Review: TO KILL A LABRADOR by Kassandra Lamb

Today’s post features a book I picked up on a whim – To Kill a Labrador, the first book in the The Marcia Banks and Buddy Mysteries by Kassandra Lamb. I liked it and decided to share it with you. Don’t worry despite the title, no dogs were killed.

Description*

Marcia Banks likes to think of herself as a normal person, even though she has an unusual name (pronounced Mar-see-a, not Marsha) and a rather abnormal vocation. She trains service dogs for combat veterans with PTSD. Then the former Marine owner of her first trainee is accused of murdering his wife, and Marcia gets sucked into an even more abnormal avocation–amateur sleuth.

Called in to dog-sit the Labrador service dog, Buddy, she’s outraged that his veteran owner is being presumed guilty until proven innocent. With Buddy’s help, she tries to uncover the real killer. Even after the hunky local sheriff politely tells her to butt out, Marcia keeps poking around. Until the killer finally pokes back…
(Note: no dogs die in this series; all the titles are take-offs from classic book, movie or song titles.)

*As appears on Amazon.

My Review

In Marcia’s own words – she is not a normal person. She devotes most of her time and resources to the training of service dogs for veterans. Then, when an army vet is arrested for killing his wife, his dog – Buddy – is returned to her for safekeeping. Marcia finds it hard to believe the man is guilty and launches her own investigation despite warnings from the (handsome) Sheriff to leave the investigating to him. Of course, she doesn’t.

Marcia has a great relationship with the dogs in the story and the descriptions of the training of service dogs were fascinating and highlighted. This was an enjoyable read that provided insight into a topic too often overlooked – the needs of vets suffering from PTSD . In addition, the mystery plot was well paced, with a sprinkling of humor and romance. I look forward to reading additional books in the series.

(BTW, the last time I checked this first in series was free. Enjoy).

2 thoughts on “Review: TO KILL A LABRADOR by Kassandra Lamb

  1. Thank you for your review! I’ve often wondered about this book because of the title and you’ve given me a reason to pick it up. Have a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Peaceful 2022!

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