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"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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But with the best laid plans, Andy is finding it increasingly difficult. But what does he expect when he's the "go-to guy"? For starters his elderly neighbors (Elsie and Emma) want him to have a few words with a professor/historian who's convinced they're twins of ill repute. He does but Andy learns from Lance Robeson - a man he met whilst delivering a lunch order who was having a heck of fight with his ex-wife at the time - that the professor has some solid facts.
Then his parents, taking a short break from their RV vacation, ask him to entertain a couple they met on their trip. Mona is easy enough to get on with but her husband, Joe is annoying - he has to be the person who's done one better.
His Aunt Bev heavily suggests that he takes the role of interim Mayor until her son, Myron (Ronnie) returns home to take up the role. Andy mulls it over but before he has a chance to say no to his aunt, his friend shows him a campaign poster of sorts that his aunt has put together. Looks like he won't have a chance to decline the proposal now.
And then to top things off, King Harald, Andy's loyal pooch, has a penchant for thievery - a thousand dollar note hidden in a famous yellow magazine and a risque garden gnome. He has to return them to the rightful owners. However, questions arise. How did his sweet old neighbor have a thousand dollar note? Is it somehow connected to Professor Robeson?
In no time at all, the affable large mutt detects a familiar smell. One that he's not too keen on but he knows. And then he stumbles upon a body. Somehow the boss isn't going to be too happy about this.
The reluctant crime-finding duo try their hardest not to get too involved in this latest murder. Thankfully a full plate of art, a Finnish lover with a secret, politics, squirrels and entertaining friends doesn't lend to to much investigating.
Anders curiosity is piqued and wants to know if Elsie or Emma did have a colorful past. They must have more of those bills stashed in the National Geographic magazines. He hopes they're not involved, they're sweet old women. But more than that he hopes Harald keeps his nose out of trouble!
Audry's canine cosy is an exciting yet laid back quick read. His characters are solid and likable, especially Harald. The author writes the dog's perspective on the murderous situation adding a great dimension to the story. Well written in an easy style and wonderful language, if it's your first time meeting the lovable dog, I suggest reading his first adventure. A highly recommended read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author to review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.
Want to check out King Harald's first adventure? Click over to my review after you've finished this article! That one stumped me and this one had so many that could be the guilty one(s), that you'll keep guessing throughout the book!
Background plots in small-town America include Andy's sister going into business, creating a restaurant which will have a studio for Andy on the second floor...with Andy being called on to work at the restaurant when needed...
While his aunt talks him into running as temporary mayor to fill a vacancy until her son can run for the formal position. Some of the activities for the new mayor add greatly to the entertainment for readers as he deals with this new very socially demanding role. Of course everybody knows Harald so he's a partner in these events...
But the real problems occur with a college professor who is researching for a new book and has contacted the two sisters who lived on either side of Andy. They beg him to talk to the writer for them since they claim he is trying to accuse them of past historical activities that are not true, coming across in a serious fashion when she added they wanted him to do whatever necessary to stop his story! Andy agrees to meet but is presented with potential historical information that could very well be true! And that's also when Harald found what later was another clue--a garden gnome to chew on. I loved this little added touch to the story, which lightened the visit, at least that first time Andy and Harald was at the professor's home...
So who discovered the murdered professor? Andy and Harald of course. Harald had wandered away from home, went to the garden where he'd found the nice chewy gnome and had brought it home with him...just so that Andy would discover it and call to let the professor know he was bringing it back...But it was already too late...
Much is happening in New Bergen for Andy to keep himself and readers busy learning about, but he still found himself involved in solving the murder...only to have another one added... OK, I admit it. I didn't guess whodunit! That's twice Richard Audry has stumped me! Great!
I must admit I have a special place in my heart for cozy mysteries. There is always just enough mystery to keep me interested in solving it...but cozies are more about the people, the characters who inhabit the town where murder just happens to occur to break up the ongoing town activities. Especially in a series, I become interested with the characters...and Andy has won my heart already, especially when he gets his heart involved with a femme fatale (in a small town? Yes, she's visiting)...
There are millions of cozy readers out there...King Harald adds a dash of dog heroism for those who enjoy animals as main characters like I do...I'm already predicting that Andy will be a shoo-in for mayor in the next novel...what do you think? Hey, check this fun mystery with surprising ending activities that will result in a totally satisfying enjoyable book! Highly recommended...
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We get to know Andy so much better in this installment, I said in my previous review that he needed to bloom and bloom he did. He is taking a very active role in his sister’s new venture and his aunt Bev has a plan that should take up the remainder of his free time. His romantic life takes a very eventful turn too. Sometimes he doesn’t need Herald’s help to get into sticky situations.
King Harald continues to steal the show and out hearts. He gets into a bit of trouble and helps Andy learn some secrets about the dear ladies next door.
And as in the last book there is so much more….
This is an outstanding follow up to The Karma of King Harald. It is an easy read with fantastic dialogue and a top-notch whodunit. The characters are fun and engaging. I so love Harald. There is plenty of mystery, mayhem, and humor and Andy and Harald are in the middle of it. This was one of those books that once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. Now I want more. I can’t wait for Harald and Andy’s next adventure.