Book Reviews of Sit, Stay, Slay (Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1)

Sit, Stay, Slay  (Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1)
Sit Stay Slay - Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1
Author: Linda O. Johnston
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425200001
ISBN-10: 0425200000
Publication Date: 1/4/2005
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 169 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Sit, Stay, Slay (Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1) on + 59 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 22
I enjoyed this book to a ridiculous degree. I have a major soft-spot for quirky, "cozy" mysteries so I read quite a bit of them. Lately I've noticed a trend towards more immature and/or dimwitted heroines, and I am SO happy to say that is not what happens here! Kendra is a smart, resourceful character that doesn't whine and does everything in her power to solve her problems. When she meets up with a sexy P.I., she doesn't fall in love- she acknowledges the physical side but does not let it go farther than she's ready for or wants. I also adored all the scenes with the pets, from the cute puppies to the emotional python! If you love strong heroines, "cozy" mysteries and/or animals- snap this book up. I'm now dying to pick up the rest of the series, and I hope she doesn't stop writing it anytime soon!
reviewed Sit, Stay, Slay (Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1) on + 108 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
The first of the Pet Sitter Mysteries. I plan to read them all.

From stopyourekillingme.com:
Kendra Ballantyne, an attorney and freelance pet sitter, is featured in:
Sit, Stay, Slay (2005)
Nothing to Fear but Ferrets (2005)
Fine-Feathered Death (2006)
Meow is for Murder (due February 6, 2007)

From FantasticFiction.com:
Canned from her L.A. law firm, Kendra Ballantyne is now a freelance pet-sitter. When her clients start getting knocked off one by one, Kendra fears she's being set up. Aided by sexy detective Jeff Hubbard, she's got to find out why, and fast. This killer's animal instincts are downright dangerous.
reviewed Sit, Stay, Slay (Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1) on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is the first in a series about a lawyer that is suspended and has to find a way to make ends meet so ends up becoming a pet sitter. She has a friend that runs a Pet Spa and hooks her up with some clients who happen to be some former clients while she was a practicing attorney. Some end up dead and she has to figure out who and why...she does with the help of a new man in her life who is also a PI and a pet sitting client.

If you like dogs/animals you'll probably like this book. Good cozy mystery
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Helpful Score: 3
A fun, easy to read book! The story has plenty of pets for the animal lover, mystery for the armchair slueth, and a touch of romance for the romantic. I'll be reading more of Johnston's Pet-Sitter Mysteries.
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Helpful Score: 3
The first in the Pet-Sitter Mysteries, and it was a fun read. I'm looking forward to the second one.
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Helpful Score: 3
Amusing cozy with a focus on pets - primarily dogs, but other species make a prominent contribution. The mystery was intriguing right to the end.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book really dragged for the first two-thirds, seemed to repeat the same day, day after day after day.... The last 50 pages or so were exciting. I didn't figure out the killer until the last chapter. Still, I won't waste my time reading any of the series that come after this one.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was rather different for me compared to other mystery books I have read. It seemed to drag on and on and on and just kept repeating itself. And it seemed a bit childish in parts. But it was just an odd combo of Chick Lit and Mystery all in one. A very odd combo (when you read it, you'll understand) I was bored with it about halfway through and just read the last few chapters. I don't want to read the rest of the series as I'm afraid it'll just keep repeating itself.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fun mystery with the main character as a down on her luck attorney who starts pet-sitting until her legal troubles get settled. They mystery was good and held my attention.
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Helpful Score: 1
Cute, light-hearted mystery, full of all kinds of pets. However, a lawyer with a suspended license becoming a petsitter kinds of stretches credulity.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great Book!
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Helpful Score: 1
1st in the series. A good cozy mystery. Great for those who love animals.
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Helpful Score: 1
this is an excellent first in a series, I plan to read any others.
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Helpful Score: 1
Kendra Ballantyne once a lawyer now a pet-sitter and her clients are dying!!! She thinks she's being framed and now needs to prove it before she goes to jail!!

This book is very funny and a great read!
reviewed Sit, Stay, Slay (Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 1
Cute story of a pet-sitting ex-lawyer that gets into a lot of trouble.
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Helpful Score: 1
Delightfully fun series despite the thinningly vieled killer. Looking forward to more in the series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great start to this pet-sitter mystery series. It's a quick read and keeps you guessing. I'll be looking forward to the other books in this series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great start on a new series! I look forward to more of these.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fun story. Good mystery. The pet sitter job makes for an unusual and interesting background. Kendra Ballantyne, the main character, is well portrayed. She does a good job of detection without being superhuman about it.
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First book of the pet sitters saga, it explains the details of why Kendra is a pet sitter. Fun book, with good characters and a love of dogs and pets that is well detailed. I enjoyed it a lot and want to read more of Kendra.
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Enjoyed the story, different. Will read another of her stories, fun with the varied animals she pet-sits. Some humour, romance and mystery for all, enough to go around.
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An okay first in series, it just didn't grab me enough to read subsequent books.
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First in Series. Once a high powered litigator in LA, scandal forced Kendra Ballantyne to resign. Now a pet sitter, tenants in her lovely home while she "camps out" in her maid's quarters. One of her first clients is killed, then another, then..... good series
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great fun!
loved the huskies and the akita!
and the snakey hero!
reviewed Sit, Stay, Slay (Kendra Ballantyne, Bk 1) on
To me this book was awesome. I went into it because I MISSED my books by Berenson and was amazed at how good this was too,
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Not bad first in a new to me series. I like the ex attorney now pet sitter theory and will be looking for the next book to read. Thought the ending was a little rushed and came out of left field but can look past it as I did enjoy the characters.
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Kendra clients all seem to be dying and Kendra fears she will be blamed. She works to prove her innocence.
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I really enjoyed this mystery!
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Excellant read. Have and will recommend. If you love animals, this mystery is for you.
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Light, enjoyable read.