Monday, May 8, 2017


Bad To The Bone
by Linda O. Johnston

Bad to the Bone (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Midnight Ink (May 8, 2017)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738746289


Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly, owner of the Barkery & Biscuits bakery for dogs, is reluctant to sell her recipes to pet food manufacturer VimPets. Jack Loroco, a VimPets representative, assures Carrie that it would be a great opportunity to grow her business. His promising new relationship with Carrie’s friend, Billi Matlock, doesn’t hurt his cause. But the budding romance takes a bad turn when Wanda Addler, another VimPets employee, sets her sights on Jack.

After threatening to ruin Jack’s career if he doesn’t give her what she wants, Wanda is found dead. Jack and Billi are put at the top of the suspect list, and Carrie is doggone determined to rescue them from a life behind bars.
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About The Author –

Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink. Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries are also from Midnight Ink.

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Interview with Linda O Johnston

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why?

I always enjoy the beginnings of my stories as I introduce, or reintroduce, the characters, then start developing the situation about to occur.  Oh, and I especially enjoy when dogs first appear!  In this case, that's on the first few pages of Bad to the Bone when Biscuit, Carrie Kennersly's toy poodle-terrier mix, trades nose sniffs with Rigsley, a larger gray dog owned by a visiting friend... who has a lot to do with the story.

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I'd love to spend a day with the protagonist, Carrie Kennersly.  I'd ask her to show me how to make some of her healthy dog treats at Barkery & Biscuits, then take a walk to the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic where she still works part time as a vet tech--taking her dog Biscuit along, of course. There, I'd like to meet head vet Arvie and love interest Reed.  On the way we could stop at Cuppa-Joe's and I could meet the Joes. And then we could go visit Mountaintop Rescue and Billi Matlock.  Maybe somewhere along the line I could also meet Carrie's brother Neal and others in the stories...    But, yes, my first choice of who to spend time with is Carrie.  And maybe I could even discuss the latest murder she's investigating with her...

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

This is a hard question to answer, so I'm not going to, at least not specifically!  Since my favorite books contain dogs and suspense and romance, when I read any good mystery that contains dogs I want to cheer the author.  But a specific one?  Nope!

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

My characters are all my imagination--although occasionally a victim is inspired by someone in my life who's done me wrong!  Not that I'd really harm them, of course.

5. What made you want to become a writer?

I always wanted to write, from the time I was in grade school!  I started a sci-fi epic in my teens that featured a boy and girl traveling through space.  Maybe that led to my first published novels: time travel romances.

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