Book Review and Giveaway - Off the Chain written by Janice Thompson -- On Tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: Off the Chain
Author: Janice Thompson
Genre: Christian Fiction / Mystery
Release date: July 1, 2022
The Town of Brenham, Texas, Has Gone to the Dogs!
Curl up with your pup and sink into a delightful small-town mystery as riddles and rescues stack up in book one of a new cozy mystery series.
Marigold Evans’ first attempt at rescuing an abandoned pooch lands her in a drainage pipe in Brenham Texas. . .and almost in jail, until Parker Jenson comes to her rescue. Then a bad day only gets worse as the Lone Star Vet Clinic, where they both work, is vandalized and the list of suspects starts to climb. With the help of her fellow employees, Marigold sets out to simultaneously solve the crime, rehab the rescued dog, and help more dogs in crisis. But why would anyone continue to work against all their good efforts?
Janice Thompson, who lives in the Houston area, writes romantic comedies, cozy mysteries, nonfiction devotionals, and musical comedies for the stage. She is the mother of four daughters and nine feisty grandchildren. When she’s not writing books or taking care of foster dogs you’ll find her in the kitchen, baking up specialty cakes and cookies.
More from Janice
Dogs, dogs, and more dogs! My world is full of dogs. If you follow me on social media you’re probably overwhelmed with dog photos, but I simply can’t help myself. I’m in love with pooches of all shapes and sizes.
My fascination with dogs began when I was six years old and I got my first pup, Spunky. He was a mixed breed terrier. From that day until now I’ve had the pleasure of owning many, many pups—some purebreds, some street dogs that needed a safe place to stay, some elderly with chronic or acute health issues. I can’t get enough. They offer unconditional love, after all!
A few years back I was asked to foster for a local rescue, My Chi and Me. The rest, as they say, is history. For a quick glimpse at some photos, follow this link. You’ll see that I’m mostly enamored with small dogs. (Hey, I live in a tiny townhome and have limited space!) That said, I’m always willing to take on one more.
My most recent rescue ventures landed me squarely in the middle of a book idea: Why not use a dog story as the basis for a cozy mystery? My editor at Barbour Publishing wanted something dog-themed and I was happy to oblige. That’s where the idea for Off the Chain (and the whole Gone with the Dogs series) came from—a simple idea involving dogs and crime.
I took the opportunity to focus solely on rescue dogs as the idea developed. These days (especially post-Covid) the need for homes for these pups is great. I linked arms with my BFF, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and together we set our series in Brenham Texas, not far from our stomping ground in the Woodlands. I felt strongly that we should merge two separate dog worlds: rescue and veterinary. (Hey, Brenham is close to A&M and they know a thing or two about veterinary training!)
Thus, the Gone with the Dogs series was born. And writing the first book, (Off the Chain), was a blast! I hyper-focused on one primary point of view character, a vet tech. (As the owner of three dogs I feel like I’m always in the vet’s office!) My stories, which is written in first person, took me back to my writing roots. I love, love, love writing in first person because I “become” the character. Fun, right?
My editors loved the book and it got some fun endorsements, so I’m excited to see what my readers think. I can’t wait to get their feedback. I hope it’s not too “Ruff!”
But, seriously. . .I’m hyped! And I’m feeling so blessed to merge my worlds—dogs and writing!
Off the Chain is a Christian Fiction/Mystery book that is written by Janice Thompson. This is book one in the Gone to the Dogs series. I think this might be the first book that I have read by this author. I enjoyed this story so much. It had me laughing and left me guessing.
Marigold is a vet tech at the Lone Star Vet Clinic. She has always had a passion for dogs. The book starts out with her in a drain pipe, attempting a rescue. She does not seem to have the best of luck. This leads to Marigold and Cassidy in the back of a police car with a stinky, smelly pup. This occurs on the same night someone damages the clinic and EVERYONE becomes a suspect. The list includes: The grumpy neighbor behind the clinic, the grieving pet owner, an employee's ex boyfriend and the owner's former college friend.
Marigold has dreams of opening her own rescue. When the Texas town gets wind of the drain pipe puppy's rescue they start calling. I love that she had some great workers, especially Parker and Cassidy. However with the damage to the vet clinic Marigold finds herself in some sticky situations.
While there is a lot of characters in this story, the author did a great job with balancing them all out. I enjoyed getting to know all of the employees. They were like a close knit family. I cannot wait to read the next book.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book --- all thoughts are my own.