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Bite the Biscuit

(Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  364 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery's owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barke
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 8th 2015 by Midnight Ink (first published May 1st 2015)
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Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Veterinary Technician Carrie Kennersly, loves animals, loves. working with them and being around them. While she loves her job the dream of owning her own business is a dream that she is realizing with the purchase of a bakery which she plans on splitting up to make half a bakery for 4 legged clients. Sadly, there is a sour puss in town that wishes her doom in her new business. She does it publicly, loud and proud and then turns up cold and dead. Then when it’s found out that a bakery t
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Linda O. Johnston loves her pets and that truly shines through in her writing. In Bite the Biscuit she introduces us to Carrie Kennersly who has so much energy it is absolutely amazing. She works at a local veterinary clinic as a tech and has just bought a local bakery and added on to include a “barkery” where she bakes and sells yummy treats for dogs. Her own dog, Biscuit, goes almost everywhere with her. She is at her shop by 5 a.m. each morning baking and her day continues
Jessica Robbins
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I have mixed feelings on this book. Overall the book was enjoyable and while I didn't guess the killer, I got really close once a few certain clues were revealed (or at least what I thought were clues!). The main character (Carrie) drove me a little crazy, I don't know if I can pinpoint anything specific, maybe she was too OCD at times and since that is not me, I couldn't relate to her. I also wonder how long she can keep up working at the bakery all day long and some shifts as a Vet Tech at the ...more
This book cries out for a strong editor. The writing is incredibly clunky, with oddly undescriptive but long descriptions. I got about ten pages in and realized life is too short.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
So it happened. You may remember just before Christmas I was granted the fourth book in this series on Netgalley, without having read the first three. I mentioned on that review that I had a Christmas wish list, and this book was on it. Sure enough, despite my hoping they'd pick one of the others, I ended up getting this one! I put it on my shelf for months, but I had to see if it was just the editing in the EArc that had me rattled. It wasn't, unfortunately.

Don't get me wrong, there are good as
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I have had this book sitting on my Kindle for quite some time so when I received an ARC of the second in the series, I figured it was about time to get it started. I love dogs and enjoy cozy mysteries from time to time. I usually find them quick, engrossing reads and this one was no different.

Carrie is a part-time vet tech as a local office. When her friend has to leave town to care for her ailing mother, Carrie buys her bakery and splits it into two stores - a bakery and a barkery. While Carrie
D.J. Adamson
Even if you are a cat person, you will enjoy Johnston’s book Bite the Biscuit and the on-going series. Protagonist Carrie Kennersly adds to her job as a veterinary technician the ownership of a joint enterprise Bakery and Pet Barkery. Kitchens kept separate, of course. When she is heard making a threatening statement that becomes real, she becomes a primary suspect. The story jumps and leaps and bounds from there into an enjoy, page turner.
--Le Coeur de l'Artiste
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

In this first installation of the Barkery & Biscuits series, we meet vet tech and dog/human bakery owner Carrie Kennersly and her rescue dog Biscuit.

On the opening day of her new bakery, the nasty wife of a nearby pet emporium hangs around telling everyone at the top of her lungs, that Carrie's products are rubbish. Carrie defends her wholesome treats, but when the nasty shrew is murdered, Carrie becomes top suspect. Her reputation at the vet clinic where she works part time is also ta
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting time for Carrie Kennersly. She’s about to start a new venture when she buys her friend’s bakery and turns it into two bakeries – one for humans and one for dogs. In addition to her job as a veterinary technician, she plans to juggle both stores and make a success out of it.

At the opening of her stores, things take a nasty turn when the owner of another pet store, Myra Ethman, publicly badmouths Carrie and her doggie bakery goods. Myra is determined to see Carrie’s new shop go
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May 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Bite the Biscuit (1 star) by Linda O. Johnson

Slow, repetitive and utterly predictable.

Carrie Kennersly has achieved her dream of taking over a local store and developing it into a bakery with a difference: one half selling human treats and the other half selling delicious, healthy dog biscuits. But Carrie’s dreams quickly turn to nightmares at the launch party as she has a run-in with Myra Ethman, owner of the local pet emporium. The very next day Myra’s dead body is discovered and all clues po
Two new stores!

Carrie Kennersly is a veterinarian technician who buys the local bakery and renovates it to add a canine bakery as well. Heated words are exchanged between Carrie and Myra Ethman, the executive manager of Knobcone Heights Resort and owner of Pet Emporium. Carrie becomes the prime suspect when Myra is found dead the next day with one of Carrie's treats by her body.

This was a quick easy read. There were a number of repetitious things that I found annoying. I got it the first time th
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The big day has finally arrived! Opening day of the Barkery where Carrie will be selling her own line of pet treats. Sadly, not everyone is thrilled about the new venture and when Carrie finally can't keep her words civil she says a few unfortunate phrases. Especially when the next morning the woman who was bad mouthing the Barkery is found dead.
Working two jobs and having to get up at 4am every morning to bake, Carrie doesn't have much time to go looking for a murderer but fearing that if she
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a mystery that keeps you guessing till the revealed. I liked the main character Carrie. Lots of drama. Lots of animals. This is a clean read.
Carrie Kennersly is a veterinary technician who is just opening her new business or two actually. She has bought a bakery from her friend and split it into two different business. She makes dogs treat in one half called the barkery.
Her grand opening of her two business. Lots of people has come out for it. Myra Ethman owns a pet store and her
Paula Ratcliffe
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Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was a very good start to a new cozy mystery series, even though it would make a good stand alone book. The main character, Carrie, opens a barkery/bakery for both humans and their beloved pets and of course a murder takes place soon after. Carrie is suspected but along the way she has a few love interests and is of course very busy with running her shops and working as a vet tech. I was surprised to learn who was the murderer. If you love animals and cozy mysteries I think you would really ...more
Amber Polo
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dogs
Vet tech Carrie Kennersly opens the Barkery bakery for dogs and Icing on the Cake for their humans.
I liked the careful explanation of canine issues (doggy day care as separate from the vet practice) and vet procedures as well as the issues around her double business (and keeping the two businesses separate)until it became a bit repetitious. Overall, the book couldn't have been sweeter, but I found naive Carrie wasn't that interesting and the mystery lost in day to day activities. I also missed t
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Since I have enjoyed others books from this author, I was looking forward to reading this first book in a new series. I really wanted to like this book but it never seemed to go anywhere. I was on page 164 before the main character decided that maybe she should do something to solve the murder since she was the number one suspect. Even then her actions were a snooze-fest. Way to much time was spent on worrying about which bell was ringing in each side of her bakery/barkery business and not enoug ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
This was a nice introduction to the series. I liked Carrie and felt like you got a good sense of who she was and that she was an ordinary person caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes she was almost a bit too ordinary and the day to day life routine got a bit boring. I was a bit surprised at the culprit although in hind sight I probably shouldn't have been with as few suspects as there were.
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Carrie buys a bakery and turns half into a dog treat bakery. When the local pet store owner dies after dissing the bakery, Carrie becomes a suspect. Carrie knows she has to help find the real killer before her business goes bust. With the local vet more than willing to help her out she and her terrier, Biscuit bake and detect. A great cozy that dog lover will want to read.
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Quirky characters, interesting story line and yummy food make this a must read. Just a word of warning though, don't start this one late at night or you'll find yourself turning the pages with a snack at your side instead of sleeping.
Very good read. I highly recommend this book.
"BITE THE BISCUIT is a tasty page turner...."

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Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Clunky writing and annoying lead character. It was a struggle to finish. I found the entire murder investigation ridiculous and unrealistic (both her own amateur sleuthing and the police), and Carrie frequently came across as both unintelligent and overly emotional. Why would a murderer leave a dog biscuit with her business name by the victim? How does that make for a strong suspect? What will a sample of the same kind of biscuit prove? This is extemely sloppy "investigative" work.

The plethora
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Carrie buys a bakery from her friend and turns half of it into a 'barkery', a bakery for dog treats. However, on the night the combined venture opens, Carrie's primary competition in the local pet treat market, Myrna, a snobby woman who married into the wealthiest family in town, is murdered, with one of Carrie's custom-made treats found next to the body. Having argued with the lady at the opening day party, in front of many of the town's residents, she becomes the primary suspect of the detecti ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Carrie is a vet tech who created dog-friendly treats and is happy to share them at work and the local animal rescue. When an opportunity appears to purchase a bakery from a friend, she turns her passion into a business by renovating the bakery to house TWO bakeries, one for people and the other for dogs. Not all is coming up roses as the owners of the local pet emporium arrive at her grand opening party and try to ruin her business before it can take off. No surprise to then read that one of tho ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know about this series by Ms. Johnston. I enjoy her two series I've read for awhile (Pet Rescue and Pet-Sitter mysteries), so pretty much assumed this would be yet another series in the dogs-and-mysteries genre. However, this first book in the Barkery & Biscuits series was just ....well, the plot just plodded along. And something about the narrative was irritating -- all in first person, and Carrie didn't seem to have much conversation or connection with anyone. All her conversations too ...more
Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston is the first book in A Barkery and Biscuits mystery series. Veterinary technician, Carrie Kennersly takes over a bakery from her friend who needs to move away to look after her sick mother and converts it to a dual bakery- one side for pet treats and the other for a traditional people bakery. During the opening she argues with the owners of Knob Hill Pet Emporium and when one of them is murdered Carrie becomes prime suspect. I liked the concept of a pet bake ...more
Carrie had inherited Icing, a bakery, from her friend. She decided to remodel the building so that it was actually 2 bakeries: one for humans and the other for dogs. A local competitor does not like the fact that she opened Barkery, the bakery for dogs. During the opening day, they have a public disagreement. Later that night, the local competitor, Myra, is found murdered with one of the dog biscuits from Barkery.

It is up to Carrie to find the killer because she is the main suspect in the murder
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
So, I love dogs and I love murder mysteries. Choosing this series should be a no-brainer, right? Wrong.
The narrator's approach to a dog-centered story line is to tell the reader how much she loves her dog. This is followed by inserting into every other paragraph how she took her beloved canine to doggy day care or how she hugged the poor over pampered critter in times of stress.
The other supposedly central theme of the book is baking. Now, I'm not a baker and that's never been one of my hobbies,
Nancy Parker
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little story. Carrie takes over the bakery from a friend who has to go take care of her ailing mom and adds a Barkery as well, for her homemade dog treats she’s been making for patients at her job of a part-time vet tech.
A rival pet store owner comes to her store re-opening and they have words, including Carrie making what could be construed as a threat. Less than 24 hours later, the rival is dead and all eyes point to Carrie.
She has to figure out who did it and keep up the pace of her bu
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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 2018, she will have had fifty novels published, including mysteries and romance.

Linda currently writes the Barkery and Biscuits Myst

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