Caturday Reads: Deadly Dog Days decidedly dull
Deadly Dog Days
by Jaime M. Blair
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 08 Nov 2016
Normally I adore dog mysteries. But while I found the animals charming, I found the mystery component of Deadly Dog Days to be decidedly dull. Also, oddly enough, the supporting characters had more personality than Cam (Cameron Cripps-Hayman). At one point in Deadly Dog Days, Cam complains that she doesn't have an identity of her own in Metamora - sadly I agree. For a person who claims to want to clear her name and that of her husband, she isn't particularly adept at asking questions. Most of Cam's time is spent ineffectually attempting to corral her erstwhile volunteers or the five untrained dogs she has taken under her wing, rather than investigating. The main personal aspects that come across are her indecision, her love of cookies, and her bad knee.
While Deadly Dog Days is not a book I would recommend, as there are many far better pet cozies, I wouldn't write off Jaime M. Blair entirely. Parts of Deadly Dog Days show potential and I would be willing to try her next novel before passing final judgment.
I received a copy of Deadly Dog Days from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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.