Book Review: Collared by: L.A. Kornetsky

Rating: 3/5

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publish Date: November 13, 2012

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: They rely on animal instincts…

Meet “Gin” and “Tonic.” She’s a dog person. He’s a cat person. But when these two friendly rivals team up to solve a mystery, you can bet their pets aren’t the only ones getting collared…

Ginny Mallard and her shar-pei, Georgie, are about to run out of kibble and cash, unless she digs up another client for her private concierge business. So she heads to her neighborhood Seattle bar, Mary’s, to sniff out an opportunity. Or a gimlet or two. The bartender, Teddy Tonica, is usually good for a round of challenging banter, and Georgie is oddly fond of his bar cat, Mistress Penny.

Before she can say “bottoms up,” Ginny lands a job tracking down some important business papers that have gone missing—along with the customer’s uncle. If Ginny hopes to track him down, she’ll need more than her research skills: she’ll need a partner with people skills—like Tonica.

This is one dangerous case that’s about to go to the dogs—unless man, woman, cat, and canine can work together as one very unconventional crime-solving team.

Review: ‘Collared’ is the first book in a new mystery series by L.A. Kornetsky. Virginia Mallard (Gin) is a private personal concierge, which is akin to a freelance administrative assistant. Teddy Tonica (Tonic) is a bartender at Mary’s. One night when Ginny was down at the bar, she offers her services to Walter Jacobs (DubJay) to track down his uncle, Joe. She realizes she’s going to need much more than her fact-finding to discover the truth, so she recruits Tonica to help her pound the pavement. Their digging is causing some ripples in the pool, so they must find out the truth quickly before they drown. Ginny’s dog, Georgie, and the cat who chose Teddy, Penny, don’t do any investigating themselves, but put their two cents in regularly.

I enjoyed ‘Collared’, overall. I wasn’t sure what kind of part the animals were going to play, but they are just a dog and a cat who get along and care for their humans. There were small sections of conversation or observation by the two animals which was the extent of their dialogue and ‘first-person’ involvement in the story. Ginny is meticulous, scrupulous, and ultra-competitive while Tonica is more easy-going, but with a mysterious past which was only touched on in passing. They are an unlikely team, but they worked well together when they weren’t griping at each other, which was often – and became tedious at points. I like how ‘Collared’ is a no frills mystery; there aren’t any romantic or fantastic elements. I feel Ms. Kornetsky is getting her feet wet in the pure mystery genre and it’s going swimmingly. I am hoping some of the rough edges of the characters start to smooth out in the next book, which I am planning to pick up.

Gin & Tonic Mystery Series: Collared (1)


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