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Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder. Ivy Galloway may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to stop her from pursuing her dream of opening a farm-themed inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. Not after what she went through to rescue Keats, her brilliant border collie, and flee the big city. When Keats f Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder. Ivy Galloway may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to stop her from pursuing her dream of opening a farm-themed inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. Not after what she went through to rescue Keats, her brilliant border collie, and flee the big city. When Keats finds a body pushing up daisies in her rye field, however, the murder puts a blight on Ivy’s plans to welcome her first official guests in just three weeks. The police chief refuses to rush his investigation. Does he really believe she's a suspect or is he just holding a grudge over what happened in high school? To clear her name, Ivy starts digging up clues. The former HR exec is no stranger to interviewing, and Keats is a dog who loves a job. As she juggles sleuthing with getting the inn ready to launch, she almost reaches the end of her tether. With her beloved farm’s very future on the line can she solve the case before the killer comes after her next? Dogcatcher in the Rye is perfect for animal-lovers, and anyone who likes curling up with a fun, fast-paced cozy mystery.


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Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder. Ivy Galloway may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to stop her from pursuing her dream of opening a farm-themed inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. Not after what she went through to rescue Keats, her brilliant border collie, and flee the big city. When Keats f Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder. Ivy Galloway may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to stop her from pursuing her dream of opening a farm-themed inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. Not after what she went through to rescue Keats, her brilliant border collie, and flee the big city. When Keats finds a body pushing up daisies in her rye field, however, the murder puts a blight on Ivy’s plans to welcome her first official guests in just three weeks. The police chief refuses to rush his investigation. Does he really believe she's a suspect or is he just holding a grudge over what happened in high school? To clear her name, Ivy starts digging up clues. The former HR exec is no stranger to interviewing, and Keats is a dog who loves a job. As she juggles sleuthing with getting the inn ready to launch, she almost reaches the end of her tether. With her beloved farm’s very future on the line can she solve the case before the killer comes after her next? Dogcatcher in the Rye is perfect for animal-lovers, and anyone who likes curling up with a fun, fast-paced cozy mystery.

30 review for Dogcatcher in the Rye

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Dogcatcher In The Rye Bought-the-FarmMystery, Book #1 Ellen Riggs 5 Stars Synopsis: *Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder.* Ivy Galloway may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to stop her from pursuing her dream of opening a farm-themed inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. Not after what she went through to rescue Keats, her brilliant border collie, and flee the big city. When Keats finds a body pushing up daisies in her rye f Dogcatcher In The Rye Bought-the-FarmMystery, Book #1 Ellen Riggs 5 Stars Synopsis: *Turning a hobby farm into a quaint country inn is a piece of cake compared to solving a murder.* Ivy Galloway may not know an alpaca from a llama, but nothing’s going to stop her from pursuing her dream of opening a farm-themed inn in her hometown of Clover Grove. Not after what she went through to rescue Keats, her brilliant border collie, and flee the big city. When Keats finds a body pushing up daisies in her rye field, however, the murder puts a blight on Ivy’s plans to welcome her first official guests in just three weeks. The police chief refuses to rush his investigation. Does he really believe she's a suspect or is he just holding a grudge over what happened in high school? To clear her name, Ivy starts digging up clues. The former HR exec is no stranger to interviewing, and Keats is a dog who loves a job. As she juggles sleuthing with getting the inn ready to launch, she almost reaches the end of her tether. With her beloved farm’s very future on the line can she solve the case before the killer comes after her next? Dogcatcher in the Rye is perfect for animal-lovers, and anyone who likes curling up with a fun, fast-paced cozy mystery. (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded and well developed. Ivy is a hard working smart lady who is so excited to be running a farm themed inn, and she will do anything she can to be sure that it is a success. Even if that includes finding a killer. Between her and her dog, Keats, she is determined to find that killer and bring him to justice. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions kept me engaged throughout the entire book. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I was not completely sure who the killer was until the reveal. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I really like this series and I cannot wait to read the next one in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    A Nice Cozy This was a nice cozy filled with plenty of suspense,twists and turns. I loved the storyline and the interesting characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie Gingras

    Fun read The main character was realistic and relatable. It was a fun read. I would enjoy more stories from this author.

  4. 4 out of 5

    RLBorton

    Good Very entertaining read. Interesting, good dialog, visual descriptive good. Look forward to reading the rest. That's all I can say now. Good Very entertaining read. Interesting, good dialog, visual descriptive good. Look forward to reading the rest. That's all I can say now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Excellent book! I had read the prequel previously and enjoyed it as well. And although not required to follow the story in this book, I think reading the back story first does help with the enjoyment of this one & understanding the relationship between Ivy & Keats. I'm already looking forward to the next title in the series. Excellent book! I had read the prequel previously and enjoyed it as well. And although not required to follow the story in this book, I think reading the back story first does help with the enjoyment of this one & understanding the relationship between Ivy & Keats. I'm already looking forward to the next title in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shawna Shaheen

    Ivy wants a start a new life where she used to live where her mom and three sisters a brother and a with her Bordie Collie Keats. Hanna asked Ivy out of blue if she would like to run her farm. So Ivy decided it perfect to make a inn out of barn where you can serve food and see how to take care of cows sheep llamas gens horses and adorable pig. A neighbor calls Animal Control because she thought that Ivy dog Keats was trying to kill her chickens.Ivy realized she knew the animal control man Loyd. Ivy wants a start a new life where she used to live where her mom and three sisters a brother and a with her Bordie Collie Keats. Hanna asked Ivy out of blue if she would like to run her farm. So Ivy decided it perfect to make a inn out of barn where you can serve food and see how to take care of cows sheep llamas gens horses and adorable pig. A neighbor calls Animal Control because she thought that Ivy dog Keats was trying to kill her chickens.Ivy realized she knew the animal control man Loyd. They had words. Ivy said that her pup Keats was just needing them like he knows how to do. And other things he can sense. Loyd got murdered in her property. Ivy best friend Jilly came to visit Ivy and help her start her Farm Inn. She serving food. People did could not tolerate Loyd. They said he would seize dogs on purpose and uthinize them. So who really would kill him. Was it over people's pets a ex wife or for another shady reason. I will be reading more of these series

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kandi A. Hudson

    Love this Series Just like the first book I read which I think was really a prequel in which Keats, the dog, is rescued by Ivy and Jilly, this story had an exciting adventure which kept my on the edge of my seat. Keats is a very smart dog, there is a bit of romance, and a lot of murder. I never guessed the murderer, a sign of a good cozy murder story in my opinion. I hope to be visiting Clover Grove again real soon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    What do a dogcatcher, a border collie, a Bostonian, and a farm have in common? Ellen Riggs, of course! Very entertaining cozy mystery involving a wide variety of appealing and unappealing characters. Dogs have always been my heroes, so I was very happy to have Keats, the border collie, have a significant role in this book. Ivy is fed up with corporate life and the politics involving her career and decides she needs a change. In my opinion, this is a must read mystery. Get the prequel - A Dog with What do a dogcatcher, a border collie, a Bostonian, and a farm have in common? Ellen Riggs, of course! Very entertaining cozy mystery involving a wide variety of appealing and unappealing characters. Dogs have always been my heroes, so I was very happy to have Keats, the border collie, have a significant role in this book. Ivy is fed up with corporate life and the politics involving her career and decides she needs a change. In my opinion, this is a must read mystery. Get the prequel - A Dog with Two Tales - for free and then read this book and you'll be hooked (pun intended). You'll have to read the book to know what I mean. These books are the beginning of the "Bought-the-Farm series" by Ellen Riggs. Even the names of the books are delightful! Check them out on Amazon. An important side note: Please leave a review for every book you read. It only takes a couple of minutes and it shows a great deal of support and appreciation for authors.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    Coming home The corporate Grim Reaper returns to her childhood home after buying a hobby farm. The farm is becoming a country inn. Keats, an extraordinary Border collie, at her side, Ivy sets out to change her life. When the neighbor's chickens stray onto Ivy's and Keats herds them home, the local dogcatcher shows up to hive her a ticket. The next day, Ivy finds his body in her rye field! The inn is yo open in three weeks. Will the killer be found in time? Will Ivy and her old flame, the police ch Coming home The corporate Grim Reaper returns to her childhood home after buying a hobby farm. The farm is becoming a country inn. Keats, an extraordinary Border collie, at her side, Ivy sets out to change her life. When the neighbor's chickens stray onto Ivy's and Keats herds them home, the local dogcatcher shows up to hive her a ticket. The next day, Ivy finds his body in her rye field! The inn is yo open in three weeks. Will the killer be found in time? Will Ivy and her old flame, the police chief, figure out the mystery and resolve their feelings? Will her best friend from the corporate world blend into the country life? And, will the pig learn yo stay in her sty? The writing is tight and fast-paced. The characters are believable. This is a fun read and the solution eluded my grasp until the end. I highly recommend Dogcatcher in the Rye to those who love mystery, dogs, and a bit of romance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cozy_Pug

    Pleasant start to a series. Lots of references to a past traumatic incident in the main character's life, but no explanation. Maybe that comes further in the series. Cute and quirky farm animals and an unbreakable bond between the main character and her border collie are my favorite elements of the story. Pretty clean book, which I always appreciate. I may read the next book in this series at some point. Pleasant start to a series. Lots of references to a past traumatic incident in the main character's life, but no explanation. Maybe that comes further in the series. Cute and quirky farm animals and an unbreakable bond between the main character and her border collie are my favorite elements of the story. Pretty clean book, which I always appreciate. I may read the next book in this series at some point.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    It has a dog in it! That's all I need to give it a good review, but the story wasn't bad either! And it's a series. I love series, so when the story is over, it's not really over. I usually read more hard core detective novels, but I'm starting to like cozy murder mysteries now. Must be old age catching up with me lol. It has a dog in it! That's all I need to give it a good review, but the story wasn't bad either! And it's a series. I love series, so when the story is over, it's not really over. I usually read more hard core detective novels, but I'm starting to like cozy murder mysteries now. Must be old age catching up with me lol.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Really well done quick reading cozy mystery. Not a genre I usually read, or enjoy, but my sister loves them and this one looked good. It was! I liked the protagonist and it was so well put together. I couldn't guess "who done it" and the dog was great. Really well done quick reading cozy mystery. Not a genre I usually read, or enjoy, but my sister loves them and this one looked good. It was! I liked the protagonist and it was so well put together. I couldn't guess "who done it" and the dog was great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    So glad to have found this series. Looking forward to the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JOHN ABBATE

    A nice cozy with some problems This is a nice cozy which starts out with a very familiar plot. City girl returns home to a small town to start a new business after a bad experience. She stumbles over a body and her old sweetheart is the local police chief. However the setting, a hobby farm, is different and the main characters are likable. The biggest problem I had with the book were the constant references to events which occurred prior to the beginning of the book without a full explanation. Th A nice cozy with some problems This is a nice cozy which starts out with a very familiar plot. City girl returns home to a small town to start a new business after a bad experience. She stumbles over a body and her old sweetheart is the local police chief. However the setting, a hobby farm, is different and the main characters are likable. The biggest problem I had with the book were the constant references to events which occurred prior to the beginning of the book without a full explanation. There is a note both at the beginning and end for the reader to sign up for the author's mailing list and get a free copy of the prequal to the story. Sorry, I don't like this kind of draw in. It is like a cliff hanger where you have to buy the next book to find out how the mystery ends. A good book should be able to stand on its own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Charleen Harrell

    Good dog I enjoyed reading this story. It really did leave me wondering "who did it?" This was A story. Kept me readi g.very good book to read. Thank you for writing such an interesting Good dog I enjoyed reading this story. It really did leave me wondering "who did it?" This was A story. Kept me readi g.very good book to read. Thank you for writing such an interesting

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aiden T. Rushing

    The first in Ellen Riggs "Bought-the-Farm" series and I fell in love instantly. An entertaining and engaging mystery with a great puppy sidekick. Riggs spins a good tale with wonderful characters that makes you want to come back for more. The first in Ellen Riggs "Bought-the-Farm" series and I fell in love instantly. An entertaining and engaging mystery with a great puppy sidekick. Riggs spins a good tale with wonderful characters that makes you want to come back for more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mariel

    Dogcatcher in the Rye (A Bought-the-Farm Mystery #1) by Ellen Riggs I wrote this review based on a copy that I received from the author. Ivy Galloway, who dumped the gruelling life of a corporate HR manager in exchange for the idyllic setting of Runaway Farm , “ an amazing getaway for anyone who wants to escape the concrete jungle. “ Accompanied by Keats, a slim border collie, a shaggy black and white dog with one blue eye and one brown, Ivy sets her mind on opening an Inn in what used to be her h Dogcatcher in the Rye (A Bought-the-Farm Mystery #1) by Ellen Riggs I wrote this review based on a copy that I received from the author. Ivy Galloway, who dumped the gruelling life of a corporate HR manager in exchange for the idyllic setting of Runaway Farm , “ an amazing getaway for anyone who wants to escape the concrete jungle. “ Accompanied by Keats, a slim border collie, a shaggy black and white dog with one blue eye and one brown, Ivy sets her mind on opening an Inn in what used to be her hometown of Clover Grove. Her ideas are quickly squashed one day after a lousy encounter with a certain Lloyd Boyce, the local animal warden, who arriving on her doorstep deals out a fine, ensued by beastly comments from the town residents derogating the character of Keats. And just when she thought it could not possibly get any worse Ivy stumbles across a dead body on her property, in the middle of her rye field! Her brother Asher, a member of the police community, is assigned to the murder case with his Chief - Chief Kellan Harper nonetheless…As the memories flood back of their past relationship in school ( which did not end on a positive note to say the least ) Ivy hopes upon hope that he has forgiven and forgotten but unfortunately for her he has not. Being impatient and having a date set for the opening of her Inn, Ivy cant resist acting upon her own instincts and entering the amateur sleuthing scene for herself – I mean, what harm could it do, right? She embarks on her project aided and abetted by Keats with their unique style of conversation, the dog replying in his own way even though people thought she had lost the plot but despite everything making the perfect team, determined to help cute Chief Harper solve the mystery of the murder and the identity of the killer. The more Ivy digs, the more she learns how many people had an axe to grind with Lloyd, from his wife to any random number of residents in the village. He was far from winning Mr. Personality of the Year Award! As the mystery continues with the unsolved murder hanging over her head, complete with the feeling of dread that no one will want to vacation at Runaway Farm, she increases her snooping activities which takes her from pillar to post, interviewing various occupants of Clover Grove, ruling each suspect out one at a time. This is a fastpaced Cozy mystery that will keep you guessing. Join Ivy with her unending list of question and answer tactics with an “ alls well that ends well “ scenario. Looking forward to book 2! I give Dogcatcher in the Rye 5 out of 5 stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This book popped up my daily Book Bub suggested books email about the same time I was grousing about having to read "The Catcher in the Rye" as this year's classic book for book club. I thought this one would be more enjoyable. And it was, mostly. Ivy Galloway has spent her career as the Grim Reaper - an HR executive whose forte is corporate downsizing. But after being the victim of a brutal attack while attempting to rescue a neglected dog, she and said dog return to her small, rural home town This book popped up my daily Book Bub suggested books email about the same time I was grousing about having to read "The Catcher in the Rye" as this year's classic book for book club. I thought this one would be more enjoyable. And it was, mostly. Ivy Galloway has spent her career as the Grim Reaper - an HR executive whose forte is corporate downsizing. But after being the victim of a brutal attack while attempting to rescue a neglected dog, she and said dog return to her small, rural home town of Clover Grove to run a working farm inn. Just three weeks from her first guests, Ivy's plans are threatened when the local dog catcher is found dead on her farm - and she's just one of many with a motive. The story itself wasn't bad - pretty much your typical cozy novel in which the main character isn't a cop but throws herself into the middle of the investigation and solves the case. Much better than Holden Caulfield's whining about everything at least! But not knowing there is a prequel, I found the references to what happened to Ivy and Keats (the dog) really annoying and kept waiting for that story to be told. (Spoiler alert: that doesn't happen). Still, it was a quick read and the main characters are likable enough to give the next book a go as well, but I don't see this as a series with a long lifespan. Towns which have more murders than residents have a tendency to become tedious and rather cookie cutter after awhile.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Parker

    Got this one for free and seemed like a light read. I finished it in a day and enjoyed it. Ivy has had an accident so now has a therapy dog, a Border Collie named Keats. She bought an inn with a working farm after having left her prior job as an HR exec on bad terms after the accident. Just a few weeks before her first guests arrive, a murder on the grounds of the inn. She works to help solve it, behind the police chief’s back of course, who happens to be an old flame of hers from high school. I Got this one for free and seemed like a light read. I finished it in a day and enjoyed it. Ivy has had an accident so now has a therapy dog, a Border Collie named Keats. She bought an inn with a working farm after having left her prior job as an HR exec on bad terms after the accident. Just a few weeks before her first guests arrive, a murder on the grounds of the inn. She works to help solve it, behind the police chief’s back of course, who happens to be an old flame of hers from high school. I need to read the prequel bcIvy keeps talking about how her personality is different but I was unclear if that was bc of the physical or mental impact from whatever this accident was (it was never explained in full). Not sure if the author realized she left that info out and that’s why she wrote the prequel, but it would have helped to know more about that incident if it changed the main character so dramatically. The murderer wasn’t who you expected, but there were lots of possibilities that kept you guessing. Great descriptions so it was easy to picture the settings. I enjoyed the book and would like to read both the prequel and the next installment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pam Levy

    Overall a fun read. However I have a major problem re. the dog. More specifically with the way she portrayed the dog. Even in a fiction book, one should NEVER say a dog is a therapy dog without the actual training involved. It takes time, money and patience to train a dog to be a CERTIFIED therapy dog. To say a dog is a therapy dog does a great disservice to those of us who train therapy dogs. The same goes with saying her dog was an Agility and Herding trained. These sports take TIME, and it is a pr Overall a fun read. However I have a major problem re. the dog. More specifically with the way she portrayed the dog. Even in a fiction book, one should NEVER say a dog is a therapy dog without the actual training involved. It takes time, money and patience to train a dog to be a CERTIFIED therapy dog. To say a dog is a therapy dog does a great disservice to those of us who train therapy dogs. The same goes with saying her dog was an Agility and Herding trained. These sports take TIME, and it is a problem when an author says the dog is qualified in these sports. Also, where are the cats? Can't have a farm (rescue, hobby etc) without our feline friends. When the murderer was revealed, I said, "huh?" Typical, "fish out of water" cozy mystery. Only if future books are free will I read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This is a delightful cozy mystery where dogs take center stage as Ivy Galloway tries to solve the murder of the local dogcatcher on her newly acquired hobby farm. In doing so she puts herself in danger despite numerous warnings from family, friends, and the local police chief to stay out of it, even Keats, a border collie she rescued in similarly dangerous circumstances, tries to protect her from herself. As she proceeds with her investigations, she finds that all is not what it seems in Clover This is a delightful cozy mystery where dogs take center stage as Ivy Galloway tries to solve the murder of the local dogcatcher on her newly acquired hobby farm. In doing so she puts herself in danger despite numerous warnings from family, friends, and the local police chief to stay out of it, even Keats, a border collie she rescued in similarly dangerous circumstances, tries to protect her from herself. As she proceeds with her investigations, she finds that all is not what it seems in Clover Grove, with plenty of gossip and upset neighbours and therefore plenty of suspects. This is well written and flows well with good characters, my favourite being Keats himself, creating the feel of a small country town without falling into too many stereotypes. A great little read and a series I'm sure to carry on with.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is the first book in a new series; however, I suggest you read the prequel, “A Dog with Two Tales,” first. It’s not required but the back story is humorous and heart-stopping scary all at once. Ivy has recently bought a hobby farm in her hometown. She has some adorably cute animals, but not everyone in town is happy she’s there. After the local dogcatcher is found murdered in her field, she and her sister are both suspects. Ivy needs this murder case solved before it puts a dark cast on her This is the first book in a new series; however, I suggest you read the prequel, “A Dog with Two Tales,” first. It’s not required but the back story is humorous and heart-stopping scary all at once. Ivy has recently bought a hobby farm in her hometown. She has some adorably cute animals, but not everyone in town is happy she’s there. After the local dogcatcher is found murdered in her field, she and her sister are both suspects. Ivy needs this murder case solved before it puts a dark cast on her new Bed & Breakfast. When the local sheriff doesn’t move fast enough for her, Ivy decides to do a little amateur sleuthing. Laugh out loud adventures and misadventures ensue. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Book 2 please! I received an ARC from the author. This is my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ☺Trish

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dogcatcher In The Rye by Ellen Riggs is an entertaining and fast-paced cozy mystery. I enjoy the bond between Ivy and Keats, plus Jilly is an awesome and supportive best friend! Asher, Ivy's only brother and Daisy, one of her four sisters, lend assistance, advice, and information with the farm/inn and during Ivy's amateur sleuthing. There are lots of suspects with various motives but I hadn't figured out who was the culprit until the big reveal! I wonder where Ivy and Kellan's relationship will Dogcatcher In The Rye by Ellen Riggs is an entertaining and fast-paced cozy mystery. I enjoy the bond between Ivy and Keats, plus Jilly is an awesome and supportive best friend! Asher, Ivy's only brother and Daisy, one of her four sisters, lend assistance, advice, and information with the farm/inn and during Ivy's amateur sleuthing. There are lots of suspects with various motives but I hadn't figured out who was the culprit until the big reveal! I wonder where Ivy and Kellan's relationship will go from here? One note: Did the Herding Harpies sabotage of Ivy's farm and her investigation mean they knew all about the murder/murderer and did they realize the possibility of physical harm/death to Ivy? Would they be considered accomplices?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deb Quinn

    This is an enjoyable mystery with a range of characters. Keats is an intelligent dog that is endearing in his affection for Ivy. I would have given it 5 stars except for the backstory. Throughout the story the characters refer to events that occurred previously to Ivy and Keats. These details are never made clear making it seem that a portion of the story is missing. It turns out that even though this is Book #1 in the series, it is not the first book. There is a Book #0 which apparently tells t This is an enjoyable mystery with a range of characters. Keats is an intelligent dog that is endearing in his affection for Ivy. I would have given it 5 stars except for the backstory. Throughout the story the characters refer to events that occurred previously to Ivy and Keats. These details are never made clear making it seem that a portion of the story is missing. It turns out that even though this is Book #1 in the series, it is not the first book. There is a Book #0 which apparently tells the backstory. It would had been helpful if the author had given a short preface at the beginning of the story so I didn't continually wonder what I had missed. I will now read Book#0 and know how the story started.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Penny Leidecker

    Ivy has bought Runaway Farm and is getting ready to open her Inn, when a murder happens on her property. The Chief of Police happens to be her high school sweetheart, Kellen Harper aka Chief Hottie. Ivy can’t just stand by and do nothing, so she searches for evidence, which gets her into some stinky situations. I absolutely love this new series and I can’t to read the next book. If you love a good murder mystery, I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re an animal lover. Keats is one sm Ivy has bought Runaway Farm and is getting ready to open her Inn, when a murder happens on her property. The Chief of Police happens to be her high school sweetheart, Kellen Harper aka Chief Hottie. Ivy can’t just stand by and do nothing, so she searches for evidence, which gets her into some stinky situations. I absolutely love this new series and I can’t to read the next book. If you love a good murder mystery, I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re an animal lover. Keats is one smart border collie, as you’ll find out from reading this book. I received an advanced reader copy of this book and this is my voluntary and honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dorothey Thompson

    Dog catcher in the Rye This was an interesting story. Really enjoyed it. Ivy and bought a funny farm. It had animals and a very beautiful building for an Inn. She was trying to start anew business in her old home town. She had a dog named Keats and he was her faithful companion. Ivy thought he really understood her and communicated with gopher through grunts and other sounds. In a nutshell, the dog catcher come to write Ivy a ticket for her dog chasing a neighbors chickens. Ivy refusing to pay th Dog catcher in the Rye This was an interesting story. Really enjoyed it. Ivy and bought a funny farm. It had animals and a very beautiful building for an Inn. She was trying to start anew business in her old home town. She had a dog named Keats and he was her faithful companion. Ivy thought he really understood her and communicated with gopher through grunts and other sounds. In a nutshell, the dog catcher come to write Ivy a ticket for her dog chasing a neighbors chickens. Ivy refusing to pay the ticket. Some how the dog catcher was found dead on Ivy’s place. Much to this story. You will thoroughly enjoy this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This was an entertaining cozy mystery. Keats is exceptionally smart but then his breed is known for being highly intelligent. Ivy does a few things that are questionable but mostly she is sensible and doesn't purposely go into dangerous situations. Jilly is a perfect BFF and helps Ivy with some of her sleuthing. The police are competent which is a big plus. There were plenty of suspects, several twists and turns, and the murderer was a surprise but made perfect sense. I didn't like all the refer This was an entertaining cozy mystery. Keats is exceptionally smart but then his breed is known for being highly intelligent. Ivy does a few things that are questionable but mostly she is sensible and doesn't purposely go into dangerous situations. Jilly is a perfect BFF and helps Ivy with some of her sleuthing. The police are competent which is a big plus. There were plenty of suspects, several twists and turns, and the murderer was a surprise but made perfect sense. I didn't like all the references to the backstory of how Ivy got Keats. If you sign up for the author's newsletter you can get that story for free. I've already borrowed the second book through KU and plan on reading it next.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette

    This story of Ivy, Keats, Jillian and Runaway Farm is a great book. Ivy rescued Keats for a guy who was mistreating him. Now they live together on the Runaway Farm with is a Hobby Farm with a soon to be Bed & Breakfast. But things are not going as planed. First Keats is accused of chasing the neighbors chickens and Ivy gets find, then someone let the pig out of her pen. So who is causing problems to make Ivy loose the farm. After the town’s bullying dogcatcher turns up dead in one of the her fie This story of Ivy, Keats, Jillian and Runaway Farm is a great book. Ivy rescued Keats for a guy who was mistreating him. Now they live together on the Runaway Farm with is a Hobby Farm with a soon to be Bed & Breakfast. But things are not going as planed. First Keats is accused of chasing the neighbors chickens and Ivy gets find, then someone let the pig out of her pen. So who is causing problems to make Ivy loose the farm. After the town’s bullying dogcatcher turns up dead in one of the her fields, she becomes a person of interest. Keats plays a leading role in keeping her safe as Ivy soon becomes a murder target. Good start to a new series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Trawick

    Eggs and manure and murder, oh my! After Ivy is attacked then loses her job she manages to buy a hobby farm where she grew up. Bit of a bummer to realize you have to get a prequel to get half of her references to her pooch. Any way, decent story line and interesting characters. (So many characters I had to reference X-Ray to figure out who she was referring to; thank goodness for Kindle). Odd that Ivy has three others sisters mentioned only by name, and a mom we don't meet. Assuming that will hap Eggs and manure and murder, oh my! After Ivy is attacked then loses her job she manages to buy a hobby farm where she grew up. Bit of a bummer to realize you have to get a prequel to get half of her references to her pooch. Any way, decent story line and interesting characters. (So many characters I had to reference X-Ray to figure out who she was referring to; thank goodness for Kindle). Odd that Ivy has three others sisters mentioned only by name, and a mom we don't meet. Assuming that will happen in future books in the series. This book was just good enough to peak my interest so I'll get the prequel then continue to book two (three?) to see how the inn and Ivy fair.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Messenger

    Excellent book. Cozy dog mystery. Ivy has bought the farm. After her corporate adventures, and concussion, she is healing at home with Keats, her border collie and sidekick, when a body of the local dogcatcher and all round meanest man in the town is found murdered in her property. This puts a damper on her plans for turning her farm into a working inn. Time is of the essence and a killer is in this small town community. Add recipes and romance to the mix and you get one fine example of a cozy m Excellent book. Cozy dog mystery. Ivy has bought the farm. After her corporate adventures, and concussion, she is healing at home with Keats, her border collie and sidekick, when a body of the local dogcatcher and all round meanest man in the town is found murdered in her property. This puts a damper on her plans for turning her farm into a working inn. Time is of the essence and a killer is in this small town community. Add recipes and romance to the mix and you get one fine example of a cozy mystery

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