Avon Mystery / HarperCollins
Reviewed: Trade Paperback
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Mystery - Dogs
Notes: Reviewer Kristin Johnson is the author of
CHRISTMAS COOKIES ARE FOR GIVING, co-written with Mimi Cummins
and ORDINARY MIRACLES: My Incredible Spiritual, Artistic and
Scientific Journey, co-written with Sir Rupert A.L. Perrin,
By Lee Charles Kelley
Why is it
that sexy ladyloves of tough burned-out ex-cops have to hit their
men to keep them in line? Maybe it's because Jack Field knows dogs
better than he does people. He's also prone to an occasional slip
of the tongue over billiards. (ie. on marriage: "Thankfully
the subject has never come up.") By the end of the book, however,
he undergoes a transformation and, complete with a Tiffany diamond,
proposes to the small town medical examiner, Dr. Jamie Cutter.
Jack not only
has A Nose for Murder (title of the debut novel of the
series), he has a nose for quality. He defends Tulips, an Asian-American
singer and illegitimate daughter of a murdered judge, against the
abuse of her drug-running boyfriend. Unfortunately, a shady sergeant,
the murdered judge's even more shady in-law sniffing around Jamie
tend to raise Jack's hackles and make him more dangerous than a
dachshund that can't reach the Puppy Chow.
explains that rottweilers have sweeter tempers than smaller dogs.
That fits, since one imagines Jack built like a linebacker and Dr.
Jamie Cutter weighing one hundred pounds dripping wet. The intrepid
Dr. Cutter displays the tenacity of a miniature terrier, breaking
into a deserted auto yard. The pair who burglarizes together stays
together. How can a man write realistic male-female relationships?
The answer's easy: Borrow some of the sense God gave a dog, and
like Jack Field, you'll sniff out and uncover what's really important
in life, even without a rolled-up newspaper.