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Barking up the Wrong Tree

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This was another cute cozy mystery with the mystery of a champion dog gone missing.  There were a lot of possible dog-nappers but I think halfway I did guess the napper correctly.

I enjoyed getting back to the group of friends and their love interest as well as their longing and willingness to help animals.

I am enjoying this cozy mystery series with the 4 paw friends.
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This is book 3 of the Gone to the Dogs Mysteries series, Cozy Light Romance / Mystery read. Kristin is a veterinarian working in an office with co-workers that are great friends and work well as a team.  When a regular dog comes in with strange symptoms and not his usual self, Kristin is determined to save this dog.    She finds out that this dog is not the dog that his owners think it is.... dogs have been switched and can she save this one?  Can she find where the real Remington is?  She and her co-workers start to investigate who is the dog they have and were is the dog they thought they had.  Mixed with a little romance of Kristen and the other vet...... what will be the outcome?  Can they find the dog? Will they find love? Who does the mystery dog belong to?
I would recommend to those that love cozy reads and dogs.  I love this series!!  It keeps you guessing at the dog mystery and the romance with twist turns and many characters.  I love how everyone at the vet clinic works together and bond.  Great series!!!!  Can't wait for the next adventure. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.
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I really loved this book in a new to my series and author. I can't wait to read the next one. The characters and location really add to the plot. This book keeps you guessing until the end
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Book 3 in the series. This one we get to view vet Kristin more. Before she seemed a bit aloof, but this one we get to see another side of her. When an award winning dog is kidnapped she helps find the dog. A few red herrings but otherwise a good story. Would recommend this book and series.
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Such a fun and entertaining light read.  Sometimes you just have to read a book that is just ‘fun’. I enjoyed that it was full of the whole animal clinic team and that it wasn’t too predictable. It is part of a series but can for sure be read ion its own. I recommend for those needing a bit of relaxation. 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy.  Opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.
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Barking up the Wrong Tree by Janice Thompson is book 3 in the Gone to the Dogs Christian Mystery series. I have really enjoyed each book in this series so far. Each has been 4 stars! In this book, we follow Veterinarian Kristin Keller who realizes the Atkinson family champion sheltie dog, Remington, has somehow been stolen and switched with another almost identical sheltie dog right under their noses! Everyone is shocked and they start working together to figure out who could have done this, any why? We also have a cute romance between Tyler and Kristin blooming, and I loved their chemistry together. Very sweet. 

What I enjoy most about this series is how these stories just always feel like you’re coming back home to your family. As a southern girl, I love the charm for each town and how each character has sincere care for one another.

I also love how we have so many different avenues as to what could have happened to the dog in this story. You never know who to trust, as so many people had different motives for wanting to possibly take the dog or switch him out with another.

I also appreciate the faith aspects we get throughout the story as we see them mentioning church, prayers, God’s plan, considering their faith when making decisions, etc. 

Overall, a fun, cute continuation to the Gone to the Dogs Series! If you love clean cozy mysteries, check this series out. Book 1 is Off the Chain by Janice Thompson. 😊 Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy to honestly read and review.
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I enjoyed being back with my favorite veterinarian team and all their employees. This one is Kristin's story; she's been working at the Lone Star Vet Clinic for about a year now. She is still in love with her boss Tyler, and she's pretty sure he is in love with her too. They just have not done anything about it yet.

What starts out as a normal day quickly becomes abnormal. Kristen becomes alarmed at the health of prize winning Shelty by the name of Remington. Remington's owners are equally dismayed and already have a lot on their plate, including a new baby on the way. What they don't understand is why Remington has changed so, even how he acts. Well, it just so happens that Remington is not Remington. Someone switched out dogs. Why and who? So now they have a sick dog and a missing dog.

Well, the whole team gets behind this. Along with this mystery there is a big wedding happening and Kristen and Tyler begin to get closer. And then there are her parents, whom she loves dearly, but they are a lot to take in. What will Tyler think?

I like this group of people. Their comradery and family like atmosphere are heartwarming. Their love of animals and their care for them is astounding and their mystery solving skills are not so bad either. I look forward to more of these fun down to earth mysteries.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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I enjoyed the first two books in this fun canine series, which burst with humor amid the human struggles and budding love stories in multiple generations. Each novel contains a complete story that can stand on its own, but they are best read in order for maximum enjoyment of the continuing drama and character development. This addition to the Gone to the Dogs Mysteries began more slowly and plodded along until the suspense element took over the tale and ramped up the wild escapades. There are also some heart-rending incidents with needy dogs that will tug at the heart. The realistic, if a bit quirky, characters seem like friends, and the generosity of the staff at the veterinary practice choked me up. This story focuses on a missing champion Sheltie, and the author throws in so many possible suspects that you wonder if they will ever find the kidnapped dog. I also appreciate the characters’ faith in God. I got a copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own. #BarkinguptheWrongTree #NetGalley
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Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Gone To The Dogs, Book #3
Janice Thompson
5 Stars


A Champion Dog Is Off His Game
Grab a puppy to snuggle and unwind with a delightful small-town mystery in book 3 of the Gone to the Dogs series.
Inquisitive, detail-oriented, Veterinarian Kristin Keller prides herself on winning over any dog. But has this self-proclaimed dog whisperer finally met her match in a Sheltie named Remington who has just won the Texas state agility course competition? The champion pooch is acting out of sorts—almost as if he is not the same dog. Has he, by chance, been switched out with another dog just before the next big competition? Kristin and the other Lone Star employees will do anything to help the Atkinson family figure out this mystery surrounding their beloved Remington.  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well rounded.  I like the fact that each book has a different main character but we get to spend time with all of them and see what is going on with them.  I really liked reading about the clinic and all the animals and how they are taken care of. You can tell the staff really care about their animals.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing  and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  Whether taking  care of the animals or trying to find out what happened to the missing dog I was totally engaged in the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted book.  I have read all the books in the series and I have loved them all.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Barbour Publishing, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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My thoughts:  This is a fast-paced cozy mystery filled with humor, good friends, a tight family, dogs, and plenty of fun. What do you get when a prize-winning dog is kidnapped?  In this case, a group of vets and dog rescuer workers following leads to find the missing dog. This opens the doors for them to do a lot of community service, building good-will, witnessing, and finding homes for displaced, depressed senior dogs and more.  If you love dogs or cozy mysteries and close southern families and friends you will love BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE.  It was rather dizzying at times as I struggled to keep up with them.  I was given a copy free and all opinions are my own.
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Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Janice Thompson is book 3 in the Gone to the Dogs Christian fiction cozy mystery series. While the core group of characters appears in each book in the series, readers can easily read these books out of order.

Continuing with the east central Texas setting, this novel is centered at the Lone Star Veterinary Clinic. One if its patients, an award-winning Sheltie named Remington, doesn't seem himself. The situation is very strange, and the clinic staff are committed to solving the mystery because they care deeply for the dog and his owners. The staff are young and single so there's plenty of romantic sparks flying between characters as they treat animals and follow clues.

This is a cute dog-centric mystery as fluffy as a standard poodle's tail. I read this during a time of personal loss and sadness, so it was the perfect mental relief from reality, even though I'm definitely a cat person. The dialogue is colloquial and likely intended to reflect the characters' ages. I appreciated the high level of compassion the vet clinic staff had for the dogs they encountered and their owners, even when the humans didn't seem deserving of the kindness they received. One minor plot point seemed odd, but it was included only briefly.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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I love this series.  It’s such a cute book.   I love animals.  We have three big ol german shepherd dogs in our house and several LGD outside as well.  They’re snuggly and sweet and we love them so much. 

This book was especially special to me out of all the series because I had a sheltie growing up that was my personal favorite dog.  Ever since he died I’ve been looking for a new one to take his place.

If you’re looking for a cute romance or a cozy mystery this is the book for you!  But I do recommend that you read the series in order as that makes the most fun.  And of course, who doesn’t want to read 3 books instead of one?!

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received through Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
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Is he Remington? If not, then who is he?

I have really been enjoying this series! Barking Up The Wrong Tree is the third book in the Gone To The Dogs Mysteries series and they only seem to be getting better with each new addition. 

Janice Thompson has once again struck a fun balance between romantic comedy and cozy mystery. The comedy keeps you laughing and the mystery keeps you guessing. From quirky family members to an unexpected results from a blood test there is never a dull moment for either human or canine, and even a feline or two, characters in Barking Up The Wrong Tree. But there is a serious side to the story as well. Janice Thompson really gets you to thinking about the value of helping others, the meaning of kindness, and why compassion is important even when it is hard, or rejected, or taken advantage of. 

From the adorable covers to the last page the Gone To The Dogs Mysteries series is not to be missed. Each and every one is a charming read. The mysteries, particularly in Barking Up The Wrong Tree, are fun to try and figure out and you can't help but root for each heroine and her hero. Janice Thompson knows her stuff as she takes her readers to a place that they can quite happily say they have also Gone To The Dogs...

(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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This series has been an absolute delight to read, and this installment is no exception!

I've read many of Thompson's books to date (including the other book she wrote in this series), and she continues to be on point here. She brings a sense of humor and a love for God (and Texas :D) to every page, and sheds light on the wide world of veterinarian life--not to mention dog shows! (And, sadly, puppy mills, but thankfully she handles them as well as one can!) If you've read any of Thompson's other series, you're in for a treat.

This was one book I read fairly quickly, as I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The perfect read when you need a laugh or just to while away a couple hours.

It's helpful to read the series in order, as previous plot lines and characters are mentioned and/or continue here. (And I actually read them in order myself! Shocking, haha!)

I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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Welcome back to the series where dogs are the stars and laughter abounds in this adventure filled with fun, faith and of course dogs and more dogs. I love getting to know Kristin better in this story and how compassionate she is. She has this knack for winning over even the most difficult dog until a strange mix up happens. Our Star dog is Remington who has just won the Texas state agility course. What an exciting  time as Remington is now up for the nationals. 

Something strange is going on with Remington as he is not himself at all. His health has declined and he is not friendly at all. When blood work comes back, it is discovered that Remington is not Remington. Someone  switched dogs and the mystery begins. Why would someone take someone’s dog and leave them with a  sick dog? Oh my the questions are plenty in this dog napping adventure. With a flair of I Love Lucy show, the sick dog is now named Fred Mertz. The team starts the work to help this poor dog. The question still looming is “Where is Remington.” 

I love how the author gives us several suspects as the staff is on the case. Could it be someone from the competition that was jealous? Maybe it is the lady who is a hoarder or puppy mill as I think of them. Or could it be the woman who owns a mobile grooming company that didn’t like her unfavorable review from Remington’s owner? 

I loved being back with friends and seeing how Mari and Parker’s relationship was slowly blossoming. Mari’s rescue group is in full swing and continues to find dogs who need love and care. Will we hear weddings bells from these two soon? I can’t wait to follow their journey and perhaps witness a special occasion in the future. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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About this book:

  “A Champion Dog Is Off His Game
    Grab a puppy to snuggle and relax into a delightful small-town mystery in book 3 of the Gone to the Dogs series.
   Inquisitive, detail-oriented, Veterinarian Kristin Keller prides herself on winning over any dog. But has this self-proclaimed dog whisperer finally met her match in a Sheltie named Remington who has just won the Texas state agility course competition? The champion pooch is acting out of sorts—almost as if he is not the same dog. Has he, by chance, been switched out with another dog just before the next big competition? Kristin and the other Lone Star employees will do anything to help the Atkinson family figure out this mystery surrounding their beloved Remington.”

Series: Book #3 in the “Gone to the Dogs” series. Can be read as stand-alones, but would be most enjoyed if read in order. Reviews of Book #1 Here! And Book #2 Here! 

Spiritual Content- Proverbs 12:10 at the beginning; A couple Scriptures are quoted & thought on; Prayers & Thanking God; Talks about God & His will; 'H's are capital when referring to God & Jesus; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers, praying, Thanking God, & blessings over food; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of testimonies & people sharing their testimony; Mentions of churches, church going, services, & pastors/reverends; Mentions of Catholics, Baptists, & Presbyterians; Mentions of blessings & being Blessed; A few mentions of ministries; A couple mentions of someone being so cheap that they wouldn’t pay to see Jesus on a bicycle; A mention of a song that focuses on the love God offers His children; A mention of confessing to a reverend; A mention of a godsend; A mention of a miracle; A mention of a reverend wanting to build an arbor like they had in the Old Testament days; A mention of a cross necklace; A mention of Kristin’s (Baptist) grandmother telling her husband that they don’t speak to Presbyterians; 
             *Note: A couple mentions of a reverend teasing that a certain cat might need an exorcism on occasion, but he knows a thing or two about spiritual warfare, “which comes in handy when the demons begin to dance”; A mention of a guy being Adonis material; A mention of Pandora’s box. 

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘gosh’, a ‘stinking’, two ‘for pity’s sake’s, two ‘for the love of Pete’/’for Pete’s sake’s, and five ‘stupid’s; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Being pushed into oncoming traffic (barely-above-not-detailed); *Spoiler* A woman says her daughter is wheelchair-bound and on oxygen, but that turns out to be a lie to gain sympathy *End of Spoiler*; All about many mentions of a swapped/missing/stolen dog & who could have done it; Many mentions of sick dogs, a breeder that doesn’t care good take of her dogs, hoarding cases/puppy mills, people abandoning and abusing dogs, dog illnesses (including parvo), & deaths of dogs (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of stealing, thieves, crimes, criminals, & being arrested; Mentions of an aggressive dog & it trying to bite others (because it’s not feeling well); Mentions of alcohol, drinking, addictions, & former addicts; Mentions of manure & animal waste; A few mentions of grief after the death of a loved one; A few mentions of someone smuggling whiskey; A few mentions of being pushed into oncoming traffic; A few mentions of smoking & cigarettes; A few mentions of social media trolls; A couple mentions of a car accident & deaths; A couple mentions of the possibility of getting shot; A couple mentions of a fire (Book #2); A couple mentions of gambling; A couple mentions of lies & liars; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of the Great Depression; A mention of dogs fighting for food; A mention of cheating; A mention of an old TV show not having any bad language; A mention of farting; A mention of the phrase about a terrible smell being enough to knock a buzzard off a death wagon; 
             *Note: Mentions of TV shows, characters, & actresses (I Love Lucy, Golden Girls, & Hoarders); Mentions of a magazine (Southern Living); A few mentions of Woodstock; A couple mentions of car brands; A couple mentions of stores (Home Depot & Walmart); A mention of social media (YouTube); A mention of Boy Scouts.
Sexual Content- Two cheek kisses, a hair kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and a border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss; Recalling a kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); 
Touches, Embraces, & Hand holding (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes & Winks; A ‘babe’; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of boyfriends/girlfriends, dates, dating, & exes (including a girl’s abusive ex-boyfriend); A few mentions of a father teasing that he and his wife figured out what was causing them to have so many children; A few mentions of seeing couples kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of a child being conceived on a trip; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of a husband slapping his wife on the backside (teasing); A mention of flirting; A mention of a guy’s “Casanova thing”; Some love, falling/being in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Many mentions of breeding dogs (including ones that were bred a lot and their physique being saggy), stud dogs and horses, and a dog that is sterile despite being “fully intact”; Mentions of neutering dogs; A few mentions of a man not wanting to say that a woman looks like a natural in the kitchen because she’s liable to sue him; A couple mentions of miscarriages; A mention of a old TV show not having any “questionable material”; A mention of a dog’s hormones; A mention of expressing a dog’s anal glands.
-Kristin Keller
                                1st person P.O.V. of Kristin 
                                                        256 pages

Pre Teens- 1 star

New Teens- 3 stars

Early High School Teens- 4 stars

Older High School Teens- 4 stars

My personal Rating- 4 stars

This was so cute, the ending!! My heart! 

One thing that really stands out to me about this series is the importance of the friendships between the staff at the vet clinic. Yes, they’re co-workers, but they all have such a heart for animals and helping them, which brings the group closer together. I love the camaraderie of it all. It was really so heartwarming to read about a group that cares so much about their clients and helping animals, I just love that element. 
Another element that was so fun and continued in this third book was the sweet romance—this time between Kristin and Tyler! It was so precious! I was absolutely tickled pink about it and how sweet (& clean!) it was! 

When I really am enjoying a mystery or suspense book, my brain turns off trying to figure out who did the crime and just goes along with the characters for the ride; that’s definitely how this book was for me. It was intriguing but yet at the same time heartbreaking, because I couldn’t imagine what I would do if my dog was missing or stolen! But I knew with a book written by this author that everything would turn out just, well, peachy! ;)

Ah, I’m doing happy sighs over here now and super-duper excited to read the fourth book!
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“Dogs weren’t the only ones who responded to love. People did too.”

In this third installment in the Gone to the Dogs Mysteries, Janice Thompson has accomplished exactly what she set out to do. Barking Up the Wrong Tree had me thoroughly engrossed in the mystery, loving the focus on the rescue dogs and the Lone Star Vet Clinic gang. I  loved how Thompson highlighted her knowledge of dog shows, agility competitions, and the love between dogs and their devoted owners. 

I was a bit surprised to find Dr. Kristin Keller to be the first person narrator. Somehow, I expected the series to continue to revolve mostly around Trina and Mari. We do get to see them, and quirky Grandma Peach figures into the equation as a side character. 

Kristin’s family is having trouble releasing her to be her own person and allowing her to leave the family. Kristin is having trouble appreciating her family. How often we don’t appreciate our flawed, but more than adequate (actually blessed) backgrounds until someone close points out how much we’re taking for granted. Kristin also learns from Tyler and others how to truly give of herself to others. 

We eventually see more of Mari and gain a deeper appreciation of this young vet tech. A real encourager and team player, Mari goes out of her way to help others. Hopefully, as the series progresses, she will come to understand that she can’t save every dog or person. Nor is that her responsibility. 

Great twists are a tool Thompson wields well, and I found myself talking back to the book on more than one occasion. 
I belly-laughed often. Barking Up the Wrong Tree is great medicine for a troubled soul! A few times I wondered if situations resolved themselves too simply, but then, this is a cozy (and zany) world!

I would highly recommend this book, read in order of its publication. Each book in the series builds on the next. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and NetGalley. I also bought my own copy. No positive review was required, and all opinions are my own.
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This story gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. Even though I wanted to find out who the culprit was, I didn’t want the book to end! The characters won me over and I felt like I had new friends.
Right from the start numerous possibilities were presented regarding the champion dog’s whereabouts. My opinion changed along with the story. As a bonus, I learned a little about veterinary medicine. You don’t have to be a dog owner to enjoy this story. Since finding out our granddaughter is allergic to dogs, I enjoy them from a distance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise
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3.5 Stars

When I read the second book in this series, I was a tad disappointed that each book featured a new point of view because I wanted to spend more time with Mari (the main character in book one of the Gone to the Dogs series). Barking Up the Wrong Tree gave me what I was missing in the previous book plus a new heroine, romance, and mystery.

I’d say this book has more of the cozy mystery element than the first two in the series, but for me, that mystery was extremely easy to solve. While the mystery was unique, the red herrings were too obvious and the moment Kristin interacted with the suspect (of which there are a few), I knew who was to blame.

On the other hand, I loved the romance in this book. Kristin and Tyler make a good match. Since the previous books hinted at this, it was fun to finally see them together. Especially how well Tyler accepted Kristin’s quirky family.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree is definitely heavier on the romance angle than most cozy mysteries out there, but as a romance fan, I didn’t mind that at all.

Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive or negative review. All opinions are my own.
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This is a good cozy style dog mystery for lovers of animals and all things southern. It is a fun immersion into the southern atmosphere from food to dialog. It is also a mystery with the missing champion dog. The characters are sort of hit and miss in trying to find the dog with many frustrated attempts. In the process, we readers learn a bit about dogs and their care, such as dogs have unique DNA and that rawhide is a choking hazard. The main characters are compassionate people and it was good to see them help others but it was hard to read about the mistreatment of some dogs. There are also a couple of romance threads running through this novel.

There are several people working at the veterinarian office and several suspects in the dog abduction, making this a study in character too. There are some that are willing to help those in need while others are willing to take advantage of the naïve. There was a plot twist near the end that was both disappointing yet realistic in character revelation.

I enjoyed this fun mystery and romance. While it is the third in a series, it read well on its own. There's a yummy recipe at the end too.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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