Hounding the Pavement (Dog Walker Mystery Series #1)

Hounding the Pavement (Dog Walker Mystery Series #1)

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by Judi McCoy
     
 

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Meet Ellie Engleman, psychic dog-walker

The newest dog-walker on Manhattan's Upper East Side has a talent-she can hear what her canine clientele is thinking. So when a dog's owner turns up dead, Ellie must bone up on her sleuthing-and perk up her ears to find a killer.

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Meet Ellie Engleman, psychic dog-walker

The newest dog-walker on Manhattan's Upper East Side has a talent-she can hear what her canine clientele is thinking. So when a dog's owner turns up dead, Ellie must bone up on her sleuthing-and perk up her ears to find a killer.

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“Four paws up.”—Laurien Berenson, author of Dogie day care murder

“Managing to avoid every talking animal mystery cliché, McCoy fills this delightful story with humor, quirky characters and delicious hints of romance.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Publishers Weekly

Cozy fans will savor this charming paranormal mystery series opener from romance author McCoy (Wanted: One Perfect Man ). Recently divorced Ellie Engleman, ready for a fresh start, adopts a Yorkie and discovers she can telepathically communicate with dogs. Naturally, she launches a dog-walking business on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side. On the way to walk prize-winning Bichon Buddy, Ellie discovers the body of his owner, Professor Albright, murdered in his entryway. Buddy is missing and no one, save Ellie, is concerned. Sexy, annoying NYPD Det. Sam Ryder considers Ellie a prime suspect, but that doesn't stop her from searching for Buddy, hoping that finding the dog will lead her to the killer. Somehow managing to avoid every talking animal mystery cliché, McCoy fills this delightful story with humor, quirky characters and delicious hints of romance. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451226310
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Series:
Dog Walker Mystery Series, #1
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
257,831
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Hounding the Pavement (Dog Walker Mystery Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always looking cor a new book and author, this one caught my eye because of the dogs. Dog lovers and mystery lovers alike will enjoy this endearing book. I can not wait to read the rest of the series! Good character and story development, funny and well developed mystery.
luv2read36 More than 1 year ago
When I purchased my first Dog Walker Book I was skeptical. I didn't know if I was going to like a book where "human's and dog's talk"! NO MORE! Within a month I have read all five of the books in the series and highly recommend them. They are light, fun and refreshing. Can't wait for the next one!
Maxwellslady More than 1 year ago
I love Joe Cat (Shirley Rouseau Murphy) and his friends but now we have dogs that can talk too.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love mysteries, and if you love animals, do NOT buy this book! I wanted to like it, but it was terrible!! The main character, Ellie, is nice. Nice is good. In fact, too often nice is mistaken for weak or indecisive, so it is refreshing to have a main character who is both strong (recovering well from a bad marriage) and nice. However, too much of any one thing is flat and boring. If a character is so nice she makes Mary Poppins seem like demon spawn, then something is wrong. In contrast, her best friend, Viv, is one of the most annoying and unlikable characters I've ever come across. The fact that Ellie can understand what dogs are saying was an interesting idea, but it was not well executed. The doggy dialogue veered wildly between nauseatingly (diabetic coma inducing) sweet, embarrassingly awkward, and painfully stupid. In the last few pages of the book, there is a big sex scene between Ellie and Det. Ryder. I have no problem with a well written sex scene, but the key is "well-written". It felt forced and predictable. Somehow, you just know it's going to lead to some misunderstanding in the next book in the series; a mix-up between Ellie and Ryder that could be quickly cleared up if they actually communicated like the, supposedly, mature 30-something adults they are as opposed to the inexperienced early 20-somethings they are not. If, in spite of this review, you still want to read this book, check it out from the library first.
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Love dogs and murder mysteries, so this was a perfect book for me. This is about a dog walker who solves murders with the help of her dog. It's cute how they can talk to each other. I will be reading more of this series. If you like light mysteries with dog humor, then you will enjoy this book.
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DMHNJ More than 1 year ago
Cheap and dreadful. What starts as a good idea quickly goes downhill. The dog makes comments about the male human's testerone level. The mystery is solved by the dog about 100 pages before the human woman gets a clue. Sex between the male and female humans are overly described and with no attachment. Yuck! I wish I could get a refund.
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Interesting premise but too predictable.
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I love these types of "cozy" mysteries, and I love dogs, so I expected this one to be right up my alley. However, there was some really BAD language, and more sex than I am willing to wade through, and I will not be following up on the subsequent ones. The mystery itself was pretty good tho, if you don't mind the other stuff.
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Vitoria Wasserman More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific! It has a lot of action put in to it! Judi is an amazing writer. All of her books are about a murder that her dog Rudy helps with. He can get in to her thoughts but, she has to talk aloud to respond. This is a page turner! I must warn you: some chapters can be quite long on the nook because 3 page turns gets you to the next page........ I hope you read this amazing series! You'll love this page turner!