- Series: A Mary McGill Canine Mystery (Book 1)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Severn House Trade Paperback; Reprint edition (April 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847516033
- ISBN-13: 978-1847516039
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Purebred Dead: A cozy dog mystery (A Mary McGill Canine Mystery) Paperback – April 1, 2016
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Don Dunham, Santa Louisa’s Chief of Police (and Mary’s nephew) quickly arrives at the scene. The kids are quickly escorted from the scene. Mary decides to investigate the crime. She starts asking questions around town and finds out that the puppy is an important clue to the case. Mary follows her leads (from her questions) while doing her charity work to find the killer. Will Mary be able to keep herself and the children safe until the person responsible is apprehended?
Purebred Dead was a cute and fun cozy mystery. The mystery was not super complicated nor was it very simple (though I did solve it). The writer has a nice conversational style that makes the book a delight to read. I give Purebred Dead 4 out of 5 stars. I do not know how Mary has time for all her charity work (just reading about it was exhausting). The characters are pleasing in the novel and I liked the descriptions of the various animals. If you relish reading cozy mysteries, give Purebred Dead a try.
I received a complimentary copy of Purebred Dead from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
Everyone in town seems a potential suspect and as Mary works at the Christmas food bank and discusses the murder - the main topic of chat in this quiet town - she gets to know more about the people whose kids she teaches, and who are her neighbours, than she may have wanted to hear. The quiet realism of the small black and white pup left at the crime scene, which Mary adopts without knowing anything about it, provides a reminder of the genuine issues at stake.
The writing style is more sharp than in many cosy mysteries and there is little padding so be prepared to jump right in to the business of murder. Both those who follow canine crime and those who are new to this subgenre will enjoy the tale.