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 f..Show More »unny, 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.
I admittedly chose to start Plakcy's "Dog" series as relief from the heavier book(s) I listen to concurrently. However, I don't equate "light" with po..Show More »orly written. The pacing in this second book was awful. The majority of the book could be entitled "More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About How Academic Institutions Secure Large Donations". The actual mysteries (2 murders and an illegal steroid ring on campus) are quickly resolved in the last chapter, as if the author just ran out steam and wanted to wrap it up quickly. He also commits a mystery writer's cardinal sin of having the murders committed by a character that isn't even part of the story until the climax! Bad form, Mr Plakcy– very bad form.
A lesser criticism I have - more of an annoyance, really – is the author's use of awful puns for his lesser characters. José Canusi? Lu Cigusi? Juan Tanimera? (Actual spellings unknown from audiobk…) Seriously?? Some listeners may find this quirk clever, but I find it immature and annoying as hell - all the more because this sort of limp wordplay is most amenable to the creation of Hispanic or other ethnic-sounding names.
Being the forgiving soul I am, and knowing that first-time series authors sometimes need to settle into the characters and world they've created, I'll probably spring for Book 3. But if I find that he fails to introduce the true "bad guy" character until the climax ever again, he will have proven himself to be a dishonest mystery writer, unworthy of my time OR yours!
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,..Show More » but ones that are intriguing and keep you going till the end.
This book is the best of the series so far. Both the characters and the plot are very realistic. I enjoy the realistic way that Steve is overcoming ..Show More »his past and creating a new future for himself. I also like the relationship with his dog. This is a great series and I look forward to the next book.