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First of all, I am a dog lover and have 3 German Shepherds, so this book featuring Gnarly really appealed to me. I thought the author wrote an awesome story with so many great characters and unexpected twists. The narrator did an excellent performance. This book is part of a series and a standalone listen. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook upon my request and have voluntarily written this review. I really enjoy books that feature retired war dogs. The author wrote a very compelling mystery with so much action and suspense. Also, the antics of Gnarly and Shadow are very realistic. I do not try to write a synopsis of the book in my reviews, as I like to leave it up to the professionals as they are more eloquent. I highly recommend this book and will look for more books by both this author and narrator.
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As Candidate for Murder by Lauren Carr opens, David O’Callaghan, the police chief of Spencer, Maryland gets really fed up with the poor quality of the two candidates for mayor, so in a protest, he signs up his half-brother’s German shepherd, Gnarly, to run as an independent against the two. This infuriates the candidates and political parties, especially when Gnarly quickly overtakes the other two candidates, reaching almost 50%, while the other two candidates hover around 17%. In the meantime, Mac Faraday, Gnarly’s owner and the ostensible star of the series, ends up in the hospital and can’t participate in the scheduled mayoral debate, so the assistant police chief takes over and does a great job until the so-called journalist moderating the debate with obvious bias toward Nancy Braxton throws in a bombshell. She makes the claim that Gnarly, a former army sergeant, murdered his handler, and because the details are classified, no one can fact- check this. So the friends of Gnarly set out to clear Gnarly’s name and solve some cold cases that keep popping up, as well as a couple of hot cases too.
This book was very entertaining, especially with all the satire about politics and human nature. It seems to have been released with appropriate timing despite the disclaimer at the start that everything is entirely fictional. I laughed throughout the course of the book and became somber other times, especially realizing how close to reality many of these situations may be.
This is the first Mac Faraday book I’ve read. I once tried to listen to Kill and Run by Carr but found it too dark and intense. But I decided to give this one a try, and I enjoyed it a lot. My only problem relates to the fact that this is book 12 in the series, and it expects readers to have an understanding of previous books. The book contains a lot of characters that become confusing at times, especially because many names are unisex or seem like men’s names given to female characters, such as Dallas and Archie. Further, the book details several plot lines, and I got confused periodically. I think this series is much better to read in order.
C.J. McAllister does an excellent job of performing the narration of the book. He makes it lively and fun, keeping the book fast-moving and, in my opinion, likely to be more effective on audio than by reading it visually.
For starting with the 12th book in the series, I appreciated Candidate for Murder and definitely plan to go back to the first book now to see how everyone got to where they are now. It will be interesting to see how I review the book after I have listened to the first 11 books. At this time I give the book four stars.
I started with book 12 instead of 1 because I was given a free copy of this book. But that in no way influenced the content or nature of my review.
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This is not a book which could be easily summerised. Nor even simple to categorise. It is a a sprightly written and amusing tale of domestic relationships, a political satire, containing more than one murder mystery, spies. And dogs. Filled with great characters, this lovely book's stories dart like coloured fishes through different scenarios - and they all seem to make perfect sense. It was a sheer joy.
The pleasure is increased by the narration of C.J.McCallister who breathes even more life into all of the protagonists with his varied and clearly differentiated voicings, including a marvellous Texan drawl for an investigative journalist named Dallas. And a personal favourite, Nigel, an AI butler who certainly pulls out all the stops to care for his people, is once again featured. I am a relative newcomer to the books of Lauren Carr - this is only my second - but I am already beginning to feel that I know some of these people personally. At number twelve in the series it might have been difficult to enter into this world, but it isn't: part of the joy is meeting the folks as the story unfolds.
This is a delectably delicious story of deception, death and dogs - amusing and easy listening with plenty of twists and turns and thrills of the chase.. Definitely recommended.