author Sparkle Abbey’s Great Escape Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, FIFTY SHADES OF GREYHOUND, the fifth installment in her Pampered Pets Mystery series.

As part of the tour I’m sharing my thoughts on this delightful cozy murder mystery and the author has an awesome giveaway you can enter. Please see the end of the post for the giveaway details.

First, let me tell you a bit about the author.

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They write the popular pet mystery series which features whodunits set in the wacky world of pampered pets, precious pedigrees, and secrets. 

The first book in the series DESPERATE HOUSEDOGS, an Amazon mystery series bestseller and Barnes & Noble Nook #1 national bestseller, was followed by GET FLUFFY, KITTY KITTY BANG BANG, and YIP/TUCK

For more the authors and their writing, visit their website and blog, as well as connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

50 shadesCombining murder, mystery, lovable rescue dogs, zany characters and a fun plot, author Sparkle Abbey has created an entertaining adventure in FIFTY SHADES OF GREYHOUND.

All is going well at the elite fundraising gala for Greys Matter, a SoCal greyhound rescue group. Laguna Beach Pet Therapist Caro Lamont is having fun people watching with the guests all clad in glamorous attire in various shades of grey. There’s plenty of champagne, a delicious buffet and donations seem to be coming in by leaps and bounds.

Out of nowhere a real rabbit shows up attracting the attention of the 50 dogs in attendance and bedlam breaks out. Before order can be restored, a stranger falls dead at Caro’s feet.

Determined to help the rescue group solve the murder, Caro encounters problems with Homicide Detective Judd Malone and Federal Agent John Milner. After a second death, Caro knows she’s on the right path but she’ll have to work fast unless she wants to become a victim herself.

This is an appealing cozy murder mystery filled with twists and turns as the story flows at a steady pace keeping you guessing until the end. The characters are lovable and quirky with a charm that draws readers in.

With an eye for the details regarding the Laguna Beach setting and rich descriptions concerning greyhounds, the author has crafted a well-balanced story. The blend of murder mystery and pet rescue, highlighted with touches of humor and romance, makes for a delightful read.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREYHOUND is the fifth installment in the Pampered Pets Mystery series, but can be read on its own. New fans of the series won’t be left in the dark having not read any of the previous books. This edition also offers excerpts from the first and second books in the series, as well as a recipe for a tasty treat for your pampered pets.

You don’t have to a dog lover to enjoy this captivating story, just a lover of a good mystery and an intriguing plot.

Fifty Shades of Greyhound by Sparkle Abbey, Pampered Pets Mystery Book #5, Bell Bridge Books, @2014, ASIN: B00K7KV6BA, Kindle, 447 KB (195 Pages) 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the author as part of a virtual blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

For more on this author and book, check out the blogs below participating in the virtual book tour.

May 15 – Mystery Playground – Guest Post, Giveaway
May 16 –
Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
May 17 – off
May 18 – off
May 20 –
rantin’ ravin’ and reading  – Review, Interview
May 21 –
Michelle’s Romantic Tangle – Review
May 22 –
Traci Andrighetti’s blog – Guest Post
May 23 –
deal sharing aunt – Interview
May 24 – off
May 25 – off
May 26 –
Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway
May 27 –
Books-n-Kisses – Review, Guest Post
May 28 –
Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post
May 29 –
May 30 –
Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
June 4 –
Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post

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This giveaway is for a $50 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instruction. The widget may take a few second to load, please be patient.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do you pamper your pets? Have you ever had a greyhound as a pet or thought about rescuing one?

*This post contains affiliate links. a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. This book looks cute and fun to read. I love the titles of your books.

    1. Thanks, Angela. We do have fun thinking up those titles!

  2. Those titles are a great play on words!

    1. Thanks, Alex. Next up, The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo. :-)

  3. Mason, we certainly pamper our pets. :-) And though we've never had a rescue greyhound as a pet, hearing stories from greyhound owners as we did research for this book made us think about doing so. They are such sweet gentle dogs.

    1. Sparkle, who could resist pampering their pets? We don't have children so our pets are our children. They are totally rotten from being spoiled. I have to admit while reading this story the thought of rescuing a greyhound crossed my mind too. Loved the story. Wishing you much success.

    2. That was me forgetting who I was. LOL We really appreciate you being a stop on our virtual book tour and we're glad you enjoyed the book! ML aka Sparkle

  4. I love the names of the books esp this one and the next one!

  5. The books sound like a ton of fun! Thanks for the tip - off to check them out :)

    1. Jemi - We have a ton of fun writing the books and we hope that translates to fun for the readers. :-)

  6. OMG there are pet mysteries too? Congrats to Sparkle, keep on sparkling!

  7. These pet mysteries sound like fun to read. Need to grab me a copy.

  8. Mason - Thanks for letting us know about this new release. It's always nice to hear about series that explore our connection with our pets.

    1. Margot, thanks for your comments. Our pets are a big part of our lives.

  9. Love the mystery & the humor. The titles are a riot. I need to get caught up with this series. Awesome giveaway! Fingers & paws crossed! :)

  10. Love the book titles. Would love to read the book.

  11. What a fun book--and great title.

  12. I just love that title! The mystery looks so cute.

  13. Sounds like a great story. Love the title!

  14. Love this book. I have dogs whom I pamper and spoil. No greyhounds though. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. Of course I pamper all my furbabies. Why wouldn't I? :-) No greyhounds at our house. My husband is a one breed kind of guy.

    50 Shades sounds like a great book!

  16. I like this series. but I think the pin is ugly but fun to watch them steal it back and forth

  17. I love this series. Fun to read.

  18. Fun series!
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