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Dog Collar Crime (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery, #1)

Dog Collar Crime (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery, #1)

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by Adrienne Giordano

Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she's long avoided—move back home with her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie turns a dog-walking gig into a fancy


Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she's long avoided—move back home with her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie turns a dog-walking gig into a fancy dog accessory business, life starts to look like a walk in the park... until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked. Despite Frankie's help, Lucie is thrown into an investigation that's more Goodfellas than good doggie. If she can survive her family and a plot involving stolen diamonds, she might just have a second chance at love.

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Dog Collar Crime 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic start to a new series. Cannot wait for the next. Well fleshed out, the plotline solid and the characters believable.
AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
What a fun story. I really enjoyed reading Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano. It is a romantic mystery but not dark, rather it is light and humorous. The heroine, Lucie is trying so hard to shed the image of "Mob Princess" so how can you not laugh at that? Lucie Rizzo is recently laid off from her investment banking job and is making ends meet by walking dogs and making dog accessories such as collars and coats. When a 15 carat diamond shows up in her stash of artificial gems she uses to make the accessories things get a little crazy. The plot is engaging and I fell in love with some of the characters right away such as Frankie, Joey and Rosanne who happen to be Lucie's boyfriend, brother, and best friend. The chemistry between the characters was great fun to watch unfold as things got a little heated. In addition to the plot becoming heated, the romance between Lucie and Frankie was definitely heated at times.  Adrienne did a fantastic job of balancing the romance and mystery of the overall book and how much detail to go into the romantic scenes to keep with the tone of the story.  I enjoyed the dogs in the story as well. I was reminded how frustrating dogs and puppies can be when you want them to do something (or not do something) and it was another aspect of the book that had me laughing. Dog Collar Crime is a different kind of book for Adrienne Giordano. I have loved her other romantic suspense books that she is known for, and found Dog Collar Crime just as entertaining, but in a different way. While reading this book I was reminded of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. The tone and humor is similar but the characters and plot are quite a bit different. The ending of Dog Collar Crime has me hooked into the series and I can't wait to see how the rest of the series goes. If you are looking for a light, fun romantic mystery, I highly recommend Dog Collar Crime.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
4.5 really enjoyed this book! great start to the series and i can not wait for the next book, Loved the dynamics between brother & sister mom and daughter daughter and father and then throw in the on again off again love lol made this a very fun fast pasted not sure where it was going read but didn't want to miss the ride! Hated to put it down , darn job & sleep . This is one that will go for sure down as well worth the read and can't wait for more! You will not be disappointed
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Lucie Rizzo is unemployed due to rightsizing . After six months of searching for a new job, she's forced to move back home. This is not what she wants. She hates being looked at with scorn because of her father's criminal activities. He may be in jail now but there is no escaping his reach. I liked Lucie. She's feisty and resilient. She'll work hard to accomplish her dream. To pay the bills, she started a dog walking service . Now she's branching out with dog accessories with plenty of style and bling. She loves what she's doing. Suddenly someone is dognapping her charges. Why? She needs help. Frankie Falcone , her ex, is there for her. They have plenty of chemistry. Their love making is smoking hot, but they have serious problems to overcome. Lucie and Frankie are an incredible couple. They deserve a HEA. With the Frankie Factor working, I knew that he would get his woman. This is an engaging story filled with great dialogue and well-written characters. Joey may be a bad guy but I liked him. He has plenty of rough edges but there is more there than meets the eye. He needs a good woman to bring him to heal. Adrienne Giordano has done and excellent job with Dog Collar Crime. I was left wanting more. I was gifted a copy of Dog Collar Crime in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I received a free copy for an honest review.* I had never read one of Adrienne Giordano's books before, but after reading this one, I will absolutely be reading more! This book was filled with fun characters who made me laugh and feel everything they were feeling. The pacing was on point, and I found it was difficult to put down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and a lot of laughs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story about family dynamics, business, and loyalty! Love her chosen profession! Mary Jo Burke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery with romance .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely delightful. Great humor and good story line
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
Lucie is out walking a dog when it gets stolen. When her brother finds out, he insists him and Frankie walk with her to protect her. They are informed there is a dognapping ring. This book has a good mystery, and is a lot of fun to read!
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, suspense, and heartbreak. This is Lucie and Frankie’s story. Lucie has been laid off her bank job. Now she has started a walking dogs business until a bank job opens up again. What happens when things start happing to her dogs. Can she figure out who is after her and the dogs before it’s too late? Frankie is her on and off again boyfriend. Can he help with the mystery? Will they end up together when she wants out of the life and he does not? Lots of mystery and a little bit of suspense for this story. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in the Lucie Rizzo Mystery series by Adrienne Giordano. Lucie Rizzo is down on her luck after losing her job at the bank. She had to move home to her crazy family and back to the town she has been trying escape from, where she is known as the mob princess. Lucie has started a dog walking business along with making fancy dog accessories. When her dogs start getting kidnapped who are wearing her collars she starts thinking that something is going on with her mob connections. If you are looking for a great book that has romance, humor, and mystery then you need to read this book. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
missalicia2013 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review... Hysterical, steamy, and fun!! I Loved this book!!! Two mob kids have a complicated love relationship but they will always have a friendship. Lucia just wants a "normal" life in the real world however her name will not let her have it. She is back home after a complication with her last job and now she is trying to make a side job work...making dog accessories and walking pampered pets. When someone starts dognapping her pets. She calls her friend and sometime lover Frankie to assist. They begin to juggle the police and the challenge of keeping the Families from getting involved. Can Lucia save her business? Does she want to?
kodac More than 1 year ago
Clever, Fresh, Enjoyable Very enjoyable story with clever, fresh plot and a likable heroine we’re rooting for throughout. As the subtitle indicates, it’s an adventure — a whodunit interwoven with a cool-and-hot romance. Lucie Rizzo has lots of baggage – especially family baggage – and, recently, a shattering career reversal. Now (back at her parents’ house) she faces new setbacks in a temporary job and the awkward proximity to her old flame, Frankie Falcone. In looks and behavior, Frankie is almost too good to be true, but he has one perceived flaw — his closeness (and blind allegiance) to family and to their home town of Franklin, presumably an outskirt of Chicago. Whatever Lucie’s future holds, it has to be away from family and hometown. But Frankie’s determined to take care of (and protect) the fiercely independent Lucie, whether she likes it or not. He won’t leave family and town, but won’t let go of Lucie either — not without a fight. [Frankie was especially interesting to me because he played baseball at LSU, my alma mater!] There’s a passel of well-meaning but meddlesome relatives, friends, and almost-in-laws who – in roughly equal parts – keep Lucie off-balance or save her bacon. The sibling interplay between Lucie and Joey is nicely handled and will likely remind some readers of their own experiences — either as kids or in early adult years. Nice descriptions of several characters — I found myself wishing I could have photos of Lucie and the other two beautiful women in this tale. In whodunits – whether novels or movies – I’m usually quite good at guessing the bad guys (though in a story with two “mob” families, there are lots of folks technically outside the law). However, my early guess – from roughly half-way through this story – about the villain(s) turned out wrong! When an author fools me, and does so by the rules, I chalk that up to great writing. Reviews are extremely subjective: I felt this story warranted 4.5 stars (an option not available here). The reason I rounded down (instead of up) was because of what I perceived as a slower pace in the middle third. A lot of that portion dealt with Lucie’s and Frankie’s roller coaster relationship and (for me) slightly bogged down. This is the first in Giordano’s “Lucie Rizzo” series and definitely makes me want to read Book Two: Dog Collar Knockoff. [And I understand a third book is scheduled for release in May.] One small thing I need to investigate further — what’s a “hairy eyeball”? NOTE: I received this book in a drawing and was asked to provide an honest review.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
3-1/2 Stars. There was much to love about Dog Collar Crime. In many ways, it reminded me of a Stephanie Plum novel minus the incompetent protagonist and unrealistically stupid criminals. Lucie Rizzo is out of work and forced to move back home with her mom and brother. Born and raised a mob princess, Lucie longs to break free of her family chains and make her own way in the world. But after getting laid off, she's right back in the middle of the family drama, including a father in prison. Her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Frankie, would do anything for her, except leave behind his own mob-connected family. Lucie makes ends meet by walking dogs and making high-end pet accessories, while she waits and hopes a job in banking comes her way. But when the dogs she walks start being targeted by someone, Lucie begins to wonder if she'll ever be able to escape that world. Plot The plot is a mystery with a strong dose of romance. Finding out who is targeting her dogs and why is the main plot, but her relationship with Frankie plays a larger role than in most other books of this genre. The pacing was slow more than a few times. There seemed to be a lot of time spent walking the dogs, which granted is Lucie's job, but not much else happened. There also seemed to be some repeated elements. Instead of escalating early, the dognappings stayed sort of the same and the back-and-forth with Frankie felt too repetitive at times. But there's light humor, plenty of chemistry between the characters, and a couple of twists that redeem the story. Characters The characters are by far the best part of the story. They're fun, quirky, well-rounded, and believable. Lucie Rizzo's desire to be anything but the daughter of a mobster is tangible and relatable, even if your dad isn't a made man. Frankie is also sympathetic as the loyal son who has managed to break away from the crime family and flourish in a legitimate job. Even the gangster family members transcend stereotype and are well-developed and three-dimensional. Ending I was expecting more from the ending. Although a mystery and not a thriller, overall the story lacked a real sense of peril for the characters. I never felt like any of their lives were truly in danger. The climax left me wondering what would happen to the characters' relationships rather than if they would survive. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, because I did care about all of them and wanted them to wind up happy. What Didn't Work for Me 1. The pacing. The story moved too slow for me at times. 2. Repetition. There were times I felt like we revisited the same issues over and over again, particularly when it came to Lucie's feelings for, and issues with, Frankie. What I Enjoyed About Dog Collar Crime 1. The characters. All of the characters were well developed, interesting, and avoided stereotypes. 2. Chemistry. There was instant chemistry between Lucie and Frankie, but also a great bromance between Frankie and Lucie's brother, Joey, between Lucie and her brother, and between Lucie and her mom. These relationships all came across as lovingly authentic. 3. The mystery. The mystery of who was behind the dognappings was well plotted, and kept me guessing. 4. Ro. Best BFF ever. 5. Lucie's mom. She was so beautifully flawed and yet I never doubted her love for her children. Bottom Line Dog Collar Crime is a lighthearted mystery with compelling characters and a touch of humor. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the au
Crickerz More than 1 year ago
I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I also bought a copy for myself because I loved it. Lucie has recently lost her bank job to downsizing so she had to move back home with her mother and is currently paying er bills by walking dogs and making and selling dog collars, coats and leashes. Things get interesting when someone dog nap's one of Lucie's dogs while she is out walking it. Lucie is thrown against a parked car head first while the dog is grabbed from her. She chases the thieves but they jump into a van and take off. She has to call the police and of course she gets the look, yes she is that Lucie Rizzo daughter of a suspected MOB Boss. The police let Lucie know about a dog napping ring that has been operating in the area and they issue a bulletin for the stolen dog and the van. The next day, Lucie has the exact same thing happen to her, another two of the dogs she is walking taken from her and she again is pushed down and injured. Frankie who is Lucie's on again off again fiancee and Lucie's brother Joey turn out to be just what Lucie needs when they find out about the dog being kidnapped. They insist on walking with Lucie everyday in order to protect her, and it turns out to be a good idea when a large guy tries to take another of the dogs that Lucie walks and Joey has to fight the guy off. Lucie's best friend often helps her with her business and comes over to help out and quickly has Lucie shocked when she informs Lucie that one of the rhinestones on the collar that Lucie is working on is actually a real diamond. Things just get worse for Lucie from there. This book is such a great read, I do not want to give a way a ton of spoilers so I will just add that this book had me laughing. I actually finished the book in one sitting. It is full of humor, twists and turns and surprises. The characters are really well developed and the scenes are so well described that you can actually picture them in your head. This one is a five star read a must have if you love a good mystery and a great read.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I adore Dog Collar Crime and can’t wait for more in this delightful and strong cozy mystery with mob connections. Lucia Rizzo does not wanted to be associated with organized crime or her imprisoned mob boss dad, so she built a life of her own in nearby Chicago, but that life collapsed when she lost her job in a merger. In a desperate effort to survive in a limited job market, Lucie moves back home and walks dogs while she tries to start a business designing pet collars and doggie jewelry and Her doggie designs take off literally as well as figuratively; someone keeps dognapping her customers and then returning them. As one would expect from Adrienne Giordano the book is an intelligent mystery and the humor is relatable but heat factor is mild. The romance issues are unique but very understandable. The guy is absolutely adorable as well as hot. I look forward to more with this dynamic cast of characters. I love AG's romanctic suspense, but this much lighter mystery has won my heart! I read this book when it first came out under a different publisher. I an so glad SilverHart is presenting the opportunity for two more in the series.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Such a cute, quirky mystery! Can't wait to see what happens in Book 2! Lucie Rizzo is an out of work investment banker. When she lost her job, she had to tuck her tail and run back home in order to save money until she can find another job. She hates living at home and being right in the middle of the mob drama her family thrives on. She just wants to be out on her own where everyone doesn't think of her as a mob princess when they hear her last name. Frankie Falcone is Lucie's on again/off again boyfriend/wanna-be fiance. Right now they are OFF, but with all the support he's showing her with her temporary dog-walking & dog accessory making jobs, she's considering giving it another try. When the dogs she walks start getting dognapped right under her nose, they have to scramble to figure out who's doing it, and why before another dog is taken. ** Received free in exchange for an honest review **
green____ More than 1 year ago
Love the characters! What an entertaining group of characters! Lucie has to deal with a lot... Being home around her family's mob ties, her annoying brother, her feelings for her on again off again boyfriend, the dog-nappers and all the craziness that surrounds her! I found this mystery to be a delightfully fun read! I was really curious as to how things would play out and had a fun time turning page after page to find out! All the characters came to life for me with the author's words! Some nice little twists! Looking forward to seeing what is next for Lucie! *copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
What a great fast paced book. I love reading Adrienne Giordano. They never disappoint! Poor Lucie, she looses her job and has to move back home. She has been trying to distance herself from all of her family's mob entanglements. Guess that is hard considering she is the daughter of a mob boss. Yikes! Coming back home has thrown her back into the thick of things. Lucie's old boyfriend is determined to get her back. He has a strike against him though since he is also involved with the mob. Frankie and Lucie's relationship is true despite the on again off again. Now if Frankie can just get Lucie on the same page it would be great. Loved their relationship up and downs as well as the love/hate relationship between Lucie and her brother Joey. Lucie is trying to get her life back on track with her dog walking/ fancy dog accessories business. Things are going ok until she finds a diamond in her attic is connected to a dognapping. What is Lucie going to do? She is a strong woman and doesn't want to ask for help but she also doesn't want to let a dognapper to get away. She may have bitten off more than she can chew! I loved this book. It has everything from mystery and suspense to romance and family relationships. I would recommend this book to all of those cozy romantics out there.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano is a totally different genre of book for this author. It's more of a cozy mystery but with some sexy times. Although different from the author's usual romantic suspense books that I have read, I found this book to be equally entertaining. The characters were all very likeable and well developed as the book progressed. The mystery had me hooked from the first dognapping. The family bonds, friendships and the premise of the story being families with mob connections all were integral to each of the characters. There is humor, a lot of emotional growth, mystery and romance. Ms. Giordano's writing always captures my imagination and I easily get caught up in her stories. A very enjoyable read that left me wanting to read the next one in this series. I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
The characters are likeable, fun and entertaining. Lucie and Frankie have known each other forever. They are currently off in their relationship because she wants Frankie to leave their town and families behind. Their families are mob connected and Lucie is tired of not being taken seriously because of her father. Frankie doesn't care what others think. There is lots of craziness going on and they have to figure out who is behind the dog napping. Who can they trust?
hopofo More than 1 year ago
Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano is a lighthearted slightly romantic mystery. Lucie is the out of work daughter of an imprisoned mob boss with an on again off again fiancé. She turns to dog walking to supplement her income and expands that to selling handmade dog accessories. Soon Lucie finds herself the victim of several dognappings connected to her accessories. I found the story entertaining although somewhat different than her usual writing style. I was given an advance copy of this book for an honest review.
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
I find it impossible to not like a book that has a dog named "Miss Elizabeth" that lives with a Mr. Darcy. The whole book was awesome! This was also my first read for Adrienne Giordano. I really enjoyed this book, and I loved the dogs in it as well, but there was SO much more to this book than the dogs! Lucie has been trying for years to get out of the shadow of her mobster father, but it just keeps following her around. Then, dogs start going missing on her watch, and she is right in the middle of a very unique situation. I loved how this story came together. There were a lot of interesting twists.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book from start to finish.... loved the attraction between Lucie & Frankie but more importantly the real bond they had. Thought the love/hate brother relationship between Joey & Lucie was fun too. This story touched on so many relationships that we all have in our life & I like how the author dealt with them. Great mystery & it has dogs so that makes the story even better. Hope there are more books to follow. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages?