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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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    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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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 09-28-13
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader for 45 years

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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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Gegna CA 06-21-14
    Suzanne Gegna CA 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Story but difficult narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Shot in the Bark to be better than the print version?

    No


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

    The story was not a problem, I enjoyed it well enough, but no comparison comes to mind.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Her characters were inconsistent and her attempt at being diabolic when reading the murderer almost made me want to stop listening.


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

    I enjoyed the author's obvious love of dogs, as well as her knowledge of dog behavior.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 01-21-14
    Ann United States 01-21-14
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    "Narration Detracted from Story"
    What would have made A Shot in the Bark better?

    A narrator who is less monotone in her reading.


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

    The twist at the end.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jane Boyer’s performances?

    NO!


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

    The story was good, but the narration made me think about not finishing the audiobook and just reading the rest of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I might read or even purchase more books in this series, but I hope to avoid narration by Ms. Boyer in the future.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri Casanova, VA, United States 06-16-13
    Lorri Casanova, VA, United States 06-16-13
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    "Terrible reader."
    Would you try another book from C. A. Newsome and/or Jane Boyer?

    The reader's performance was so distractingly awful, I could neither finish the book, nor focus on the part I did allow to play out. So, I can't say if I'd listen to another Newsome novel or not.


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

    ANYONE.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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