After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor of English at his alma mater, Eastern College. While walking around his gated community, he becomes friendly with his next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is shot and killed while walking Rochester, Steve becomes the dog's temporary guardian. Together, these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline's death.
©2010 Neil S. Plakcy (P)2012 Neil S. Plakcy
Not sure. This is the first audiobook murder mystery I've listened to, especially one written in this lighthearted and fun style. Not that murder is funny, it's just that the author has a good sense of humor and the Golden Retriever is really cool. I rank it very high for enjoyability.
The suspense. Wondering what was going to happen next and who the culprit is. But I really liked how Rochester, the Golden, helped in solving the crime. It was kind of a revenge thing too since his owner was the one who was killed.
Well, Kelly did a *great job doing all sorts of characters, both male and female. The main character, Steve Levitan, was consistent in his style of a man with a regrettable past who is trying to get back on his feet. Kelly made this believable.
When Steve was really coming to grips out his divorce, time in jail, the children he never had, and the life and career he has to re-make.
I liked it a lot. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Not really. The plot was soooo obvious. There were no twists and the "smart" protagonist lacked brains.
No. I listened to it, but wondered why I did it. I doesn't go anywhere. The dog makes discoveries, but most of them are not at all believable even if you suspend disbelief. The discoveries only serve to further the plot. Too bad. Maybe the next one will be better. There is a bit of hope that maybe the author will mature in writing ability.
The narrator could easily be a "valley guy." He often ends sentences on an up-raised voice, rather than dropping it. There were many places where I thought, well he has not read that before, because he doesn't have a clue where the sentence is going.
It did help me sleep.
We have 2 Golden Retrievers so I picked up the sudio for a road biz trip. Cute story, stretched believeability. Liked the characters, bubblegum for the mind. Nothing new, just a good simple story.....with a Golden Retriever.
Overall I enjoyed this book.
Pluses: I enjoy anything that has a dog as one of the characters. The mystery was well done. I was sure I had it all figured out and suddenly I didn't.
Minuses: The main character spends too much time reliving his past. I was ready for him to get on with it already and to quit telling me about his wife in particular.
This book was so good! I fell in love with Rochester from the very beginning. Dogs are so smart and endearing. This story was totally original and full of unexpected twists. I thought this book was well written and the narrator did a fantastic job. I enjoyed not having the killer figured out until the very end. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. I would definitely read/listen to more books by this author and narrator.
This is a realistic and entertaining story. The characters and plot are believable and engaging. Rochester of course is the star. The narrator was okay. He didn't add to the story nor did he take away from it. I plan to read the next book.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
I could not get through the first chapter of what could be a good book. The narrator's delivery was so wooden and robotic!!! Avoid this one--it's too bad...maybe Audible will have it re-recorded.
This book is enjoyable on the whole, with likable characters, an adorable dog and an entertaining mystery. However, there were extra moments in the book which were not necessary or did not add anything of value to the story. There were a couple instances which I found myself lost. The narrator improved over time, but he sounds like a robot for the first several chapters, by the end his narration is less dry and more enjoyable... If you want a nice/cozy mystery with a dog featured in it, go for it. If you are picky about having writing and narration polished, you may not enjoy it so much.
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A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
Being a dog lover I really enjoyed this book, because it molded together a mystery with some good ole fashion sleuthing with man & his best friend. The background story of Steve makes him a compelling character, and one which I felt genuine compassion for. I could have used for a bit less talk about his ex-wife, but It seemed to be necessary to paint a picture of his old life & strike a contrast to his new life which he's creating now.
If you like mystery & you love dogs, this book is right up your alley! I would love to read more books in this series, I'm hooked! I received a free review copy of this audiobook and voluntarily reviewed it
I Absolutely Would... The Love The Main Character Had For Rochester Was Very Infectious...
Rochester Of Course... He Never Talked But He Definitely Was A Major Part Of The Story...
The Main Character... He Was Hard On Himself Throughout The Book But At The End He Understood His Worth...
When Man's Best Friend Makes You Find The Friend Within You...
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"Enjoyed from beginning to end"
Gentle detective story, old fashion mystery, a fab dog and fall guy x
Rochester, the dog, who could not love a pooping exhibitionist, with a nose for crime and the best way to get into bed ever..
This is my 1st, pure pleasure, brings the book to life.
Cannot wait to read more.. Rochester is young, huge and fun, look forward to seeing how he educates his new daddy
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