Submitted by Lauren Vancouver, pet rescuer, whose adventures will be memorialized in the Pet Rescue Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston
Hello. I’m Lauren Vancouver. If you have heard of me, that’s because I was introduced in HOWL DEADLY and FELINE FATALE, the most recent Kendra Ballanyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime.
What I do is so critical that I will have my own mystery series, starting in March 2011 with BEAGLEMANIA.
I save pets. That’s the most important thing to me--except for my two college-age kids, of course. But they understand how their mother is driven to take care of homeless or abused animals and find them new forever homes.
I was chosen to run a wonderful no-kill private pet shelter in the San Fernando Valley. HotRescues is fortunate enough to have been founded by Dante DeFrancisco, the wealthy magnate who runs the large pet store chain HotPets, so unlike most shelters we don’t lack for funds.
Strangely, though, I’ve recently been running into difficult situations. Well... that’s not strong enough. There have been murders around me. I’m the kind of person who likes to take charge of things, so I’ve found myself having to solve them. Especially in BEAGLEMANIA--since, of all things, the police consider me their primary suspect.
The person who was murdered... well, he was an animal abuser. He was involved with the puppy mill that is raided at the beginning of BEAGLEMANIA. I’m sorry, of course, that he is dead, but at least he won’t be hurting animals any more.
I’ve heard rumors that, in my stories, “no-kill” refers to pets, not people. Maybe so.
You can find out for yourself starting with BEAGLEMANIA, which premiers in March, 2011. It will be followed by THE MORE THE TERRIER, which begins with a real dilemma for me: I discover that my old mentor in pet rescue has become an animal hoarder. And I’m told that there are more murders to come...
Linda O. Johnston writes the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries and the spinoff Pet Rescue Mysteries. Visit her at www.LindaOJohnston.com