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Don't get me wrong, I love Spencer Quinn and the dogs he has created. I like Birdie and I like Bowser. But since Birdie is 11 years old, her thoughts and conversations are elementary school stuff. It got a little tiresome in the middle, but the wind-up and end were great despite the convenient, near-preposterous take down of the bad guy.
The end was also great for the deep-story resolution, and the characters developed. I wonder how much more Birdie could poke her nose into in this little bayou town; will there be more mysteries she can solve? If she really does keep going, it will be hard to make the books of adult interest, but I would have loved them as a kid. Quinn does a wonderful job with dog psychology and ideation, so I hope he can come up with more cases! And, of course, James Frangione knows how to speak dog; he is just delightful.
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Birdie's mother comes home from her rig job and the action does not stop. Quinn brings an entire gambit of emotional experiences and grit in this second installment of Bowser and Birdie. Memories of Birdie's father make the Gauex women misty-eyed a time or two. The personalities in this episode collectively deliver a wide range of feelings that dig deep to the core, including a load of the happy, laugh-out-loud sort from none other than Bowser. The Louisiana backdrop and references to bayou cuisine continue to awe and wet the appetite. Be prepared-- the crime factor ratchets up a few notches in this one. Frank Francine remains a master of his craft and true compliment to Spencer Quinn.
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