Florida’s only doggie-yoga instructor takes on a new sideline in sleuthing in this “fun new addition to the pet cozy genre” (Booklist).
Doggie-yogi Elle Pressley just wants to teach her classes at Pampered Pup Spa & Resort and save enough money to move out of her crazy mother’s house. Then the cuddly spirit of her late childhood dog, Angel, appears. As adorable as Angel is, Elle knows it’s a bad omen. Sure enough, the next day one of her wealthy clients is found dead in a mud bath. Celeste had her enemies—especially the woman who stole her husband. But the clues are leading to Dr. Ira Craft, the Botox king of Moon Key island, whose frantic wife Hope happens to be Elle’s best friend.
Determined to clear Ira’s name, if only for Hope’s sake, Elle enlists the help of private investigator Devon Burke, whose Irish charm and devilish good looks make him easy to fall for. But someone is determined to stop Elle from uncovering the truth. And now that Devon’s involved, it’s not just Elle’s life that’s in danger. Her heart is too.
In this amiable series opener from Esposito (Karma's a Bitch), pampered pooches and their owners meet at the Pampered Pup Spa & Resort, on the Florida Gulf Coast island of Moon Key, where "doga" instructor Elle Pressley leads dogs and women in simple yoga exercises, until murder upsets their cozy routine. The victim, Celeste Green, is found face down on the floor of the mud-bath room and appears to have traced the letters B and O in the mud clues that possibly point to plastic surgeon Ira Craft, whose Botox treatments are a popular option on the island. Elle, the best friend of Ira's wife, Hope, is keen to prove Ira's innocence. She goes in search of other suspects, starting with Celeste's ex-husband, Robert, and Robert's new girlfriend, Zebina. Handsome PI Devon Burke provides romantic tension as well as detection. An exotic setting compensates only in part for a routine mystery.