Autumn has come to Bucks County, and Steve Levitan has a new job: develop a conference center for Eastern College at Friar Lake, a few miles from campus. But on his first visit to the property, his golden retriever Rochester makes a disturbing discovery: a human hand rising from the dirt at the lake's shore. Whose hand is it? Why was the body buried there? The answers will take Steve, his photographer girlfriend Lili, and the ever-faithful Rochester to a drop-in center for recovering drug addicts on the Lower East Side, a decaying church in Philadelphia's Germantown, and finally to a confrontation with a desperate killer.
©2013 Neil S. Plakcy (P)2013 Neil S. Plakcy
I really like how after four books in the series, Neil Plakcy is able to continue to write stories that not only have a real human (and canine) touch, but ones that are intriguing and keep you going till the end.
It was really touching (and I'll try not to do a spoiler here) when the sibling of the victim comes face to face with where his older brother was murdered. The narrator really got the different characters and emotions. The victim had been into some things he should not have, but part of his intentions were to help his younger brother both medically and educationally.
Well what I can I say, I liked the ending where Steve Levitan and his faithful Rochester break up the bad guys plans.
I think I covered it in the 'most memorable' part, but there were others. Steve's friends genuinely care about him and while they know he's technically breaking the law, don't judge him and instead want to help. There's some moving parts that lead up to a more moving part at the end.
I've heard there's a 5th book coming out. Good. Enjoying the audiobooks a lot. :)
I like the characters a lot, especially cop Rick Stemper. Steve is an interesting character and this book delves deeper into his hacking obsession.
The intermittent mispronounciations (e.g., chic pronounced chick instead of sheik) and the editing errors (e.g., taunt for taut) that carry into the audible version are a nuisance and distraction from the story.
I think the plot of this one was the best of the lot
I listen while walking my dog...not to heavy
The mystery is almost beside the point, the point being the dog. Unlike many narratives featuring a canine, this series gets down and dirty in the dog world. There are hairs on the owner's trousers, the dog eats God-knows-what and gets sick, with nasty results, All of this is described. The dirt is in the details, especially this time out.
I've listened to all four of of these "Golden Retriever Mysteries," which suggests a certain amount of liking. And I do like them, even though the writing is somewhat awkward, the conversations hover close to the stilted end of unbelievable and the pacing runs slack before being abruptly tightened, only to run slack again.
And yet I like the bones of these stories. The human hero is unusual, and the dog is fabulous. Yes, nobody could believe in its ability to unearth things at just the right plot points, but who cares? The dog is a glorious big goof.
The narrator is another kind of goof. His mispronunciations are genuinely funny, as in, "chic" pronounced "chick," for baby chicken instead of for stylish. Really, and downhill from there. I don't tend to like narrators who over-emote, but Kelly Libatique reads as if he's reading a kid to sleep.
The plots work, even this one, the latest, which is the weakest. I don't regret buying them, but if there were more on Audible, I'd be ready for break and not eager to download another.
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