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Sleeping Dogs Lie

By: Samantha Downing
Narrated by: Melanie Nicholls-King, Lindsey Dorcus
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Publisher's summary

From the internationally best-selling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It comes a twisted, entertaining novella about a dog walker swept into a criminal investigation when her client winds up dead. 

Shelby works as a dog walker in northern California, and she’s just finished up her bi-weekly trip to the park with a husky named Pluto. When she brings him back to his house, she finds his owner - Todd Burke, a well-known local businessman and founder of an organic supplements company - lying on the bathroom floor, dead. A detective arrives on the scene. As she interviews Shelby, the body is inspected by a medical examiner, and more cops search Todd’s home, it becomes clear that the victim’s life was less picture-perfect than his clean-cut persona might lead you to believe. 

©2020 Samantha Downing (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

Dear Listener,

What inspired me to write this story?
" Sleeping Dogs Lie was inspired by my brother, who owns a dog walking/sitting company. He used to tell me I should write about a dog walker, so I finally did! Although I currently live in New Orleans, he lives in Marin County, California, the same area where the story takes place. Marin is also where I grew up. Back then it was a sleepy little suburb, but the Silicon Valley explosion changed all that! Now when I visit, it’s filled with tech employees, organic restaurants, and people who are a lot like the characters of Todd and Regina Burke. All the places in the story are real—the shopping center, the coffee shop locations, the dog park, and even the subdivision of Bel Marin Keys. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed writing it!" – Samantha Downing, creator of Sleeping Dogs Lie

About the Creator

Samantha Downing is the author of the best-selling thrillers My Lovely Wife and He Started It. She has been nominated for Edgar, ITW, and Macavity awards in the US, a CWA award in the UK, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices in France. Her third novel, For Your Own Good, will be released July 20.

About the Performer

Lindsey Dorcus is a SOVAS award-winning audiobook narrator and voice actor. She has narrated over 40 audiobooks and appeared in multiple fiction podcasts, including Among the Stars and Bones and Detective Q. After graduating with her BA in Theatre from Northwestern University, she worked as a theater artist and educator in Chicago for 10 years before shifting her focus to voice-over work. Notable theater roles include Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51 and Duck Macatarsney in The Monster in the Hall.
Photo Credit: Joe Mazza

About the Performer

Melanie Nicholls-King is a Canadian/American actress with Trini roots best known for playing Cheryl in the HBO series, The Wire; Officer Noelle Williams in the ABC series, Rookie Blue; and Hazel LaCroix, in the beloved Netflix series, Anne with an E. She can also be seen in Orphan Black, The Week Of with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, Star Trek: Discovery, Little Fires Everywhere and Your Honor to name a few. On stage, she was thrilled to be a part of the Playwright Horizons’ production of Familiar written by Danai Gurira, directed by Tony award winning director, Rebecca Taichman and featuring an incredible ensemble of actors. In the audio world, she can also be heard on Melissa Valentine’s searing memoir, The Names of All the Flowers.

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Gave me chills!!! It gave me Dexter vibes!!! Pace was wonderful. The twist the reveal! It had it all!!! BRAVAO

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Loved!

I loved everything about this story! The narrators were great too. It's perfect for dog lovers!

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love this

this is a fun mystery it's really really fun I do recommend people listening even if you're not a dog person

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Excellent!!

Wonderfully written. The novella is the perfect length for this story. I want to read more by this author.

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Top Dog!

I absolutely loved this story Let sleeping Dogs Lie is a very creative piece that was very surprising and kept me on the edge of my seat. The narration was excellent i hope this writer has more stories to share.

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Easy to listen to, entertaining

I appreciate the author who knows how to tell a story in an interesting way without too much detail that to me, bogs down the story. This author hit the mark there; we are told enough but not in the typical excruciating detail.

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