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A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery (Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries) Paperback – December 5, 2012
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Carol Ann "C. A." Newsome is an author and painter living in Cincinnati. She spends most mornings at the Mount Airy Dog Park with a zombie swamp monster named Gypsy Foo La Beenz.
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In this new revision, we, the reader, learn more about the group of friends that have developed their friendship because of bringing their furry pets to the dog park to run and play. I like the mutual support of each other among this group. I love their willingness to help the course of an investigation in the death of the ex-boyfriend of main character Lia Anderson. This investigation introduces a police detective, Peter Dourson. The author has enhanced her portrayal of Peter, making him less an authority, easier going and accepting of this group of friends and their four legged family. He is especially endearing as he becomes the foster parent of the dead man’s dog, and doesn’t have a clue about dog ownership! I enjoy watching the budding romance between Lia and Peter.
Not only is this book a mystery, it also treats the reader to artistic descriptions of paintings and projects that provide visual scenarios and to dogs with personality, There is no profane language, no graphic sex, just a smooth, comfortable read that makes one want to take their dog to the Mt. Airy Dog Park and enjoy the company of friends. Who done it??? It will keep you guessing.
The first thing is not really an error of the author. It's just a style I don't like. I don't like to know what the killer is thinking. I don't like having any hints of whodunnit beyond the clues available to the book's sleuths--the actual evidence and the things revealed in discussions with the suspects and by snooping. Just by making the gender of the killer clear, it already eliminated a large portion of the suspects. Where's the fun in that?
Then the book needs better editing. It isn't just the many repeated words and other basic copy editing issues, but also all the times things are contradictory. A character claims not to know something that was discussed with that character in a previous scene. That sort of thing happens more than once. Also comments like a victim "eats a gun" when the shot was to the temple according to evidence elsewhere in the book. Characters claiming to be told things by one character when it was another that said it. A few words misused as well. It may be that not all readers are as alert to details as I am, but in a mystery it is often these small details that reveal the solution, so the author of a mystery MUST be vigilant and this author failed.
I also have a big problem with the ending but I can't tell you anything without ruining the book for those who LIKE knowing the killer's thoughts.
Overall I'm left not wanting more from this author, which is in some ways a shame, because the writing wasn't all bad. Maybe this author just isn't the right author for me. I did finish the book, so at least it wasn't one so poorly written or so overly wrong that I had to put it down.
The characters are shallow, like they were written by someone who thinks they know what a certain lifestyle is like, but misses the central core.