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trigger yappy book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It’s no secret that I love to read cozy mystery novels. Usually, they’re rather sensible in nature, and frequently have a strong female lead in an unusual setting. Unfortunately, this series lost its common sense somewhere along the way, and all the little ankle-biters running around must have discouraged any retrievers from at least trying to find it!  It’s entirely too cutesy-poo for me, as nearly all the characters act like hyped up grade-schoolers!

Most of the dogs have a lot more common sense than their humans! Having lived there some years ago, I realize that Californians can sometimes be a bit over the top, but really! 

The first book in the series started off at Rachel Patterson’s bar, Wine & Bark, a very doggy-friendly saloon, where canine treats are more sensibly named than the human beverages: Muttinis, Doggie Daiquiris, Muttguaritas and homemade Arf D’Oeuvres — Puh-leeze!

However, Rachel was AWOL (in Las Vegas, maybe getting married–or maybe not) so her sister Maggie bravely steps up in her absence, trying to keep the place going until Rachel resurfaces. Maggie is from New York, and has been down-sized because of the economy. She hopes to land a job with the local cruise ship company. That was then. This time around Rachel is in the hospital seriously ill with Salmonella poisoning. Maggie interviewed and won the job of her dreams, only once again she is stuck with running the bar.

Then there is the sister’s uncle, Grunkly, who is a better hero than any of the inhabitants of the bar, even if he can’t place a winning bet to save his life! There are a couple of interesting guys who serve as love interests, except that Maggie can’t make up her mind between the hunky cop, Officer Brad Brooks,  or the charming chef, Gus DelVecchio. At this time, he, at least, is not underfoot, as he’s competing in a cooking contest on TV from Ney York.

I love dogs, really I do, but no self-respecting dog I’ve ever known would put up with most of the silliness that runs rampant throughout this book. There was just too much chasing here and there – trying to pin guilt for the murder on this character, then that one – no wait! It’s really that one over there.

I’d love to be able to recommend Trigger Yappy, but in all honesty, I can’t. Unless you really like rampant silliness and lots and lots and lots of puns! I did read the first book in this series (and wasn’t overly enthused by it) but have never read any of the author’s other works.


First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Minotaur Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.