Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one? Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else who frequents the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles to cope with warring emotions and a killer watches.
©2011 Carol Ann Newsome (P)2013 Carol Ann Newsome
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Starting with a prologue that is told in a killer’s point of view, C.A. Newsome has added an interesting twist to the cozy mystery genre with the inset. While ostensibly the story is focused on a group of regulars at a dog park, the story works on several different levels that may be disconcerting for some readers.
Firstly, the dogs: I am a huge fan of do-related stories, and the particular insets of the many dogs and their associated personalities, as well as their relationships and correlations to their owners is cleverly done. There are several characters introduced in the story, and it does make it a bit more difficult to narrow down the more important players from the group. What is very well done is the cold, calculating and distinctly written and narrated point of view insets from the murderer him (or her) self. Kudos to the author for the stylistic switch: and to the narration by Jane Boyer in which she imbues a harder and more calculating quality to the voicing of those sections. It is a quality that is often overlooked in audiobook narration, particular intention behind a character’s narration and tone, and she excelled at this story.
But back to the story itself: I really did enjoy this, even with the lack of a comeuppance for the murderer, or even a sense that you are certain the murderer has been named. Possibly muddled by the many characters, there was a sense that the second book will not only provide the reason for this murder, and fully explain the intentions of the culprit. In this, the mystery portion of the story has the potential to disappoint some readers who want to have a final wrap up that is defined and obvious, but I particularly appreciated the openness and quality of the stylistic differences that made this story unlike any I have previously encountered.
I own this book in two forms, I purchased a Kindle copy, and I was fortunate to win the AudioBook version of the story. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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As a huge dog lover, I had high hopes for this series but I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Maybe if the dogs talked and the humans were quiet...
A Good Read!
The sequel, Drool Baby, of course.
An entertaining Sunday read and listen. I read the book but Jane Boyer's narration made it come alive. I had fun hearing about places in my hometown, The Queen City.
Highly recommend this book! Realistic characters. A personable mystery that had me hooked from the beginning.
The plotting by the murderer.
Her variety of voices are good. Female voices are better than male. Can tell that she is acting and not just reading the story.
I laughed at the doggy mischief.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.
No. I have decided not to read books where I spend more than a minimal amount of time inside the killer's mind. I don't think that's healthy. I like mysteries because they present a puzzle to solve. I don't want to empathize or even listen to the thoughts of someone who could hurt another person purposefully. This is not up-building. It's troubling.
Pleasing, smooth, scary.
I didn't find the voice of Peter very masculine.
Yes. It was a great mystery full of suspense and even a little romance.
I don't normally read in the mystery genre, so I don't have a comparison, but the author's writing style is great.
I have not, but she was very good, and each character was distinct.
I don't want to give any of the plot away, but I really enjoyed the romance part of the book between Lea and Peter.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
An OK little mystery. Nothing special but was a nice listen, worth a few hours. I like how the murderer was done, and how the book left off, chilling.
well written, moves right along - the audio version great listening on the way to work
Great first book especially for free and I liked the narrater. I would have preferred some days or dates for time lapse as it felt like days but weeks had passed. Liked the cliffhanger and will get the next one.
This was an okay story. A couple of the characters were not realistic. There was too much time in the killers head. This isn't my kind of story but there it will probably get better as it continues.
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