The Wicked Flea - Dog Lover's, Bk 14 Author:Susan Conant Holly Winter's Alaskan malamutes, Rowdy and Kimi, are as sweetly rambunctious as ever, and her cookbook-in-progress -- tentatively titled A Hundred and One Ways to Cook Liver -- is really coming along. But everything else is a mess. A recent concussion has robbed her of much-needed sleep -- and a failed relationship has left her with a bitte... more »r, broken heart. And her incredibly overpriced therapy sessions with the improbably named Dr. Vee Foote aren't helping one tiny bit.
It's not long before her friend Ceci stumbles on a seemingly perfect solution -- and takes Holly to a park that's literally running over with gorgeous dogs. But the sight of so many leash-less canines makes Holly uneasy -- especially after an aggressive golden retriever attacks her beloved Rowdy. And when one of the owners is found murdered, Holly has no choice but to step into the fray -- for she knows better than anyone that killers are a cunning, clever breed.« less
After the short and somewhat less than satisfying Creature Discomforts, Holly is back in full form in The Wicked Flea. I've always loved Althea and Cici and it was a pleasure to see them return in a supporting role for this book. The mystery was classic Conant, the resolutions of some personal issues were satisfying and the canine characters were engaging as always. Fun read.
I love this whole series, not just because I own Alaskan Malamutes, but because the writing is a cut above the norm for female protagonist mystery books. The main character is realistic, and if you've been following the story, this book definitely moves it along.