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Friday, July 26, 2013


As of today, July 26, 2013, “The Deadly Dog Show” has been published for six days and has garnered 9 reviews, with an average ranking of 4.9 out of a possible 5 stars.  Here are a few examples from the eight 5-star reviews (quoted accurately and in their entirety from the book’s Amazon page).

1.  A must for dog show enthusiasts” by Sharon. 

“I've read several books in this series and found them entertaining, with good characterization and accurate feel for the settings.

This is much my favorite, however, because of my own dog show background. Have to say this is the first mystery with a setting/background in the show dog world that has no errors that I noted. The plot, involving dog show officials, might have been just a bit over the top in some ways but it did hold together.

Entertaining addition to the series and wonderfully accurate background and setting. Will appeal to mystery readers and if you're a dog show person, whether you usually read mysteries or not, this is a must read.”

2.   A different direction for Roger and Suzanne!” By wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews... (Buckfastleigh, UK).

“This is the latest installment in the Roger and Suzanne Bowman Mysteries. This time they are somewhat closer to home though. Roger has been asked to investigate shady goings on at dog shows by the CEO of the AKC (American Kennel Club). They are lent a prizewinning dog, and Bruce gets to step out of his Nanny role and extend his skills as a dog handler. Suddenly, though, they find themselves knee deep in murder, drugs, stalkers and attempted drivebys. Have Roger and Suzanne got too close to the truth? Can they solve the mystery so some sort of normality can resume?

This is the latest of the Roger and Suzanne Mysteries and also the longest. This is necessary though as there is a lot of story and ground to cover. Once again, although it is the latest in the series it does work well as a standalone with no previous knowledge of the books before it, but to get a sense of the characters I would recommend reading them in order. This time the world os Dog Shows is at the forefront. It is an interesting subject, one I am interested in, and so got into the story right away. The pace was unrelenting, and I found myself page turning like a mad woman. The whodunnit aspect was well played out, and I was quite surprised when the culprit was revealed - the mark of a good thriller in my mind. Well done Jerry, another belter! Here's hoping there are more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.”

3. “Pure Enjoyment And Not Just For The Dog Fancier,” by Julia. 

The author explains the basics of dog shows so that even someone who is not familiar with the dog game can follow easily what is happening.

Being a breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers for many years, made this tale even more entertaining for me. We know what goes on at dog shows and while a good part of it may seriously tick us off - it happens. The author captures this and weaves it into a very entertaining mystery. Couldn't put it down and I hope he is busily working on a sequel!

Having lived in New York City for 18 years, I was drooling when Roger and Suzanne went to a deli for a corned beef or pastrami sandwich.”

 4.  “Fun read! By Daria.

“After the first page, I was hooked. What a great way to work a crime novel into the world of dog shows.”

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