New to the historic town of Metamora, Indiana, Cameron Cripps-Hayman is looking to make friends with her neighbors. What she isn’t looking for is one of their bodies floating in the canal.
When she and her estranged husband, the town sheriff, are both named suspects for the murder, Cameron takes solving the crime into her own hands, teaming up with her eccentric co-workers who dub themselves The Metamora Action Agency.
As if hunting for a murderer with two high school geniuses, the town drunk, and an elderly kleptomaniac isn’t hard enough, Cameron adopts the five mangy guard dogs of her deceased neighbor. But maybe a stint at playing gatekeeper is just what she needs to come face-to-face with the killer and save another neighbor from being the next victim.
SERIES: Dog Days Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Midnight Ink
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2016
“Don’t worry, Cam, not everyone thinks you did it…”
Deadly Dog Days is a cozy mystery with a lot going on behind the scenes. It starts with Cameron finding a dead body on her lunch break and gets more chaotic from there. Or maybe I should say we’re introduced to more chaos from there … because I have a feeling Cam’s life was already pretty chaotic pre-dead-body-discovery! Between turning 40 and her sore knee, her separation from her estranged husband (who may or may not have been dating the dead girl) and her mother-in-law from you-know-where, the bee infestation at her house and her cookie hoarding, not to mention her call center volunteers who are earning community service hours for various reasons, Cam is already the poster child for “frazzled”. Then, of course, she adds her teenage step-daughter, her own sister, 5 untrained dogs, and a new business to the mix. Because she clearly needed more chaos.
And oh yeah – let’s solve a murder in our free time 😉
What I liked most:
- Cam and her narrative voice – Slightly wry, her perspective on everything going on kept the mood light in spite of the chaos.
- Cam’s call center volunteers-turned-detectives – Such a quirky bunch, this ragtag group is always good for at least a smile and usually a laugh or two.
- Metamora – The small town has its share of interesting characters, which gives the series lots of intriguing possibilities!
- Cam’s sort-of cat – Ok, don’t tell my dog Zuzu but the cat intrigued me with its mysteriousness.
- The dog treat recipes – definitely going to try some of these for Zuzu!
What I liked least:
- Ben – Cam’s estranged hubby may want to reconcile but he doesn’t seem to have a backbone and thus doesn’t defend her against his mother’s craziness or his daughter’s disrespect or much of anything really. But he wants her to drop everything and help him whenever he needs her. I’m all for reconciling marriages but she deserves better so he needs to get it together!
- The dogs – *gasp* I know. I normally love all things dog but I felt no warm fuzzies for this wild brood. They’re the dogs I would be scared of if they lived in my neighborhood lol. But they do have potential so I’m curious to see what they’ll be like as the series progresses and they maybe get some training?
Bottom Line: In Deadly Dog Days, Jamie M. Blair gives cozy mystery fans a fun new alternative. Quirky characters and a mysterious little town provide the ideal setting for future books, and a likable main character with a dry sense of humor keeps reader interest engaged. While this isn’t my favorite cozy mystery, I did enjoy it and look forward to more from this series and these characters.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher via Great Escapes Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 3.5 stars / Good read!
Jamie Blair (Ohio) is the award-winning author of young adult and romance books, including Leap of Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and Lost to Me. Visit her online at www.JamieBlairAuthor.com and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JamieMBlair
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