Gaits of Heaven (Dog Lover's Series #17)by Susan Conant
Enlisted to train an adorably free-spirited dog, Holly Winter gets sidetracked when the dog's owner- an over-medicated, over-analyzed, super-dysfunctional New Age wife and mother-is found dead following an accidental overdose. Accidental. Yeah, right.
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Susan Conant is a three-time recipient of the Maxwell Award for Fiction Writing given by the Dog Writers' Association of America. She lives with her husband, two cats, and two Alaskan malamutes.
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Ted and Eumie won training lessons for their golden Aussie hiskapoo at the Cambridge Dog Training Club. Holly Winter feels responsible for their good natured but untrained and not housebroken Dolfo since she was the one who convinced the club to offer the free lessons. She volunteers to train the Green¿s dog but at one of the very first lessons, Holly finds Eumie dead in her bed.-------- The police believe she was murdered because powerful drugs were found in a health drink that only she imbibed. Eumi¿s daughter Caprice, who can¿t stand her stepfather or stepbrother Wyeth, goes to live with Holly, her husband Steve and their five dogs. The remaining Greens are severely dysfunctional and infested by a plethoric of various mental health care needs. Wyeth is perhaps the most troubled of all and his actions lead to a group meeting consisting of anyone connected to the Greens including the killer.------------ Susan Conant is well known for her colorful and intriguing amateur sleuth mysteries. In addition to telling a great story, she deals with social issues that are relevant today and in GAITS OF HEAVEN the biggest issue she addresses is the over medication of doctors who don¿t communicate with their peers so they never fully know what pills their clients are taking. The plot is fast paced, the characters are hot and eccentric, and the dogs stealthily steal the show as is typical in a Ms. Conant tale.---------------- Harriet Klausner