Thursday, December 27, 2012
Book Review - A Dog and His Girl Mysteries: Play Dead
A dog and his girl show how six legs are better than two in this brand new mystery series!
When Dodge, a German shepherd police dog, finds himself retired after an accident leaves him deaf in one ear, he's lucky to be adopted by the perfect family. Twelve-year-old Cassie Sullivan, his girl, smells almost as good as a dog, and gets her nose for sleuthing from her police chief mom and coroner dad. Cassie is smart and quick on her feet, and doesn't mind breaking a couple rules to get to the bottom of a mystery. Dodge has forty-two dog years of experience solving crime, as well as a great network of other four-legged colleagues when he needs more intel.
When Verdel Ward, the richest man in town, goes missing, it seems like everyone from the mayor to the housekeeper wants his fortune, which he's left behind with no will. But Cassie and Dodge can smell a mystery from a mile away, and can't help wondering why a miser would go swimming in a dangerous cove, what's up with the suspicious fiancee, who's been sneaking around the mansion, and where a twin brother has come from.
My Take on the Book
My daughter and I love reading mysteries and of late we have been reading some of the original Nancy Drew mysteries and she just loves them. This book has some great tenets within it that reminded me of the Nancy Drew stories - add a dog into the mix and you get a great story! One of the things that I loved about this book (outside of the good mystery content) was the bond between Dodge (the dog) and Cassie Sullivan. The author has done a great job at building the bond itself and as the story continues you can easily see that they two of them were made to work as a team! If you and your family are fans of mysteries, you and your kids will love this story. The story itself is definitely one that young readers can handle and will enjoy, but even better is the opportunity to read this together (as it is fun for the whole family)!
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