Thursday, September 11, 2014

What Did You Do This Summer?

by Caro Lamont from Sparkle Abbey’s Pampered Pets Mystery Series

So Long Summer

Summer is almost over and here in Laguna Beach the tourist season has settled down to a dull roar. While we love that people appreciate our little community and all it has to offer, we also love it when things quiet down and it’s a little less crowded.

I didn't travel anywhere but it was still a busy summer for me with lots of new pet clients and so many fun things to do here in southern California.

Dog on Beach
One of my favorite end-of-summer events here in Laguna is the Festival of the Arts Pageant of Masters which is a 90 minute stage show of art re-creations where real people pose to look like their counterparts in the original classic art work. This year the theme was The Art Detective and the “living pictures” provided the clues to reveal how lost treasures were found and also where crimes of passion were uncovered or covered up. (Don’t tell Detective Malone, but it reminded me a bit of some of the mysteries my cousin Mel and I have been involved in solving right here in Laguna Beach.)

But enough about my summer. I’d love to hear about your summer.

What was the best thing you did this summer? Did you take a trip somewhere exciting? Have a special family get-together?

Leave a comment below to be entered in Sparkle Abbey’s drawing for an end-of-summer care package.

Sparkle Abbey’s latest book is Book 5 in the Pampered Pets Mystery Series

Fifty Shades of Greyhound (Bell Bridge Books)

Catnip for mystery fans!
Maggie, the cat of Donald Bain & Renee Paley-Bain (Murder, She Wrote Series)

“A real tail-wagger!”
Buttercup aka Trixie from the Paws and Claws mystery series by Krista Davis

“Fifty Shades of Greyhound gives rollover and play dead a whole new meaning!”
Ethel Merman & Ella Fitzgerald, canine companions to award-winning author Holly Jacobs

It was a killer party.
Caro Lamont, Laguna Beach’s favorite pet therapist is thrilled to support the elite fundraising gala for Greys Matter, a SoCal greyhound rescue group. All the guests in the couture-attired crowd are clad in varying shades of grey, the champagne and donations are flowing, and there are fifty gorgeous greyhounds in attendance. But before the evening ends a stranger in their midst is dead.

Caro sets out to help the rescue group find out the identity of the mystery guest, but soon finds herself in the doghouse with homicide detective, Judd Malone. Oh, and federal agent, John Milner. When there’s a second death, Caro is convinced she’s on the track of someone who wants a secret to stay buried, but it’s a race to see whether Caro can uncover the truth before the killer decides she’s next up.

Full of adorable pampered pets, the story re-visits lovely Laguna Beach, and some of the colorful characters readers have come to love in previous titles: Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, and Yip/Tuck. 

Next up? Book 6: The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo

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37 comments:

  1. Hi Caro: I visited Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with my nephews this past summer. Everyone had a great time rafting, hiking and geyser watching. Yellowstone is amazing. I just finished Kitty Kitty Bang Bang and loved, loved, loved it, but who has the real brouch? Just got Yip Tuck (love the title) and can't wait to start it. Keep those adventures coming......

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    1. Thanks, Mary Louise! Glad you're enjoying our adventures. Yeloowstone and the Grand Tetons sounds like great fun and your nephews will remember the trip for a long time. You're making memories!

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  2. The best thing I did this summer was go boating with our friends and family.

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    1. Boating with friends and family sounds like the perfect summer activity

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  3. My summer was filled with delightful grandchildren whose daily activities were fulfilling. Spending the morning at camp the little ones came home with me and we played, read and relaxed until it was time to return to their homes. What a rewarding summer it was. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, grandchildren are just the best! What a wonderful summer for you...and for them! :-)

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  4. We BBQ'd a lot. Our summer trip was to York, PA to see the Harley Davidson factory.

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    1. Sandy, we love to BBQ! Did you learn anything new at the Harley Davidson factory? That sounds fascinating.

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  5. We took two mini-vacations. Fascinating road trips to historic areas in the mountains of Colo. where a mining town was once thriving and watched a performance at an opera house which was renowned in the town. Caves of mammoth proportions and famous. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. A former mining town would be really interesting to see. Lots of history!

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  6. We had a quiet summer of home projects and being together. Great!

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  7. I didn't do much of anything. And, it was great!

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    1. Sometimes doing absolutely nothing is the best summer activity!

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  8. My husband, daughter and I went to Ireland for three weeks. It was a fabulous trip.

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    1. Ireland? Wow, Annette, that would be fabulous! Do you have family there? Or just decided to see the Emerald Isle?

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  9. Ah, summertime and the living is easy.
    We took a break from our south Florida heat and visited downeast Maine. The days can be hot (80!), but it cools off at night (which it never does at home).
    The Pageant of Masters sounds like a wonderful idea.

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    1. The Pageant of the Masters is such a cool event! We've never been to Maine but it's definitely on the bucket list. :-)

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  10. I stayed home while my hubby went on a motorcycle trip with his sister and brother-in-law. Nice to have him back home safe and sound, but I do enjoy my time alone. No cooking unless I feel like it. Eat when and what I want. Read while eating.

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  11. Cooking only when you feel like it and reading while you eat? Sounds like a perfect summer break!

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  13. Hi Ladies! Brian, Maya and I went to Seattle, Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Park which has ocean beaches, rainforest, pristine mountain lakes and glaciers all in one place! It was amazing! And even better we didn't see a drop of rain the whole time!

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    1. Anna - What a beautiful part of the world! How fun!

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  14. At sixty-three, I got married for the first time this summer.

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    1. Congratulations and best wishes on your marriage!

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    2. Congratulations to the both of you!

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  15. My husband and I went to Alaska to see his grown children and their families. I had never been there before, it was an awesome experience! The state is beautiful!

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  16. We haven't been to Alaska, but would love to visit. Have heard it's gorgeous!

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  17. I had to clean and closeout my Moms house after her recent cancer death and move my Brother into a new house which took all summer. He is challenged so he was unable to help. I did everything myself . After we were done I collopsed and came down with Diabetes. The stress brought it on as it was 13 solid weeks of 24/7 stress and upset. I had the worse summer of my life. If anyone deserves a quiet fall season it's me.

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    1. Lexie - so sorry for your loss. You certainly do deserve a quiet fall season. Wishing you better days ahead.

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  18. This was the first summer of my retirement--so I spent it trying to adjust to not having to go to work every day---and spent a lot of time of the golf course.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. Sparkle, My husband's family is from Ireland. We visited the farm where my husband's grandfather was born and lived there until he came to America. The local postmaster, parish priest and a neighbor were very helpful and told us a bit about the family who lived there until just a decade ago. We learned my husband's great grandfather survived the Great Famine as a young man. He married and he and his wife raised their 12 children to adulthood. He died at 93 which was considered rare in those days.
    Lexie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you hopefully get to relax and take care of your health. Good luck to you.

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  20. We went to the Blue Ridge Mountains for some cool summer air and played for a week up and down the Parkway. I am not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet. It is still in the 90s here.

    gibsonbk@hiwaay.net

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  21. Hi , My summer was filled with happy, sad, stress, relaxation. All in all you could say it was life. I've got a 3 yr old grand daughter with cancer (of course that's the sad) and she and family spent the summer in New Jersey getting care in Philladelphia . That was a mix since they normally live in Arkansas so we got to see them much much more. The great news is last week her scans were clear. We're going to keep praying that they stay that way. She has more treatments to go thru (thru Dec. if everything goes well) and then it's quarterly scans and hope and prayers. The relaxation and enjoyable part of the summer (besides seeing family) was lots of reading time and my husband and I made a pact that one day a weekend we would do something fun and we did . Festivals and carnivals etc We had a great time.

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    1. Kiki - Praying with you for continued clear scans.

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