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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Daph has a nice life with her business and being able to stay at her sister's Winding Hill Farm. Her sister, Piper, is the town veterinarian, whose assistant, Dylan Taggart, would like to be more than just friends with Daphne. With all the commotion of setting up for dog agility trials at the farm, who knew that all this normalcy could be interrupted by the murder of egotistical dog trainer, Steve Beamus, who used to date Piper. Piper was seen arguing with Steve prior to his death so of course she is the prime suspect. Daphne feels she must do some quick investigating to keep her sister from being charged with the murder even though as she investigates, she turns up a decent amount of possible other suspects. Even though it's Piper that Daph wants to clear, Piper herself along with uber-handsome police detective Jonathan Black are highly discouraging Daph's interference with the case. We all know those warnings never work ;)
This was a well-written and fun, intriguing mystery that had just the right amount of twists and turns. Moxie, Daph's best friend and town hair stylist/gossip was one of my faves. She was just such a...character! I got a kick out of Daph and Piper's mom being such a real estate barracuda as she constantly tried to sell Detective Black a place to live. I didn't really guess the killer, although earlier on, I randomly chose someone just because. I didn't really stick with that person because I didn't have any idea of the why.
I'm not a huge fan of having two possible future love interests for the protagonist, but I have a feeling something will eventually be resolved and I plan to keep reading the series to find out how things shake out between Daph and Dylan or Daph and Jonathan. I liked how Jonathan's background came out (even though it was an awkward moment for Daph) that he was definitely fond of dogs even though sometimes he was guarded about showing it. I do like Dylan but he seems more the laid-back sidekick type than boyfriend material, sort of like Shaggy on Scooby Doo. Needless to say I guess I am Team Daph+Jonathan but only the author knows for sure! ;)
There are some yummy looking recipes at the end of the book that you can make for your dogs. They're all the things that Daph made for the dogs in the book. Also, be sure and read the excerpt for the next book. I'm already excited for it to be published!
Daphne is described as a free spirit however I did find her immaturity a like not putting enough gas in her van (twice) a little annoying. Other than that she is likable enough, I did love her interaction with Detective Black he is a perfect accompaniment to her flightiness. The mystery was good and kept me guessing. I hope to see Daphne doing a little more of her job of pet sitting in upcoming books, I don't think that there was enough in this one. I will continue on with this series, it was a fun read, especially with a one eared Chihuahua with an overbite.
There is the added bonus of recipes for pet treats in the back.
Daphne Templeton has a PhD in Philosophy, but owns a dog sitting/ dog walking business in her hometown, a small idyllic town in Pennsylvania called Sylvan Creek. Her sister, Piper is the local vet in the town. The own is known for a few characters owning dogs, and the main event in the book is a dog show at the farm where Piper and Daphne live. There expecting a good turnout at the event, until Steve Beamus, a local dog trainer who is as the town jerk that broke her sisters heart, is found dead on the property. When Daphne sister piper becomes the main suspect. Daphne along with her canine companion's start there own investigation, and sniffing where there noses don't belong, meddling in the case. With new to town cop Detective Jonathan Black frowning on her meddling in the case.