- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1456503057
- ISBN-13: 978-1456503055
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Dog We Trust Paperback – January 3, 2011
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I grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where the golden retriever mysteries are set, and I began writing these books because I fell in love-- with a dog. My golden retriever, Samwise, was my faithful companion for twelve years, and somewhere in the middle of that love affair I thought about writing a book about a guy and his dog. That evolved into In Dog We Trust, the first of my mysteries. Sam crossed over the rainbow bridge a few years ago, but he lives on in my heart and in these books. Now I am the proud papa of two goldens, Brody and Griffin, and they inspire me every day.
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It may be most enjoyable for dog people, who'll recognize many of the canine antics and misbehaviors that the protagonist encounters when he unexpectedly takes on care of a boisterous Golden Retriever. I enjoyed the main character's development from first being apalled at the big, slobbery beast, through slowly growing an emotional bond with the dog, to becoming a full-fledged dog person.
There are a couple of flaws that detract from the reading. Some clues are clumsily and noticeably inserted (you may guess whodunnit). Also, while the dog character is generally well-written, I found some of the doggy clue-finding behaviors (pawing at important things, etc.) unrealistic. My dog is pretty smart but if I'm murdered I doubt she'll be scratching at important papers to alert people to clues, unless I get bludgeoned by bacon and it splatters into my file cabinet.
My biggest complaint involves odd, contrived, punny character names which really jarred me out of the story. For instance, "Anna Rexick, who wanted to be a nurse, specializing in eating distorders. She was painfully skinny..." I mean, come ON. There's also "Billy Rubin, who wanted to be a doctor" (see bilirubin), and some others. Is this supposed to be a joke? I couldn't tell because the narrator actually discusses some character names, like "Dee Gamay" as "digame" in Spanish, treating them as serious, actual names within the world of this story. I don't really understand what the author was trying to do, but I found it really distracting. After Anna Rexick I started saying all the character names to myself to see if they "meant" anything.
Other than that, a fun read - I'd say well worth the bargain price especially for people who love dogs.
This was definitely a "cozy mystery" with an ex-con as the 'super-sleuth.' Steve Levitan, the main character, was in prison for computer hacking, so as partof his probation, he must not use unauthorized computers. This makes his detective work a little difficult, since computers are really his specialty.
Having Steve as the `detective' was an interesting twist. Also, the way the dog pulls him into the investigation was fairly believable, even though it did beg disbelief a few times toward the end.
The overall plot was just complicated enough to keep readers guessing toward the very end. The `red herrings' were believable and plausible.
The storyline did move a little slow in places. Steve did a little too much reminiscing on his past, pleading with the reader for unnecessary sympathy. Yes, I could see why he did what he did. It only took telling me once, not multiple times.
Character Development: 5 Stars
Steve's character really made the story. Aside from the transparent efforts at sympathy mentioned above, his character development was very well done. At first, he's not all that likable. He doesn't even like dogs! However, as the story progresses, so does his character and the empathy the reader could feel for him.
The other characters, while mostly window dressing, were sufficiently deep for the story.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
Mr. Plakcy did a terrific job in this cozy mystery. He had a smooth writing style that kept the story flowing evenly. The dialogue and descriptions were right on target.
In many novels with a `technical aspect,' the author makes the mistake of getting bogged down with detailed descriptions. Mr. Plakcy avoided this neatly while still allowing the reader complete understanding of the `hacking' taking place in the story. He made it feel as though almost anyone could do the research in which Steve indulged.
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Enjoy and hug your dog today. Would recommend this book
: Neil S. Plakcy
In this cozy mystery Steve has a dull life. Things change when his neighbor dies and he adopts her dog.Read more