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Overview

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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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: 9781602854741
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Dog Walker Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Fun and differt

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    A fun mystery

    I love Joe Cat (Shirley Rouseau Murphy) and his friends but now we have dogs that can talk too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Don't

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Cute read!

    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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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    Cheap and dreadful. What starts as a good idea quickly goes dow

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    E

    Interesting premise but too predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    Disappointing

    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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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Jk

    This is the worst book in the world!!!!.......jk cant wait 2 read it!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    I recommend this book to people who live dogs!

    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!

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Good beginning to what I hope is a great series!

    I enjoyed this light mystery, in large part because I love dogs and would LOVE to know what they're thinking! When I read the "teaser" for book 2 I couldn't wait until it came out!

    Extra kudos to Ms. McCoy for donating her profits to Best Friends, a very deserving NO-KILL animal sanctuary in Utah!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Love this book!

    I thought this was a great read, a very ingenious idea, and the characters are charming!

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

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    Light mystery

    My synopsis:
    Ellie Engleman is the newest dog walker on the Upper East Side. She's recently divorced and wants to live her life as she sees fit. So when she arrives at one of her charge's home, she discovers his owner's body and the dog is missing. Detective Sam Ryder has been assigned to the case. Can the two of them work together to solve the mystery before another dog is taken?

    My review:
    Ellie Engleman has a new job. Her dream job. She's a dog walker. Ellie also discovered she can hear their thoughts as well as they can hear hers. Imagine her surprise when she learns the dog she recently adopted has been taken over by her former dog's spirit.

    As Ellie is trying to build her clientele, she has to also deal with two conniving dog walkers who will do anything to protect their turf. You see, being a dog walker is serious business in NYC, especially on the Upper East Side. Ellie doesn't allow their threats to scare her. When she finds one of her clients dead and his prized dog missing, Ellie knows what she must do: FIND THE DOG!

    I'm not sure where I first heard of Hounding the Pavement. Perhaps during a weekly visit to a book store or maybe someone recommended it to me. Being an animal lover myself (and always on the hunt for a new series), I decided to go ahead and buy it. The beginning of the book was quick. I found myself instantly drawn into the story wondering how the missing dog would tie into his owner's death.

    Somewhere in the middle, I just lost interest. Several times I thought about putting down the book, but decided to keep reading as I wanted to know what happened to the dog?!? (Oh, yeah and who killed his owner - I know it's an afterthought!) I can't say I was surprised by the ending. The reader can easily figure it out. Even though the mystery was light, I did enjoy the budding relationship between Ellie and Sam.

    Despite having mixed thoughts about Hounding the Pavement, I plan to read book two of the series, Heir of the Dog.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Hounding for more!

    Fun book. It is a good mystery and Judi McCoy lays the groundwork for a great series of books. Ellie Engleman is recently divorced and walking dogs to start a new life. She is a smart and funny, her buddy Rudy is her smart a*$ Yorkie-Poo soul mate. Her new career hits a bump when she finds one of her clients dead and the Bichon in need of a walk has vanished. Enter Sam Ryder, the hot detective on the case. It is a page turner that left me begging for more.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

    Couldn't put it down

    Talk about a page turner! Hounding the Pavement was such a fun read. Ellie has such a funny, unique view of the world, and who wouldn't love a dog walker who can talk to dogs? How cool is that? I loved the mystery, which kept me guessing right up to the end. And the chemistry between Ellie and Detective Ryder is electric. If you haven't read this one, get it NOW! I can't wait for the next one, Heir of the Dog is what I think it's called. Hey, I hear Judi McCoy is going to be signing the next book in October 2009 at the Waldenbooks at Chesapeake Square Mall in Chesapeake, Virginia. I'm going to make the trip. I've just got to meet this wonderful writer and get her signature on my books!

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Can't wait for the next one.

    I needed an escape, something I didn't have to think too hard about while reading. This fit the bill perfectly. A good story with a predictable plot and some interesting characters. Ellie can talk to dogs, and they can talk to her. Her best friend, Rudy, is the reincarnation of her old dog. What a perfect pair to solve the murder of the owner of a prize winning dog. My only 'complaint' is that the author's romance novelist background comes up in a few places. I guess it had to, but overall a fun read. As the headline says, I can't wait for the next one to come out in October.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Hounding the Pavement

    Super read!!! Light, funny, good light mystery. Excellenet for dog lovers and others who want a really different mystery book, without getting into serious mystery. Can't wait for her next book!

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Loved Hounding the pavement!

    What a cool book! You read from the point of the dogs, and finally - a book where the dogs clearly speak and think. I am a read and sell person- no way I am selling this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    fun book, quick read

    Ms. McCoy donates a portion of book receipts to haven for animals with no homes. It is worth the price of the book for that reason alone, but the story is fun with lively characters. I hope to see more of the same type of story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

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    A great summer vacation read

    I totally loved reading this book. It was the first by this author. It will not be the last. It was a good beach book. I envy the way the main character can communicate with the dogs. It was a refreshing funny read.

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