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I enjoyed this first book in a new to me mystery series set in the Smoky Mountains. The author did a beautiful job capturing the feeling and texture of the mountain community. Be aware that the dogs in the story are not, for the most part regular family pets. Instead, the characters were involved in professional dog training, search and rescue, and agility trials and work. This detailed information was interesting and added depth to the story. The book was a short one, the mystery a bit easy to solve, but still I felt engaged and I was drawn into listening.
The narration by Donna Postel was really good. She had a great sense of timing, was good at the different voices, and helped to keep the action moving along and upbeat. She was a positive addition to the listening experience.
Recommended if you like mysteries that are a bit cozy with some police procedural discussion--but not too terribly gory and violent. I liked it. An excellent diversion.
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This was a surprisingly seamless work of mystery fiction. the elements of small towns, family, mountain culture, animal training and law enforcement work. It's true to the setting; the passage that details how a driveway that she could see from her house was a five mile drive rings true for a mountain resident. The offbeat element provided by Sonny bright is a nice touch. The intelligence of the border collie rang true as well. Most importantly for me there was no "oh give a break" moment in this story that leaves a terrible taste in the mouth. a moment when some ridiculous convoluted action or event that reminds you of a prime time television drama occurs. Those type of things will often spoil the entire book for me; an author too lazy to come up with a good transition pulling a lame one one out of the air that fits neither narrative nor character. For those who prefer a high level of action in a mystery this story isn't for you. For dog lovers; those with an affinity for Appalachian culture or readers/ listeners who like a story that fits together and doesn't forget the story it's trying to tell it is one you don't want to pass over.
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