Don't get me wrong, I love Spencer Quinn and the dogs he has created. I like Birdie and I like Bowser. But since Birdie is 11 years old, her thoughts ..Show More »and conversations are elementary school stuff. It got a little tiresome in the middle, but the wind-up and end were great despite the convenient, near-preposterous take down of the bad guy.
The end was also great for the deep-story resolution, and the characters developed. I wonder how much more Birdie could poke her nose into in this little bayou town; will there be more mysteries she can solve? If she really does keep going, it will be hard to make the books of adult interest, but I would have loved them as a kid. Quinn does a wonderful job with dog psychology and ideation, so I hope he can come up with more cases! And, of course, James Frangione knows how to speak dog; he is just delightful.