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by Dorothy Bodoin

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

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Small-town English teacher and
amateur detective Jennet Greenway
finds herself in the middle of a plot to
kidnap dogs and sell them to research labs, where they will be used as experimental animals.

On the personal front, things
look better. Jennet has a growing
relationship with Crane, the local
deputy sheriff. Their attempts to get some alone time are gently humorous, despite the stilted and sometimes
awkward dialogue.

The dogs and the Michigan scenery
are lovingly described, at times to
the detriment of other aspects of the novel. The secondary characters are
fairly well developed, although there
are so many of them that after a
while it's difficult to remember
who's who.

This book is driven more by
characterization than plot, at times
in sacrifice of the mystery, the solution
to which becomes painfully obvious
in the final third of the book, well
before the conclusion. Closer
attention to pacing would have improved this book immeasurably. (Dec., 272 pp., $15.95)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs


Published: December 2004

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