Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Brother Speaks

by Neal Kennersly, brother of Carrie Kennersly, whose adventures are memorialized in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston


Hello.  This feels strange, but my sister Carrie asked me to blog here this month.  What could I say but yes?  I love my sister.  Plus, she's pretty generous to me.  I live in her home and pay rent when I can, but she seldom even reminds me of that. 

My main job these days is at the front desk of the Knobcone Heights Resort, where I help check people into the hotel.  I much prefer it when I can take people out on hikes, both those sponsored by the Resort and otherwise.  I don't make a lot of money leading expeditions like that but, hey, it's fun. 

Anyway, my sister is a veterinary technician and recently became the owner of the bakery Icing on the Cake, which she split in half to create the adjoining Barkery and Biscuits.  There, she bakes and sells some of the healthy dog treats she's created while working for the Knobcone Veterinary Clinic.  She owns a really cute dog, Biscuit--but I call her Bug, just because. 

The thing is, Carrie recently started a new hobby, I guess you'd call it.  She's solving murders.  And as it turns out, I'm all for it. 

You see, the first time Carrie was accused of killing someone right here in Knobcone Heights--Myra Ethman, wife of Harris Ethman, who owns a pet boutique.  Myra was giving Carrie a hard time for starting the Barkery, claiming it was competition to her pet store.  And when Myra got killed, Carrie was unfortunately a logical suspect.  Not that she did it, of course.  Carrie was able to clear herself, and the story was memorialized in a book:  Bite the Biscuit.  Fortunately, I was able to stay out of it since the Ethman family owns the resort where I work. 

I enjoyed reading Bite the Biscuit, and apparently other people did, too.  It was a finalist for a very special award by the Dog Writers Association of America, I understand.

In some ways, I'm glad Carrie got that experience.  Why?  Well, rumor has it that the really nice woman I'm interested in dating, Janelle Blaystone, may be accused of murder, too.  I gather that her story will be told in a book to be published in May of 2016: To Catch A Treat.

Anyway, I'm done here.  Got to get back to planning the next hike I'm leading.  And I think I've said enough to make my sister happy. 

Right, Carrie?


  1. Replies
    1. Hey, Willow, sounds great! Just let me know when you'll be in Knobcone Heights.

  2. Congratulations on the award!! So very cool!!

  3. I haven't started this series yet. Sounds fun and who couldn't like those book covers?

    1. Thanks, Elaine. I like the covers, too. I've read the first story, but don't tell Carrie.