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When his neighbor is accused of murder, reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan and his golden retriever, Rochester, are asked to sniff out clues to prove her innocence. 

Who could have killed bookstore owner Darlene Nowak? One of the food trucks venders she angered when they parked in front of her store? Someone from the writer’s critique group she sponsored? Did a self-published author she refused to promote write her into a real murder mystery?

Steve knows that cooks and creative folks are very sensitive about criticism - but could one of them be angry enough to kill? 

"The golden retriever mysteries are barking good!” (Sparkle Abbey, author of the Pampered Pet mystery series)

©2020 Neil S. Plakcy (P)2020 Neil S. Plakcy

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Dog Willing is a fun and enjoyable cozy mystery book. The characters are engaging and the plot is entertaining. I look forward to more books in this series.

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Nice timely theme

This episode wove in the problem of suicide in young people, and presented the facts realistically. The downside of the book was the narration. He had a pleasant voice, but pedantic way of talking which did not bring the characters to life, and for someone who supposedly has a Masters in English, mispronounced words he should have known, like Jane Eyre.

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A fun and smart cosy mystery :D

This is my first book in this series, and it surely it convince me to go back and read all the books on it.

The first thing that got my attention is the protagonist. Steve is a middle-aged man, with a brief conviction in his past for hacking, and who now works in his alma mater as an English professor. Unusual, isn't it?

The mystery was enthralling and I was as surprised as Steve when the culprit was revealed :P And I liked that he wasn't blinded by his acquaintance with Arielle and considered her a suspect until proven innocent.

Oh! And Rochester and Emma romance! That was beyond cute :P

And while he is investigating the murder, we get a glimpse of his academic life, and how he is working on the issue of suicide on campus. I like he is a bit cynical about the work of committees, and that yet he still willing to get involved and the way in which he's doing his best to help the students. It shows quite clearly what kind of man he is.

A great mystery and a very interesting main character to whom I want to know better. And with a very good narration by Kelly Libatique.

A great choice :D