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Mastiffs, Mystery, and Murder (A Dog Detective Series Novel) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 1, 2017
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Sandra Baublitz is a lover of all animals. She has always loved dogs and cats. A Dog Detective series originally began as a contest entry. Paw’s creation was influenced by the Beethoven movies and the author’s desire to own a Saint Bernard. The author never got the opportunity to own a St. Bernard, and her current cats will not allow a new edition. Ms. Baublitz expresses her love of the breed by continuing to write about Clarissa and Paw and their mystery adventures. She hopes her readers enjoy reading them as much as she enjoys writing them.
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Here are just a few of the issues that made me want to toss my Kindle across the room:
- When something the size of a St. Bernard jumps up on you and licks your face - you stagger - at least. (I would have thought the movies would have taught that!) - and it is NOT cute when they do it uninvited. Ever. Having a large uncontrolled dog is just not cute in general. (Nor is a small uncontrolled dog, for that matter.)
- Some sanctioning bodies do allow you to enter conformation shows at the last minute in some cases, but not an un-registered, paperless dog, regardless how 'purebred'. And why hasn't she had her un-registered pet that she had no intention of ever showing neutered??!!
- You do not bring litters of young puppies to dog shows.
- I still have no idea what she considers a 'choke collar'. She said it's banned by the (fictitious) dog show sanctioning body - so it's likely not a training collar. Maybe it's a pinch collar? - or a spiked collar or some sort? Whatever it is, apparently the same size one would use on a Pomeranian would also fit around the neck of a grown human. - and is available in a stylish red color, with matching lead. Really?
- You do not put bows on a Pomeranian. Certainly not if you're headed to the breed ring.
- I could go on.....
Despite the above, this book is a reasonably well written, clean, little cozy. It certainly seems to appeal to 'dog lovers'. Probably not a great book for dog people. 3 stars for a decently structured, reasonably well written, clean, cozy mystery. 1 star for research into subject matter.
Errors, though nothing a quick edit wouldn't catch...possessive issues were the most prevalent "Detective Gibbons second in command" (loc 1792), "to keep the dog's calm and avoid influencing the outcome"(loc 2908), etc.
Mastiffs, Mystery and Murder is written in plain English with not a single profanity. If this were a film it would be rated G, suitable for all audiences.
I initially thought this would be a terrific cozy mystery that would interest me especially well, due to its backdrop - a dog show. Then, as I neared 10 percent completion, I began to have second thoughts. Why?
I found clerical errors at location 48 (missed period) and at location 282 (image instead of imagery); I also was a bit concerned about being able to suspend my disbelief by (heroine and investigator entering their dog in the show at the last minute with no experience). I was worried that this cozy mystery would be too lame, too sanitary and too blase...
Well, actually, my concerns were misplaced. Although there were a few editing errors, they were few and far between, when compared to most self-published works. Further, I was able to suspend disbelief and was pleased with the overall arc of the story.
In other words, I liked this and will be acquiring the other books featuring Paw.
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
"The author never got the opportunity to own a St. Bernard, and her current cats will not allow a new "edition.'"
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Light, interesting novel. Good character development.
Writing a little redundant in spots, but a thoroughly enjoyable read. Surprise culprit.