Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dog Dish of Doom
by EJ Copperman

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she's found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing showbiz clients who aren't exactly people. In fact: they're dogs. Bruno's humans, Trent and Louise, are pains in the you-know-what, and Les McMaster, the famous director mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can't stand them.

This becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno's water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back. Kay's perfectly fine to let the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems to center on Bruno, her protective instincts come into play. You can kill any people you want, but you'd better leave Kay's clients alone.


Kritters Thoughts:  I don't read cozy mysteries all that often, maybe one or two a year and every time I read one I am reminded that I should read them more often!  With a dog at the center of this story it appealed to me even more and when the first page opened to a dog named Bruno (not a German Shepherd) I was so excited to keep on reading!  

Bruno is a dog that is headed to Broadway to be the dog in Annie and after a little drama during his audition his agent Kay is a little worried.  She wakes up the next morning to read in the paper that Bruno's owner has been murdered and she must find out why and who and how.  

I love a book with a amateur detective who I can follow her thought process.  It is fun to see her by pass all the police procedural and just go ask questions and stumble upon answers!  I say all of this, but there were a few times where I was a little lost as to who what where when, and had to reread a few parts, but it wasn't too many and I finally figured out where the facts went in place.  

I definitely enjoyed curling up with this cozy mystery for a day and the big thing that I love about cozy mysteries that many others may also is the lack of gory gooieness - don't get me wrong I love a Swedish mystery with all the gore you can imagine, but sometimes it is fun to curl up with a mystery and try to figure out the puzzle but with minimal blood! 

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Ebook 2017 Challenge: 42 out of 50


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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