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Murder Can Depress Your Dachshund (Desiree Shapiro Mystery #14) Paperback – Bargain Price, February 6, 2007
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Humor, food, and just plain good writing. -- Tamar Myers
Queen-sized entertainment. -- Barbara D'Amato
Humor, food, and just plain good writing. (Tamar Myers)
Queen-sized entertainment. (Barbara D'Amato)
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And while these books are witty and fun, they are also clever. The mysteries are perfect and cleverly thought out. The clues are cleverly given. The mystery part of these books really are perfect, because they are not so much boring police work or boring detective work that they are boring, but just enough cleverness and just enough involvement to make the mysteries work out beautifully without the answer just being thrown in your lap or without the mysteries just being fluff. (Not that I don't love fluff.)
And I enjoy hearing about what Desiree eats. That adds a lot of fun (play) to the books.
This series has everything: clever mystery, cozy atmosphere, wit and fun. And when I say cozy, I mean cozy. This is one of the coziest series I've ever read. And I love Desiree Shapiro (the main character) because she is so real as well as being witty and fun-loving. She doesn't feel she has to diet everytime she eats 100 calories. And she isn't arrogant. She is someone we can all love.
If you love cozy mysteries as much as I do, and you haven't tried any of the books in this series, I recommend you do. It's always good to start at the beginning ("Murder Can Kill Your Social Life"), but it isn't necessary. Any of these books would be fine to start with to get a sampling of how awesome this series is.
Now, about this particular book, "Murder Can Depress you Dachshund":
Desiree, a private investigator, receives a job from an elderly man to investigate the possible murder of his son. The son is a wonderful, well-liked person; who and why would anyone want to murder him? This mystery is puzzling for Desiree. The pieces don't seem to want to fall together. But Desiree investigates, talks to people, and finally the pieces start to come together.
While she figures it all out, we are taken on adventures. There is lots of food, coffee, and fun. I also love the relationship Desiree has with her niece, Ellen. Everyone seems to love Desiree. And while she is witty, she is also intelligent and sensible.
I loved the adventures. I loved this book from start to finish.
Highly recommended. Five stars are not enough.
This author brings her own sense of humor into her book from the first page. she hooked me on this series with this book. It was not only a good read, it was a fun read. I enjoyed it all the way through. I was actually happy to be reading this book and I plan on reading many more in her Desiree Shapiro series.
The characters were believable and I especially appreciate Desiree. She's not perfect as a matter of fact she's over weight. I like her niece, Ellen, and her needy ways.
Thank-you Selma Eichler for bringing a fun sense of humor into your cozy mysteries.
Add in a few nagging phone calls from the whiny Ellen (and one Mandarin Joy dinner at her apartment), a few evil eyes from the annoying Jackie for not being privy to Desiree's every move, and a few dates with the nerdy Nick, who spends most of his time fretting about his over-the-top monster kid, and it's getting hard to tell one installment apart from the next.