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Title:
Brute strength : a dog lover's mystery
ISBN:
9780727880673
Publication Information:
Surrey, England : Severn House, 2011.
Physical Description:
216 p. ; 23 cm.
Summary:
When Dog's Life columnist Holly Winter rejects applicants who want to adopt homeless dogs, she makes a lot of enemies. In dogs Holly trusts, and the dogs she trusts most are her beloved malamutes, Rowdy, Kimi and Sammy. but right now she could use a human friend. Lately, it seems wherever she turns, things go wrong: an anonymous call turns vicious, her husband is keeping secrets, and acquaintances die under mysterious circumstances. Then Holly's own life is threatened. Can the brute strength of Rowdy, Kimi, and Sammy protect her?
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The new 'Holly Winter' dog mystery - When Dog's Life columnist Holly Winter rejects applicants who want to adopt homeless dogs, she makes a lot of enemies. In dogs Holly trusts, and the dogs she trusts most are her beloved malamutes, Rowdy, Kimi and Sammy. But right now she could use a human friend. Lately, it seems wherever she turns, things go wrong: an anonymous call turns vicious, her husband is keeping secrets, and acquaintances die under mysterious circumstances. Then Holly's own life is threatened. Can the brute strength of Rowdy, Kimi, and Sammy protect her?


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Publisher's Weekly Review

For her leisurely 19th Dog Lover's mystery featuring Cambridge, Mass., "dog trainer and dog writer" Holly Hunter (after 2007's All Shots), Conant takes a cue from her protagonist's love for Jane Austen by contrasting the fraught world of human relationships with Holly's expertise in the canine realm. On the personal front, Holly tries to help a new friend and neighbor, Vanessa Jones, deal with the death of her son's fiancee in a car crash; find a new mate for her newly single friend and fellow dog owner, Rita; and preserve the marriage between her temperamental father, Buck, and her stepmother, Gabrielle. Meanwhile, Holly's job screening applications for the adoption of rescued Alaskan sled dogs has earned her enemies, including a threatening anonymous caller. The story's lack of urgency and focus may deter newcomers, but series fans should enjoy spending time with familiar characters, the warm humor, and the dog lore. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

Malamutes ruleat least in the life of one amateur sleuth.When she's not solving murders, Holly Winter is aDog's Lifecolumnist, a dog trainer and an investigator for Malamute adoption. Finding the right home for a Malamute is not easy, and Holly must tactfully tell many applicants that a Malamute is not for them. Some of them don't take rejection well, as she learns when she and others start getting nasty phone calls. One solace is her new friend Vanessa Jones, who's just moved in nearby with her Malamute, her internist son Hatch, her depressed daughter Avery and her hypochondriac father Tom. Holly invites all of them, including Hatch's fiance Fiona, to dinner, where they meet her father Buck and her stepmother Gabrielle and enjoy a fine meal before a car crash kills Fiona on the way home. Although Holly (All Shots, 2007, etc.) wonders if her death was really accidental, she and her veterinarian husband Steve are distracted from following up her suspicions by many other concerns, from hiding her stepmother's cosmetic treatments from her dog-obsessed father to tracking down the source of a threatening series of phone calls. Even as the surprises escalate, Holly remains too involved in the world of dogs to realize her life is in danger.The thin mystery takes second place to loads of information about dogs certain to appeal to those who love them.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Library Journal Review

Conant's 19th mystery to feature Holly Winter and her Alaskan malamutes (All Shots) is perhaps not as mysterious as the other two books here, but there is plenty of dog and human interaction, from long walks around Boston to dog shows and classes. Newcomers might initially struggle to keep clear Holly's pack of friends and family as the mystery develops when a young dinner guest dies in a car accident shortly after leaving Holly's house. Holly slowly realizes that a string of minor annoyances might be part of a campaign of harassment against her. With her stepmother's enthusiastic help, she puzzles out possible motives and suspects as the stakes rise. VERDICT Dog lovers and series fans should enjoy this outing, but others should start with earlier titles. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.