Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Kitty Kitty Bang Bang by Sparkle Abbey


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Book Blurb
“If you enjoy pet-themed cozy mysteries, you can’t go wrong with Sparkle Abbey.”  – Tracy Farnsworth, Round Table Reviews

Caro Lamont—pet therapist—and her cousin Melinda Langston—owner of The Bow Wow Boutique—pamper the kitties and pooches of Laguna Beach’s elites. Unfortunately, their human clients keep turning up dead.



“We were at an art exhibition at The Montage,” I told the detective, “and Kitty asked me to take her cats home because something had come up. Something urgent. It seemed strange, but then the whole evening was strange with dogs and cats. Ones that paint, I mean. And Kitty would never leave her cats, but she did, so it must have been really urgent . . .”

Detective Judd Malone looked past me. “Are those the cats?”

I nodded.

“What kind are they? They’re huge.”

“They’re Bengal cats. Bengals are a hybrid. A cross between a domestic cat and an Asian Leopard Cat. It’s a relatively new breed. Most have . . .” Malone’s face said TMI. Fair enough, more info than he’d been looking for.

“I imagine you know I’m here about Ms. Bardot?” Malone was suddenly all business.

“Yes.” I held my breath and hoped for good news.

“Caro.” He paused. “She didn’t make it.”

“She—” I felt my throat close, and I swallowed hard trying to get control of my emotions. “Too many injuries?” I finally asked. Whatever her emergency had been, it had seemed to upset her. She’d been shaken, and Kitty was never shaken. I remembered her voice as she’d asked me to take care of Tobey and Minou and get them home. The cats. What would happen to the cats now? “Was she driving too fast?”

“Not exactly.” Malone’s voice was serious and grim. “We won’t know until we have a lot more information from the crime lab. It’s too soon to tell, but it may have been a case of road rage. Kitty Bardot was shot.”

SparkleAbbey  Meet Sparkle Abbey, Authors….

Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They co-write the popular pet mystery series featuring former Texas beauty queens who’ve ditched their hairspray and tiaras for botanical flea dip, doggie couture, and over-the-top pet lovers. The cousins, Caro and Mel, solve whodunits in the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pets, and secrets. The first book in the series Desperate Housedogs (2011), an Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestseller, was followed by Get Fluffy (2012) and Kitty, Kitty, Bang, Bang (2013). Yip/Tuck will be out this May.

Mary Lee and Anita chose to use Sparkle Abbey as the pen name on this series because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog).


Links to Sparkle Abbey’s website, blog, books, etc.

Purchase Links:
Barnes & Noble – http://tinyurl.com/cjam8tb 
Also, available on Audible, Kobo and iBooks and in large-print.


**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Sparkle Abbey will give away copies of their new book, KITTY KITTY BANG BANG, to THREE of their lucky readers who comment on either their Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!!  Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, April 29, 2013.  Thanks, Sparkle Abbey, for sharing your stories with us!

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6 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Kitty Kitty Bang Bang by Sparkle Abbey

  1. Great post, Mary Lee and Anita!

    I’m a pet lover and an author and I love the premise of each book, right down to how you came up with your pen name.

    Very best of luck!

  2. Jan K says:

    Haha! That’s great! Thanks for the excerpt.

  3. You’re welcome, Jan. Hope you enjoyed it!

  4. Mari Collier says:

    It’s fantastic that you can work together like that. I’m impressed. I have a friend that devours mysteries. She’d love this one. Sounds like a gem!

  5. Mari, we have a lot of fun co-writing the series!

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