Another in the glut that is my Blogger Shame ..books in my TBR pile far longer than needed. Apologies to C.A. Newsome for the massive delay. The Lia Anderson Dog Park Mystery Series is wonderful for the doggy input alone…. please read on for my review of
Picking up where A Shot in the Bark left off, Lia is still feeling a bit fragile after the chaos she and her dogs, Chewy and Honey lived through. Working with a therapist has helped with her feelings of panic, and, as always, Newsome uses the dogs as great distractions and healing helpers.
Lia is not alone in the human front either, Peter, the erstwhile detective and visitor to the park has reached out frequently: worried about her safety he’s made sure to get her included with his friends, and he’s still patiently waiting for her readiness to commit to more than just a friendly chat. But, a newcomer to the dog park has some potentially disturbing news that he shares with Jim (another frequent visitor to the park. While Peter knows that the information is too vague and speculative o bring back to the department he also doesn’t want Lia and Jim investigating on their own: it’s too dangerous.
Covertly Peter, Jim and Lia begin to follow small trails and clues, hoping to catch the suspect. But s/he’s so clever, meticulous and devious. Could they find the solution before the next murder? Would they misstep and place themselves into the mix and on the list?
Newsome mixes a really clever mystery and devious villain with the wonderful characterization of Lia, showing her own concerns for herself, the effects of the murders already committed, and her relationship with her dogs. And the dogs play a serious part in these stories: they are sold secondary characters that bring light, humor and that warm fuzzy that lightens the story. All of the characters work well together: Peter’s attraction to Lia is apparent, the canraderie built over the dogs and owners at the park is realistic and clever. Insets from the villain’s point of view add greatly to the story, while moments of progress between Lia and Peter keep reader’s intrigued to the last page.
Title: Drool Baby
Author: C.A. Newsome
Series: LIa Anderson Dog Park Mysteries #2
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 27 July, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 55 minutes
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Artist Lia Anderson survived the murder of her boyfriend and betrayal by her best friend, emerging from trauma with a hunky new boyfriend, an exciting art project, and a straight-talking therapist to help her sort everything out. Life at the Mt. Airy Dog Park is returning to normal, and that suits Lia just fine. Then a message delivered by a stranger raises questions about Luthor's murder, starting Lia on a search for the truth that will ultimately have her fighting for her life.
This book concludes the storyline begun in "A Shot in the Bark"
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.