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Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder...   Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives A Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder...   Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer.   But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it's up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer...


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Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder...   Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives A Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder...   Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer.   But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it's up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer...

30 review for The Puppy Who Knew Too Much

  1. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Lilly Echosby has left Indiana behind and followed her best friend Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson to Tennessee. It took a while but a chance encounter helped Lilly finds not only a job but a house to rent that was in her budget and allowed her adorable toy poodle, Aggie. She is excited her daughter Stephanie is coming to visit to help her get settled. Lilly finds it refreshing how friendly everyone is until she meets her new neighbor. He is not happy about having another dog in th Dollycas’s Thoughts Lilly Echosby has left Indiana behind and followed her best friend Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson to Tennessee. It took a while but a chance encounter helped Lilly finds not only a job but a house to rent that was in her budget and allowed her adorable toy poodle, Aggie. She is excited her daughter Stephanie is coming to visit to help her get settled. Lilly finds it refreshing how friendly everyone is until she meets her new neighbor. He is not happy about having another dog in the neighborhood. Her daughter also falls hard for a golden retriever found under Lilly’s deck. After rushing it to the vet and getting its injuries cared for she declares she won’t be giving it up without a fight. When dear sweet Aggie digs up a body instead of a bone the neighbor is apoplectic and Lilly finds herself back on a suspect list. Stephanie calls in the cavalry, aka Joe, her new boyfriend, the one that helped clear her mom in Lighthouse Dunes. He, in turn, calls in a friend and they along with Dixie are all determined to find the real killer, especially after another body is found. First, the cover is a little deceiving. The two standard poodles owned by Dixie and Lilly’s Aggie return in this story where they all make a new friend. Aggie does start obedience classes with Dixie where a variety of dogs come together. Lilly can’t catch a break but she has the perseverance to keep moving forward. New house, new job, new people in her life, and another murderer on the loose. She quickly finds new friends at her job and they are so supportive. I loved her new boss, Linda Kay, and love that we have something in common. The author does such an excellent job with all the characters. They have depth and something about them that draws the reader in and pushes us to want to know them better. Even the cantankerous neighbor and the man that used to have Lilly’s job. Moving Lilly to Tennessee adds a very interesting twist. She was used to the flatlands of Indiana and Dixie lives on a mountain top with a fantastic view. The road to get there was winding and narrow and made Lily very nervous with its huge dropoffs. She is also very unfamiliar with the area and dependent on her GPS. Each place was nicely described as we readers saw it through Lilly’s eyes for the first time right along with her. The mystery was not easy to solve with the requisite twists and turns. What I love and what makes this story unique in the part the canines play in solving it all. The motives were very unclear and the clues weren’t falling into place either until the wonderful, surprising, and exciting ending. Well-plotted and written this story was hard to put down. A complex mystery with its share of Southern charm and humor. Right in Chapter 1 Lilly experiences her first “Bless Your Heart” which she learned was “Southern-speak for “You’re an idiot.” I really enjoy the way V.M. Burns tells a story. The care she takes with her characters is commendable and her love of dogs glows within the pages. I highly recommend this series. I can’t wait for book #3!

  2. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns was an engaging second book in the Dog Club Mystery series. Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle, Aggie, have moved to Chattanooga, TN to start a new life. Her best friend, Dixie, has welcomed her to her home town and is ready to help her get settled. I love both of these women! They are both smart, independent and determined. Fortune smiles on Lilly when she meets Mrs. Hanson who decides to rent her son's house and she knows about a job opening that would be The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V.M. Burns was an engaging second book in the Dog Club Mystery series. Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle, Aggie, have moved to Chattanooga, TN to start a new life. Her best friend, Dixie, has welcomed her to her home town and is ready to help her get settled. I love both of these women! They are both smart, independent and determined. Fortune smiles on Lilly when she meets Mrs. Hanson who decides to rent her son's house and she knows about a job opening that would be perfect for Lilly. Lilly's new job is at The Chatanooga Art Museum and Linda Kay, her boss, and Jacob, a co-worker, make her feel right at home. Unfortunately, the good luck stops there as Aggie discovers a body on their morning walk after moving into their new home. The story moved quickly with twists and turns, few suspects and no clear motives to keep readers turning the pages as they follow the clues. I really enjoy this series and would highly recommend it. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Underground via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    The story is cute with strong and sassy leading female characters. Protagonist Lilly Echosby is a recently divorced CPA who’s just moved from Indiana to Chattanooga, Tennessee with her toy poodle, Aggie (short for Agatha). I like how the action starts immediately as Lilly, accompanied by her best friend, Dixie, has the opportunity to rent a nice house practically drop right in her lap. A disagreeable neighbor manages to infuriate her quickly, but she’s told no one can get along with him. Lilly’s The story is cute with strong and sassy leading female characters. Protagonist Lilly Echosby is a recently divorced CPA who’s just moved from Indiana to Chattanooga, Tennessee with her toy poodle, Aggie (short for Agatha). I like how the action starts immediately as Lilly, accompanied by her best friend, Dixie, has the opportunity to rent a nice house practically drop right in her lap. A disagreeable neighbor manages to infuriate her quickly, but she’s told no one can get along with him. Lilly’s starting a new job at a museum, and I loved her co-workers who immediately took her under their wings. When little Aggie sniffs out a dead body, the author really begins to spin the wheel and readers should watch closely as she drops off clue after clue as to answers for this niftily crafted plot! With a winning cast of secondary characters including all the dogs, plus an unexpected yet possible romantic interest for Lilly, this is a fun, fast read! I highly recommend! I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Lyrical. Thank you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I knew I loved this new series when I read the first book, but after reading this one, I am beyond in love with it! It's the perfect cozy mystery with a great twist! Lilly Echosby had made her move to Chattanooga TN and no sooner had she moved into a house she was going to rent, when she found a body in the woods nearby. It was identified as her landlord that she'd never met. After another body turned up and Lilly was told by the local officer that she was a person of interest, the TBI officer t I knew I loved this new series when I read the first book, but after reading this one, I am beyond in love with it! It's the perfect cozy mystery with a great twist! Lilly Echosby had made her move to Chattanooga TN and no sooner had she moved into a house she was going to rent, when she found a body in the woods nearby. It was identified as her landlord that she'd never met. After another body turned up and Lilly was told by the local officer that she was a person of interest, the TBI officer that had befriended her family took over the case. He hadn't known Lilly that long, but he realized it was futile to ban her from investigating. And as usual, she and her friends came together at the end to solve the murders. The twist was great and I definitely never saw that coming. I loved how Lilly's daughter Stephanie immediately bonded with the Golden Retriever that they'd found cowering under the deck at the house. She got him medical help and he truly proved himself to be a loyal friend. Little Aggie was coming along with her obedience training and also had a fairly important part in taking down a killer. I am over the moon about Lilly and her new friend Red! I can't wait to read the next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The second book in this The Dog series is as good as the first one. Lilly Echosby has moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is training Abbie in obedience. and working as an accountant at a local museum. She rented a house in a subdivision where she meets a crabby neighbor. On a walk, Abbie finds a dead body in the woods nearby. Her daughter, Stephanie is visiting her to aid her moving into her new home. The first night she finds a golden retriever under porch who is badly hurt. Her boyfriend Joe The second book in this The Dog series is as good as the first one. Lilly Echosby has moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is training Abbie in obedience. and working as an accountant at a local museum. She rented a house in a subdivision where she meets a crabby neighbor. On a walk, Abbie finds a dead body in the woods nearby. Her daughter, Stephanie is visiting her to aid her moving into her new home. The first night she finds a golden retriever under porch who is badly hurt. Her boyfriend Joe, a K-9 handler is worried about Stephanie and has joined Lilly and her daughter in Tennessee. The characters are fully developed and have attractive traits even the dogs. Joe has to return to work asked friend to watch over the house and residents. The house is ransacked and the body of the crabby is found. The various trends are skillfully brought together for an entrainment read. There several tips on training a dog.I found the book hard to put down and looking g forward to the next boom. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES. Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Lyrical Underground for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    In THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, V. M. Burns has penned an entertaining whodunit that will leave readers begging for more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. With wonderful characters both human and canine, I quickly felt like I had known them all for some time. And it was a lot of fun to see the dogs playing a part in solving the case. A great plot and a complex mystery, I found it very hard to put this book down. I kept telling myself, just one more page. One more chapter. Well, I’m sure you know In THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, V. M. Burns has penned an entertaining whodunit that will leave readers begging for more. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. With wonderful characters both human and canine, I quickly felt like I had known them all for some time. And it was a lot of fun to see the dogs playing a part in solving the case. A great plot and a complex mystery, I found it very hard to put this book down. I kept telling myself, just one more page. One more chapter. Well, I’m sure you know how that worked out. I didn’t let it out of my sight until I had finished. Pick up a copy of, THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. You’re going to be happy you did.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denise Broyhill

    Very fun cozy mystery. It appealed to me as a dog person and anyone who loves dogs will most likely enjoy it. I wasn’t sure who did it all the way up to the end and even then got surprised.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is the second book in the A Dog Club Mystery series. Lilly has taken the advice of Dixie, her friend from college, and has moved to Chattanooga, where Dixie lives, to start a new life after the death of her husband was murdered. While having lunch at a restaurant, Lilly is discussing the need to find affordable housing and a job. Jo Ellen Hansen sitting at a table next to them catches their attention and tells Lilly that she can rent her son’s house to Lilly. She says The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is the second book in the A Dog Club Mystery series. Lilly has taken the advice of Dixie, her friend from college, and has moved to Chattanooga, where Dixie lives, to start a new life after the death of her husband was murdered. While having lunch at a restaurant, Lilly is discussing the need to find affordable housing and a job. Jo Ellen Hansen sitting at a table next to them catches their attention and tells Lilly that she can rent her son’s house to Lilly. She says that her son is working in the Cayman Islands and that she can move in right away. Lilly’s daughter, Stephanie, arrives at her mother is moving in and will help her to unpack and get the house organized. Lilly learns that there is a homeowners association meeting and decides to attend, thinking that it would be a good way to meet her neighbors. She does meet her next door neighbor, Theodore Livingston. Livingston is a cantankerous old man and Lilly ends up getting into a heated debate. Later, while walking her poodle, Aggie finds a body in a shallow grave. Lilly is able to convince the police that she wasn’t in the area when the body had been buried. But the next day she makes some cookies and goes next door to apologize to Livingston, but instead, she finds that he has been murdered. When the police learn of her argument with him, she becomes a primary suspect. Stephanie’s boyfriend, Joe Harrison, arrives and offers to help them learn who Livingston killer might have been. Jo Ellen also gives Lilly the phone number of Chattanooga Museum of Arts who is looking for an accountant. Lilly ends up getting the job and she finds the books are in an absolute mess. Linda Kaye Weyman, the director of the museum, that Freemont Hopewell the great-grandson of the museum founder had no idea what he was doing. With Lilly having to take time off, she is worried that the museum will let her go, and she really does love the job. Luckily, Weyman likes her and is willing to work with Lilly about the time off. As they begin to investigate the murder and the other death, things aren’t adding up for Harrison and he asks an old friend, Red Olson, an investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to come help them with their sleuthing. Once again V. M. Burns gives us a very exciting and well-plotted story. There were a lot of red herrings that kept me guessing who the murderer was until the end. I really enjoy the characters, who are all interesting and believable. I love reading about all the dogs, too. I’m really looking forward to the next book, Bark If It’s Murder, that will be out in August.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    In book two of this delightful series, Lilly Echosby, and her toy poodle Aggie (named after her favorite author Agatha Christie), have now moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee to be near her best friend Dixie. Lilly, looking for a fresh start after solving the murder of her ex-husband is excited to find the perfect residence for her and her pup with Dixie’s help. Interesting characters abound in this community along with those responsible for the Homeowners Association. Unfortunately, her next-door n In book two of this delightful series, Lilly Echosby, and her toy poodle Aggie (named after her favorite author Agatha Christie), have now moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee to be near her best friend Dixie. Lilly, looking for a fresh start after solving the murder of her ex-husband is excited to find the perfect residence for her and her pup with Dixie’s help. Interesting characters abound in this community along with those responsible for the Homeowners Association. Unfortunately, her next-door neighbor is one of those crotchety neighbors that makes trouble for everyone and is never happy or satisfied. Poor Lilly had to listen to his complaints about Aggie’s barking and leaving deposits where she shouldn’t. Not only was he accusing her of breaking the rules of the Association, he is making it very public in her first Association meeting. This does not bode well for Lilly. As she struggles to get along with her Association community Lilly finds a puppy outside her backdoor that needs attention and love. With her daughter staying with her for a vacation, it is decided she will take care of the puppy and his expenses. Then, one morning while walking Aggie, the pup decides to explore and do some digging. As soon as Lilly sees her, she tries to put a stop to it and finds that Aggie has discovered a body! Now the adventure begins. With so many different suspects and many visits from the police, Lilly is trying to find the murder before they strike again or make her a victim. Nail-biting ending is pure suspense as everything comes to a gripping end! Can’t wait for the next book in this series. I received this book through NetGalley.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)

    #netgalley I cannot say enough about this series. It is sweet with a slight romantic element, family oriented, female empowering and of course, MURDER!! Lily has put her past behind her and started a new life in Chattanooga. With the help of her best friend, Dixie, she is settling in well in her new surrounding. With a new home and job, everything seems to be falling into place, well until she stumbles upon a dead body. With the help of Dixie, Stephanie, Joe, and Joe's friend Red, the investigatio #netgalley I cannot say enough about this series. It is sweet with a slight romantic element, family oriented, female empowering and of course, MURDER!! Lily has put her past behind her and started a new life in Chattanooga. With the help of her best friend, Dixie, she is settling in well in her new surrounding. With a new home and job, everything seems to be falling into place, well until she stumbles upon a dead body. With the help of Dixie, Stephanie, Joe, and Joe's friend Red, the investigation begins. This book has just as many twists at the first and I had no idea who the killer was nor did I expect the plot twists. I love the shenanigans the ladies get into as well as the budding romances throughout. This book releases on February 12, 2019 and I highly recommend it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is Book 2 in the Dog Club Mystery Series and I LOVED It as much as the first book in the series, In the Dog House . I loved the action from the first page and such likeable characters and DOGS!!!! The protagonist Lilly Echosby is a strong female character with some sass! The well written dialogue made it a real page turner and a quick read. I enjoyed all elements of this book especially the mystery! I read ALOT of mysteries and I kept guessing who it might be and I wa The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is Book 2 in the Dog Club Mystery Series and I LOVED It as much as the first book in the series, In the Dog House . I loved the action from the first page and such likeable characters and DOGS!!!! The protagonist Lilly Echosby is a strong female character with some sass! The well written dialogue made it a real page turner and a quick read. I enjoyed all elements of this book especially the mystery! I read ALOT of mysteries and I kept guessing who it might be and I was wrong every time! Such a great book by a great author!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. This book is just too adorable for words!!! To start with the cover is just too cute with all the puppies and that is before the story. I side we get a town full of adorable fur babies that help solve the case while moving the story along. Lilly is a strong lead character with some interesting side kicks. Full of humor, mystery, and cuteness to create a book you just cannot stop reading. Perfect for fans *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. This book is just too adorable for words!!! To start with the cover is just too cute with all the puppies and that is before the story. I side we get a town full of adorable fur babies that help solve the case while moving the story along. Lilly is a strong lead character with some interesting side kicks. Full of humor, mystery, and cuteness to create a book you just cannot stop reading. Perfect for fans of animal cozy mysteries. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    The puppy is the star of this fun and intriguing murder mystery. Life like characters and a tangled murder plot make this a must read cozy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    Lilly is eager for a fresh start. Three months ago her cheating husband was murdered and she was the prime suspect. She’s finally cleared of suspicion and moves to Chattanooga and a new beginning, Her tiny poodle, Aggie, isn’t so keen on the move and finds creative ways to make it known. Fate is on Lilly’s side and she finds the perfect rental house and a great new job at the museum. But her rosy new life hits a bump in the road when she stumbles upon a dead body. Then her new house is ransacked Lilly is eager for a fresh start. Three months ago her cheating husband was murdered and she was the prime suspect. She’s finally cleared of suspicion and moves to Chattanooga and a new beginning, Her tiny poodle, Aggie, isn’t so keen on the move and finds creative ways to make it known. Fate is on Lilly’s side and she finds the perfect rental house and a great new job at the museum. But her rosy new life hits a bump in the road when she stumbles upon a dead body. Then her new house is ransacked. She won’t sit idly by when her new beginning is threatened. I was surprised when I reached the end of this book. It felt like I’d just started it. I was immediately charmed by the characters. Lilly is so authentic and likable and would be such a great friend to have. Some other favorites are her boss and co-worker at the museum. I loved how they welcomed Lilly, made her feel at home, and how they actually used some of the antique pieces. Dixie is the perfect best friend. And her daughter and son-in-law are very supportive and a great couple. As for the grouchy neighbor, I couldn’t wait to see if she could win him over. The author brought them all to life and I had such fun getting to know them. I don’t want to forget the other characters. The four legged ones. So many dogs in this book. I say, the more the merrier. Each have their own personalities and charms. And the part where Lilly’s daughter rescues a stray golden retriever had me almost in tears. So sweet. The mystery here wasn’t easily solved. There were some obvious suspects and then some that lurked off the radar. I picked my culprit and followed the story closely, sniffing out clues, wandering off the obvious paths, and I was wrong. What a fun surprise. This is my first book by V. M. Burns and I’m thrilled to discover another cozy author and series. I’ll be following these characters to their next adventure and I’ll miss them til we meet again. I received a complimentary copy. My review is voluntarily given.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    Very enjoyable!

  16. 5 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is the second book in V.M. Burns’ A Dog Club Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, and the well-developed characters are affable. The story flows at a steady pace, with humorous moments, and an interesting mystery with enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader engaged and guessing. Deciding to make a fresh start after the death of her husband, Albert, Lilly Echosby and her two-year-old toy poodle, Aggie, moved from Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana to Chattano The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is the second book in V.M. Burns’ A Dog Club Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, and the well-developed characters are affable. The story flows at a steady pace, with humorous moments, and an interesting mystery with enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader engaged and guessing. Deciding to make a fresh start after the death of her husband, Albert, Lilly Echosby and her two-year-old toy poodle, Aggie, moved from Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where her best friend since college, Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson (a dog trainer) lives with her husband, Beau, and two champion standard poodles. Lilly has two adult children, Stephanie, a lawyer in Chicago, and David, an actor, touring in Europe. Lilly’s been staying at an extended-stay hotel but hopes to find an affordable rental house in a decent neighborhood and employment. It seems luck is on her side when Jo Ellen Hansen introduces herself and not only offers to rent her son, Robert’s, house to her but also knows someone who is looking to hire an accountant. Stephanie’s visiting her mother and they find a neglected and injured golden retriever under the porch of the house Lilly rented. Lilly believes she’s going to enjoy working at the Chattanooga Museum of Art and likes Linda Kay Weyman, the executive director, and Jacob Flemings, Linda Kay’s assistant, but has her work cut out for her trying to unravel the mess Freemont Hopewell, the previous financial manager, created. Shortly after she moves in, Lilly and Aggie find a body of a man identified as Robert Hansen, her landlord. Officer Lewis doubts Lilly when she denies knowing the victim, and when she finds Theodore Livingston’s body, he advises her that she’s a person of interest because she not only had a run-in with the grumpy old man but also had a confrontation with him at a neighborhood association meeting where she ended up uncharacteristically striking and threatening him. Stephanie’s boyfriend, Joe Harrison, a K-9 handler, was also visiting and when he has to return home, he contacts his friend, Dennis “Red” Olson, who works with the Drug Enforcement Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, to look after Lilly and Stephanie. Lilly, Stephanie, and Dixie decide to take matters in their own hands and track down the real killer or killers. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    The Puppy Who Knew Too Much Dog Club Mystery, Book #2 V.M. Burns 5 Stars Synopsis: Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder... Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh s The Puppy Who Knew Too Much Dog Club Mystery, Book #2 V.M. Burns 5 Stars Synopsis: Lilly Echosby and her toy poodle Aggie find a fresh start in Chattanooga, Tennessee, spoiled by the scent of murder... Having solved the shooting death of her cheating husband, Lilly's left behind the drama of Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, to start over in the hometown of her best friend, Scarlett "Dixie" Jefferson. As she gets settled in her new rented house, Lilly gives Aggie, short for Agatha Christie, her own fresh start by enrolling her in the Eastern Tennessee Dog Club, where Dixie is a trainer. But drama seems to hound Lilly like a persistent stray. Her cranky new neighbor appears unfamiliar with Southern hospitality and complains that Aggie barks too much and digs up his prized tulips. But what the poodle actually unearths is the buried body of a mysterious man who claimed ownership of the lost golden retriever Lilly recently rescued. Now it's up to Lilly and Dixie to try to muzzle another murderer... (Goodreads) Review: This is such a great book and series. It has everything that I look for in a cozy: relatable characters, an inviting setting, humor, intrigue and adorable animals, (just look at the cover). The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Lilly is older and more mature and she did not just forget about her safety while investigating another murder. The relationship between her and Dixie, a long time friend, was sincere and heartwarming. They would do anything for each other. We should all have a friend like that. Dixie is very funny and I laughed a lot while reading this book. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and made the setting so inviting that I want to go to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for a visit. I would love to spend a week with Lilly and Dixie. The mystery held my interest throughout the entire book. With two murders to solve, you better put your thinking cap on. There were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through with plenty of suspense to keep the reader engaged. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. I would not change a thing about this book, I thought it was perfect just the way it was. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I really enjoyed this second book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I loved the first one, and I enjoyed this one as much or more. Lilly Echosby is a recently widowed CPA who’s just moved from Indiana to Chattanooga, Tennessee with her toy poodle, Aggie (short for Agatha). The first book in this series has her in the middle of a divorce, but when her husband is killed, she becomes a widow instead. I recommend you read the first book as it gives you a great introduction to the main characters as we I really enjoyed this second book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I loved the first one, and I enjoyed this one as much or more. Lilly Echosby is a recently widowed CPA who’s just moved from Indiana to Chattanooga, Tennessee with her toy poodle, Aggie (short for Agatha). The first book in this series has her in the middle of a divorce, but when her husband is killed, she becomes a widow instead. I recommend you read the first book as it gives you a great introduction to the main characters as well as being a great story. Lilly is staying in an extended stay hotel, but really wants to find a house to rent. When she and her best friend Dixie are out together, she has the opportunity to rent a nice house practically drop right in her lap. She rents from an older woman who has been tasked by her son to rent his house for him as he has business out of town. A disagreeable neighbor manages to infuriate her quickly, which causes her to get a bit physical with him at a neighbourhood meeting, but she’s told no one can get along with him so not to worry about it. She is also looking for a job, and a great temp. position at a local museum is available, so she is ready to start her new life. When Aggie, finds a dead body on their morning walk, Lilly becomes the main suspect. This is when the book gets fun. With her new co-workers taking her under their wing, her daughter and new boyfriend coming for a visit, and Dixie, the fast talking southern belle, the story moves quickly. Lilly, Stephanie and Dixie decide that the only way to clear Lilly is to investigate themselves just like they did to find Lilly's husband's murderer. The story is well plotted and executed with strong and sassy leading female characters, twists and turns, a few suspects but no clear motives. All this keeps the reader turning the pages to follow the clues and see whodunnit. With a great cast of secondary characters including all the dogs (four in this story), plus a possible romantic interest for Lilly, this is a fun, fast read! I highly recommend this one. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Lilly Echosby has moved from Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, with her toy poodle Aggie to be close to her best friend Dixie Jefferson. Dixie is married, well established in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and conducts doggy obedience and conformation classes. She helped Lilly find a rental in a fairly new subdivision. Unfortunately, while getting to know the neighborhood, she has two very unpleasant experiences: A very nasty neighbor complaining about her dog and the discovery of a body in adjacent woods. Fo Lilly Echosby has moved from Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, with her toy poodle Aggie to be close to her best friend Dixie Jefferson. Dixie is married, well established in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and conducts doggy obedience and conformation classes. She helped Lilly find a rental in a fairly new subdivision. Unfortunately, while getting to know the neighborhood, she has two very unpleasant experiences: A very nasty neighbor complaining about her dog and the discovery of a body in adjacent woods. Fortunately, her daughter, Stephanie, has come to visit and see her new digs with her significant other, a law enforcement K-9 officer. Her daughter discovers a beautiful golden retriever hiding under the deck with what appears to be a badly injured paw. The K-9 handler goes back to work, but sends a TBI agent (Red), to "watch" over the household, which has now become suspect as holding a key to the victim. Stephanie stays behind to help care for the recovering golden and she and Dixie team with Lilly to help discover what the perpetrator was looking for when he "tossed" the house. Lilly is intelligent and adept at handling a new job with her sleuthing activities and a possible romantic interest. As this is a new start for her and the dog, the narrative could function fine as a standalone. Dialogue is natural and evolves easily in the scene. In the meantime, the reader is introduced to some insightful canine handling tips and clues that unveil a few of those doggy myths. There is a mystery to solve, support characters to get to know and enjoy, and some suspense in the conclusion that easily unfolds with questions answered. It is an engaging book, well-paced, with savvy and appropriate characters, particularly Dixie, and I'll be looking forward to the next in the series. I was given this ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read for my unbiased opinion and review. See my full review at https://rosepointpublishing.com/2019/...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V. M. Burns is the 2nd book in the Dog Club Mystery, and another wonderful addition. I have enjoyed the author's Mystery Bookshop series, and her first book in Dog Club Mystery series. Ms. Burns is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Lilly Echosby's husband left her after thirty six years of marriage, so she decides to move to Florida and get a puppy her husband would never let her have. Lilly's new toy poodle is named Agatha Christie, and she can be a han The Puppy Who Knew Too Much by V. M. Burns is the 2nd book in the Dog Club Mystery, and another wonderful addition. I have enjoyed the author's Mystery Bookshop series, and her first book in Dog Club Mystery series. Ms. Burns is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Lilly Echosby's husband left her after thirty six years of marriage, so she decides to move to Florida and get a puppy her husband would never let her have. Lilly's new toy poodle is named Agatha Christie, and she can be a handful. Good thing Lilly best friend ,Dixie, trains dogs. Lilly moves into a to good to be true house, and bodies start turning up. Lilly and Dixie are determined to find the murderer, since Lilly is a suspect. On top of that Lily gets a job working for a museum after not working for a long time, except for her ex husband business. There is so much going on in this book, between the neighborhood and her work place, plus a little romance too. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. If you love cozy and fun mysteries, I strongly recommend this book.  I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jayasree B

    A book with dogs on the cover and I fell for it. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is a story with a lot of things in the mix. A second chance at life, a bit of romance, resilience, dog training, and a lot of canine love! As a beloved pet unearths a dead body and through the course of investigations the body count increases, it all becomes a rather disturbing occurrence to what was once a peaceful residential area. I loved the book for its characters who are strong and resilient. They love their pets a A book with dogs on the cover and I fell for it. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is a story with a lot of things in the mix. A second chance at life, a bit of romance, resilience, dog training, and a lot of canine love! As a beloved pet unearths a dead body and through the course of investigations the body count increases, it all becomes a rather disturbing occurrence to what was once a peaceful residential area. I loved the book for its characters who are strong and resilient. They love their pets and when things aren't looking up for them they set off to solve the mystery themselves. It all makes for a very interesting tale. For more book reviews, visit Frost At Midnite.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    I so much enjoy VM Burns' cozy mysteries. They are so well-written and intriguing, and they star protagonists and their friends and family who are strong, intrepid, nearly fearless women, who refuse to be objects or chattel and neither are they afraid to speak their minds! In THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, Lilly Echosby has moved to Chattanooga from her lifelong home in Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, following her husband's attempt at divorce, his murder, and her temporary status as prime suspect. App I so much enjoy VM Burns' cozy mysteries. They are so well-written and intriguing, and they star protagonists and their friends and family who are strong, intrepid, nearly fearless women, who refuse to be objects or chattel and neither are they afraid to speak their minds! In THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, Lilly Echosby has moved to Chattanooga from her lifelong home in Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana, following her husband's attempt at divorce, his murder, and her temporary status as prime suspect. Apparently Lilly is not only a talented Certified Public Accountant, but a murder magnet. Within a short time, she is offered a rental house, moves in, finds conflict with a neighbor, and then finds not just one corpse, but two. By the time the house is ransacked, and the local police officer is turning a beady eye on Lilly, she realizes she will have to bond with attorney daughter Stephanie, visiting from Chicago, and long-term friend from college Dixie, who lives on scenic Lookout Mountain, to discover the culprit, because if they don't find out, she may be arrested for both murders, or the outcome could be even worse--as in fatal. THE PUPPY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH is a wonderful page-turner and a delight to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    The Puppy Who Knew Too Much, the second great entry in VM Burns Dog Club mystery series, is another winner. A recent entry into the world of the cozy mystery, Ms. Burns has been spot-on with every book she has released and this series is taking off like a flash. The newest book includes a perplexing mystery that left me trailing around with no clue and an insightful presentation of characters who brought the warmth that I demand of a cozy mystery. Those characters feel realistic even when they f The Puppy Who Knew Too Much, the second great entry in VM Burns Dog Club mystery series, is another winner. A recent entry into the world of the cozy mystery, Ms. Burns has been spot-on with every book she has released and this series is taking off like a flash. The newest book includes a perplexing mystery that left me trailing around with no clue and an insightful presentation of characters who brought the warmth that I demand of a cozy mystery. Those characters feel realistic even when they face the unusual number of murders that come with cozy mysteries drew me through both books as much as the complex mystery that she does so well. As much as I enjoy the people Ms. Burns as introduced me to, her knowledge of dogs offers an even greater connection. She leaves me nodding at the antics of the fur babies. While little Aggie is the star of the show for me, I love all of them. I was delighted to receive an ARC of The Puppy Who Knew Too Much via NetGalley and will be sharing that delight with anyone who will listen. #NetGalley #ThePuppyWhoKnewTooMuch

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Lily and Aggie have physically (and emotionally) moved but they can't get away from trouble! Lily and her friend Dixie are back in this second installment in a series about a, ahem, mature woman who finds herself solving murders. And, best of all, working with her poodle Aggie and rescuing other dogs. This time Aggie digs up a body in a neighbor's yard (yikes!) Who is who and what is what? All in all, this is a good cozy , especially for fans of books with dogs. Aggie and Dixie have a terrific r Lily and Aggie have physically (and emotionally) moved but they can't get away from trouble! Lily and her friend Dixie are back in this second installment in a series about a, ahem, mature woman who finds herself solving murders. And, best of all, working with her poodle Aggie and rescuing other dogs. This time Aggie digs up a body in a neighbor's yard (yikes!) Who is who and what is what? All in all, this is a good cozy , especially for fans of books with dogs. Aggie and Dixie have a terrific relationship, btw. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. You can easily read this as a standalone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This second book in the series is even better than the first! A first rate mystery that kept me entertained and guessing (incorrectly!). The story was well written and engaging from start to finish. The characters are really enjoyable and I look forward to reading the next in the series! I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of the book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    loretta

    While there are some incidents that strain credulity, this is a laugh out loud mystery. I especially love Dixie and the dogs! I also enjoy the dog education info and look forward to #3!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    First of all, look at those cute puppies on the cover! Don't you just want to cuddle and play with them all? Okay, enough puppy love, on to the book. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is the second installment in the Dog Club Mystery Series and this is playing out to become one of my favorite cozy series. Lilly has made her move to Tennessee having finally left the drama of Indiana behind. She is working on a new start and is looking forward to building a new life with her pup Aggie, along with her fr First of all, look at those cute puppies on the cover! Don't you just want to cuddle and play with them all? Okay, enough puppy love, on to the book. The Puppy Who Knew Too Much is the second installment in the Dog Club Mystery Series and this is playing out to become one of my favorite cozy series. Lilly has made her move to Tennessee having finally left the drama of Indiana behind. She is working on a new start and is looking forward to building a new life with her pup Aggie, along with her friends and family. Lilly is busy looking for a new job as well as a new place to live. She is also attending obedience training for Aggie conducted by her best friend Dixie. A deal too good to be true falls in her lap and Lilly lands the ideal rental. However, it's not long until a new death has been uncovered and once again Lilly is in the thick of things. As I mentioned before, I think this series has some of the most interesting characters I've ran into in quite a while. I love that Lilly is building a new life for herself and Burns does a great job of having Lilly's adult children pop in from time to time to visit their mother. This book also introduces a new canine friend in the form of a Golden Retriever who her daughter rescues. Lilly and her friend Dixie, who is still larger than life and a blast to book, try to figure out what is going on in Lilly's new neighborhood and as one might expect, chaos follows. We also get introduced to a possible new love interest for Lilly, Red. Red seems like a good match but clearly neither want to rush into anything. It also probably doesn't help that I imagine Red as Robert Taylor from Longmire. I do miss my Longmire. So overall I love the way this series is pulling together and developing. As you know, I've already read the third installment and hope to have my review up soon. Lilly is a wonderful addition to some of my favorite characters and I'm sure she and Dixie will find some more trouble soon. I also want to add that I was able to talk to Burns via Goodreads and am glad to know there are more installments already in the works. I received this book from Lyrical Underground and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    After getting to know Lilly Echosby, her friend Dixie Jefferson, and her dog Aggie in, In the Dog House, I was looking forward to reading The Puppy Who Knew Too Much. Then after winning a V. M. Burns contest, I was also excited to see my name in print!! I was still surprised when I read the sentence on page 74 that reads, "Last year, he was seen running around with that supermodel Linda Herold." Wow, a supermodel! I enjoyed this second book in the Dog Club Mystery series by V. M. Burns. After le After getting to know Lilly Echosby, her friend Dixie Jefferson, and her dog Aggie in, In the Dog House, I was looking forward to reading The Puppy Who Knew Too Much. Then after winning a V. M. Burns contest, I was also excited to see my name in print!! I was still surprised when I read the sentence on page 74 that reads, "Last year, he was seen running around with that supermodel Linda Herold." Wow, a supermodel! I enjoyed this second book in the Dog Club Mystery series by V. M. Burns. After leaving Indiana, Lilly and Aggie get settled in a rental house in Chattanooga, Tennessee near Dixie, when they find a dead body! They get support and help from Lilly's 25 year old daughter--Stephanie, who is spending the week to help get her mom settled and then Stephanie's boyfriend Joe Harrison--a Lighthouse Dunes policeman. Joe enlists the help of his friend Dennis "Red" Olson to keep an eye on things. Once again Lilly thinks, "God helps those who help themselves" and Dixie and Stephanie agree to help her find the killer! I liked this book from beginning to end and look forward to reading more books in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy M.

    Good Read Believable characters, full of twist and turns. Couldn’t put it down. Quick read. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam Bales

    Lovely story Dogs, murder, dogs, Chattanooga, Tennessee, did I mention dogs? And a modicum of romance make a satisfying read. The bad guys are nasty, but get taken care of in the end. On to the next.

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