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Rottweiler Rescue: a mystery for dog lovers [Kindle Edition]

Ellen O'Connell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

No one promised Dianne Brennan that her volunteer work as a foster home for Rottweiler Rescue would be easy. And no one warned her that the job would be murderously hard! Yet murder is what Dianne faces when she takes a dog to his new home, finds the adopter dead, and sees the killer leaving the scene. Worse, although Dianne cannot identify the killer, he begins stalking her with deadly intent. The sheriff's investigators in Douglas County, Colorado, are convinced the killer is a member of the victim's family. Dianne is sure he will be found where the victim worked - in the world of dog shows and dog people. Can she keep herself and her dogs safe long enough to prove she is right? Can Dianne and her Rottweilers collar the killer? Kindle Locations: 3,012.

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About the Author

Ellen O'Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers, Rottweiler mixes and a Morgan horse. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid, a Colorado Rottweiler rescue group. At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future.

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  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1450546102
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037HOHZ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! March 8, 2010
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Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 Stars

The reader is plunged into the story from the first chapter. This is not a "can't put it down" type mystery, but it is definitely one where the reader will want to continue reading to find out who the killer is.

While the novel was firmly entrenched in the "cozy mystery" genre, there was not a lot of boring filler. There was a lot of information about dog breeding and rescue organizations. However, it was so skillfully interwoven into the story, that I almost didn't realize how much information I was learning. Also, the author did a great job of not overstepping the line between giving information necessary for the plot and just proseletyzing on a favorite topic.

The mystery was interesting and definitely well-planned. My only issue with it was Dianne's epiphany regarding one of her dog's knowledge. It just didn't really make sense. That's really all I can say without giving anything away. That one thing didn't spoil anything at all and could easily have just been left out.

There was a romantic interest in the novel. However, it was downplayed considerably. I felt there could have been a little more play given to that thread.

Character Development: 4 3/4 Stars

Dianne was an interesting character, if a bit shallow. By that, I mean that I didn't really learn much about her outside of her interactions with dogs. Her actions and interactions were realistic, though, so she was definitely a good fit for this novel.

One thing I really enjoyed about this novel was that the dogs were "real". They weren't circus dogs and didn't do amazing tricks. They weren't genius dogs that astound humans with their intelligence. They were completely believable animals.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new author and series February 12, 2010
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Mysteries with animals as characters range from the "supernatural" where the animals solve the mystery to the mundane where the animals are used solely to attract readers. Rottweiler Rescue falls somewhere in the middle with the dogs serving as important plot points but not taking over the story. O'Connell has written a solid cozy with interesting characters and an intriguing mystery. A debut novel (as far as I can tell) I hope this isn't the last we'll see of the author or the character. Highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excited to discover this new author! February 11, 2010
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I have just finished Rottweiler Rescue and enjoyed it very much. The plot, pacing and characters all held my interest and I hope to see more in the series.

I am a dog-lover, and I think anyone who loves dogs, especially rottweilers, will enjoy this mystery. The dogs play an integral role in the story in a realistic manner.

My advice would be to check this book out, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Refreshing - A Credible Dog Mystery! April 26, 2010
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The author of this well-written and paced cozy obviously knows dogs, and respects them enough to treat them realistically. Her rescued rotties, while central to the plot, do not read minds, talk, or narrate the story.

I had given up reading rescue animal stories because they so often fall into either terminal cuteness or shrill preachiness. This book did neither; but presented a solid mystery wrapped around a feisty narrator and her dogs in a believable rescue environment.

Very well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent mystery April 11, 2012
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I'm generally apprehensive of self-published books; there's usually a reason why they haven't been picked up by a publisher. However, Rottweiler Rescue is an exception, and I hope that Ellen O'Connell continues to write and that she is picked up by a mainstream publisher because she certainly deserves it.

As an animal rescuer myself, I enjoyed the dog rescue background, and as a lover of big dogs I adored the Rotties. But more than that I enjoyed the tight plotting; clever dialogue and deft characterisation. As a character Dianne is appealing and interesting and I'd happily read more of her adventures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good read August 21, 2011
By Gab
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Tried a sample of this book last night and promptly downloaded the entire book on my Kindle. Lo and behold, I'm done with it today. Really good read, and I agree with many others that one of the book's strengths is that the dogs are real, not superdogs. Although I now own my second rescue dog--and both have come with baggage not far from Robo's, which the first shed completely before he died of cancer and the second is close to shedding fully after only a year with me--I don't think you have to be a rescue fan to appreciate these books. The ending was sweet, and that, followed by the poem about rescues, had me in tears. Rescues are well worth their weight in gold, and this book brought that point home well while still being a good mystery. Bravo!

P.S. I don't typically write glowing reviews. I felt compelled after reading this gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rescue Dogs Return the Favor April 14, 2010
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This is a good, solid cozy mystery. Heroine Diane Brennan is a strong woman who never intended to get involved in a murder. She didn't intend to end up keeping rescue Rottweiler Robo, either. Robo is a challenge, due to having been abused by a former owner. Diane already has a rescue Rottie and doesn't need a problem dog. But then Robo can't go to his new home because the owner has been murdered. She's stuck with him until she finds him a home, but figures that's not such a bad thing because he's big and powerful and by now she needs protection. The killer has begun stalking Diane because he thinks she can identify him. The police aren't much help, so Diane--sure the police are on the wrong track--does a little investigating of her own to try to stop the killer before she becomes the next victim.

The straightforward plot, well-drawn characters, and the wonderful dogs make for a very enjoyable read. You can't go wrong with Rottweiler Rescue.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a good read, however it did drag on at times.
Published 2 months ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars I own boxers but the rotties captured my heart and the story line was...
This book has everything you want, love, mystery, danger and best of all dogs. Strong characters that makes you want to read the next book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by noak
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love a mystery
I loved dogs, how they are able to assist humans, and how close we grow to them in our jobs.
Published 7 months ago by Cecelia Winer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced.
If you have any like or love for rescued dogs, rotties in particular, you will love this book. Ellen is so wise in the ways of dogs and slips that knowledge in amongst the goings... Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Sarabasha
2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum
Read 1/3 and got bored and set it aside for months. Re-read it yesterday because I had nothing else to do. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Donna B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good mystery
Definitely worth reading. Right up there with Sue Henry, Shirley Rousseau Murphy and Susan Conant (when she was writing about dogs).
Published 13 months ago by Nancy McQuinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Rotties Rock!
I loved this book from start to finish. Each breed I read about just adds to my love for the creatures we are blessed to take into our homes and call family.
Published 13 months ago by Mama Nandi
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosy mystery - with dogs
Some days you should just stay in bed. When Dianne agrees to deliver a rescue dog to an adopter she not only finds a body but comes face to face with the murderer. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Korrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars rottweiler rescue five star
I loved the book. I wish there were a sequal to Rottweiler Rescue. A series would be better. I could not put the book down. Is there anything simular to this book I can get? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Laura Sokolovic
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Because this book was written by Ellen O'Connell I decided to buy it. Now, I am not a fanatical dog lover--don't own one, so I was expecting to just tolerate this book. Surprise! Read more
Published 18 months ago by BarbaraJean
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More About the Author

Ellen O'Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers and Rottweiler mixes. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid ( At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future. Before becoming so heavily involved with dogs and rescue work, Ellen raised, trained, and showed National Champion Morgan horses for over twenty years as Serendipity Morgans. She still keeps a Morgan mare, Serendipity B Wichin, although she now concentrates on rally, carting, and drafting competition with her dogs. She is currently working on "Rottweiler Railroad," a second novel in her Rottweiler mystery series. Her website is

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