Hello Fellow Readers,
Honestly mystery books are not my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong I will read them, however if it’s mystery or another genre most likely the mystery would have to wait. This book however caught my eye, I’m a huge animal lover as you probably have guessed, so a book that includes animals in the sotry (that isn’t absolutely heartbreaking) is something I would read right away. This is the first of the Gin and Tonic Mystery series that is currently up to four books.
‘Meet “Gin” and “Tonic.” She’s a dog person. He’s a cat person. But when these two friendly rivals team up to solve a mystery, you can bet their pets aren’t the only ones getting collared…
Ginny Mallard and her shar-pei, Georgie, are about to run out of kibble and cash, unless she digs up another client for her private concierge business. So she heads to her neighborhood Seattle bar, Mary’s, to sniff out an opportunity. Or a gimlet or two. The bartender, Teddy Tonica, is usually good for a round of challenging banter, and Georgie is oddly fond of his bar cat, Mistress Penny.
Before she can say “bottoms up,” Ginny lands a job tracking down some important business papers that have gone missing—along with the customer’s uncle. If Ginny hopes to track him down, she’ll need more than her research skills: she’ll need a partner with people skills—like Tonica.
This is one dangerous case that’s about to go to the dogs—unless man, woman, cat, and canine can work together as one very unconventional crime-solving team.’
The main characters are not a dog and a cat, no the main characters are a Bartender named Teddy Tonica and a ‘professional (purrfessional) Concierge’ Ginny Mallard. It’s why its ‘Gin and Tonic’. Both humans are competitive and stubborn it’s how Ginny convinced Tonica to help with a missing paperwork case. They both end up in over their head when their investigation leaves them in P.I. territory and neither of them are Private investigators (even if Tonica did read a ‘Morons guide to P.I).
Two things I was happy about, One is that they gave the dog (Georgie, a Shar-Pei) to Ginny instead of it being the typical girl has cat, boy has dog thing. Tonica has Mistress Penny Drops who is a stray that sorts of adopts Tonica. The second think I liked was they included the animals P.O.V. It was not as often as I would have liked but I did enjoy those parts.
The one thing this book makes you think is that this would be a mystery with animals helping out and while Georgie came to the rescue towards the end you really don’t get to see much of Penny or Georgie throughout the books. This was a huge disappointment for me, the tagline even alludes more animals scenes.
Another thing was I did not really like Ginny, while her interactions with Georgie softened her up a bit she was a bit too pushy. I understand why she felt like she had to push so much, her reputation and therefore her business was on the line but she just irked me. I liked Tonica a lot better despite him being kind of a cliche.
Overall the story was entertaining, I may read the second book Clawed to see if Penny and Georgie have more of a roll in it. I’d recommend this to someone who needs a easy-quick read or trying to get into the mystery genre.
About the Author
L.A Kornetsky is the pen name for Laura Anne Gilman. She is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus urban fantasy series of novels and novellas, and the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy. Her newest project is the Devil’s West series from Saga / Simon & Schuster, beginning with 2015’s Locus-bestseller SILVER ON THE ROAD, and continuing with THE COLD EYE.