Boneham packs a punch in her series debut that takes place in the highly competitive field of dog obedience competition. A classic whodunit, it appears that everyone has a motive to commit murder. You’ll enjoy spending time in Boneham’s world, and the plot will keep you guessing until the very end.

Janet MacPhail, photographer and dog obedience participant, is stunned when the front-running competitor collapses during the competition. As a favor, Janet agrees to take care of the victim’s dog until everything gets settled. When she returns the dog to the deceased woman’s husband, she learns a few things about the couple that she didn’t know before. The cause of death is found to be murder by poisoning, and Janet begins to receive threatening messages telling her to keep her nose out of the murder. But when another competitor is murdered, she races against time to find the culprit. (MIDNIGHT INK, Oct., 389 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Wilson