Golden Retriever Mysteries

8 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 348 ratings

In Dog We Trust Publisher's Summary

After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor of English at his alma mater, Eastern College. While walking around his gated community, he becomes friendly with his next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is shot and killed while walking Rochester, Steve becomes the dog's temporary guardian. Together, these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline's death.

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  • Book 1

    • In Dog We Trust

    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 118

    After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor of English at his alma mater, Eastern College. While walking around his gated community, he becomes friendly with his next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is shot and killed while walking Rochester, Steve becomes the dog's temporary guardian. Together, these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline's death.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Cute, Fun, Mystery, Especially for Dog Lovers

    • By Danielle on 01-07-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • The Kingdom of Dog

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    When his mentor, Joe Dagorian, director of admissions at prestigious Eastern College, is murdered during a fund-raising event, Steve Levitan feels obliged to investigate. He and his golden retriever, Rochester, go nose to the ground to dig up clues, including a bloody knife and some curious photographs. But will Steve's curiosity and Rochester's savvy save them when the killer comes calling?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Follow Up

    • By Beatrice on 12-29-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Dog Helps Those

    • A Golden Retriever Mystery, Volume 3
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    It's almost time for graduation, and Eastern College is in trouble. A prominent alumna is dead, and a faulty computer program is jeopardizing student records and financial aid. It's up to Steve and Rochester to dig into the situation and retrieve the culprits! Rita Gaines wasn't a nice person - but she did love her dogs, and most of her clients respected her financial acumen and her talent in training dogs for agility trials. When she's found dead, there's a long line of potential suspects from Wall Street whiz kids to doting doggie daddies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Best of the Series

    • By Diana on 01-07-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Dog Bless You: A Golden Retriever Mystery

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Volume 4
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Autumn has come to Bucks County, and Steve Levitan has a new job: develop a conference center for Eastern College at Friar Lake, a few miles from campus. But on his first visit to the property, his golden retriever Rochester makes a disturbing discovery, a human hand rising from the dirt at the lake's shore. Whose hand is it? Why was the body buried there?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this series :)

    • By Danielle on 01-25-14

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Whom Dog Hath Joined

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan still gets a thrill from snooping into places online where he shouldn't be. When his golden retriever Rochester discovers a human bone at the Friends Meeting during the Harvest Days festival, these two unlikely sleuths are plunged into another investigation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Series

    • By Beatrice on 01-21-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 6

    • Dog Have Mercy

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries Volume 6
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Christmas approaches and reformed hacker Steve Levitan tries to help a fellow ex-con now working at the vet's office in Stewart's Crossing. His curiosity, and the crime-solving instincts of his golden retriever, Rochester, kick in when liquid potassium ampoules are stolen from the vet and Steve's new friend is a suspect. Is this theft connected to a drug-running operation in North Philly? Or to a recent spate of deaths at the local nursing home?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Double Dog Trouble

    • By Myztikal on 06-11-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • Honest to Dog

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Volume 7
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    When his college friend Doug moves to Stewart's Crossing after an ugly divorce, reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan sees a way to pay forward the help he received under similar circumstances. But when Doug dies under mysterious circumstances, Steve and his crime-solving golden retriever Rochester have a new goal; find the truth behind Doug's death, even if Steve has to risk the freedom he has fought so hard for to do it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rochester reminds me of the Sleuth of Scooby Doo

    • By Myztikal on 06-09-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 8

    • Dog Is in the Details

    • Golden Retriever Mysteries, Book 8
    • By: Neil S. Plakcy
    • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    When a young man suffering from mental illness disrupts the blessing of the animals at Steve Levitan's synagogue, he and his golden retriever Rochester are launched into an investigation that will take Steve back into the past of his family, his congregation, and the Jewish population of the city where he was born. In the 8th book of the golden retriever mysteries, Steve and Rochester nose out suspects and dig up clues to present-day crimes - and ones in the past that still influence the living. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Boy

    • By Beatrice on 06-07-18

    Regular price: $19.95