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Gaits of heaven : a dog lover's mystery
1st ed.
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New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.
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328 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dog lovers and mystery fans need wait no longer for this new novel from the award-winning author of Bride and Groom.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Not just dog lovers should enjoy Conant's carefully crafted 17th mystery to feature the Cambridge, Mass., dog trainer and amateur sleuth, Holly Winter (after 2004's Bride and Groom). Soon after Holly agrees to housebreak Dolfo, a golden Aussie huskapoo, for Ted and Eumie Green, quirky therapists as much in need of therapy as their patients, Holly finds Eumie dead of a drug overdose on one of her visits to their home. While the death appears to be an accident, Eumie's daughter from her first marriage, a reclusive, overweight Harvard coed, suspects murder. Ted's moody teenage son from his earlier marriage cares little that his stepmother has died. Plenty of interesting facts about Holly's favorite breed, the Alaskan malamute, coupled with the humorous portrait of the Boston-area therapeutic community, help make this a particularly delightful cozy. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

Trainer/writer Holly Winter learns yet more reasons why dogs make better friends than people. When therapists Ted and Eumie Green win some obedience lessons for their designer dog Dolfo, the challenge puts Holly's skills (Bride & Groom, 2004, etc.) to the test. The Greens believe in positive training. But Dolfo's lack of any training has led to messes all over the house and a string of short-term housekeepers. No wonder the humans in this wacky household--rounded out by Ted's son Wyeth and Eumie's daughter Caprice from former marriages--need regular therapy and extra helpings of prescription drugs. And no wonder Eumie is found dead of an overdose. Agreeing with the police that it's a case of murder, Caprice, a Harvard classmate of Holly's niece Leah, moves into Holly's home to escape her abusive step-sib. After nearly killing Ted and Dolfo when he throws his computer out the window in a fit of pique, Wyeth runs off to his mother, who buys him a Range Rover. He uses his new wheels to mow down Caprice, who'd helped Eumie dig up dirt on people but somehow missed the fact that her adored father's an online-porn addict. In a family meeting of children, exes and therapists, Holly hears a clue that helps her solve another cano-centric crime. Conant's amusing and informative tale of noble dogs and ignoble humans has something for both dog devotees and mystery-lovers. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Dog-trainer Holly Winter, now married to veterinarian Steve Delaney, donated dog- training classes to a fund-raising auction for a Cambridge, Massachusetts, private school. The winning bidders, psychotherapists Ted and Eumie Green, have a 60-pound Aussie huskapoo in dire need of training. Once involved, Holly learns that the dog's lack of obedience skills is only the tip of the iceberg. The Green family is totally dysfunctional. When Eumie dies of a drug overdose, her daughter, Caprice, is sure that it was murder. Unhappy and obese, Caprice knows all the family secrets. The ensuing investigation exposes the quirky community of therapists in Cambridge as well as a complicated web of interpersonal relationships. Dog-loving cozy readers may find the canines far more appealing than the humans, but Conant tells her story with good humor. Her fans will enjoy Holly's latest case. --Barbara Bibel Copyright 2006 Booklist

Library Journal Review

When dog trainer Holly Winter is enlisted to rein in a dysfunctional New Age couple's Aussie huskapoo, she becomes embroiled in a family murder in the 18th of the series. Conant lives in Newton, MA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.