Guest Post and Giveaway from Linda O’ Johnston – Author of For a Good Paws


Barkery owner Carrie Kennersly follows the scent of murder to find the true culprit . . .

When Carrie Kennersley, owner of a two-part bakery that serves tasty treats to both dogs and humans, learns that a local killer is being paroled, she worries that danger will come barking at her door.

Ten years ago, Mike Holpurn was convicted of murdering the first female mayor of Knobcone Heights. Now, shortly after his release, Holpurn puts the whole town on edge by yelling at the former mayor’s husband, Henry Schulzer. After Schulzer is found dead, everyone assumes Holpurn is the culprit. But Carrie thinks there’s more to the story, especially since Holpurn claims Schulzer was the one who really killed the mayor. Carrie is determined to uncover the truth, even if it means things will get ruff.

Includes recipes!

I’m so happy to welcome Linda O. Johnston to the Book’s the Thing today!


May 9, 2019


Hi, everyone.  I’m Linda O. Johnston, and I’m delighted to be here as a guest poster on The Book’s the Thing–and the book is the thing to me, too!


I’m currently on a Great Escapes Blog Tour to let people know about my latest book release: For A Good Paws, the fifth in my Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series.  Unfortunately, this will be the end of the series since the publisher Midnight Ink is closing.  But it’s been a fun ride, and I’ve really enjoyed writing this series.  And For A Good Paws is one of my favorites.


So why do I enjoy writing them?  For one thing, they’re about dogs!  At least partly.  In the series, protagonist Carrie Kennersly is a veterinary technician who dreamed of becoming her own boss.  At the beginning of Bite the Biscuit, the first book in the series, a good friend had to sell her bakery, Icing on the Cake, and move away from Knobcone Heights, California, to care for her ailing mother.  Carrie bought it and converted half into Barkery and Biscuits, a store that sells handmade dog treats made from healthy recipes Carrie developed for patients as a vet tech.  She also maintained the other half, Icing on the Cake, to sell fresh baked goods for people.


Along the way, people have assumed I cook, too–but I admit I don’t do it much.   Certainly not as much as Carrie does.  I’m really happy, though, about all the stores that are popping up all over where food and treats for pets are handmade.  Plus, Carrie, as a vet tech, knows what’s needed for the healthfulness of them.


The Barkery & Biscuits stories are cozy mysteries, so, yes, people wind up being killed.  But don’t worry.  All the dogs remain just fine.


Carrie has developed a romantic relationship with a veterinarian she works for in her continued part-time position as a veterinary technician, Dr. Reed Storme.  Reed is always scolding her about becoming involved in all those murders, since it’s dangerous.   Or at least he used to–but in the fourth in the series, Pick and Chews, Reed backed off from his criticism and encouraged Carrie to get involved since he was the prime murder suspect.  They’re still together in For A Good Paws, so you might have an idea about how successful she was.  🙂


As a dog lover, Carrie has a dog of her own, Biscuit, a toy poodle-terrier mix.  Biscuit’s usually around since she can hang out in the Barkery while Carrie’s at work there.  Does she help to solve the mysteries?  Only as an emotional support pup for Carrie as she digs into the crimes.  And Biscuit does get to sample the Barkery’s dog treats.


It’s certainly fun to write these stories.  I hope you enjoy reading them!


About the Author

Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series for Midnight Ink. Her fifth and final book in the series, For a Good Paws, is a May 2019 release. She has also written Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink, and the Pet Rescue Mystery Series and Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Linda also writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and nearly all her current stories involve dogs.


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