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
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.
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.
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
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...
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.
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.
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.
The narration had much to be desired. The narrator pronounced her words very precisely and did not stick to sentence structure. She was often reading words rather than telling the story. The breaks between scenes in the chapter were non existent. This lead to confusion at times regarding the action. The "male" voices were grating to me.
I liked the story. It did not keep me on the edge of my seat. I did not follow the action at times and was not able to determine for sure who was the killer, Despite that, the story was a fun listen. I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks, but do not have a narrator I could mention by name that would be a good for this book.
The multiple characters lead to the confusion of the plot. I would not cut any character.
The dog interaction was cute. The details of Lea's work bogged the story down at times.
For those who are more tolerable of a bland narrator may be able to get through this book. I wasn't able to to. Almost halfway, I decided to drop the book since I couldn't even remember what happened in the previous chapters.
I almost always give an author 2 times before I decide to not read them again. In this case, I don't think I will give the author another try. It's a shame because I am an avid lover of mysteries with dogs but this really missed the mark for me.
Any other narrator! I cannot believe this is a professional narrator. She was so monotone, absolutely no intonation between the characters. Even when inside the killer's mind, I was falling asleep or my mind wandered to something else. Her narration was so slow but even speeding it up (which is only available on the Audible app), it did not make my interest in her narration any better. I probably could have done a better job!
The only redeeming qualities that come to mind is the dogs. But it wasn't enough to draw me into the mystery.
I got this as a Whispersync bundle with the free kindle book and and very low price for the audio. Even though, I felt that I wasted my money and definitely wasted hours that I could have spent on an otherwise good mystery.
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