Johnston’s heroine’s compassion for her four-legged friends and their owners make her a likable heroine. Readers who enjoy a mystery heavy on this subject matter will enjoy Johnston’s latest, but all of the information about animal hoarding makes the book drag a bit.

Lauren learns that her friend Mamie has an animal hoarding problem. Mamie is also being harassed by Bethany Urber, an overbearing woman who runs Pet Shelters Together. Lauren helps Mamie and the animals in her care, while a conniving Bethany vies for the publicity around the animals’ rescue. Then Lauren receives a call from a hysterical Mamie, who has just found Bethany dead. (PRIME CRIME, Oct., 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin