Jan 21, Ewa rated it it was amazing. I know many of the reviews are not too positive, but I personally really liked this book. It was easy to read, quick paced, fully o funny stories about animals. Maybe I would prefer less sex and more romance, as this was a little bit unusual for a cozy.
But all in all I liked it and look forward to read another from the series. May 07, Margaret rated it really liked it.
Well written and fun, a good light read. Compaints--The use of a python in one's pocket to startle the bad guy, was set up a bit too thoroughly but then unconvincing at the denouement. And Kendra went over old ground a bit too much for my taste. Still a charming first book in a series. Feb 25, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: Cozies depend on their sleuths, so when I hate the sleuth, I'm going to hate the cozy. And I hate the sleuth.
The writing isn't bad and the plot was okay. The protagonist was painful. Sep 10, Morgan rated it really liked it. This mystery was pretty much a what you see is what you get. Former lawyer Kendra B. Kendra claims she was framed for leaking private client information. To make it even worse, the client in question was killed due to the information leak. Kendra is forced to sell nearly all her possessions save a BMW, every girl needs her BMW to survive and rent her beautiful Hollywood home to a former reality tv star and boy toy. To add insult t This mystery was pretty much a what you see is what you get.
To add insult to injury, Kendra now lives above the garage with her Cavalier King Charles, Lexie, watching the parties of the rich and famous-for-no-good-reason. Things perk up when Lexie's former boarding facility headed by a friend of Kendra's is in dire need of a pet sitter. Kendra volunteers reluctantly, only to meet the conveniently handsome private eye, Jeff, whose Akita instantly loves Lexie. As more pet sitting jobs come rolling in Kendra begins to feel that her life is finally perking up a bit. Then, life turns out to be more of a bitch than Lexie.
With no real suspects, the police center on Kendra as a "person of interest". Adding flame to the fire, the head of the investigation happens to have a vendetta against Mr. Sexy Jeff with whom Kendra is now trading pet sitting favors with to prove her innocence. Each chapter brings up new suspects and new problems as Kendra is further implicated in pretty much every crime in the area.
While there are some parts I felt were not entirely realistic how much access she had to her old job for one , I wasn't bothered enough to notice until after my reading. The ending will be a surprise twist for most simply because there is a crucial fact that the reader is not told until the end. However, the criminal is actually mentioned in the book more than once and is a reasonable candidate view spoiler [ in a crazy, conspiracy theory way hide spoiler ]. This is not a novel that will change the way you think, but it will amuse you. There is sex implied in this book.
I would call it a "lime", meaning that sex is mentioned and then the bedroom door closes. There is definitely seductive mentions of how handsome so and so's chest hair is, but it's pretty PG Apr 09, Diane Morasco rated it really liked it Shelves: Kendra Ballantyne can no longer practice law. The client then killed the CEO of the corporation she was suing. Kendra insists that she in innocent, but she was forced to resign from her law firm and her law license was suspended for three months. As Kendra's finances started mounting she had to file for bankruptcy.
Fortuitously, she was able to hold onto the old family home. Unfortunately, she can't afford to live in it. Slowly she accepts additional pet sitting jobs, not always of the dog variety. She is able to juggle the many schedules and still have time with her dogs as well. The fact that Jeff is quite a looker and sexy is an added bonus. Everything is flourishing until she finds one of her clients murdered in his home when she arrives to take care of his dog.
Unfortunately the detective believes Kendra is guilty of the murder.
When in town, Jeff, a private detective and security expert, gives her advice on proving her innocence. Kendra is intent on finding the killer, but will she survive? Aug 14, Phoebe rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I love mystery novels especially when they have a a mix of romance in the plot so when I won an autographed copy of one of Linda O.
I also thought this series was very intriguing because it involved animals which even though I've never had any pets of my own I've got family who have had dogs and cats as pets. There are 6 books in this series so far but the 7th book in the series called Never Say Sty is go I love mystery novels especially when they have a a mix of romance in the plot so when I won an autographed copy of one of Linda O. There are 6 books in this series so far but the 7th book in the series called Never Say Sty is going to be coming out on Tuesday, April 7th which is a day I look forward to because it is going to be good.
Sit, Stay, Slay is the first book in the series and the book that captured me from the very beginning to the very exciting life of Kendra Ballantyne. Kendra was one a litigator with a high-powered L. So she's had to move into the maid's quarters above her garage for a place to live and even jumped at a new job offer as a freelance pet-sitter. Her life has gone to the dogs and who'd have guessed it would be so dangerous when Kendra finds one of her first pet-sitting clients stabbed to death in his upscale Toluca Lake home.
Read rest of Review Jul 07, Lyn rated it it was ok. In danger of losing her upscale Los Angeles home, she is forced to rent to a former reality show alumnus contestant. In need of money and to keep from watching her new renters trash her home, Kendra agrees to a live-in pet-sitting gig. At least she can make some money while she rethinks what happened to her career, and she can take Lexie can keep her company. Her first position is for sexy detective Jim Hubbard. She can take care of other animals while she house-sits his Akita.
Her next job is a former law client. He returns home sooner than expected and when Kendra arrives to feed his black mutt, she finds him murdered. Shortly afterwards another of her clients is killed. Since Kendra is the only suspect the investigating detective has, she finds herself doing some sleuthing herself — with the help of the sexy detective.
Nov 08, Julie H. I'd really like to go 2. The premise is cute, as are the animals, but the actual mystery--let alone the police procedural part--felt oversimplified to this reader, esp.
Noralles' too two-dimensional nature. Also, so only Kendra is capable of proving her own innocence? Moreover, in several instances Ballantyne's I'd really like to go 2. Moreover, in several instances Ballantyne's overly naive approach to exonerating herself simply reads as wackier than ever. And why oh why lead with the chin by reappearing at the former law firm?
In an altogether different vein, why are Kendra's cat clients only mentioned in passing?
And finally, if Hubbards' "geeks" geez, that got old the first time it appeared are so darn good at research, they why didn't they make the crucial link back to Kendra's first big win? Can't say more without spoiling the fun. Nov 24, Fatima C rated it liked it. This book was about Kendra being a disaster.
Linda O. Johnston is a lawyer and a writer of mysteries, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. She lives in the hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley. Book 7 of 9 in the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery Series .. Sit, Stay, Slay ( Kendra Ballantyne, Petsitter Mysteries, No. 1). Mass Market Paperback.
First by selling her hollywood house to some strangers. Then her new job is pet sitting and her life has gone to dogs. And when one of clients is knocked down by another one she is scared that she is being set up. But with the help of detective Jeff Hubbard she is going to find out what is up. Is she being set up? I would recommend this book to young adults. Well because I don't think that some from age 10 and down would understand everything in the beside This book was about Kendra being a disaster.
Well because I don't think that some from age 10 and down would understand everything in the besides I got a little confused in some parts. Also I recommend this book to young adults because it dose have a few bad words in some parts which they shouldn't know even if it is a little bit. Last but not least this book seemed interesting to me because I learned that i shouldn't give up. And that I shouldn't fear of anything because I could get to the bottom of the situation.
Maybe with the help of people or a detective like in this book with Jeff Hubbard. But I didn't like the parts where I got confused and had to re-read or the parts where I got to bad words. Dec 20, Dharia Scarab rated it it was ok Shelves: Really didn't enjoy this book, I picked up 3 or 4 books in this series at the thrift shop, so I'll give it another try but I'm not expecting it to get better.
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the au Really didn't enjoy this book, I picked up 3 or 4 books in this series at the thrift shop, so I'll give it another try but I'm not expecting it to get better.
This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. I loved this book! It had earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP. Apr 13, Marty rated it liked it.
Kendra Ballantyne was a successful lawyer until she was accused of a number of improprieties and was almost disbarred from the profession. When telling her Doggy Day Care operator that she can no longer bring her dog there, he tells her he really needs a pet sitter who woul Kendra Ballantyne was a successful lawyer until she was accused of a number of improprieties and was almost disbarred from the profession.
Soon she has a number of clients, most of them being dogs — but there was the one needy python that liked to curl up in a ball and be carried around… When two of her clients humans, not pets wind up murdered, she is the main suspect. Jan 20, bella rated it really liked it. Kendra is left reeling after she her license to practice law is suspended. She takes on a temporary job as a pet sitter. However she soon gets herself in trouble with the law when her client's owners start to turn up dead.
I'm a pet owner to two demanding felines and I love reading mysteries that involve pets. As you can imagine I was very eager to start this series. For me, Sit, Stay, Slay started a little show but by the 50 page mark I was thoroughly interested and was trying to guess who was behind the murders. I found Kendra a great sleuth, who was very determined to clear her name. Her interactions with sexy PI, Jeff, had my toes curling and left me wanting more. A good, strong mystery, with a nice romance angle. I will definitely be back for more.
Oct 01, Amanda rated it it was ok Shelves: I much prefer the Blaize Clement series of pet sitter mysteries over this one. While waiting for the next ebook to become available from the library, I gave this one a try. Maybe it's just because I'm a former cat sitter, but the first two characteristics really rubbed me the wrong way. A lot of people who'd read a pet sitter mystery are going to be fans of cats and of pet sitting, so why portray them as less-than? But before she can resume her lawyering, some of her petsitting clients begin to turn up dead--in the first Kendra Ballantyne mystery: And Kendra begins to wonder whether losing her law license is the least of her worries.
Johnston has written many novels, this is her best tale worthy of an award nomination because it entertains yet shows the audience what happens when an innocent person's life spins out of control and how that person copes with the changes forced upon her. The romance in this novel adds spice to a very clever crime thriller. Readers will be eager to watch Kendra adjust and then revel in her new life.
There is sex implied in this book. I love mystery novels especially when they have a a mix of romance in the plot so when I won an autographed copy of one of Linda O. Kendra is intent on finding the killer, but will she survive? I didn't enjoy the ride. Since Kendra is the only suspect the investigating detective has, she finds herself doing some sleuthing herself — with the help of the sexy detective. Will consider reading more by this auth Kendra is smart and a quick thinker but keeps finding herself in trouble.
This is a wonderful book for winter reading. Kendra is a great character. She takes on pet sitting with gusto and yet some fear. She is open to new experiences. Once she starts investigating, she finds she has a knack for it, along with a little help from Jeff.