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To Catch a Treat

(Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #2)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  52 reviews
When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth

Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy for Janelle,
Paperback, 298 pages
Published May 8th 2016 by Midnight Ink
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I’m really enjoying this series. I love the idea of the bakery / tog treat business and I really like the main character and how much she loves animals.
Janet Robel
I received this free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cute and entertaining if it wasn't for the fact that it's supposed to be a cozy mystery. The mystery seems secondary compared to what's going on at Carrie's shops and in her personal life. I couldn't really get into this one, and the best thing about it are the dogs who were at the center of the story. This would not be one I recommend for cozy mystery fans.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bingo
This was the second book in the series and it was okay. I like the resort, mountain town setting and the concept of Carrie's bakery (one side for human treats and the other for pets). There was a nice little twist at the end when the murderer was revealed and while I didn't know who did it, I will say that I didn't like that character throughout the story. The part I didn't like was how things were repeated a lot (which I know that's life, your days tend to be a like but I don't want that to com ...more
Jessica Robbins
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dec 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm a big fan of cozy mysteries. Agatha Christie, the queen of the cozy mystery, is one of my all time favorite authors. I also love dogs. So when I saw "To Catch a Treat" pop up on NetGalley, I thought it would be a great palate cleanser after all the intense history books I've finished lately. Sadly, this book did nothing but annoy me.

The story? Let me save you a few hours; Leading lady, Carrie, meets brother's new fling, who recently had her dog stolen. Carrie accidentally saves the day, thi
Lisa Morin
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I've read some of this authors previous books and I was excited to see this pop up on NetGalley. I am a huge cozy mystery buff and I love everything a cozy mystery book offers.
This series features Carrie, a vet tech, who has recently bought a bakery that offers human and animal treats. The bakery is separated into two stores and is staffed by Carrie and her assistants.
In this particular story, Carrie meets Janelle, her brother Neal's new friend. Janelle is trying to heal after her dog Goliath wa
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have
Awesome book! What a mystery! Very enjoyable! Can't wait to read the next one!
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I knew soon after reading "Bite the Biscuit" I would need to dive into "To Catch a Treat" so some of the information would stay fresh and also because it's an ARC which I really should have read in May. I will say this installment was a nice continuation to the first book and while you wouldn't per se have to read "Bite the Biscuit" first, this one's going to make a whole lot more sense if you do.

Carrie continues her jobs as business owner of the local bakery/barkery and as a vet tech at the loc
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, cozy-mysteries
To Catch a Treat by Linda O. Johnston is the second book in A Barkery and Biscuits Mystery series. Carrie Kennersley owns the Bakery and Biscuits bake shop in Knobcone Heights, California. One side caters to humans and the other to four legged creatures (what a neat idea). Her brother, Neal has invited her to participate in one of his hikes (he gives hikes of the area) in order to meet his new love interest, Janelle Blaystone. Janelle is upset over the loss of her black Labrador, GO (for Goliath ...more
Katie Dingo
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
This was book two in the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series by Johnston. She’s written over twenty other books and is obviously a very popular author. The first book in the series, Bite the Biscuit, is a finalist in the fiction category for the Dog Writers Association of America’s annual Maxwell Awards.

I would advise starting with the first book. I didn’t, and had several problems with the second book as a result. There were a lot of characters, and their dogs, which seemed to be mentioned on
Reviewed on Musings and Ramblings.

The first book in this series, Bite the Biscuit, was a great read for me, so I was excited to see the next book in the series come out. In the first book, Carrie helped solve a murder, because she was a suspect. In this second book, she is involved in the beginning, to help out someone her brother is interested in, and to make sure that he doesn't also become a suspect. But as the case progresses, she becomes much more interested in the dog-nappings that are pro
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, dogs
An amusing book about dognappers and treats for humans and furfriends. Carrie Kennersly is a vet technician who owns a bakery that supplies treats for dogs and humans. She and her date join a hike and meet a girl who has lost her dog to dognappers. The next day her dog turns up and the body of the suspected thief is found. Carrie explores what happen. I found this book to very predictable and the characters one dimension.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Midnight Ink through NetGalley for
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series is every bit as delicious at the first, BITE THE BISCUIT! Scratch that…it’s even better!

Seriously, author Linda O. Johnston knows how to win my heart. Dogs, a dog bakery and connecting human bakery? Pinch me I must be dreaming!

A missing dog, murder, and sweet treats, TO CATCH A TREAT has it all! Add to that of course, author Johnston’s wonderful writing, and you have a fantastic mystery that will leave you begging for more.
Make no b
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I like mysteries.
I like cozies.
I like dogs.
Unfortunately, I did not really care for the main character, Carrie nor was there much detecting relating ot the murder of Ada.
She seemed to think every guy she ever met was flirting with her. Is she really that "hot"??? Whatg was edited out? What did I miss?
A lot of CArrie's thoughts, but not much interaction with the other characters.
Maybe a little more work in developing a more likeable character and presenting more of the other characters though
Aug 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
I had hoped the 2nd book would be an improvement, but unfortunately it was not. I don't think mystery is a good genre for this author, since it is extremely weak on crafting that aspect. I made it through 1/3, then skipped to the end. I continue to think Carrie sounds like an idiot, and that much of the speculation and events are illogical and unrealistic. For example...Neal's new love interest. It keeps talking about how she came to their town to get away from bad memories, and that Carrie hope ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was excited when I saw this mystery pop up on Netgalley and quickly requested. This is my first read by Linda O. Johnston and I am definitely a fan of mysteries with dogs in them now! I am a dog lover.

Carrie Kennersly is a vet tech that is also the owner of the Barkery and Biscuits Bake Shop. The bakery is divided into 2 sides because they serve dog biscuits as well as human food. Carrie has an assistant that helps her in the bakery. Carrie decides to go on a hiking trip with her brother, Nea
Shelle Perry
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carrie Kennersly, owner of a dual bakery serving both fresh dog treats and treats for the humans who love them has once again gotten involved in a murder investigation. This time her brother’s new girlfriend has been implicated after the woman she accused of stealing her dog is found dead.

This story is proof that dog lovers can hold their own as the furry best friends are the real stars. Carrie lands herself in the middle of this investigation by rationalizing that her brother may be in the cros
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I made some notes earlier from my phone, but it doesn't look like they were saved, unless they get posted somewhere else.

What I said, was that while I like the premise of this series, and the plot keeps me interested, I find myself fairly annoyed with the main character, Carrie, and the way the author does her descriptions of the characters in Carrie's voice. She is very judgmental in her descriptions of people. And she writes Carrie as thinking every single man is attracted to her and then tow
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story, continues from Bite the Biscuit, the first one in the series. Carrie, who opened two shops in the first book, one called the BARKERY and one called ICING, is also a veterinary Technician. Dogs are going missing from dog parks and one of them is found in Carrie's home town. A suspect is found dead, and is Carrie's newest part time baker the killer? More mystery and once again a bit of clean romance. Hope there is more in this series! I loved both books!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A delightfully dog-filled quick read. Carrie is a part time vet tech and the owner of human treat and dog biscuit bakeries. There's a dog-napping ring and some of the dogs inexplicably end up in her small town.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
This author is going on my do not read list from now on.
Martha Cardassi
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
again.good enough,but too much time on details not related to the crime or the dogs
Mary Brown
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth

Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped.

Janelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeow
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: To Catch a Treat - A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery 2
Author: Linda O Johnson
Published: 5-8-2016
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Pages: 312
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery
ISBN: 9780738746372
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Carrie Kennersly, is a veterinary technician as well as the owner of Barkery & Biscuit, a bakery selling treats for pets. Carrie has a safe type of personality. She was depen
Laura Thomas
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An innocent hike with her brother, Neal, and a bit of spying on his new girlfriend, land Carrie Kennersly, vet tech and owner of Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, smack dab in the middle of a murder mystery.

Janelle’s dog, GO, along with some others, have been dognapped. Carrie’s focus shifts from checking out Neal’s girlfriend, Janelle, to the case of the missing dogs. Her radar points to Ada Arnist. When Ada is later found dead, the leads become tangled and Janelle and Neal are now suspects. To u
Breakaway Reviewers
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Lots of dogs and cake!
This is the latest in the author’s various series based on dogs, and it is clear from the first page that this is a person who absolutely loves dogs………..and cake!

Carrie Kennersley is a veterinary technician and the owner of two shops, ‘The Icing on the Cake’ which caters for her human customers, and ‘The Barkery and Biscuits Bake Shop’ providing lots of home-baked doggy treats for all canines, not just her little dog ‘Biscuit’. Carrie is also one of those people who loves t
K.A. Davis
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Linda O. Johnston writes a couple of series but the book that caught my attention when browsing for a new book was TO CATCH A TREAT from her Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series. First off, I loved the play on the title since To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant is one of my favorite classic movies. Next, the adorable cover with the darling dogs and delectable showcase of goodies invited me in. And then as I began reading, the well crafted plot with the interesting characters kept my attention as ...more
Deana Dick
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There is something to be said about book covers. This one really delivers brilliantly on grabbing your attention. Who wouldn't want to see what these dogs are up to? I love cozy mysteries and this book is another example of why I do. It has great characters such as Carrie who was a vet tech and now runs a bakery. Here is the great thing about this bakery; it not only offers human treats but animal treats. Guess Carrie couldn't quite give up her love of being a vet tech.

Carrie loves her job as a
Chris Torretta
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading the cute novella, Chihuahua Chaos, I thought I would give this one a try. I am normally not into reading mysteries but cozy mysteries are right up my alley. I have read a few now and Linda O. Johnston’s are right up there with my favorites.

The main character, Carrie, is a Vet Tech and owns a shop with treats for humans and pups! There is a book prior to this that I did not read, but fortunately there is also enough information that allows the reader to delve straight in. The inform
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For an animal lover, nothing is more devastating than losing a pet. It is even worse to have reason to believe that your pet was stolen. Sadly, it isn’t uncommon for pets to be stolen for resale purposes - and it doesn’t only happen to purebreds. This very real issue plays an important role in To Catch a Treat, Linda O’Johnston’s newest Barkery and Biscuits bake shop mystery.

Carrie’s brother, Neal is interested in a young woman Janelle Blaystone, and he wants Carrie to check her out. Janelle beh
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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

Other books in the series

Barkery & Biscuits Mystery (4 books)
  • Bite the Biscuit (Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, #1)
  • Bad to the Bone (Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, #3)
  • Pick and Chews (Barkery & Biscuits Mystery #4)