Monday, December 9, 2019

And the Cuteness Continues

TITLE: The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (Dog Club Mystery #2)
AUTHOR: V.M. Burns
PUBLISHER: Lyrical Underground
PUBLISHING DATE: February 12, 2019

FROM GOODREADS: Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder... 

Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer. 

But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it's up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer... 

MY THOUGHTS: First of all, look at those cute puppies on the cover!  Don't you just want to cuddle and play with them all?  Okay, enough puppy love, on to the book.  The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is the second installment in the Dog Club Mystery Series and this is playing out to become one of my favorite cozy series. 

Lilly has made her move to Tennessee having finally left the drama of Indiana behind.  She is working on a new start and is looking forward to building a new life with her pup Aggie, along with her friends and family.  Lilly is busy looking for a new job as well as a new place to live.  She is also attending  obedience training for Aggie conducted by her best friend Dixie.  A deal too good to be true falls in her lap and Lilly lands the ideal rental.  However, it's not long until a new death has been uncovered and once again Lilly is in the thick of things.

As I mentioned before, I think this series has some of the most interesting characters I've ran into in quite a while. I love that Lilly is building a new life for herself and Burns does a great job of having Lilly's adult children pop in from time to time to visit their mother.  This book also introduces a new canine friend in the form of a Golden Retriever who her daughter rescues.  Lilly and her friend Dixie, who is still larger than life and a blast to book, try to figure out what is going on in Lilly's new neighborhood and as one might expect, chaos follows.  We also get introduced to a possible new love interest for Lilly, Red.  Red seems like a good match but clearly neither want to rush into anything.  It also probably doesn't help that I imagine Red as Robert Taylor from Longmire.  I do miss my Longmire

So overall I love the way this series is pulling together and developing.  As you know, I've already read the third installment and hope to have my review up soon.  Lilly is a wonderful addition to some of my favorite characters and I'm sure she and Dixie will find some more trouble soon.

I also want to add that I was able to talk to Burns via Goodreads and am glad to know there are more installments already in the works.

I received this book from Lyrical Underground and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



  1. awwwww...i just want to smush their cute little faces. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. The new mystery Lilly has found herself involved sounds like a good one. Plus, that cover is adorable. I want all of then!

  3. That cover!! I'm glad you also enjoyed the words inside but THAT COVER! So adorable :)

  4. I love when I find a new fun mystery series. Even better when it has dogs in it. :D

  5. I think you have puppy fever right now, Barb😉 This sounds really good, and very cool that the author talked to you on Goodreads!

  6. You're clearly loving this series which is great - it's so good when you find a series that just works for you and you're even looking up the next book before you've finished reading the current one.
    Lynn :D

    1. Yes, I'm glad I did the read a series in a month challenge so I could get all caught up on it!

  7. Four paws is a good thing in your book life but in real life, faithful hounds with four paws rock!