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