Author: L.A. Kornetsky
Series: #1 in the Gin & Tonic series
Review Copy Provided by Galley Books via Edelweiss
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.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am both a cat and a dog person – and have not only 3 dogs, but 2 cats in my home (yes, I might be slightly insane…) – so when I came across the ARC for Collared on Edelweiss, I was intrigued. I wasn’t sure if it was going to fall into the Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown kind of theme – which I didn’t really enjoy (maybe because I picked up book 5 in the series…but that is a story for another day). I like it when dogs act as dogs, and cats as cats (as stand-offish as that might be) rather than animorphizing them – so when I was first introduced to not only Penny (the cat) and Georgie (the dog), I was happy to see that their parts were told through their eyes and what they observed. I do think that the author managed the nail the character of the cat (the no one is their owner) kind of feeling without going too overboard.
Then there were the humans, Virginia “Ginny” the personal concierge and Tommy Tonica, the local bartender (yeah, don’t laugh too much that was really his name…ok, well, laugh some, I know that I did when he was first introduced). But then, at the same time, I have come to expect slightly cheesy names in cozy mysteries and this was definitely one of those. Overall, I don’t have too many complaints about how the mystery panned out – as with any cozy mystery I have read in the past, there were a few times that I wanted to slap by Ginny and Tommy upside the head (a la Gibbs style) for something dumb that they hadn’t done, or the fact that calling the cops, never seems to show up on someones radar…I mean, hello….but the ending was satisfactory and I have to admit that I am curious as to where this series might go in the future…are they going to open up their own PI business? Will Tommy keep tending bar? and why the heck is he so secretive about his past…what is he hiding?
Overall, I’d give it a solid 3 stars and recommend to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries.