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Fine-Feathered Death (Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery #3)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  237 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The high-flying Pet-Sitter mystery series continues. A partner at Kendra's law firm is found murdered-and the only witness is of the avian persuasion.
ebook, 272 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley Prime Crime
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Apr 13, 2016 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a better book than NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FERRETS. Kendra can again practice law, but keeps up with her pet-sitting business as well. However, the pet-sitting takes a back seat in this novel. Ezra, a new lawyer in Kendra’s new law firm, brings an anxious screeching macaw, Gigi, with him when he moves his office in. Ezra, left his previous firm when they insinuated that he was getting too old. Ezra left his previous firm but brought a number of clients with him into the firm. His curt offic ...more
Apr 21, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-cozy, 2012
If you love great cozies, you'll enjoy this one. Kendra Ballentyne is a lawyer and a pet-setter in L.A. You can really feel how strong she's devoted she is to her law firm, while she's trying to keep her license, and her love for animals, even if it's pet-setting. We discover how tricky is it to balance both work and her personal love life, when her lover's ex-wife comes back to him and complicates her relationship. We experience how deflated she is, when Jeff's ex appears or calls him, out of t ...more
Emily Crow
I didn't like this one at all. The story was just too far-fetched and the protagonist's behavior was alternately foolish (running unarmed into a building where she just heard a gunshot, when she knows there's a murderer loose) and unprofessional (going off on people with accusatory questions in the middle of a business meeting.) The author had some annoying stylistic quirks as well, such as her fondness for alliteration. We have poor persecuted pups, dire deeds, virtual vomiting, querying querul ...more
May 20, 2008 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear readers, beware! This book sucks more than a leech pushing a vacuum cleaner; it's terrible.

The protagonist detective is an attorney who also pet-sits as a second career. With pets and murder, I thought this would be a fun and enjoyable book to read; not so, mainly because the protagonist is a complete idiot. Miss Christie would shake her head in shame to learn of the tactics she employs. Her strategy consists of asking anyone she meets whether they committed the murder (brilliant!).

Diane ~Firefly~
Oct 31, 2013 Diane ~Firefly~ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, dog
It has been a long time since I read the first two, so it took a bit to get back into the swing of things. I wanted to like it more than I actually did and that had a lot to do with the main character, Kendra. She is a lawyer, but she went around accusing people, including her clients, of murder which seems very unprofessional. (view spoiler) It wasn't a great motive for mu ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Book 3 in the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery.
This book finds Kendra practicing law once again. She quickly gets sucked back into solving another mystery, when two members of her law firm are found murdered in the office. The only witness is a macaw with quite a temperament and unfortunately Kendra's fling, Jeff, is on the suspect list. This was a good book, but I missed more of the pet sitting storyline. I did like the introduction of the two new characters who become Kendra's tenants. I
Aug 22, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of those books where I really enjoyed the writing, and I would have scored it really high, except for the ending.

There are so many wonderful details throughout this book, dealing both with law and with animals. For many years I was an animal-loving research paralegal, so I appreciated the author's expertise in both fields. The minor plots points were quite good. But the ending. Ugh. I felt like the author just handed the book to a high school kid and told her to write the la
Apr 04, 2016 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh. This one kind of annoyed me. It was a super quick read and I guess I enjoyed it well enough. But the alliteration killed me. The mystery didn't really make a lot of sense. And the conclusion made even less. Also, I could get why Kendra was mad at Jeff for lying to her about where he was, but she wasn't mad about that...she was mad that he was at his ex's house. I mean, the later could have a logical explanation, but the former? Is there really a reason to lie about it?
Lynn Demsky
Mar 25, 2012 Lynn Demsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, fast enjoyable read but Kendra's getting too involved with legal cases --- I prefer when she's pet-sitting! Missed all the inter-action she used to have with a lot of her pet sitter's owners and her friend where she leaves her dog when she's going out! But still entertaining!
Jul 07, 2011 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Johnston included my #1 pet peeve in this book. Her characters complain that things are easier in books, but since they’re dealing with real life things are much tougher. It isn’t cute when fictional characters bemoan the real world, it’s just annoying.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
good continutation in the series about a lawyer turned pet sitter turned back to lawyer with a twist, working on pet related cases. This is an easy to read series and so far I have yet to figure out who the killer is in each book!
Nov 25, 2013 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myst
A macaw is the witness to her owner's shooting. Kendra's boyfriend is framed for the murder, and one of the detectives is an old foe determined to ignore any exculpatory evidence.

Writing & plotting are up to par.
Cute, but unless I'm *really* into a book these days, I move on to the next one! Soooo many books ...

Didn't finish this one.
I enjoyed this book but not as much as the 1st 2. I hope the tone of the next book is more like the 2 others :)
Gwen Kozlowski
Aug 25, 2007 Gwen Kozlowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-donated
Cute series of lawyer-turned-mystery-solver who has a pet sitting business on the side and an adorable Cavalier.
not as good as the first two, but I'll keep reading the series.
Nov 11, 2007 colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scpl, mystery
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Linda O. Johnston's first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the Year. Since then, Linda has had more short stories and novellas published, plus, by the end of 2015, she will have had forty-one novels published, including mysteries and romance.

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