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When her best friend Dixie is suspected of killing a dog show judge, Lilly must bring one sick puppy to heel . . . Tennessee transplant Lilly Echosby has two great loves: dogs and mysteries. So naturally she's named her poodles Aggie, after Agatha Christie, and Rex, for Rex Stout. Now that she has two dogs to manage, it makes sense to enter Aggie in an obedience compet When her best friend Dixie is suspected of killing a dog show judge, Lilly must bring one sick puppy to heel . . . Tennessee transplant Lilly Echosby has two great loves: dogs and mysteries. So naturally she's named her poodles Aggie, after Agatha Christie, and Rex, for Rex Stout. Now that she has two dogs to manage, it makes sense to enter Aggie in an obedience competition—especially since her instructor is Lilly's gal pal, Scarlet "Dixie" Jefferson. But when one of the judges for the competition turns out to be Dixie's high school rival, the dog trainer gets hot under the collar. When the woman is found strangled, Dixie becomes the number one suspect. With the help of the other dog club members, Lilly must find the real killer—before the next judge Dixie tangles with throws the book at her . . .


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When her best friend Dixie is suspected of killing a dog show judge, Lilly must bring one sick puppy to heel . . . Tennessee transplant Lilly Echosby has two great loves: dogs and mysteries. So naturally she's named her poodles Aggie, after Agatha Christie, and Rex, for Rex Stout. Now that she has two dogs to manage, it makes sense to enter Aggie in an obedience compet When her best friend Dixie is suspected of killing a dog show judge, Lilly must bring one sick puppy to heel . . . Tennessee transplant Lilly Echosby has two great loves: dogs and mysteries. So naturally she's named her poodles Aggie, after Agatha Christie, and Rex, for Rex Stout. Now that she has two dogs to manage, it makes sense to enter Aggie in an obedience competition—especially since her instructor is Lilly's gal pal, Scarlet "Dixie" Jefferson. But when one of the judges for the competition turns out to be Dixie's high school rival, the dog trainer gets hot under the collar. When the woman is found strangled, Dixie becomes the number one suspect. With the help of the other dog club members, Lilly must find the real killer—before the next judge Dixie tangles with throws the book at her . . .

30 review for Sit, Stay, Slay

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 5th book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I found the first part of this book a bit boring and slow moving. The ending was fast pace, and I loved it. I cannot say how much I loved the ending. I love the characters in this book. The characters came to life for me while I was reading this book. This book would be a four to five stars book if the first part of the book was not so boring or slow moving. Overall, This is a fast read and a good read. This is not This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 5th book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I found the first part of this book a bit boring and slow moving. The ending was fast pace, and I loved it. I cannot say how much I loved the ending. I love the characters in this book. The characters came to life for me while I was reading this book. This book would be a four to five stars book if the first part of the book was not so boring or slow moving. Overall, This is a fast read and a good read. This is not the best cozy mystery series I have read, but it is good and worth the read. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Lyrical Press) or author (V.M. Burns) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    The Dog Club Mysteries are one of my favorite pet cozy series because I love all the dog characters in the story. I also enjoy the feisty friends, Lilly Ann Echosby and her bestie, Dixie Jefferson, as they dive headfirst into drama and murder; danger and rescue; with heart and good purpose in mind. As the fifth story begins, the members of ‘Dixie’s Pack’ obedience class are appalled when a bitter judge, Naomi Keller disqualifies each and every one of them because she wants her palms greased. Naom The Dog Club Mysteries are one of my favorite pet cozy series because I love all the dog characters in the story. I also enjoy the feisty friends, Lilly Ann Echosby and her bestie, Dixie Jefferson, as they dive headfirst into drama and murder; danger and rescue; with heart and good purpose in mind. As the fifth story begins, the members of ‘Dixie’s Pack’ obedience class are appalled when a bitter judge, Naomi Keller disqualifies each and every one of them because she wants her palms greased. Naomi appears to have enemies and one of them strikes her down at the competition. There’s quite a few prime suspects to gnaw on as reason after reason racks up against Naomi’s character as to why someone would want her dead! Lilly, Dixie, their families, Red (Lilly’s Tennessee Bureau of Investigation boyfriend), and all the Dixie Pack members rally together to locate and trap the murderer. A spicy, action-packed plot with several surprising twists make “Sit, Stay, Slay” a must-read! I’m eager to see what the future holds for the main characters (both humans and pets) in this fun series! I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Lyrical Publishing. All opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Bringing casseroles to the bereaved is NOT just a Southern thing! In Minnesota it's Green Bean Casseroles and in Wisconsin it's Tater Tot Casseroles! The road up Lookout Mountain, on the other hand... The last time I was on it was during an ICE STORM and it was even scarier than during fair weather! About the story. The sleuthing is good, the characters are very real and well portrayed, and the dogs are wonderful (but the Plott Hound is much more well behaved than my sister's). The publisher's blur Bringing casseroles to the bereaved is NOT just a Southern thing! In Minnesota it's Green Bean Casseroles and in Wisconsin it's Tater Tot Casseroles! The road up Lookout Mountain, on the other hand... The last time I was on it was during an ICE STORM and it was even scarier than during fair weather! About the story. The sleuthing is good, the characters are very real and well portrayed, and the dogs are wonderful (but the Plott Hound is much more well behaved than my sister's). The publisher's blurb is pretty good, so there's no need to repeat it or do the spoiler thing. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Hale

    I truly enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite a non-stop read but it was close! Despite that it is book 5 in the series and I haven't read the others, I did not feel lost. I wasn't a fan of the numerous recaps from previous books in the series but they were short so it didn't impact me too much. I love all the animals and the characters were entertaining. A great cozy! I truly enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite a non-stop read but it was close! Despite that it is book 5 in the series and I haven't read the others, I did not feel lost. I wasn't a fan of the numerous recaps from previous books in the series but they were short so it didn't impact me too much. I love all the animals and the characters were entertaining. A great cozy!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I will come clean right at the get go. This is my first book by V.M. Burns. It is the 5th book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I generally am a stickler for reading a series in order. but I took a chance as Poodles are involved. I really felt nothing was lost in reading enjoyment in reading the fifth book..It felt like it could have been a standalone. although I liked it enough to go back and read the first four in the series. I loved many things about this book. I liked the characters, the info I will come clean right at the get go. This is my first book by V.M. Burns. It is the 5th book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I generally am a stickler for reading a series in order. but I took a chance as Poodles are involved. I really felt nothing was lost in reading enjoyment in reading the fifth book..It felt like it could have been a standalone. although I liked it enough to go back and read the first four in the series. I loved many things about this book. I liked the characters, the information on Dog Shows, the location of Tennessee, the mystery itself and Aggie and Rex the main character's poodles. I also liked that I could tell that the author is a dog lover, dog owner. This is not always the case in books where canines are involved. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book. Sit Stay Slay will be released on 12/8/2020.

  6. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Sit, Stay, Slay by V.M. Burns is the fifth book in her Dog Club cozy mystery series. Ms. Burns brings her readers back to Chattanooga, TN where there is always a mystery to solve for Lilly, Dixie and Red. Over this series I've enjoyed the growth and development of these characters and the secondary characters who have now become "friends". I find myself slipping into this world and don't want to leave. The story is paced smoothly but quickly as Dixie has become a prime suspect in a murder. "Dixie Sit, Stay, Slay by V.M. Burns is the fifth book in her Dog Club cozy mystery series. Ms. Burns brings her readers back to Chattanooga, TN where there is always a mystery to solve for Lilly, Dixie and Red. Over this series I've enjoyed the growth and development of these characters and the secondary characters who have now become "friends". I find myself slipping into this world and don't want to leave. The story is paced smoothly but quickly as Dixie has become a prime suspect in a murder. "Dixie's Pack" are soon on the case with only a limited suspect pool to investigate. There's also a little romance, family relationships, and friendships that can provide both support and humor when needed. I actually guessed "who done it" before the reveal but I didn't know the "why" and the reveal was scary. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Lyrical Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Great little mystery, lots of dogs (some named after mystery writers such as Aggie (Agatha Christy). If you're a dog lover like I am, you'll love this cozy story. There is a group that belongs to a dog club and they are in serious competition. The problem is something is wrong with how things are scored or judged. One woman comes for the competition and it turns out that she is a long time enemy / competitor of another woman there with her dog. One of the two women is murdered, so of course the Great little mystery, lots of dogs (some named after mystery writers such as Aggie (Agatha Christy). If you're a dog lover like I am, you'll love this cozy story. There is a group that belongs to a dog club and they are in serious competition. The problem is something is wrong with how things are scored or judged. One woman comes for the competition and it turns out that she is a long time enemy / competitor of another woman there with her dog. One of the two women is murdered, so of course the other is the main suspect; however, those investigating know in their heart of hearts that the main suspect just can't be the killer...or is she? And if that was enough, that wasn't the only murder. This was a fun, quick read and the mystery was good as well. I recommend if you like cozy mysteries, read this one. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for a free e-ARC in exchange for my opinion. #SitStaySlay #NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily Short

    I haven't had the pleasure of reading the other books in the series but this does work well as a stand alone book too.I will be looking into more dog club mystery books in the future! I found the book a bit slow from the start as there was a large range of character introduction with a lot of information to process, I am unsure how this would far for others who have read the previous four books of the story as it is a reintroduction to characters. This however does provide the option for it to be I haven't had the pleasure of reading the other books in the series but this does work well as a stand alone book too.I will be looking into more dog club mystery books in the future! I found the book a bit slow from the start as there was a large range of character introduction with a lot of information to process, I am unsure how this would far for others who have read the previous four books of the story as it is a reintroduction to characters. This however does provide the option for it to be a stand alone book which meant that I did not feel as though I was missing any necessary information to follow the plot as the crime that occurs just happens in the book. However the further you get into the book the more interesting it becomes. It is not just focused on the murder but also the lives of Lily, her friends and their dogs. The story progresses with new bits from the murder being introduced every so often. It is nice how often it mentions the dogs although I do feel as though some thing such as the dogs being let out each morning did not need to be mentioned in the way that it was. The story keeps you guessing as to who the murderer is with the suspects changing and new motives being brought to light, I was kept guessing as to who the murderer was throughout the whole book which made me more intrigued to get to the end. It is not an obvious "It must be them because..." I finished the book in less than one day and find it a nice short read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Lilly Echosby is finally participating in a dog show. While it might be a trial run and doesn’t count, she and the participants of Dixie’s dog training are all participating. The judge for her group turns out to be Dixie’s childhood friend turned nemesis and she is not taking kindly to Dixie or her students. When the judge is found murdered, Dixie is the main suspect and Lilly and the gang need to save their teacher before she’s sent to permanent detention in the big house. I really enjoy V.M. Bu Lilly Echosby is finally participating in a dog show. While it might be a trial run and doesn’t count, she and the participants of Dixie’s dog training are all participating. The judge for her group turns out to be Dixie’s childhood friend turned nemesis and she is not taking kindly to Dixie or her students. When the judge is found murdered, Dixie is the main suspect and Lilly and the gang need to save their teacher before she’s sent to permanent detention in the big house. I really enjoy V.M. Burns’ books and read both of her series, with this one being just slightly more favored and that is because I can relate to this character on a more personal level. With a variety of characters, both human and canine, and a solid whodunit with plenty of red herrings, I am never disappointed. No need to read the other books first, each serves fine as a standalone.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pooja

    The mystery is not very complex, but the characters are likable and unlike many cozy mysteries, this one thankfully misses twee. The dogs are present enough for dog-lovers (me) but not so much it would bother people who don't like them. I also learned a fair bit about the intricacies of dog-training (though being that I have a willful beagle, I doubt I'll ever need the knowledge...) I'm definitely going to check out more of the author's work. Disclaimer: This book was won in a Goodreads giveaway. The mystery is not very complex, but the characters are likable and unlike many cozy mysteries, this one thankfully misses twee. The dogs are present enough for dog-lovers (me) but not so much it would bother people who don't like them. I also learned a fair bit about the intricacies of dog-training (though being that I have a willful beagle, I doubt I'll ever need the knowledge...) I'm definitely going to check out more of the author's work. Disclaimer: This book was won in a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    I love V.M. Burns' cozies because it always feels like returning to a group of friends after a time away and you pick up right where you left off. Lillian Echosby has decided to entry a mock dog show to test the waters with her Poodle, Aggie, before the real deal. Her friend Dixie is a judge and her class coach. During the show, every member of Lilly's class is disqualified due to a long-standing feud between Dixie and the judge, Naomi Keller. We quickly learn Naomi is a bad person and when she I love V.M. Burns' cozies because it always feels like returning to a group of friends after a time away and you pick up right where you left off. Lillian Echosby has decided to entry a mock dog show to test the waters with her Poodle, Aggie, before the real deal. Her friend Dixie is a judge and her class coach. During the show, every member of Lilly's class is disqualified due to a long-standing feud between Dixie and the judge, Naomi Keller. We quickly learn Naomi is a bad person and when she turns up dead, Dixie is at the head of the list due to a very public dispute at the dog show. I appreciate Ms. Burns' writing style because it always feels like you are part of the plot hanging out with whichever gang she is currently writing about (I am a big fan of her Mystery Book Shop series also). I look forward to reading her stories and she creates such wonderful, colorful characters that you want to befriend. She pays attention to detail just enough so you can picture the settings and the characters without overdoing it and her dogs are as much a part of her story as the human characters. I adore this series and will continue to read them for as long as she writes them. I am looking forward to diving into her next mystery bookshop series next month. My thanks to Net Galley and Kensington for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Sit, Stay, Slay Dog Club Mystery, Book #5 V. M. Burns 5 Stars Synopsis: When her best friend Dixie is suspected of killing a dog show judge, Lilly must bring one sick puppy to heel . . . Tennessee transplant Lilly Echosby has two great loves: dogs and mysteries. So naturally she's named her poodles Aggie, after Agatha Christie, and Rex, for Rex Stout. Now that she has two dogs to manage, it makes sense to enter Aggie in an obedience competition—especially since her instructor is Lilly's gal pal, Sca Sit, Stay, Slay Dog Club Mystery, Book #5 V. M. Burns 5 Stars Synopsis: When her best friend Dixie is suspected of killing a dog show judge, Lilly must bring one sick puppy to heel . . . Tennessee transplant Lilly Echosby has two great loves: dogs and mysteries. So naturally she's named her poodles Aggie, after Agatha Christie, and Rex, for Rex Stout. Now that she has two dogs to manage, it makes sense to enter Aggie in an obedience competition—especially since her instructor is Lilly's gal pal, Scarlet "Dixie" Jefferson. But when one of the judges for the competition turns out to be Dixie's high school rival, the dog trainer gets hot under the collar. When the woman is found strangled, Dixie becomes the number one suspect. With the help of the other dog club members, Lilly must find the real killer—before the next judge Dixie tangles with throws the book at her . . . (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well rounded and well developed. Lilly and Dixie are the best of friends and they will do what needs to be done when they have a mystery to solve. They have some help from other members of the dog club that they belong to. It was also great to spend more time with Lilly’s son and daughter and see what is going on in their life. The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and in my mind’s eye, it brought the book to life. The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Baker

    An engaging mystery with a feel good ending. It all started at a mock trial dog show with lots of drama then the murder of a much detested person. Lilly Ann, CPA, finds herself in the middle when her best friend Dixie becomes a top suspect and her boyfriend's superiors what him to arrest Dixie. Lilly sees solving the murder, and quickly, her only way out. There is an enjoyable cast of characters, dogs included, and a great family/friend vibe in this story. Thanks to Lyrical Underground and NetGa An engaging mystery with a feel good ending. It all started at a mock trial dog show with lots of drama then the murder of a much detested person. Lilly Ann, CPA, finds herself in the middle when her best friend Dixie becomes a top suspect and her boyfriend's superiors what him to arrest Dixie. Lilly sees solving the murder, and quickly, her only way out. There is an enjoyable cast of characters, dogs included, and a great family/friend vibe in this story. Thanks to Lyrical Underground and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    Lilly Echosby is once again involved in solving a murder. This time, it's personal when her long time friend Dixie is accused of murdering her high school rival who is now a judge in the dog training/obedience world. Lilly has to act quick before the murderer strikes again. The Dog Club series is a favorite series of mine for many reasons - the mystery, diversity of characters, portrayal of family and friendships, humor and a little romance. Lilly is a relatable character and her relationships wi Lilly Echosby is once again involved in solving a murder. This time, it's personal when her long time friend Dixie is accused of murdering her high school rival who is now a judge in the dog training/obedience world. Lilly has to act quick before the murderer strikes again. The Dog Club series is a favorite series of mine for many reasons - the mystery, diversity of characters, portrayal of family and friendships, humor and a little romance. Lilly is a relatable character and her relationships with her children, Red and friends are precious to her. The characters are like old friends and the mysteries are well-written and keep you reading. I love that Lilly works in a museum because it provides many interesting storylines. If you want to cuddle up and read a wonderful cozy mystery, here's an excellent choice! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I loved this fifth in the Dog Club Mystery series! There is a great blend of humor, mystery, family, faith, friendship, and new love. And, of course, the dogs and dog club! It feels like going to see old friends to be back in Chattanooga, Tennessee! It was fun to get to know Lilly’s son and daughter better this time. We open to a series of mock trials for the people in Dixie’s dog training group. The real trials are in a couple weeks, and it was agreed that it would be helpful to those first-time I loved this fifth in the Dog Club Mystery series! There is a great blend of humor, mystery, family, faith, friendship, and new love. And, of course, the dogs and dog club! It feels like going to see old friends to be back in Chattanooga, Tennessee! It was fun to get to know Lilly’s son and daughter better this time. We open to a series of mock trials for the people in Dixie’s dog training group. The real trials are in a couple weeks, and it was agreed that it would be helpful to those first-time enrollees, such as Lilly, to have this special set of trials to see what real ones will be like. One of Lilly’s Toy Poodles, Aggie, will be in her first trial, so this process will help settle her anxiety about the upcoming show. Dixie, a real Southern belle with big hair, has shown her own now-retired champion dogs, and is an expert in dog training. It always amazes those around her the authority she can infuse in commands that bring prompt obedience. They only wish her authority would reach to Naomi, the judge of one of the trials that the dogs and their owners from her class are in! Naomi and Dixie have a history going back to high school, and she has no idea where their friendship went wrong. Naomi disqualifies all the dogs from Dixie’s class, and the audience was vocally unhappy at her determinations. Especially when she gives first place to a big puppy who did what is typically cause for immediate disqualification! Dixie entered one of her retired dogs into a trial because of something Naomi said, and Naomi was unnecessarily rough on Chyna, one of her retired Standard Poodles. The audience was displeased at Naomi’s behavior, especially when she accidentally on purpose stepped on the poor dog’s paw. Dixie, furious, hauled off and socked her, then threatened to strangle her if she touched one of her dogs again. Later that day, one of Dixie’s students, Monica Jill, found Naomi dead. She had been strangled. Dixie would have never really harmed Naomi and was horrified that she even socked her, and Lilly fully knows that about her best friend. Red, her boyfriend who works for TBI and is on the investigation, knows it, also. There were at least two other people at the dog show who threatened or hurt Naomi, but they did not make the suspect list like Dixie did. She was THE person of interest, and the higher ups want her arrested and charged. It is time for Lilly and her friends to put on their sleuthing caps to keep her bestie out of prison. This mystery kept me trying to figure out whodunit throughout! Due to the victim’s sparkling personality, there was no shortage of suspects, and I admit to having my favorites. There are unsuspected surprises throughout, laughter, tears, and even fear when riding up Lookout Mountain in an RV. Watching Lilly try to find whodunit for her best friend brought the heartwarming experience of seeing her family and new friends work together for the solution. I was happy to see how the case was resolved. There are new things happening for Lilly that I can’t wait to see! I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys well-written cozy mysteries, good friends, dogs, and a delightful Southern setting. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is a delightful series that is pleasing for all dog lovers. This is the 5th in series and one of my favorites of the series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinion is my own. I highly recommend this next in series for your reading enjoyment. Lilly Echosby has entered her dogs in a trial run show for practice. All of her participants of Dixie’s dog training group are also entered in the show. When the judge for her group turns out to be Dixie’s nemesis she does not a This is a delightful series that is pleasing for all dog lovers. This is the 5th in series and one of my favorites of the series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley. My review opinion is my own. I highly recommend this next in series for your reading enjoyment. Lilly Echosby has entered her dogs in a trial run show for practice. All of her participants of Dixie’s dog training group are also entered in the show. When the judge for her group turns out to be Dixie’s nemesis she does not act professionally toward Lilly or her students and won't place any of them. When the judge is found murdered, Dixie is the main suspect as she was seen arguing with the victim and the police find out about their contentious history. Lilly is joined in her sleuth to truth by her dog training friends as they all work to gather clues and clear her name. I love this series for the dogs, the wonderful charcters and the well crafted sleuthing. Every book is delightful and a fun read to conclusion. I look forward to the next adventure of Lilly and her dogs.

  17. 5 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Sit, Stay, Slay is the fourth book in V. M. Burns’ A Dog Club Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, and the well-developed characters are likable. The story flows at a steady pace, with humorous moments and an intriguing mystery with enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader engaged and guessing. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted cozy mystery. Lilly Ann Echosby has settled into her new life her move to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She enjoys spending Sit, Stay, Slay is the fourth book in V. M. Burns’ A Dog Club Mystery series. The storyline is well plotted, and the well-developed characters are likable. The story flows at a steady pace, with humorous moments and an intriguing mystery with enough twists and red herrings to keep the reader engaged and guessing. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted cozy mystery. Lilly Ann Echosby has settled into her new life her move to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her best friend since college, Scarlett “Dixie” Jefferson, a dog trainer and dog show judge, lives with her husband, Beau, and two champion standard poodles. Lilly and her toy poodle, Aggie, recently adopted another toy poodle, Rex. Lilly loves her job as a temporary accountant at the Chattanooga Museum of Art, is dating Dennis “Red” Olson, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Officer, and is looking forward to the upcoming closing on her new home. She has two adult children, Stephanie, a lawyer in Chicago who is dating Joe Harrison, a K-9 handler for the Lighthouse Dunes, Indiana police force, and David, a successful actor who lives in New York. In this installment, Dixie arranged for her students and their dogs to participate in a mock/trial run dog show. When the judge, Naomi Keller, disqualifies everyone and intentionally injures one of Dixie’s dogs, everyone is shocked. Dixie has words and threatens Naomi, who is also her rival, after the show, and when Naomi is murdered, Dixie becomes the prime suspect. Everyone, including Lilly’s children who are visiting her, join forces to prove Dixie is innocent and track down the real killer. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This is the first of the Dog Club Mysteries that I have read. This is a really tight knit group of friends who bonded over their love of dogs. Dixie is a dog trainer and experienced at showing dogs, but the others in the club have never shown in the ring. To help them get a feel of a real show they plan a mock dog show that will them practice. Unfortunately Naomi, the judge at the show, is an old enemy of Dixie's and she is determined to break every rule to make Dixie and her friends and their d This is the first of the Dog Club Mysteries that I have read. This is a really tight knit group of friends who bonded over their love of dogs. Dixie is a dog trainer and experienced at showing dogs, but the others in the club have never shown in the ring. To help them get a feel of a real show they plan a mock dog show that will them practice. Unfortunately Naomi, the judge at the show, is an old enemy of Dixie's and she is determined to break every rule to make Dixie and her friends and their dogs suffer. When Naomi ends up dead suspicion falls on Dixie, but there is no shortage of people who hated the woman and Lilly and the dog club are determined to help save Dixie. I know very little about dog shows, and based on the behavior of my dogs, I know little about dog training. So it was fun to learn a little bit more about these topics in a fun cozy mystery. When I read a mystery with animals, I am always deeply concerned that an animal will be harmed. I don't think it's a spoiler to say that no dogs are seriously harmed in the book. The members of the dog club are kind and loyal to one another, a very supportive group of friends. They also have great families and interesting back stories. There is a great sense of place in this book. I've only been to Tennessee once and this book made me feel I was seeing it again. The book also has nice descriptions of food and dogs. There was a decent pool of suspects and a good number of clues. I didn't find it was terribly hard to figure out who the murderer was and I guessed fairly early on. Also the murderer makes an attempt on two people later in the book and it was never made clear exactly why that attempt was made. Also I felt it was very obvious early on what one of the most suspenseful scenes would involve. All in all it was a very enjoyable book and I will look for the next in the series. I received this book free from Goodreads Giveaways, but my review remains impartial.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amary Chapman

    Lily Ann Echosby made a new life for herself in Tennessee after surviving a marriage to an abusive cheating spouse. She picked up and moved to Tennessee and only regretted his death as it pertained to her grown children. Her new life came with a new home (to her), good friends and a volunteer position at the local museum….and two poodles. When a woman her best friend Dixie had just punched publicly was murdered, Lily, along with their group of friends and her boyfriend, policeman Dennis ‘Red’ Ol Lily Ann Echosby made a new life for herself in Tennessee after surviving a marriage to an abusive cheating spouse. She picked up and moved to Tennessee and only regretted his death as it pertained to her grown children. Her new life came with a new home (to her), good friends and a volunteer position at the local museum….and two poodles. When a woman her best friend Dixie had just punched publicly was murdered, Lily, along with their group of friends and her boyfriend, policeman Dennis ‘Red’ Olsen, searched for clues and suspects. Another body popped up. Someone with pull was pushing for Dixie’s arrest and they knew it wasn’t her. They found and ruled out suspects, but still had more than one, when their snooping caught the attention of the killer, who decided to eliminate Dixie and Lily as a threat to his freedom. Well written and engrossing, this cozy has a lot going for it. I requested and received a NetGalley ARC to peruse and offer my opinion freely.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    With two dogs in need of obedience training, Lilly Echosby joins an obedience competition with her instructor and friend Dixie Jefferson. When all of Dixie's "students" are disqualified for no apparent reason during the event. Lilly an Dixie discover their nemesis is judge Naomi Keller. Naomi is determined to spite Dixie for some unexplained reason. When Naomi is found strangled after a very public altercation with Dixie, the police maker her suspect #1.Lilly know Dixie would never kill any one With two dogs in need of obedience training, Lilly Echosby joins an obedience competition with her instructor and friend Dixie Jefferson. When all of Dixie's "students" are disqualified for no apparent reason during the event. Lilly an Dixie discover their nemesis is judge Naomi Keller. Naomi is determined to spite Dixie for some unexplained reason. When Naomi is found strangled after a very public altercation with Dixie, the police maker her suspect #1.Lilly know Dixie would never kill any one so she and their other friends set out to find the killer. This is a fun series and the characters are people you would want as your friends.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Sousa

    Sit, Stay, Slay, the fifth book in the Dog Club Mystery series is an absolute delight! Author V. M Burns manages to capture the cadence of Southern living, the warmth of friends and family, and the endearing cuteness of a variety of dogs, all the while treating us to a fun and engaging mystery. Lilly Ann Echosby and the other her members of her dog obedience class participating in a mock competition find themselves the victims of a particularly harsh judge with a grudge against their instructor ( Sit, Stay, Slay, the fifth book in the Dog Club Mystery series is an absolute delight! Author V. M Burns manages to capture the cadence of Southern living, the warmth of friends and family, and the endearing cuteness of a variety of dogs, all the while treating us to a fun and engaging mystery. Lilly Ann Echosby and the other her members of her dog obedience class participating in a mock competition find themselves the victims of a particularly harsh judge with a grudge against their instructor (and Lilly’s best friend), Dixie. Shortly thereafter, the competition judge is murdered, and Dixie is the prime suspect. Lilly, Red, and the crew are on a mission to clear her name. What I love about this book are the characters – both human and canine. Lilly is not only an amateur sleuth, but she is an accomplished CPA. It is nice to see her at work, and her boss, Linda Kay, is a great secondary character. Lilly’s son and daughter have both come for a visit, and I really enjoy the family dynamic. Lilly’s relationship with Red, too, seems to be developing nicely. Dixie, with all her Southern charm and sass is always a hoot. That she was named a suspect really intensifies the story. Not to be left out are the dogs. Lilly’s dogs, Aggie and Rex, are charming, and I thoroughly appreciate learning about the world of dog shows. As for the mystery itself, the endless twists and turns and intersecting suspects kept me guessing until almost the end. And what an ending it is! The breathtaking finale has Lilly facing – and conquering – one of her biggest fears. Sit, Stay, Slay is a fun, entertaining, and suspenseful mystery featuring relatable characters and loveable pups. And at just over 200 pages, it is the perfect read for a relaxing afternoon. Can’t wait to read more of this wonderful series. Note: I received an ARC of Sit, Stay, Slay from NetGalley and Kensington Books. The above is my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is the 5th and final book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I am sad to hear that it is ending as I have enjoyed every one of these books. I loved getting to know Lilly Ann and Dixie and all their family, friends, and dogs. In this story, the members of Dixie's obedience class are competing in a local dog show. Even though their dogs have all competed well, other dogs were awarded that did not deserve the win. It turns out that Naomi, the judge, has an issue with Dixie. Of course, when she en This is the 5th and final book in the Dog Club Mystery series. I am sad to hear that it is ending as I have enjoyed every one of these books. I loved getting to know Lilly Ann and Dixie and all their family, friends, and dogs. In this story, the members of Dixie's obedience class are competing in a local dog show. Even though their dogs have all competed well, other dogs were awarded that did not deserve the win. It turns out that Naomi, the judge, has an issue with Dixie. Of course, when she ends up dead, Dixie is definitely a suspect. As the case is investigated, it seems that there are so many people who had issues with the victim that the suspect pool is huge. There are a lot of red herrings and clues to follow along the way. Lilly, Dixie, their families, Red (Lilly’s Tennessee Bureau of Investigation boyfriend), and all the Dixie Pack members rally together to locate and trap the murderer. With this being the last book, I thought V.M. Burns did a great job tying up loose ends and giving us a satisfactory ending for all the characters in this story. I can't say enough about the animal characters in these books. They are as important as the humans and are usually integral to the solving of the mystery. I recently watched a podcast where the author participated in a discussion of using dogs in their books. Check it out if it sounds interesting to you; https://crimespreemag.com/crimespree-.... The narrator, Madison Vaughn, is another narrator that I have enjoyed. She has been the voice of all the books in this series and I have enjoyed her performances.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The fifth in this series finds Dixie Jefferson as the main murder suspect. Friends turned enemies doesn’t end well for Naomi. Someone has put an end to this selfish, self-centered witch. Naomi has a sorted background. Her actions are just despicable. She uses her position as the head judge of the mock dog show to disqualify most of Dixie’s clients. She hurts Chyna, one of Dixie’s dogs, during the show. Naomi’s step daughter stages a protest at the show which winds up with Naomi covered in syrup. The fifth in this series finds Dixie Jefferson as the main murder suspect. Friends turned enemies doesn’t end well for Naomi. Someone has put an end to this selfish, self-centered witch. Naomi has a sorted background. Her actions are just despicable. She uses her position as the head judge of the mock dog show to disqualify most of Dixie’s clients. She hurts Chyna, one of Dixie’s dogs, during the show. Naomi’s step daughter stages a protest at the show which winds up with Naomi covered in syrup. I enjoy Lilly and cast as they try to resolve the murder which everyone knows Dixie did not do. The clues, the red herrings, and the doubt by Red’s supervisors just add fuel to the fire. I like how family, friends and the police come together in solving this crime. The dogs are always entertaining. This series is a must read for me. I highly recommend it. one of the things I like about it is that it doesn’t makes the police look incompetent. It shows there are different approaches to investigating. I was given an ARC copy by Netgalley and am not required to leave a positive review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Reading this book was bittersweet to me, because I know it's the last book of this series, which makes me really sad, but I thought the author did an incredible job of creating nice endings for all my favorite characters. I would absolutely love it if the series could be revisited down the road a few years. I won't give anything away, but my statement will make more sense after you've read it too! The showdown was like the mother of all showdowns! Lilly faced one of her worst fears and came thro Reading this book was bittersweet to me, because I know it's the last book of this series, which makes me really sad, but I thought the author did an incredible job of creating nice endings for all my favorite characters. I would absolutely love it if the series could be revisited down the road a few years. I won't give anything away, but my statement will make more sense after you've read it too! The showdown was like the mother of all showdowns! Lilly faced one of her worst fears and came through like a champ! I was so proud of her, I wanted to hug her myself! And those awesome, sweet dogs...well I just can't say enough good things about her and Dixie's dogs, but they're all heroes. That's something else you'll see when you read the book. Every good thing I could have wanted in a last in series was there! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Sit, Stay, Slay by V. M. Burns is the 5th book in the Dog Club Mystery, and another wonderful addition. I have enjoyed this author's Mystery Bookshop series, and the other books in Dog Club Mystery series. Ms. Burns is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Lilly Echosby move to Florida after her husband left her. Lilly's has two dogs, named Agatha Christie, Aggie, and Rex Stout, Rex, good thing Lilly's best friend, Dixie, trains dogs. Dixie's obedience class has enrolled in a mock competi Sit, Stay, Slay by V. M. Burns is the 5th book in the Dog Club Mystery, and another wonderful addition. I have enjoyed this author's Mystery Bookshop series, and the other books in Dog Club Mystery series. Ms. Burns is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Lilly Echosby move to Florida after her husband left her. Lilly's has two dogs, named Agatha Christie, Aggie, and Rex Stout, Rex, good thing Lilly's best friend, Dixie, trains dogs. Dixie's obedience class has enrolled in a mock competition. There is one judge who considers Dixie her enemy and eliminates every person in Dixie's class. When that judge is found dead, Dixie is the main suspect. There is so much going on in this book, between her friends, her work place, her boyfriend, and the murder, you just can't be bored by this book. 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/series.  I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Adorable series with a wonderful cast of characters and dogs. Lilly and Dixie have been best friends for many years and are always supportive of each other. This is especially true in this book where Lilly gets involved in solving the mystery because Dixie is the prime suspect. Lilly and the rest of "Dixie's Pack," the dog training group, know that Dixie is innocent and work together to find the real killer. Red, Lilly's boyfriend, and TBI Investigator, is also on the case. This book has it all, Adorable series with a wonderful cast of characters and dogs. Lilly and Dixie have been best friends for many years and are always supportive of each other. This is especially true in this book where Lilly gets involved in solving the mystery because Dixie is the prime suspect. Lilly and the rest of "Dixie's Pack," the dog training group, know that Dixie is innocent and work together to find the real killer. Red, Lilly's boyfriend, and TBI Investigator, is also on the case. This book has it all, great characters, mystery, dogs, and a little romance too. Another great book from V.M. Burns. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    The characters in this series are what makes it special. They are all so varied and quirky and fun that even when nothing is happening with the storyline, it's still fun to read about them. I loved this book. It was a good mystery and the killer was a surprise. Really fun read! The characters in this series are what makes it special. They are all so varied and quirky and fun that even when nothing is happening with the storyline, it's still fun to read about them. I loved this book. It was a good mystery and the killer was a surprise. Really fun read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    Fun and very nicely wrapped up. I hope this isn't the final book in the series, but, if it is, it was a very nice ending. Fun and very nicely wrapped up. I hope this isn't the final book in the series, but, if it is, it was a very nice ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Lilly is finally going to show her dogs Aggie and Rex! Natalie and Lilly's BFF Dixie haven't seen each other in years but the enmity that characterized their high school years comes right to the front when Natalie is a judge at the show. She disqualifies every single one of Dixie's pooches. Cozy fans know what happens next- Natalie is murdered, Dixie is the prime suspect, and Lilly will gather up their friends to prove Dixie's innocence and find the real killer. I admit to being a fan of this se Lilly is finally going to show her dogs Aggie and Rex! Natalie and Lilly's BFF Dixie haven't seen each other in years but the enmity that characterized their high school years comes right to the front when Natalie is a judge at the show. She disqualifies every single one of Dixie's pooches. Cozy fans know what happens next- Natalie is murdered, Dixie is the prime suspect, and Lilly will gather up their friends to prove Dixie's innocence and find the real killer. I admit to being a fan of this series which features two mature heroines and dogs. I always learn something about showing and or training dogs thanks to Burns. The characters are good, the romance between Lilly and Red is handled lightly, and it's got some chuckle worthy spots. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Don't worry- it will be fine as a standalone and then you, like me, will be eager for the next one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Graybill

    Thanks to netgalley.com for allowing me to read this for an honest review. This is the fifth book in the series and the first one I have read. I picked it up because it's a mystery with dogs, and more specifically dog shows. Lilly Ann is at her first Sanctioned Obedience Match (a pretend dog show.) When one of the obedience judges, Naomi, starts making trouble for Lilly Ann and her friends. Their dog trainer, Dixie, confronts the judge. When she steps on Dixie's dog, the confrontation turns physi Thanks to netgalley.com for allowing me to read this for an honest review. This is the fifth book in the series and the first one I have read. I picked it up because it's a mystery with dogs, and more specifically dog shows. Lilly Ann is at her first Sanctioned Obedience Match (a pretend dog show.) When one of the obedience judges, Naomi, starts making trouble for Lilly Ann and her friends. Their dog trainer, Dixie, confronts the judge. When she steps on Dixie's dog, the confrontation turns physical and Dixie punches Naomi in the face. Later when she ends up dead, Dixie is the prime suspect. Now Lilly and her cohorts have to find out who killed the nasty Naomi to keep Dixie out of prison. I love the characters, I went back and read the first one in the series and there is definite character growth. I like that there's a little romance and of course dogs. Her dog and dog show information is accurate without becoming overwhelming (and boring) to the non-dog obsessed reader. The descriptions of Chattanooga make me want to go and visit. #NetGalley #SitStaySlay

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