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Peek Inside Maltipoos are Murder

Moving to Virginia to help her aunt run her doggie spa is just what Cara Rogers needs. But when she finds Aunt Marian floating in the doggie swimming pool and the only witness to the death is Rex, an apricot maltipoo, she suspects foul play. Rex is communicating the only way he knows how—one paw at a time. And his clues lead to murder. Can Cara convince detective Cole Sampson that Aunt Marian’s death was no accident, and keep Rex from the killer’s clutches before they all end up as dead as dogs?

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Can a murder investigation keep these opposites from attracting?

Cara Rogers wants a fresh start after a slew of bad luck in Washington DC. Moving to Virginia to help her aunt run La Maison de Chien, a doggie spa, is just the peace of mind she needs. No stress. Just her aunt, the dogs, and wide-open country.

But when she finds Aunt Marian floating in the doggie swimming pool, the rest she so desperately needs flies out the window. The only witness to the death is Rex, an apricot maltipoo, and while he may not be able to talk, he’s communicating the only way he knows how—one paw at a time. And Rex’s clues lead to murder.

Can Cara keep the doggie spa afloat, convince Middleburg homicide detective Cole Sampson that Aunt Marian’s death was no accident, and keep Rex from the killer’s clutches before they all end up as dead as dogs?


"Maltipoos Are Murder has to be one of the cutest cozies ever...paws down." --WTF Are You Reading?

"This was a nice, fast-paced and cozy mystery." --Claudia, Goodreads

"Maltipoos are Murder was a fun, light cozy mystery that I enjoyed very much." --Stormi, Goodreads

"This is a fast pace story seasoned with humor and suspense. You too will fall in love with Jacqui Lane's new series. I avidly await the next in this delightful series. A cozy mystery filled with animals and dialog that will having you laughing out loud as you read. A plot that intrigues and hold's your interest until the final reveal. What more could you ask for?" --DelAnne Frazee, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665327
Series: Doggie Day Spa Mystery, Book 1
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Page Count: 210
Imprint: ignite
Genre: mystery & suspense, romantic suspense
Tropes: opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Chatting About May 27, 2014

4 Stars! I loved the uniqueness of the doggie day spa with its cute details like playground monitors, bedtime snacks, puppy playroom, and swim lessons! I admired Cara Rogers dedication to animals, and her readiness to carry on the business of her Aunts beloved dog spa. I enjoyed the attraction betwe ...more

By Claudia May 29, 2014

Cara Rogers movest to Middleberg, Virginia to get past a ruined career and bad relationships. Her Aunt Marion had offered her the job of manager of La Maison de Chien, the doggie spa she owns Cara accepted because she needs to regroup and find a way to build her career again. Unfortunately when she ...more

By Michele June 02, 2014

Maltipoos Are Murder is a quick and enjoyable cozy mystery that had me guessing whodunnit until the very end of the story.

Veterinarian Cara Rogers is determined to leave her career issues and personal problems behind in D.C. while she learns how to take over her great aunt's business, La Maison de C ...more

By Stormi (BMReviewsohmy) June 18, 2014

First Thoughts: Maltipoos are Murder was a fun, light cozy mystery that I enjoyed very much.

We me the amateur sleuth right off the bat as Cara Rogers goes in to start her first day at the Dog spa. Cara is a veterinarian that has lost her license because her accountant stole her money. So she is in n ...more

By DelAnne May 25, 2014

Title: Maltipoos Are Murder -Doggie Day Spa Mystery Book 1
Author: Jacqui Lane
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: 5-27-2014
ISBN: 13:9781622665327
E-Book: B00K48GVGK
Pages: 146
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Tags: Women Sleuths, Animals, Romance
Sensual Level: Very Mild
Overall Rating: Great
Reviewed For: NetGall ...more

By Margaret June 11, 2014

3.5 Stars

This was a fun read with a good mystery and some nice tension between the two main characters. The setting of the Doggie Day Spa was cute and I loved all the details about it. I liked the attraction between Cara and Cole, and loved to watch the two of them deny and try to resist the pull to ...more

By Yvonne June 17, 2014

This book hooked me from page one. In the first few pages we are introduced to our amateur sleuth, veterinarian Cara Rogers, and we are given a glimpse of the turmoil her life has taken at only twenty-seven years old. From being cheated by her accountant to losing her veterinary license, to being br ...more

By Rhonda June 14, 2014


I liked the characters and want to see more of them in the future. The plot was a good suspense was not sure who the killer was till the reveal. Fast paced cozy mystery. Easy to follow and makes you want to take your dogs to a doggie spa. Has some nice humor.
Their is even some dog recipes i ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? June 03, 2014

Maltipoos Are Murder has to be one of the cutest cozies ever...paws down.
Veterinarian, Cara Rogers is a sweet and loveable character who just can't seem to get ahead of the wolves at her door.
Having left everything that was her life behind, Cara is already a bit skiddish about what awaits her in the ...more

By Paula May 29, 2014

In this book like many others I've read the main character is having a dead person fall into their lap. This one is made harder as the main character Cara Rogers is having a really bad year. She moved to Virginia to help out her aunt with her doggy spa until Cara can fix her vet license and go back ...more

By Clare October 08, 2014

Cara Rogers has left her veterinarian practice, her licence, and her romantic partner in Washington and come to a small town to help her elderly lady relative by managing a dog day care centre.

Unfortunately she immediately finds the older lady dead in the shallow swimming pool and when her purse is ...more

By Rosemary June 09, 2014

Jacqui Lane has written a wonderful cozy mystery. I was pulled in from the first page. This story has it all - romance, humor, cute animals, and murder. Cara Rogers needs to reclaim her life. She came to Middleburg to work for her Aunt Marian after she lost her veterinary license and her money. When ...more

By Lynn June 01, 2014

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

This book was told in the first person.

This is a perfect cuddle read. So if you have a dog, or cat, find your best reading area and cuddle up with your baby. Maybe you’ ...more

By My Book Addiction and More June 06, 2014

Cara Rogers arrived for her first day on the job at her Aunt Marion's doggie day spa. She was expecting introductions and training, never in her wildest dream would she think she would have walked in to se her Aunt murdered.
She was shocked by her Aunt's death and even more surprised at her instant a ...more

By Cathy May 29, 2014

Cara''s a vet who had to close her practice in the city after her accountant embezzled her money and her employees retirement funds.
Her great aunt offers her a job at her doggie day spa in the country. On Cara's first day on the job she finds her aunts dead body floating in the pool...Cara thinks it ...more

By Rosalee June 18, 2014

Such a fun read!!! I couldn't put it down! Cara is a strong, intelligent character even if her life is a mess, and as for Cole, well, I want an introduction! Aside from the electricity, they both want to ignore, Cara perseveres in meddling with the investigation of her great-aunt's murder and of cou ...more

By Melina June 10, 2014

If I could afford it, I would take my dogs to La Maison de Chien, even though there was a murder there. This seems like a very cool place for dogs. I really enjoyed this cozy. It was just the way I like a cozy to be, the killer is someone you don't suspect at all. I love when a writer does that with ...more

By Amanda May 28, 2014

This is a murder/mystery book in which the main character Cara moves back to her mother and aunts home town to regroup and take over management of her aunts doggie daycare/spa. She had lost her veterinarians license due to a bogus accountant. Then she finds her aunt dead. It appeared to be an accide ...more

By Carla June 19, 2014

Fun read

I found this to be a slightly humorous and fun suspense novel with a small side of romance. I really enjoyed the sleuthing skills of Cara as she aids detective Cole. I hope there are more books in the series and we get to see their relationship develop. Fun book that I really enjoyed. I'm lo ...more

great start to a new series. I love that it is about dogs and a dog spa...and that owners are called pet parents. I wouldn't have guessed the killer, the author does a good job of not revealing too much for you to guess the killer until he/she is revealed at the end.

nice love story in the mix too! w ...more

By Julie June 03, 2014

This was a fun and interesting read. In fact, I read it in one day because it kept me interested. The idea of a Pet Spa Murder and all the entanglements were good. It moved fast, didn't have any slow parts and had likable and quirky characters. Who can go wrong with a book of quirky characters and w ...more

By Jenni May 19, 2014

This was a great read. It had everything that I look for a in a book. There was a super mystery, a bit of a romance and a villain that I did not peg at all. Thank you for writing this gem. ...more

By Melissa May 27, 2014

This book is a good read. Cara and Cole story is sometimes you have to follow your gut instinct along with your heart. ...more

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Jacqui Lane

About the author

Jacqui Lane

Authors, Jacqueline Corcoran and Lane Stone have teamed up to write about their favorite topics - dogs and Middleburg, Virginia, which has been called "the nation's horse and hunt capital." MALTIPOOS ARE MURDER is the first in their romance mystery series.

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