Monday, February 2, 2009

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie-Suzann Ledbetter

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Suzann Ledbetter
Mira, Mar 2009, $6.99
ISBN: 9780778326366

The insurance company hires private investigator Jack McPhee to investigate a string of robberies that has cost them a bundle of payments to insured clients. After reviewing the case file, Jack sees one thread; each of the victims owned a pet and was away at the time of the break-in. He theorizes the culprit works at a kennel.

His clues lead to dog groomer Dina Wexler, who needs a lot of money to pay for her ailing mother's exorbitant medical expenses. Jack figures that is the obvious motive, but has nothing concrete that would convict Dina in court. However, he soon has a more pressing issue to investigate when someone murders his ex-wife with the police suspecting him. Though he always goes alone, Jack teams up with the groomer and a hyper Maltese to solve the robberies and the homicide that he believes are linked.

This over the top amusing romantic mystery will have the audience rooting for the ten pound canine as long as the dog resides in someone else’s neighborhood. The lead couple is a fun pairing as Jack wants no partners, but Dina gives him few choices. Fans will laugh at loud at the antics of the lead trio while lurking in the shadows is a clever killer watching their every move.

Harriet Klausner