Argh Author: Deborah Blake’s Doggone Deadly

Our own Deb Blake has a new book out, Doggone Deadly, and it sounds doggone good. (Pause for moan from Argh People over lame opening line.). It’s the latest in the Kari Stuart Catskills Pet Rescue Mystery series. If you’ve missed Deb on here (it’s possible, her anti-spam software had a spat with the blog and she was tragically exiled for awhile), Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series from Berkley (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), as well as the Broken Rider Series, and the Veiled Magic series. She has also published eleven books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide, along with a tarot and an oracle deck. When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.

But enough about Deb. What Doggone Deadly about?

When the woman who is supposed to run the local dog show calls out sick, dog groomer Suz is asked to take over. But it’s too much for her to handle by herself–especially with the president of the kennel club, Olivia Weiner, criticizing her at every turn–so she calls in her best friend, Kari Stuart, with the promise that Kari can set up a fund-raising and kitten-adoption station at the show.

A long and stressful day goes from bad to worse when a local breeder’s body is found in the supply tent, with Suz’s signature purple-handled shears embedded in her chest. Kari doesn’t think for a second that her friend is capable of murder; the police aren’t so sure. But trying to run a dog show and investigate a murder at the same time is like herding cats, and Kari will have to rely on the rest of the Serenity Sanctuary staff to keep things running smoothly while she–and her beloved and clever kitten, Queenie–sniff out the truth.

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30 thoughts on “Argh Author: Deborah Blake’s Doggone Deadly

  1. Deb, sounds fantastic. Congrats on your oeuvre and a very cool life. I may start at the beginning of the series, but I’m a sucker for dogs, so this sounds perfect.

    Jenny, no big deal, but I found a typo, isn instead of in.

    1. It’s a big deal in the posts because I can fix those, so thank you!
      In the comments, not so much (g).

    2. Thanks, Melissa! It was quite the change of pace from paranormal romance to cozy mystery (do you know they won’t let you curse in those? at all? DAMN), but I’m enjoying writing them. The series was actually inspired by a small independent local shelter where I got two of my four cats. The spunky black kitten, of course, was inspired by my own beloved (now gone) Magic the Cat, Queen of the Universe, who I’m sure could have solved mysteries if she’d felt like it. (And don’t worry, there are dogs in the first book, Furbidden Fatality, too.)

  2. I could explain to the police why Suz is not a suspect. You would no more use your grooming shears to stab someone in the chest (so many bones!) than you would use your fabric shears to cut [shudder] paper!

  3. Looks really fun! Gotta say, the chapter heading in the paperback version with the little kitty is adorable:)

    Small question, Deb: Did you come up with the titles or the publisher?

      1. Think titles are cute and help with branding. For instance, was checking out the audios and at first wondered if same MC or if more of a linked series when I saw two different narrators used for the first two books. The blurbs make it clear but the titles also help re consistency for readers I think:)

  4. I read it the day after it came out, and it was just as good as the first one. I’m looking forward to book 3.

  5. I bought book 1. It’s in my tbr pile. Considering how much I enjoyed the Baba Yaga / Wicked series I am looking forward to Deb’s version of cozy mystery.

  6. I enjoyed the first book so I’m looking forward to this one as well. Congrats and good luck, Deb!

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