Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)

 by V.M. Burns

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Bark If It’s Murder
(A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns

About Bark If It’s Murder 

Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (August 27, 2019)
Paperback: 162 pages
ISBN-10: 1516107926
ISBN-13: 978-1516107926
Digital ASIN: B07L2G3DJ1


Lilly Echosby just witnessed a murder on a pet cam. Or did she?When a last-minute opportunity arises to accompany her boss to an art auction in Atlanta, Lilly throws some money at the problem of where to board her toy poodle Aggie (short for Agatha Christie). Posh Pet Haven offers the most luxurious canine accommodations in all of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The place even provides pet cams so anxious owners can check in on their pampered pooches.

But when Lilly tries to take a peek at her poodle, she gets a terrible shock—she witnesses what she’s sure is a murder. She thinks the victim may be the wealthy co-owner of Pet Haven. The police follow her lead but find no body, no evidence of a crime, and no video record. Starting to feel like the dog owner who cried wolf, Lilly decides to go undercover to catch a killer who may be hiding in plain sight …

About V.M. Burns

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of  Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at

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MY REVIEW – 3 1/2 stars

BARK IF ITS MURDER is V. M. Burns’ third  Dog Club Mystery featuring Lilly Ann Echosby. The gals in the story go by first and second names; it’s a Southern thing, I believe, however I was over 10%  into my Kindle book before reading her name.  Perhaps Burns was relying on the readers being familiar with the past two books in the series.

Amazingly, her mini poodle, Aggie’s name is on nearly every other page.  (Well, it is a dog book.)  And perhaps I am not a thorough reader – the story seemed to jump around a bit for me to stay engaged – but I also didn’t know Lilly’s occupation till almost half way through.

Okay, all the not-so-good stuff behind, there are some amazing things in this book, such as the very ritzy, posh  Pet Resort and Doggie Day Care Center, run by a pair of glam people, who are married, but who don’t seem to like each other. And the fees for doggie care (including massages), are phenomenal.

It is one of these gorgeous Spa people, that Lilly witnesses being murdered by the other.  At least she thinks she saw it happen. She’d viewed it on one of the many security cameras around the Pet Day Care Center that she was using to watch her adorable Aggie romp and nap. (Yes, this was allowed and encouraged.)

But evidence disappears. So do bodies. So do living people. And this was the amazing mystery part of the book.  Lilly and her friends do all they can think of to solve this mystery. And it is solved at the very end of the book. But, I have to tell you, I did not have inkling to the murderer until Lilly reveals it in the last few pages.

This is what makes me recommend the book.  The unique murder method, and the impossible (though entirely logical)  solution to the mystery.




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