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Bride & groom : a dog lover's mystery
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Books, 2004.
Physical Description:
262 p. ; 22 cm.


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An independent, witty and delightful protagonist.--Publishers Weekly.

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Susan Conant's latest tale of malamutes and murder, Bride & Groom, Dog's Life magazine columnist Holly Winter is riding high: her new dog-treat cookbook is a hit and she's soon to wed a well-bred vet. The only hitch is the string of corpses among her human acquaintances. This cute-as-a-puppy cozy is sure to be a growling success with the canine crowd, but the almost incidental crime-solving will leave some readers feeling they barked up the wrong tree. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

All those in favor of Holly and Steve's wedding wag your tails and woof. Before three malamutes, one pointer, one German shepherd, and their owners, doggie cookbook author Holly Winter ("101 Ways to Cook Liver") and divorced veterinarian Steve Delaney (The Wicked Flea, 2002, etc.) walk down the aisle, however, there's unfinished business to tend to. No fewer than five Boston-area women--an anesthesiologist, a dog tarot reader, a dog healing-touch practitioner, a plagiarizing dog journalist, and a married vet--will be bludgeoned to death. Between gown fittings, bridal showers, sparsely attended book signings, and blissful moments (at least for her charges) in which she hands out dog treats, Holly not only spies her best friend Rita's supposedly loyal lover in flagrante in a parked car but discovers the connection among the five victims. Unfortunately, the killer's reaction is to continue as before, leaving poor, aged Uli a canine orphan and creating a few empty seats at the Holly/Steve nuptials. The plot's not as well-behaved as the dogs, but there's not a cat-writer around with Conant's wit and breezy sophistication. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Conant's Dog Lover's series is aptly named; those who are not crazy for canines may not fully enjoy stories that use such phrases as on the other paw. For the unabashed fido fancier, however, these tales are tastier than liver treats. Writer Holly Winter, author of a regular column in Dog's Life magazine and a new book called 101 Ways to Cook Liver, is a protagonist who puts her pets above anything and everyone else--even her veterinarian fiance, Steve Delaney. Luckily, Steve is almost as nuts about dogs as she is and has three of his own. Before they can become a five-dog family, however, Holly must figure out why several women, all with some connection to her, have been violently murdered in the greater Boston area. With much support from her two Alaskan malamutes, Holly investigates the crimes and tries to keep herself out of harm's way. Though a tail-wagger more than a page-turner, the story undoubtedly will teach readers something new about their canine companions. --Jenny McLarin Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Canine aficionado Holly Winter-columnist, dog-treat cookbook writer, and about-to-be bride-finds herself at the center of a circle of murder. Four female friends have been done in, and she aims to find out why. Essential for most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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