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5.0 out of 5 starsDognapping by droid? A must read detective story.
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
Great introduction to Linda Coles and her pair of British detectives. The cast is interesting and the story equally so. Dognappers, droids, and the environment in which they work is unique to American readers.
4.0 out of 5 starsA low-level crime is a major offence to others.
Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2019
A good book where the criminals are presented up front so you can see how they think and work, the victims and their pets are described well so you can picture their relationship and their reactions, the main characters for this series are introduced later in the book after everything is laid out and there is an actual reason for getting them involved (as the police cannot get involved in lost animal cases but can when a criminal act is involved). So it basically involves a community trying to come together to watch out for each other and the conscience of a young criminal who saves the day and possibly his own future. It is well written and concerning an unfortunate part of the injustices innocent people could face. I voluntarily agreed to read and review a copy of this book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2019
A drone, missing dogs, and ransoms. This book was unique and interesting in that it kept you guessing what was going to happen. The story starts out with Pete scoping out targets for a dognapping scheme, however, when things start to go downhill, Pete quickly begins to question himself and the people he’s become involved in. When ransoms are paid and dogs aren’t being returned to their owners, Pete realizes something is wrong and dives headfirst into danger.
The thing I loved the most about this book was the transition we see Pete take from a naïve kid to a serious individual ready to right his wrongs. His change of heart at the end of the book was heartwarming and just what the book needed.
The narration is smooth and gave the story a suspenseful undertone which only added to the vibe.
If you’re a fan of suspense works, this is for you!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
5.0 out of 5 starsCozy mystery meets 21st century in a doggone adventure!
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019
What happens when you bend the rules..just a little...and stumble onto a real crime? What happens when a small town community has the advantage of neighborly communication 24/7 via an online switchboard - a place to go when bad things happen? Answer: Amanda Lacey, Ruth, and The Controller.
This story is an expertly woven tale of small-town life and 21st-century technology together for a fascinating whodunnit and an introduction into the world of Detective Amanda Lacey. If you’re looking for a light read with well-developed characters, and plot twists which make you cringe a little, this is the book for you.
Pam (HS English teacher) loved taking Gemma (Golden Springer Spaniel) to the park. Pam threw the ball several times. 1 day she came home & couldn’t find Gemma. Her neighbor June hadn’t seen her either.
The desk Sergeant told Pam he would make a report but there wasn’t much they could do it wasn’t a police matter. He did give her several suggestions. Pete (19) job as the Controller was to have a drone hover/find the right targets. He needed to call Niles, & Vic & tell them what he found. June was going to help Pam look for Gemma. Pam got a call from a male he wanted some ransom money £500 for the return of Gemma. Lorna (wife) couldn’t figure out where Bubbles (poodle) had run off to. The price had skyrocketed £4000. Lorna couldn’t tell her husband. Pam Davies, Lorna, & Ruth McGregor (founder/administrator online community site The Daisy Chain) went to tell the police their story. DS Amanda Lacey came to interview Ruth. A Jack Russell is still missing.
Jim was headed out to take Duke (Alsatian) for a run. What did they run across?
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.
A very awesome book cover, & great font/writing style. A very well written cozy crime thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
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Dog-napping to a underground fight ring... that's more than Pete bargained for. Now he needs to decide which side of the law he really wants to be on. With Detectives Amanda Lacey and Jack Rutherford on the case, it's a race against the clock for some four legged friends.
I found my self drawn right into this novella. The story is a stand alone that comes to a conclusion, but the ending seems a bit abrupt to me. Don't get me wrong, the situation was resolved, but I wish there was a bit more.
The narration was done by Nathaniel Priestley, and I thought it was well done.
I was given this free review copy Audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.
High tech dognapping in the 21st century. Pete and his friends have a great money making scheme. Pete flies his drone to find just the right pampered pooches, then the others take the dogs and make the ransom calls. They get the money, the dogs get returned, and everyone is happy. A neighborhood online blog alerts everyone to what is going on but the police won't get involved since it's only dogs. But then one dog isn't returned and Pete gets suspicious and uses his drone to discover a dog fighting operation nearby. This book is short and a fast read. I love dogs so I was anxious to get to the end and make sure it had a happy ending for the dogs. I received a copy of this book from Hidden Gems. This review was optional and is my honest opinion.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2019
Bought this book because of all the 4 and 5 star reviews which, after reading the book, I cannot understand. I found this book to be very tame and read to me as quite amateurish. Sorry, perhaps it’s just me.
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you go down to the park today.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 28, 2018
Now this was a pleasant surprise. What started out as a gentle stroll in the park soon became a dark, nail-biting thriller with plenty of twists and turns. The authors command of social media and digital technology shone through which gave great insight into the complicated and sometimes threatening world in which we live. Thank God Detective Lacey is out there protecting us and our beloved pets!!