Sparkle Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter. They’ve chosen to use Sparkle Abbey as their pen name on this series because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog).

The authors co-write the best-selling Pampered Pets Mystery Series which focuses on the wacky world of precious pedigrees, pampered pooches, and secrets in posh Laguna Beach, California. The main characters and amateur sleuths are Texas cousins, Carolina Lamont, a pet therapist, and Melinda Langston, a pet boutique owner. The two would join forces and work together if they were speaking, but they’re not.  Midwest Book Review calls the series “A sassy and fun mystery!” (Shelly Glodowski, senior reviewer.)

The first three books in the series Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang have received rave reviews and the fourth book in the series, Yip/Tuck, will be available summer 2013.

The authors have a unique method of collaboration and often make appearances at national mystery conferences. Upcoming events are available on their website.  They are also active members of many writer communities such as Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Kiss of Death, the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter, as well as avid supporters of public libraries and animal rescue groups.

If you need additional information, please send an email to the authors at or to the publisher, Bell Bridge Books, at

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