Lilly Echosby is starting over in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two Poodles, Aggie (named for Agatha Christie) and Rex for Rex Stout. She’s built a network of good friends in her local dog club and is even getting ready to buy the house she’s been renting.

Then her best friend Dixie is accused of murdering a judge at their local dog show. While Dixie had lots of reasons to dislike the victim and even got into an altercation with her, she didn’t commit the crime. Lilly and the club members spring into action to help clear Dixie.

Sit, Stay, Slay is the fifth in a series and it read very well as a stand-alone. The characters are interesting, multi-faceted and they interact easily and like real friends do. There are some cool canine companions, too. The mystery was developed well with twists and turns and the plot builds smoothly. The story moved along at a good pace and kept me coming back.

5 stars