When Rose Engleman is found dead after a thunderstorm, lightning is blamed. But soon Holly Winter startys to think it wasn't an act of God that killed the elderly woman. Was it an act of vengeance? Jealousy? Hatred? Greed? Accompanied by her mala-mutes Rowdy and Kimi - and her visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Leah - Holly tracks down the truth, and discovers that a retired kindergarten teach can have a surprising number of enemies.
Holly winters life is going to the dogs, but thats just fine with her. She`s a feisty,thirty-something dog lover. born in Maine and settled near Boston, Her expertise in the breeding training and caring for man`s (woman`s) best friend is just one of her inbred talents- she`s also a grand champion at tracking down criminals...the two legged kind.
Definitely plenty of dogs in this mystery book. It is an especially interesting book for those who are interested in Obedience Trials. The main character, Holly Winter, has some very entertaining opinions - everything is in terms related to her experiences with dogs.
This was the first of this series I read and I really enjoyed it. It talked about dogs, but wasn't cutesie, and the mystery stayed a mystery-- I didn't figure it out right away. It does talk about how some people are mean to dogs, but doesn't preach-- it just happens in the story. I really liked it
If you are a lover of "cozy" mysteries (those without blatant discriptive violence), this is a great series. Susan Conant is a skilled writer with a true gift for narrative. Even if you have no interest in dog training or the dog show world, you will find yourself "falling" into this world and having a great experience. If possible, I would recommend reading the series in order. There is great humor, excitement, and wonderful detecting.