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A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery, Book 1 | [C. A. Newsome]

A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Annamarie Woo Cincinnati, OH 06-09-13
    Annamarie Woo Cincinnati, OH 06-09-13

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    "A Fun Romp in the Park - WOOF Plus rating"
    If you could sum up A Shot in the Bark in three words, what would they be?

    A Good Read!


    What other book might you compare A Shot in the Bark to and why?

    The sequel, Drool Baby, of course.


    Which character – as performed by Jane Boyer – was your favorite?

    Anna


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gaele Atlanta, GA 12-15-13
    Gaele Atlanta, GA 12-15-13

    We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis

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    "Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 3.5"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty New Jersey 09-28-13
    Rusty New Jersey 09-28-13

    Good Books Don't Promote Violence

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    "Dog gone it"

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-06-13
    Paul Cincinnati, OH, United States 07-06-13
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    "Fun story with a twist."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this book! Realistic characters. A personable mystery that had me hooked from the beginning.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Shot in the Bark?

    The plotting by the murderer.


    What about Jane Boyer’s performance did you like?

    Her variety of voices are good. Female voices are better than male. Can tell that she is acting and not just reading the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at the doggy mischief.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K.S. Haigwood Arkansas, USA 11-01-14
    K.S. Haigwood Arkansas, USA 11-01-14
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    "Great Mystery"
    Would you listen to A Shot in the Bark again? Why?

    Yes. It was a great mystery full of suspense and even a little romance.


    What other book might you compare A Shot in the Bark to and why?

    I don't normally read in the mystery genre, so I don't have a comparison, but the author's writing style is great.


    Have you listened to any of Jane Boyer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but she was very good, and each character was distinct.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The authors note did it for me"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 07-26-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "It's Okay"

    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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    Janet 04-15-15
    Janet 04-15-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Don't waste your money on audible."

    Narrator was worst I have ever had the displeasure to hear which made it hard to enjoy story
    Good paperback for a pool day

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    Book Lover 03-11-15
    Book Lover 03-11-15
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    "Cute story but narration lacking"
    What disappointed you about A Shot in the Bark?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Boyer?

    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.


    What character would you cut from A Shot in the Bark?

    The multiple characters lead to the confusion of the plot. I would not cut any character.


    Any additional comments?

    The dog interaction was cute. The details of Lea's work bogged the story down at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julesy 03-06-15
    Julesy 03-06-15
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    "A book perhaps for insomniacs?(puts you to sleep)"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. A. Newsome again?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming qualities that come to mind is the dogs. But it wasn't enough to draw me into the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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