Thursday, May 14

Great Escapes Guest Post & Review: Bite the Biscuit by Linda O Johnston

Bite the Biscuit

Barkery & Biscuits Mystery
Linda O Johnston

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Date of Publication: May 1, 2015
Number of pages: 312
Cover Artist: Ellen Lawson & Christina Hess

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     BN     Kobo     OmniLit

Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery's owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery's opening party, she badmouths Carrie's homemade dog biscuits, insisting she'll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn't do it before she's collared for murder.
Guest Post: 

The Beauty of Blogging

by Linda O. Johnston

Here I am on my wonderful Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour to help inform people about my latest book release, the first Barkery and Biscuits Mystery, BITE THE BISCUIT.

I've written several blogs for the tour, and also answered interview questions for some other blog sites. Still others will post reviews of BITE THE BISCUIT. And some will do more than one.

You know what I think about this? It's fun!

I really enjoy blogging--so much that I blog on four sites regularly: each Wednesday at Killer Hobbies; on the first Monday of the month at InkSpot, the Midnight Ink authors' blog; and on the sixth of each month on the Orange Blossom, the blog of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Also, on the eighteenth of each month, a character from one of my mysteries blogs at Killer Characters--with a little help from me.

I have a friend who gets paid for some of her blog posts, mostly about women's issues including growing older, but although I certainly wouldn't mind compensation besides telling lots of people about my writing, I otherwise do it for free. Blogging is enjoyable. It's a fun way to do an essay about what I know and like, in addition to what I write, and share it with online readers.

So... let me tell you about my latest book!

In the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, protagonist Carrie Kennersly is a veterinary technician who also gets to realize her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. A good friend has to sell her bakery, Icing on the Cake, and move away from Knobcone Heights, California, because her mother is ill. Carrie buys it from her and converts half of Icing into Barkery and Biscuits, a store that sells handmade dog treats made from healthy recipes Carrie developed for patients as a vet tech.

But in BITE THE BISCUIT, the first Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, a married couple who own a pet supply store in Knobcone Heights aren't happy because they see Carrie's new venture as competition. And when the wife is found murdered with one of Carrie's special Barkery biscuits near her, Carrie's the primary suspect and has to figure out how to clear herself.

Can she do it? What do you think? It was a fun book to write and, hopefully, is a fun book to read!

Before I end this blog post, I want to extend my very, very deep thanks to Lori Caswell for holding these blog tours and doing such a great job with them.

And by the way, my next Superstition Mystery, KNOCK ON WOOD, will be an October 2015 release. I plan to blog about it, too!


Years and years ago, there was a tv show on that included a bakery that sold pet treats, mainly for dogs.  I can't, for the life of me remember which show it was, but I remember thinking it looked like a lot of fun, being able to cater to the furry population and their owners. So when I saw a cozy mystery set in this very scenario, I just had to give it a try.

Carrie Kennersly is the proud new owner of not just one shop, but two. The first is an established bakery called Icing on the Cake, the second is an off shoot of it called the Barkery. A pets only bakery, that is a mirror image of Icing on the Cake, but allows pet owners to bring their pets in for a special treat. As a vet tech and dog lover, Carrie had been experimenting with creating healthy, all natural treats for the animals at the veterinary where she has worked. Now, with the both the financial and moral support of the senior vet, she has turned that hobby into a new career.

But on the day of the grand opening of the shops, Carrie finds out that not everyone is happy about her success.  The wife of the town's Pet Emporium, and the manager of the local resort spends the day bad mouthing both Carrie and her product. When she is found murdered, Carrie is the prime suspect.  To remove herself from the suspect pool, Carrie starts doing some digging of her own.

As the first book in the series, there was a lot of information to be disseminated to the reader about both the world and the characters. This was smoothly and skillfully done. Information was presented as needed, so there is still much to learn as we go along.  I was impressed with the honesty and maturity of Carrie. There were several instances where drama could have been manufactured by misunderstandings, but Carrie would pluck up the courage and immediately address them. This kept the attention on the mystery itself.

We were introduced to some interesting and varied characters in this first book, including: Carrie's younger brother, the senior vet, the woman who sold the bakery, the owner of a local pet shelter and several potential love interests. And it appears we have only barely scratched their surfaces. This is a promising start to a new series and one that kept me guessing right till the end. I am giving this book 4 stars.

Thanks to Netgalley and the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.


Author Bio:
Linda 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, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.

Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries also from Midnight Ink, kicks off in May with BITE THE BISCUIT.

To connect with the author online:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads


  1. I enjoyed the guest post and the review - the tv show that you are thinking of was 'Providence" with Melina Kanakaredes - she was the doctor who came home to her father's house - dad was a vet and her younger sister "Joanie" was the one who made the dog biscuits by was a failed baking experiment. This sounds like a series I would enjoy reading - thank you for the giveaway

    1. Yes! That's it. That was a great show, with the dead mom coming back to talk to her throughout the show. I hope you enjoy the book!

    2. I'm not familiar with that show but will have to look it up!

  2. Thank you for the great review! And for sharing with Linda Johnston's guest post - both help make this book even more attractive to read! Hope to read this one for sure!! And to have a new subscription to read this blog...have a great day!


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