Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Barbary Dogs-Cynthia Robinson

The Barbary Dogs

Cynthia Robinson

Minotaur, Nov 8 2011, $24.99

ISBN: 9780312559748

Wannabe but failed writer Frank Kelly leaps off the Golden Gate Bridge. In a suicide note, Frank directed his friend opera singer Max Bravo to dispose of his estate. Though he knows he should feel guilty for his thinking a dead friend in need is a pest, Max and Dixie the pug (The Dog Park Club) begin the handling of what the late Frank left behind.

Max is taken aback when he finds a journal allegedly written by Frank that contains two distinctively different handwritings as well as enigmatic secrets he does not understand. He vows to interpret the journal unaware that he is a puppet on a strong pulled by the ghost of Barbary Coast thug Duffield Waverly Fallon. With the ghost of his Roma grandmother and with Dixie having his back, Max investigates the death of Frank.

This is an entertaining paranormal amateur sleuth starring a baritone who finds himself manipulated by the dead and a dog as he works the case. The serpentine story line has more wonderful curves than Lombard Street as Max, accompanied by Dixie and the ghosts, provides an intriguing tour of San Francisco.

Harriet Klausner

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