It’s just days until the grand re-opening of Shell McMillan’s Urban Tails Pet Shop and she’s busy making sure she has plenty of stock on hand and arranging entertainment for the big day from a singer to a fortune-telling parrot.

The man who swindled Fox Hollow residents, including Shell’s dear friend Rita, and then disappeared is suddenly back in town and his reappearance is raising some tempers. No one ever expected to see Johnny Draco again and soon enough someone murders him, leaving his body where Shell discovers it. It’s not long before Rita is the police’s top suspect. But there are plenty of people in town who had a bone to pick with Draco, so Shell sets out to figure out who ended Draco’s life before anyone could discover why he’s really back in town.

Unfortunately, Shell’s attempts to discover who the killer is puts her right in the murderer’s target, and this person is not afraid to stop Shell permanently.

This is the second book in the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries, and I hope Ms. LoTempio has plenty more in store for fans. It’s always a great read to spend time in Fox Hollow with Shell and friends, human and feline.

5 stars