Caturday Reads: Dog Dish of Doom
Dog Dish of Doom An Agent to the Paws Mystery by E.J. Copperman St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 15 Aug 2017
How can any animal lover pass on a mystery titled Dog Dish of Doom? The very concept brings forth a smile. E J Copperman has a gift for capturing the personalities of animals as well as their human counterparts. The story has just the right blend of humor, sass and seriousness. Kay Powell is a showbiz girl who has moved on to become an agent to the stars - the four legged kind. Her newest client, Bruno, shows real talent, but his casting as Sandy comes with conditions - including keeping his phlegmatic owner Trent from interfering. Ends up that it won't be an issue, Trent is found dead, face down in Bruno’s water dish. The last thing Kay expects is for the detective on the case to ask for her help questioning the theater crowd. Admittedly she is curious and she wants to make sure Bruno doesn't end up with a murderer.
I loved Kay’s canine companions, Steve and Eydie. Eydie is just like our retired racing greyhound - one part diva, one part social butterfly and one part pain in butt (utterly lovable). The animals in Dog Dish of Doom have real personalities and play a vital role in the story. For anyone who loves animal mysteries this is a distinct plus. When you throw in the fantastic fast-paced story you have a definite winner. If the series continues to be this good, I can easily see Copperman’s novels becoming bestsellers.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Dog Dish of Doom from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day. Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, butt in a lot, and Les McMaster, the famous director now mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand Trent in particular. That becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish. With a kitchen knife in his back. Laugh-out-loud funny, this series debut is a delight.