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Posted July 23, 2011
Excellent! Must read!
UNDER THE DOG STAR is Sandra Parshall's fourth novel in her Rachel Goddard- Tom Bridger series. These books get better and better. A pack of feral dogs roam the Virginia community of Mason County, killing livestock. Rachel and her friends want to capture the dogs and rescue them, but when a man is killed, supposedly by one of the dogs, a group of vigilantes begins to hunt them down. The family of the murdered man presents one mystery after another, and Tom suspects a group of men have brought back illegal dog fighting. The entire community is involved in the events that rise to a suspenseful pitch until the murderer is found and peace is restored.
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Posted September 9, 2011
This riveting and intense-moving tale took me on a ride that I did not want to get off. The brutal death of their father leads to several suspects as Tom seeks to find the killer among them; meanwhile Rachel is trying to save the wild pack of dogs and gets tangled in Tom's investigation. This captivating novel is the best one thus far in this gripping series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2011
a superb thriller that focuses on animal abuse inside of a strong whodunit
In Mason County, Virginia feral dogs apparently ripped the throat of Dr. Gordon Hall. However, deputy sheriff Tom Bridger has doubts that a wild pack murdered Hall; he believes a human handler had his or her canine kill the victim as a part of an illegal dog fighting operation. However proving his assertion and finding the real culprit appears impossible though he looks closely at the dysfunctional family of the victim. The outraged locals plan to hunt down the packs even as dog-napping has arisen in the county.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At the same, Tom's girlfriend veterinarian Rachel Goddard and her assistant Holly Turner try to prevent the canine massacre from occurring while their clinic wall has been posted by Missing Dog pleas. They end up in the middle of Tom's investigation while the local dog fighting ring chief watches them carefully in case they need to join Hall.
With a nod to the Michael Vick conviction, the latest Rachel Goddard amateur sleuth (see The Heat of the Moon and Broken Places) is a superb thriller that focuses on animal abuse inside of a strong whodunit. The story line is action-packed with a strong mystery, but it is the description of the maltreatments of animals, whose images at times overwhelms the heroine, her assistant and the readers, and will remain in our memories long after the climax.