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Collared: A Gin & Tonic Mystery (edition 2012)

by L. A. Kornetsky

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Title:Collared: A Gin & Tonic Mystery
Authors:L. A. Kornetsky
Info:Gallery Books (2012), Edition: Original, Paperback, 304 pages
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The main characters are not a dog and a cat, no the main characters are a Bartender named Teddy Tonica and a 'professional (purrfessional) Concierge' Ginny Mallard. It's why its 'Gin and Tonic'. Both humans are competitive and stubborn it's how Ginny convinced Tonica to help with a missing paperwork case. They both end up in over their head when their investigation leaves them in P.I. territory and neither of them are Private investigators (even if Tonica did read a 'Morons guide to P.I).

Two things I was happy about, One is that they gave the dog (Georgie, a Shar-Pei) to Ginny instead of it being the typical girl has cat, boy has dog thing. Tonica has Mistress Penny Drops who is a stray that sorts of adopts Tonica. The second think I liked was they included the animals P.O.V. It was not as often as I would have liked but I did enjoy those parts.

The one thing this book makes you think is that this would be a mystery with animals helping out and while Georgie came to the rescue towards the end you really don't get to see much of Penny or Georgie throughout the books. This was a huge disappointment for me, the tagline even alludes more animals scenes.

Another thing was I did not really like Ginny, while her interactions with Georgie softened her up a bit she was a bit too pushy. I understand why she felt like she had to push so much, her reputation and therefore her business was on the line but she just irked me. I liked Tonica a lot better despite him being kind of a cliche.

Overall the story was entertaining, I may read the second book Clawed to see if Penny and Georgie have more of a roll in it. I'd recommend this to someone who needs a easy-quick read or trying to get into the mystery genre. ( )
  NelmsTree | Jan 30, 2017 |
Bottoms up!

3.5 stars

This is the story of Ginny, a personal concierge, and Teddy, a bartender, and how they get involved in something way, WAY over their pay grades. It involves a missing patriarch, some shady real estate dealings, and pistol-toting dames, not to mention a dog and cat who consult with each other on the care and feeding of The Humans.

Kornetsky (aka Laura Anne Gilman) has a real gift for snappy, snarky dialog and capturing the urban scene. Although the novel is set in Seattle and environs, her NYC roots show (that's a compliment), especially in Teddy's thoughts and lines. Lots of fun.

This is her debut mystery novella (she's also done urban and epic fantasy, in addition to short fiction and a bit of nonfiction), and that's where the only weaknesses are apparent. The plot is a little thin, and the story ends a bit abruptly and somewhat off-screen--I felt slightly shortchanged. But this is a promising debut, and I've already gotten the next two books in the series.

Here's to Gin and Tonic! (hic) ( )
  Pat_F. | Sep 2, 2014 |
COLLARED was an interesting and entertaining mystery. Ginny Mallard is a freelance concierge who handles things others are too busy or something to do. She has recently adopted a shar pei that she has named Georgie. She hangs out at a bar named Mary's when she wants to get away from home.

Teddy Tonica is the bartender at Mary's. There is also a cat that has adopted Teddy but who comes and goes at her will. Ginny and Teddy are friendly rivals at the Tuesday night trivia contests and have a relationship where one is constantly trying to one-up the other. When one of the other trivia contest participants comes to Ginny and asks her to find his uncle who has disappeared with some papers that are necessary to finalizing a business deal.

Research is Ginny's strength but people skills are definitely where Teddy shines. The two decide to work together - well, actually, she sort of dares him to help. Together they find more than they ever expected and attract the attention of some goons who don't want them looking for Uncle Joe.

What makes this unique is that the dog and the cat have conversations and spend time looking out for their humans. The cat's and dog's personalities were very realistic to the natures of cats and dogs.

I thought this story was entertaining and will be looking for the sequel to see how a second case goes for these two unlikely detectives. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jul 1, 2014 |
A solidly-told, well-paced mystery investigation with likable, dimensional characters-- both the people and their pets. Pets as supporting characters is whimsical and yet, the animals strike a nicely played chord; they aren't comedic relief and they aren't especially wise or knowing. Instead, their place in the story is that of any good supporting character.

I enjoyed the book and intend to read the sequel. ( )
  imayb1 | Nov 14, 2013 |
I have been waiting for this book since the first time I heard about it. LA Gilman writing mysteries? Could it be anything but good?

The Seattle that Ms Kornetsky described, felt like it was written by a Seattlite. It managed the fine balance of being detailed enough to be believable, yet not so detailed that the description bogged down the narrative.

The characters were deliciously snarky, but what I especially liked was how Gin and Teddy complemented each other. Ginny was good at finding information and Teddy talking with people.

I also liked how they had... not a love-hate relationship, but they were definitely not the best of friends.

The mystery was well plotted and kept me hooked from the beginning. I loved how Gin and Teddy gradually started to realise that they were in over they heads. Yet, they refused giving up. After all, Gin had promised DubJay to find his uncle and her reputation was important for her busniess.

I loved seeing how the attitudes in the Estate business had changed from when Joe started it in the 80's.

One thing that I especially loved was that every scene in the plot was actually related to the mystery. (Yes, it might sound like an odd thing, but that's my pet peeve: Mysteries where something happen in chapter one, and then there is 150 pages of describing the characters life, and then they stumble upon the sollution.)

So... What I didn't like. The pets POV:s. I enjoyed reading them, but it felt like they didn't add anything to the story. But maybe that will change in the second book. ( )
  Mikaela_l | Sep 21, 2013 |
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Ginny Mallard and her shar-pei Georgie, are about to run out of kibble and cash, unless she digs up another client for her private concierge business. So she heads to her neighborhood Portland bar, Mary's, to sniff out an opportunity. Or a gimlet or two. Before she can say "bottoms up" Ginny lands a job tracking down some important business papers that have gone missing--along with the customer's uncle.… (more)

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