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Book Title: The Fright of the Iguana|
The author of the book: Linda O. Johnston
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 356 KB
Date of issue: October 2nd 2007
ISBN 13: 9780425218020
Read full description of the books The Fright of the Iguana:I went to four stars here because, finally, in The Fright of the Iguana newly-elected Treasurer of the Pet-Sitting Club of Southern California (PSCSC) Kendra finally ceases leaving her awesome King Charles Spaniel, Lexie, in her car while she runs errands, shops, and/or tends to other people's pets' needs. Why is this the case? Because several PSCSC members have had their animal charges pet-napped between pet-sitting visits to their homes while their human companions are out of town. In addition to the thefts, with nary a ransom demand until well into the book, one of the Club's members is found bludgeoned in a client's home. This development allows for character development among the assorted members of the Club while simultanesouly affording Johnston the opportunity to highlight Kendra's big heart if imperfect detective skills in defending others (e.g., Tracy and Rachel) who, like her, are framed for actions they didn't commit.
Thus, despite the fact that I'd figured out the "whodunnit" piece, this was a more satisfying entry in the Kendra Ballantyne pet-sitting myster series than its predecessors in so far as providing fuller character development and world-building. As just two examples, the friendship between Kendra and Alethea (PI Jeff Hubbard's head computer researcher) becomes more nuanced and reporter Corina Carey is allowed to be something more than only a gossip-mongering Hollywood newshound. This go-round, Corina's literally a life-saver! With luck, her role in future books will be more of an ally than a foil for Kendra.
In my estimation, there were some disturbing parallels between Jeff's protective obsession with Kendra and other stalkerish behaviors seen in this and previous books in the series. It was likewise decidedly curious that the issue of computer chips in the thoroughbred abductees wasn't raised until almost the close of the book. All told, however, this was growth in the right (as in more sophisticated and complex storytelling) direction. Onward to Double Dog Dare!
Read information about the authorLinda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year. Since then, Linda has had more short stories and novellas published, plus, by the end of 2015, she will have had forty-one novels published, including mysteries and romance.
Linda currently writes two cozy mystery series for Midnight Ink, the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries, both featuring dogs. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, which was a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series. And yes, they involved dogs, too.
Linda additionally writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne including the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters--and all the werewolves also have cover dogs. Linda also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, including a miniseries about a non-witness protection program.
Linda, a currently inactive transactional attorney, now writes fiction full-time. She is a member of the Los Angeles chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America, including the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters, as well as International Thriller Writers.
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