Hi everyone! I got a book review for you today. We’re reading This Dog for Hire by Carol Lea Benjamin for #readpawty on Oct. 11. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads.
“Winner of the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel: In the first book of Carol Lea Benjamin’s acclaimed mystery series, Greenwich Village PI Rachel Alexander and her loyal pit bull must find a killer and a missing show dog
Divorced dog trainer–turned–private-eye Rachel Alexander and her canine assistant Dash—short for Dashiell—are hired by a man named Dennis Keaton to investigate the hit-and-run death of his friend and neighbor Clifford Cole, whose body was found on an isolated Christopher Street pier. The police are treating the gay painter’s suspicious death as a hate crime, but Dennis insists Cliff hadn’t cruised the waterfront in months. Plus, Magritte, Cliff’s champion basenji—a competitor in the upcoming Westminster Dog Show—may have been a witness to the crime and is now missing.
The search for answers takes Rachel and Dash from the SoHo art scene to the most famous dog show in America. Now Rachel is in the sights of a killer hunting her across a treacherous urban landscape. There’s no one she can trust—especially not of the two-legged variety.”
And here’s the review that I posted in Goodreads.
When I first started reading the book, I had trouble getting into it. The author was trying too hard to imitate Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler. Then she hit her stride in her own style and then I really got into it. It took me until the end to figure out who the bad guy really was, so that was good. I read so many of these I can usually figure it out by halfway through the book. The storyline got a little choppy in some places. There were some points towards the end where I kept rereading because I felt like I’d missed something. Even though I found the writing uneven in some places, I mostly enjoyed reading this. If the series was available from Kindle Unlimited I would read the rest of them, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to spend $6.00+ per book to read the rest of them.
If you don’t know about #readpawty, you should check it out. We meet on Twitter the second Tuesday of every other month to discuss a book that is either about animals or features an animal in a significant way in the book. We have a group on Goodreads – Anipals Read. If you join the group you’ll get meeting notices. We also have bookshelves where we post books we’ve read for #readpawty or books we’ve read on our own that we’re recommending to others.