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(Gin & Tonic Mysteries #3)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In the third novel in the “entertaining” (Library Journal) Gin & Tonic mystery series, the stakes are raised when Ginny Mallard and Teddy Tonica stumble on an underground dog fighting ring with bloody consequences.

Even though she’s unlicensed as an investigator, the infamously nosy Ginny Mallard has begun to make a name for herself as an unofficial champion of the tongue-t
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Published July 22nd 2014 by Pocket Books (first published July 15th 2014)
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Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
A super fast read..passed the day/eve just fine.
Debbie Lester
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Doghouse is the third book in L.A. Kornetsky's Gin & Tonic series. Reader's looking for a great mystery and a series featuring animals, will find this a very good place to start. Kornetsky's investigative duo, Ginny and Teddy find themselves looking into a possible dog fighting ring at the request of a friend and co-worker at Mary's bar. But everything isn't what it seems and the author does a fantastic job keeping the reader off track until the very end.

What I liked:

This was my first book in th
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
The wrinkly dog on the front cover drew me into this book, though I wasn't familiar with the author or the series. Other book series I read feature poodles, malamutes, and other more common breeds as crime fighting partners, but this was the first I read with a shar pei in the role. The author does appear to give spoilers to the earlier books in the series, so I would recommend reading those first, but clearly, you don't need to have read those to be able to enjoy this one.
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Cats, dogs, a mystery - for an animal lover and mystery lover such as myself, this book was hard to resist. Plus, I'm a fan of the author's writing (she also writes as Laura Anne Gilman). I had some qualms about the dogfighting aspect of the story, I can't even look at pictures in news stories (and neither can Ginny, one of the characters) but of course, there are no pictures and Kornetsky is light on details.

Ginny and Teddy have developed a nice relationship - they know and respect each other,
Miriam Downey
Oct 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

This is just a quick shout-out in honor of Animal Welfare Week, October 5-11, and the Gin and Tonic Mysteries.

Doghouse is a delightfully quick and quirky mystery—the third in the series about Teddy Tonica, a bartender and Ginny Mallard, a professional concierge. The duo solve pet-related mysteries, along with Teddy's cat Penny and Ginny's dog George. The series is called the Gin and Tonic Mysteries. It took me a while to figure o
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker when it comes to stories that center around dogs and cats. I'll admit I rarely get to read them, but when I do they are some of my favorites. Doghouse, book 3 in the Gin and Tonic series not only features a fun and sassy human Ginny Mallard, but her four-legged friend Georgie the shar-pei too. Did I mention a cool calico who talks? Yup. This book just about has it all. At first I thought that the anthropomorphic aspects of the story would be a little strange, but since the animals a ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bar manager Teddy Tonica and his cat Penny, along with personal concierge Ginny Mallard and her shar-pei, Georgie, are partnered up again to help out a friend of a friend with their sideline as private investigators. Curmudgeonly, bar-cook Seth has a friend that has been evicted from his home and accused of having dog fights in his basement. Of course the friend, Deke, from Seth’s boxing days refuses to admit that anything hinky was going on at his house. Tonica and Ginny imagine all will be fig ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal-story, mystery
3.5 stars

"Doghouse" by L.A. Kornetsky (aka Laura Gilman) is part of the ‘Gin & Tonic’ mystery series that is set in Seattle, which includes not only humans but their four-footed associates. This particular tale centers around a friend of the crochety Seth, the ex-boxer who runs the kitchen at the bar, Mary’s. Ginny Mallard (and her Shar Pei Georgie) and Teddy Tonica (and tabby cat Penny) get involved in a case that may turn out to involve nefarious activities exploiting dogs and far more danger
Alton Motobu
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this up because it was set in Seattle, and I wanted to learn something about the city, the residents and the environment while reading a cozy mystery. But there was nothing about Seattle in the story; it could have been set in Any City, USA. The story line concerns an apparent dog fighting ring and a puppy mill, but details are not clear. Amateur sleuths Ginny and Teddy and their pets, Georgie and Penny, help an old man who has been evicted from his home apparently because the dog fight ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the third book, but you don't need to read them to start this book. While you might have missed some details about the main characters, the mystery is complete within this book. So it can be read as a standalone.

The mystery actually plods along and you are wondering exactly what you are dealing with in the mystery. You know it has to do with puppies and some illegal activity but no real clues are produced until the end. Even then the mystery doesn't quiet seem clear. The ending is quite
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
When amateur sleuths Tonica and Ginny are approached by Seth, the bar ‘s cook, to help his friend keep ownership of his house, they agree. But Seth’s friend Deke is a simple man and may have gotten himself into something that is out of their control. Deke is being evicted by his landlord for being involved in a dog fighting ring. Deke knows nothing about the dog fighting, but has found himself in the middle of a big mess.

As Tonica and Ginny begin asking questions, they find themselves mixed up w
Ellen Christian
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Doghouse is a fun read because the story switches back and forth between being written from the human’s points of view and the animals points of view. The author managed to make each pet have their own way of thinking and acting and it was lots of fun to see the story through their eyes. I’m a huge animal lover and the pets were all so adorable. Penny was a cat with an attitude who is very smart and tries to help her owner, Tonica, figure out this mystery. Georgie is a sweet, but not that bright ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although not a licensed private investigator, Ginny Mallard loves to help people. This time around, with her bartender friend, Teddy Tonica, they investigate the accusations that a friend of a friend has been promoting dog fights in his basement.

I haven’t read the first tow but this is a standalone story that I found fun; especially when it involved the dog and cat and how they help in the investigation and ‘talk’ to on another. The relationship between Ginny and Teddy is well developed. The my
Dec 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals, crime, humor, mystery
3.5 stars

Installment #3 of the Gin and Tonic series brings us a nice level of comfort between the leads, further development of selected secondary characters, and everyone's entanglement in yet another "fine mess."

As with the previous books in the series, the dialog is snappy--a main draw, as far as I'm concerned. The plot remains a bit thin, but it's certainly worth spending a couple of hours with the crew at Mary's bar to see how they're going to get out of this one.

I'm liking this series, and
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ginny and her bartender buddy Ted reluctantly answer the plea to help out a friend's friend by finding out why ex-boxer Deke has been evicted from his house. Was he really involved in dogfighting, anathema to dog-loving Ginny especially? As they explore the links between Deke and a shady gym, they also come upon traces of someone who may be Mr. Big--or may not be. This is a moderately amusing series, but when the talking (to each other, not to people) animals are the part you look forward to... ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Ginny and Tonica are asked by Teddy's co-worker to help a friend of his, who is being evicted for participating in dogfighting. What Gin & Tonic find is both better and worse.

Great addition to the series. Kornetsky, as always, writes the animals' voices perfectly. I enjoyed this story in particular because while there is danger, it's not over-the-top as some myteries will do; always upping the situations until they're almost comical. These characters and the situations they find themselves in ar
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars

I liked the characters and the writing style; however, the story was weak. I don't see where else the series can go unless it moves out of the bar.

I may read some of the author's other stuff.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is the third entry in the series, though the last I read. It features puppy mills, dog fighting, and a friend of a friend who needs Ginny and Teddy's help. Penny (the cat) and Ginny's Shar Pei Georgie help as well. Fun read - wish there were more in the series. ...more
Agnes Ross
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the way the owners' pets rescued them from the bad guys in the end. And of course the good guys won. ...more
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