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Olivia Novak’s is a romance author, middle aged and alone since her husband died in an accident 3 years ago. These three years have been very stressful for Olivia in her attempt to trace the offender. Olivia doesn’t get along very well with her sisters. But Olivia, her sisters - Lauren and Danielle along with a dog named Pogo turn detectives when her elderly neighbor, R.D. Griffin goes missing. Can Ryan (Danielle’s ex-fiancé and Portland’s cop) solve both the cases? Will Olivia find the story of her life to pen down into a book?
It’s wonderful to read about these three sisters and Pogo. It’s pleasing to watch the three sisters finally bond with each other after so many years. There is incredible action, lovable bonding and their world is so inviting and exciting. The characters are well described. They seem so real and believable. The story also flows in a steady manner. The mystery unfolds interestingly and beautifully. This book totally uplifts your moods and gives you a series of hearty laughs. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves reading about a little bit of fun along with mystery and adventure.
A Poodle Named Pogo, Criminals, And Mobsters
You Don't Want To Miss This One
It Is A Winner! 5 Stars
Olivia Novak's life was perfect; a successful romance author, a loving husband, a beautiful home. Yes, Olivia's life was perfect until the day her husband was killed in a hit and run auto accident. Her obsession in finding the driver has over-shadowed her life. Her career is going strong but she is dissatisfied; she wants to write a serious novel, one her mother would appreciate.
Then to top off an awful 2 to 3 year period, her widowed mother dies. Olivia is executrix to her mother's estate and finds she didn't know her mother as well as she thought. Her mother had hidden depths none of the sisters knew existed as well as hidden talents.
Olivia, Lauren, and Danielle are sisters living in the same town. Olivia has known tragedy and obsession, Lauren the heart-break of losing her spouse to cancer, and Danny fearing Ryan, her ex-fiance and Police officer, would die in the line of duty, has retreated from life and refused to live life to its fullest. She had been nestled in the bosom of her mother.
Olivia is dog sitting her elderly mysterious neighbor, R. D. Griffin's, destructive poodle Pogo, trying to satisfy her literary agent, housing her two sisters in her home during this time of grief, planning her mother's funeral, handling the estate, trying to find her husband's killer, and resolve family issues. To say her life is full and spinning at full stilt is an understatement. Come and follow these three sisters as they journey though revelations, grief, resolution, commitment, and family unity.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:
This book had two of my favorite things, Freesia a beautiful Himalayan cat and Pogo the Poodle. Ms. Pierce descriptions were so vivid I could see these two and their antics.
Ms. Pieces writing style was funny, witty, and refreshing. She has the art of humor, snarkiness, and sarcasm down to a fine art. I laughed out loud reading this book. The antics of the sisters, Freesia, and Pogo, felt very real and Ms Pierce portrayed each expertly.
There were so many moments of expert repartee. I could fill this page with humorous dialogue and snarky quotes from book that I loved: when the sisters turned Pogo into a Service Dog to visit R. D. in the hospital, Olivia thinking of sticking her head under the wine spigot, watching Lauren dig through a purse that had everything from a pair of pliers to band-aides, at the funeral discussing their Mother's bacon etched urn, Pogo and the Bag Piper's fling, and so many more. I howled with laughter. Ms. Pierce added the elements of mobsters and their crimes, and the results of unwise decisions.
Ms. Pierce infused this book with twists and turns, mystery, and family dynamics in which the framework could represent any family in America. She expertly revealed the relationship issues between parent and their children and siblings; favoritism, jealousy, insecurity, envy, and not least of all, commitment and love. I felt right at home reading this book as I could identify with each sister's perception of their life, their mother's love and their place in that relationship and their relationship with each other. I loved the humor in this story, it was a feel good read.
Her characters were well-developed and the pacing of the book was well done. Ms. Pierce had many threads in this story. She brought all the threads together to create a fantastic novel filled with everything that makes a great story. The twists and turns, emotional dynamics, and mystery kept me fused to this book. I read it straight through; I refused to put it down. This story was addictive and was a roller coaster ride.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone that loves a good story filled with mystery, crime, mobsters, humor, and human relationships. This was the first work of Ms. Pierce I have read; I would buy her next novel without hesitation. Ms. Piece is a talented author that has plotting, characterization and development down to fine art.
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A cozy woman’s novel with enough humor and mystery to keep pages turning. And waiting for more.