NEVER SAY STY
A mysterious millionaire benefactor, an ugly murder and a friend's incrimination are enough to get the ultimate animal lover into a charmingly witty, if not overly intense, mystery.
L.A. pet-sitter Kendra Ballyntine is the brains behind a new reality show, Animal Auditions. Dogs and pot-bellied pigs populate the audition, and when a nasty celebrity judge is murdered with a pig's leash and her producer is a suspect, Kendra sneaks around the investigation, under warning from the already testy cops, to find the killer. At the same time, she's trying to figure out the mystery of the gorgeous man who wants to bankroll her new show. It's almost more than a girl can take. (BERKLEY PRIME CRIME, Apr., 304 pp., $7.99)