Review: Bite the Dust (Book #1: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery Series) by Jackie Layton

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One steamy South Carolina morning, Low Country dog walker Andi Grace Scott discovers a client’s dead body. Police quickly decide she’s the prime suspect. Horrified, she knows she’ll have to turn detective if she’s going to convince them they’re barking up the wrong tree.

Proving her innocence could be a tall order. The local police never solved the hit-and-run that killed her parents; Andi Grace isn’t sure they’ll solve this crime either…not when they have a convenient suspect—one caught with the possible murder weapon in her hand. She’ll have to follow every clue and call in every favor, even if that puts her in danger.

Source: Purchase Rating: 3½/5 stars

Andi Grace has spent her life in service to others.  First, when her parents died tragically in a car wreck, she took over the care of her younger siblings and now, as an adult, she looks after other people’s pets through her dog walking business.  Though it isn’t the life she envisioned as a teenager, Andi Grace loves her life and wouldn’t trade 99% of it for the world.  The part she would trade, finding her dear friend dead in his palatial living room.

Andi Grace has spent her whole life in the same small town and rarely ever has there been a crime of this magnitude.  Not only was her friend killed, but he was seemingly killed by someone he either knew or trusted since there is no evidence of forced entry.  Andi Grace is horrified by the scene and to make matters worse, one of the newest members of the community walked in on the scene and now sees Andi Grace as a suspect.  Sadly, so does the local sheriff.  In the space of just a few minutes, Andi Grace’s peaceful life has turned upside down and inside out. 

With her name and freedom on the line, Andi Grace sets out to do what any sane person would, solve the crime for the police. As luck would have it, the new man in town quickly discovers Andi Grace is far, far from guilty and though he tries to weasel out of it, he becomes Andi Grace’s new lawyer.  As the two begin their now shared investigation, Andi Grace learns that she didn’t know her long-time friend nearly as well as she thought she did.  There were secrets and scandals in her friend’s past that nearly bring Andi Grace to her knees. 

The Bottom LineBite the Dust is a very clean cozy mystery that really ticks all the boxes for me.  Andi Grace is a fine main character, her partner in crime is a sexy, intelligent, caring man with nothing nut Andi Grace’s best interests at heart, and the plot is rooted deep in mystery and heartache.  I absolutely love the setting with the combination of old South charm and life by the water.  When you add in the horde of dogs Andi Grace cares for, there really isn’t much I can find to be upset about with this book.  I can’t say I was blown away by this book and some aspects were quite predictable, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying this read and plowing right on through the second book.

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