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Rottweiler Rescue: a mystery for dog lovers by [O'Connell, Ellen]
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About the Author

Ellen O'Connell lives in Douglas County, Colorado, with a motley crew of Rottweilers, Rottweiler mixes and a Morgan horse. She was active in Rottweiler rescue work for almost ten years, first on her own, then on the Board of Directors of Rottie Aid, a Colorado Rottweiler rescue group. At the present time, her rescue work is limited to transporting dogs for Rottie Aid, but she expects there will be other foster dogs in her future.

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  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037HOHZ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 Stars

The reader is plunged into the story from the first chapter. This is not a "can't put it down" type mystery, but it is definitely one where the reader will want to continue reading to find out who the killer is.

While the novel was firmly entrenched in the "cozy mystery" genre, there was not a lot of boring filler. There was a lot of information about dog breeding and rescue organizations. However, it was so skillfully interwoven into the story, that I almost didn't realize how much information I was learning. Also, the author did a great job of not overstepping the line between giving information necessary for the plot and just proseletyzing on a favorite topic.

The mystery was interesting and definitely well-planned. My only issue with it was Dianne's epiphany regarding one of her dog's knowledge. It just didn't really make sense. That's really all I can say without giving anything away. That one thing didn't spoil anything at all and could easily have just been left out.

There was a romantic interest in the novel. However, it was downplayed considerably. I felt there could have been a little more play given to that thread.

Character Development: 4 3/4 Stars

Dianne was an interesting character, if a bit shallow. By that, I mean that I didn't really learn much about her outside of her interactions with dogs. Her actions and interactions were realistic, though, so she was definitely a good fit for this novel.

One thing I really enjoyed about this novel was that the dogs were "real". They weren't circus dogs and didn't do amazing tricks. They weren't genius dogs that astound humans with their intelligence. They were completely believable animals.
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Mysteries with animals as characters range from the "supernatural" where the animals solve the mystery to the mundane where the animals are used solely to attract readers. Rottweiler Rescue falls somewhere in the middle with the dogs serving as important plot points but not taking over the story. O'Connell has written a solid cozy with interesting characters and an intriguing mystery. A debut novel (as far as I can tell) I hope this isn't the last we'll see of the author or the character. Highly recommended.
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I have just finished Rottweiler Rescue and enjoyed it very much. The plot, pacing and characters all held my interest and I hope to see more in the series.

I am a dog-lover, and I think anyone who loves dogs, especially rottweilers, will enjoy this mystery. The dogs play an integral role in the story in a realistic manner.

My advice would be to check this book out, you won't be disappointed!
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Tried a sample of this book last night and promptly downloaded the entire book on my Kindle. Lo and behold, I'm done with it today. Really good read, and I agree with many others that one of the book's strengths is that the dogs are real, not superdogs. Although I now own my second rescue dog--and both have come with baggage not far from Robo's, which the first shed completely before he died of cancer and the second is close to shedding fully after only a year with me--I don't think you have to be a rescue fan to appreciate these books. The ending was sweet, and that, followed by the poem about rescues, had me in tears. Rescues are well worth their weight in gold, and this book brought that point home well while still being a good mystery. Bravo!

P.S. I don't typically write glowing reviews. I felt compelled after reading this gem.
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The author of this well-written and paced cozy obviously knows dogs, and respects them enough to treat them realistically. Her rescued rotties, while central to the plot, do not read minds, talk, or narrate the story.

I had given up reading rescue animal stories because they so often fall into either terminal cuteness or shrill preachiness. This book did neither; but presented a solid mystery wrapped around a feisty narrator and her dogs in a believable rescue environment.

Very well done!
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I'm generally apprehensive of self-published books; there's usually a reason why they haven't been picked up by a publisher. However, Rottweiler Rescue is an exception, and I hope that Ellen O'Connell continues to write and that she is picked up by a mainstream publisher because she certainly deserves it.

As an animal rescuer myself, I enjoyed the dog rescue background, and as a lover of big dogs I adored the Rotties. But more than that I enjoyed the tight plotting; clever dialogue and deft characterisation. As a character Dianne is appealing and interesting and I'd happily read more of her adventures.
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With so many 5 star reviews listed, I am definitely the outlier with this book. While reading it, I felt as though I was trying to walk through molasses. There was nothing about either the plot or the characters that I found the slightest bit interesting. I originally bought it because of the high reviews and because it involved dogs, a particular interest of mine. Even the dogs were boring. I felt badly for Robo, the dog the main character had recently begun to foster, but at one point I realized that I had figured out why he was so lethargic and catatonic - he had gotten hold of a copy of this book and was reading it when no one was looking!

Obviously, a lot of people liked it a lot, so I'm willing to accept the possibility that it just wasn't my cup of tea. If you purchase it, I hope you enjoy it more than I did.
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