Drop Dead on Recall

Drop Dead on Recall

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by Sheila Webster Boneham
     
 

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The passions aroused by canine competition can inspire violent fantasies. But when a talented handler falls flat on her face during the obedience trials, Australian Shepherd lover Janet MacPhail can hardly believe someone would actually resort to murder.

As she takes care of her mother and falls for a hunky black Lab owner, the last thing Janet needs is to find

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Overview

The passions aroused by canine competition can inspire violent fantasies. But when a talented handler falls flat on her face during the obedience trials, Australian Shepherd lover Janet MacPhail can hardly believe someone would actually resort to murder.

As she takes care of her mother and falls for a hunky black Lab owner, the last thing Janet needs is to find out she’s become a “person of interest.” Nosing around for clues that might clear her good name, Janet and her friends—Australian Shepherd Jay, tabby cat Leo, and eccentric neighbor Goldie Sunshine—discover the hard way that killers don’t like snoops. And it soon becomes apparent that the next victim might just be Janet herself.

Praise:
“Sheila Webster Boneham’s delightful debut mystery combines a likeable sleuth [and] a keep-’em-guessing plot. First place with a perfect score!”—Susan Conant, author of the Dog Lovers Mystery series

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Library Journal
Dog shows are nerve-wracking, so when a major competitor, Abigail Dorn, keels over and dies, the cause is initially thought to be a heart attack. Fellow dog handler Janet MacPhail helps out by bringing the victim's border collie home with her. Janet's freelance photography business takes her into people's homes and what do you know—people talk. Pretty soon, everyone looks like a potential murder suspect, and Janet wishes she wasn't quite so curious. VERDICT This cozy debut introduces a detective who is knowledgeable about and devoted to her canine companions. Much like in Susan Conant's mysteries, the dogs populate the story and help dictate the solution. A secondary plot involving Janet's family problems distracts from the mystery but will help readers invest in the protagonist's future.
Kirkus Reviews
An Indiana photographer whose life revolves around her dog becomes a reluctant bloodhound. Janet MacPhail and her Australian shepherd, Jay, are competing at an obedience trial near their Fort Wayne home when Abigail Dorn, a respected but not very well-liked woman, collapses and dies. Janet helps out by taking Abigail's award-winning border collie, Pip, home with her while Greg Dorn waits with his stricken spouse. What at first seems to be an allergic reaction turns out to be a poisoning. The police are initially suspicious of Janet, who has not only Pip, but all of Abigail's stuff, including some leftover food containers she's unfortunately run through her dishwasher. But police Detective Jo Stevens, who doesn't really think Janet is a murderer, relies on her to explain the minutiae of dog breeding and showing. Greg emerges as the main suspect, since he may have been having an affair with Suzette Anderson, whose border collie, Fly, is number two behind Pip. Janet must deal with her mother's descent into dementia and her attraction to Tom Saunders, who's showing a Labrador retriever named Drake. In between these problems, she digs up dirt on a breeder who may have falsified breeding records and another dog person who's obsessed with Greg. Even Tom is a suspect because his mother was left out when Abigail's side of the family inherited a fortune, and he's a college professor with expertise in poisonous plants. When Janet starts receiving threats and her cat is kidnapped, she redoubles her efforts to find the truth. Boneham's debut, which supplements its menagerie of human suspects with oodles of information on obedience trials, will delight dog fanciers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738733067
Publisher:
Midnight Ink
Publication date:
10/08/2012
Pages:
389
Sales rank:
619,891
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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