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 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.
This is precisely the type of book I look for if either my own life or the book I'm currently reading/listening to has hit a depressing stretch and I just need to visit a more benign reality for awhile. (Be advised that this title is by no means a comedy- it just doesn't leave you feeling "bummed" between listens.
The plot held my interest well, and I even learned some useful info about how identity theft is done. Being the first book in a series, the development of the main and (presumably) recurring characters-to-be "wobble" quite a bit, but one hopes they will become more colorful and multi-dimensional starting with Book 2.
I really enjoyed this book, and like the two main characters, Steve and Rochester. I thought detective Rick was well done too. The author did a nice job creating this story, I found it original and binge listened to multiple chapters at a time. I found it realistic and fun as Steve and Rochester came to know each other.
The only things I'd change would be to address the dialogue tags thst get a bit tiresome, with "he said" and "I said" instead of dialogue itself moving the plot along; it's a. interruption in the flow., and to edit a couple pronunciation errors, such as espresso and newfoundland.
I'm a Golden Retriever Mysteries fan and have downloaded the next few books.
This was not the best mystery. Not a very compelling as mysteries go, I like my mysteries a bit more fast paced. I thought it was odd that a person was murdered and yet the police didn't take her laptop or seem to investigate any of her belongings or anything in her apartment. It was an okay story though, had some entertaining parts, but it was a bit slow moving. I will have to say that the narrator did talk a bit like a robot, did not really care for the narrator, the book might have been more enjoyable with a more animated narrator. Also the sound quality or EQ of the book was very bad, it was difficult to listen to, kind of muffled.
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.
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