The Dog Park Club: A Mystery [NOOK Book]

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Raymond Chandler meets David Sedaris—the first in a dynamite new cozy series that’s “a lot of fun, full of unexpected depths and twists.” —Josh Bazell, bestselling author of Beat the Reaper

Amy Carter is missing. And there’s no one less capable of finding her than Max Bravo.

Max Bravo is a mid-rung opera singer with a diva's towering ego. And he doesn’t do favors. Not until the day he visits a troubled friend...

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The Dog Park Club: A Mystery

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Overview


Raymond Chandler meets David Sedaris—the first in a dynamite new cozy series that’s “a lot of fun, full of unexpected depths and twists.” —Josh Bazell, bestselling author of Beat the Reaper

Amy Carter is missing. And there’s no one less capable of finding her than Max Bravo.

Max Bravo is a mid-rung opera singer with a diva's towering ego. And he doesn’t do favors. Not until the day he visits a troubled friend in Berkeley and offers to walk her dog.

Max quickly discovers the local dog park. It’s an odd, private little world—a preserve for neighborhood crackpots and lay-abouts, and, incidentally, their dogs.

But, the park regulars are friendly. Clubby. They even serve beer. Before long, Max can’t stay away.

When one of the regulars disappears, Max’s interest in the dog park turns to obsession. Amy Carter – beautiful, adored, pregnant – has vanished. The circumstances bode the worst.

What happened to Amy? The dog park club has brewed up a theory. And they mean to prove it.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Robinson's debut may disappoint those expecting a lighthearted, pet-themed cozy. Max Bravo, a wise-cracking gay opera singer, and his best friend, advertising whiz Claudia Fantini, who's heartbroken that her husband wants a divorce, find solace taking the husband's dog, Asta, to a Berkeley, Calif., dog park. There Claudia and Max hang out with a variety of fellow dog lovers, including a “hoary-headed Vietnam vet,” a “sartorially offensive” software engineer from Barcelona, and bank loan officer Amy Carter, who's pregnant. After the popular Amy vanishes and the police fail to find her, Max and company, including Max's visiting German boyfriend, investigate, staking out Amy's house because they suspect her husband has killed her. An uncertain blend of mystery, humor, and the paranormal, this first in a projected series builds to a downer of an ending. Robinson has style, but she needs to settle on a more consistent tone in the sequel. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
A half-Gypsy, bisexual opera singer makes a snobbish, unlikely and often uninterested sleuth. Max Bravo's European tour is interrupted by a series of desperate phone calls from his longtime friend Claudia Fantini, whose husband Larry wants a divorce. When he returns home, he finds Claudia sodden with drink and her usually neat person and home in ruins. Taking Claudia's terrier Asta to the dog park, he meets a very mixed bag of fellow dog walkers: the Catalan Jordi Almirall, Ed, an old hippie, the apparently rootless Gator, and the beautiful, pregnant Amy. The unlikely bunch become friends of sorts, and when Amy disappears, the others unite in suspecting her husband Steve of doing away with her. Max's German lover arrives for a visit and joins the club, while Larry stalks Claudia, possibly with the intent of getting back together. The police question Steve but turn him loose, leaving the dog-park group to watch him and bug his house in an attempt to prove that he killed Amy. All the while, Claudia starts to get her life back together, Max continues to receive visits from his late grandmother, who wants him to marry a Gypsy girl, and events and people eventually prove to be far different than Max expected. Robinson's fiction debut is an amusing dark comedy with charismatic characters and a story that seems ripped from the headlines but turns out to be far more interesting than the truth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429921220
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: A Max Bravo Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 417,881
  • File size: 279 KB

Meet the Author


CYNTHIA ROBINSON’s stories have appeared in Opium.com and the First Thrills anthology. Nominated for the Best New American Voices award, she lives in San Francisco. The Dog Park Club is her first novel.
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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Eagerly Anticipating the Next Adventure

    Mid-rung opera singer Max Bravo's to-do list certainly has lots of variety, practice, practice, practice, of course. Be a babysitter/confidante to frequently hysterical best friend Claudia.

    Solve her marital/romantic crises, which are numerous. Solve his own romantic crises, which are not as numerous as Claudia's, but still.chat with his long-dead grandmother, Baba the gypsy. Hang out with Claudia's dog, Asta at the local dog park. And, oh, yeah, find missing dog owner, the lovely Amy, who seems to have dropped off the face of the earth.

    In her debut novel, "The Dog Park Club", San Francisco author Cynthia
    Robinson gives us a wacky cast of characters who frequent the dog park along with Max and Claudia. A bunch of misfits who are not what they seem to be (one of them turns out to be a multi-millionaire, but dresses like a street person and sleeps in his van), they bond over beer and, incidentally, their love of dogs. The most normal member of the group is Amy, and when she vanishes-did I mention she's nine months pregnant?-and the husband is suspected of doing her in, they go all out to try to find the about-to-give-birth mother.

    But, once again, things are not what they seem to be.even the lovely Amy.

    Bravo, Max Bravo and Cynthia Robinson. I look forward with eager anticipation to your next adventure.

    Reviewed by: Susan Santangelo, Author of "Retirement can be Murder" for Suspense Magazine

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Edgy, Smart & Humorous

    They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but you know that's practically impossible. I mean, it's really a matter of once you've judged something by the way it looks, can you move past it and go deeper?

    For me the cover of this book says kitschy and cozy, not as I found it, intelligent and unpredictable. Once in, it's hard to get out. In fact, when I wasn't reading it, I was contemplating what the characters might be thinking, as if I was as real to them as they became to me.

    The writing style is refreshing. And, the subtle irony and sometimes sarcastic tone makes it uniquely realistic, and a pleasure to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

    FANTASTIC CHARACTERS THAT KEEP YOU GUESSING

    The Dog Park Club grabs you and doesn't let go. I started reading on my commute on a Thursday morning, and couldn't wait for the weekend to finish it. I read all day Saturday and couldn't put it down until the end. They only problem was I wanted to keep reading after the ending (that always happens with good books!).

    I found this book laugh-out-loud funny, but also full of suspense and a little scary. The lead character, Max Bravo, is hysterical and intelligent, and I want to hear more from him. All of the characters in this book are so well developed, I could imagine them exactly, from Max to the tweaker with the pit bull ( I won't give anything away, but it's a great scene). Part 2 was dark and intriguing and kept me glued to the pages. The clever, unexpected ending really caught me off guard, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

    I do think the title is a bit mis-leading and doesn't convey the sophisticated, black comedy style of the book. The story takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the characters reflect that city's attitudes and lifestyles. It has nothing to do with cute, charming dogs, though dogs are critical to the story, as they are the common denominator for the characters.

    I heard there's a 2nd Max Bravo mystery in development and I can't wait to read that one, too! He's funny quirky and has a go to hell attitude, but slso a soft spot in his heart for Claudia. i hope in the next installment, he isn't made to smoke- he's in the opera!! I BLAME THE EDITOR. the writer did quite well in her first novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    The Dog Park Club

    Cynthia Robinson's debut novel is a great read. Her writing style is fresh, imaginative and accessible. She has created a cast of characters that will remain with you. The mystery plot and setting keep the reader fully engaged and woven throughout the book are some wonderful comic moments and insights. I look forward to her next novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    Cynthia Robinson's first novel is a terrific character driven tale

    Claudia Fantini visits her opera singer friend Max Bravo to cry on his shoulders because her husband Larry left her. When Max returns to Berkley from overseas he goes straight to her apartment where she tells him to walk her dog Asta. While walking the dog Max meets Jordi, who knows Asta from Larry walking the canine. They go to the dog park seven blocks away and Max meets a motley crew. When he returns to the apartment to drop off Asta, Max leaves a note for a sleeping Claudia encouraging her to visit the people at the dog park.

    When Max returns from an opera engagement, he is shocked to learn Claudia is hanging out at the dog park as she took his advice though he believes they are beneath them. Ed sleeps in his car; Gator is unemployed; Amy is pregnant though fearful of her abusive husband. When Amy fails to show up at the dog park; Max and the gang become concerned that her husband harmed or killed her. The cops investigate, but find no evidence of foul play or of Amy. .Led by Max and his visiting German boyfriend the group set up surveillance of the husband, but believe caution is critical as they think he will act like a trapped rat if confronted.

    Cynthia Robinson's first novel is a terrific character driven tale that looks deeply at an ensemble case who makes up The Dog Park Club. Told by Max who holds the story line together, the coming together of a mystery, camaraderie and a slice of Berkley is well written and very entertaining although the ending seems to flow detached and uneven from the deep character study that Max narrates.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    THE DOG PARK

    Pure and bone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Shea

    Charles lunged forward, pawing at his companion's ears. Shea smiled at the two. <p>
    ((Alright.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Logan

    Oh Shea. I miss this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Worst book I've ever read!

    This book spends minimal time in the dog park and even less time on the mystery. The only mystery is how on earth this book ever got published. I kept hoping it would get better, but unbelievably, it actually became worse.

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