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Cat got your diamonds : a kitty couture mystery
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  Library Journal Review

Lacy Marie Crocker fled a broken relationship in Arlington, VA, and rebuilt her life in New Orleans by opening Furry Godmother, an upscale pet boutique on Magazine Street specializing in pet fashions and handmade, organic confections. When Miguel Sanchez is murdered with the glitter glue gun she uses on her doggie tutus, Lacy becomes Det. Jack Oliver's primary suspect. Fearful her business will crater if she can't clear her name, Lacy takes on an investigation of her own. She is determined to put the past in her rearview mirror and move on, helped by her mother's grudging support and her father's compassion, not to mention some romantic interest from Jack. Pet treat recipes at the end of the book are a bonus. VERDICT Leann Sweeney and Linda O. Johnston devotees will love this cozy debut and its charming, optimistic sleuth. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Lacy Crocker is happy that she has a small-business investor for her Magazine Street pet boutique and organic-treat bakery. She left a fiancé in Arlington, Virginia, with few assets and lots of student loans. An offensive customer returns late at night, and Lacy blasts him with her glitter gun before calling police. She learns that he was killed at the back door to her shop, and handsome Detective Jack Oliver thinks she killed him. Her investor does not want to be associated with the investigation, so Lacy uses the network she grew up with to find information. Detective Jack starts appearing wherever she is, especially after Lacy continues to chase clues, and there are break-ins at her house and store. Humorous scenarios fitting pets for costumes lighten the mystery. The banter between Lacy and the detective, plus the local New Orleans color, will delight readers. Fans of Miranda James may also enjoy this.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2016 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Returning to New Orleans signally fails to make life easier for the owner of a pet boutique accused of killing a man shes never met.Lacy Crockers dad is old money, and her mom is new money. But shes pretty much no money and so must restart her life in her hometown after a failed engagement. Apart from emergencies, Lacys too proud to let her parents help with her business venture, Furry Godmother, a store that carries the pet clothing and special treats shes designed. Shes stuck instead depending on Mr. Tater, a middle-aged local businessman, as her patron and investor, though hes more interested in her bottom line than the unique vision shes trying to bring the areas wealthy pet owners. While Lacys checking the shop one night after a string of local burglaries, she comes upon an intruder and defends the shop with the weapon of her trade: a glitter gun. Though shes certain shes more afraid of the attacker than he is of her, the next thing she knows, hes dead, and his body is being carted away, leaving her as the prime suspect. Getting grilled by Detective Jack Oliver is totally unfair, since Lacy is the wronged party, but Jack, as her parents insist on calling the detective, isnt quite sure Lacy is innocent. Now Mr. Tater is threatening to pull his funding unless Lacys name is cleared, and shes stuck working with Jack to find out who the real killer is before she and her glitter gun are carted off to jail. Even though the privileged status of her leads may be hard to take, Chase, whos already published as Julie Anne Lindsey (A Geek Girl's Guide to Justice, 2016, etc.), puts her experience to good use in this well-crafted series kickoff. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker's dream come true--until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.<br> <br> Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?<br> <br> Witty and whimsical, Cat Got Your Diamonds , the first in a new cozy series by Julie Chase, will be the cat's meow for fans of Rita Mae Brown and Miranda James.<br>
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