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By Danielle on 01-25-14
I love this series :)
What did you love best about Dog Bless You: A Golden Retriever Mystery?
I really like how after four books in the series, Neil Plakcy is able to continue to write stories that not only have a real human (and canine) touch, but ones that are intriguing and keep you going till the end.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Dog Bless You: A Golden Retriever Mystery?
It was really touching (and I'll try not to do a spoiler here) when the sibling of the victim comes face to face with where his older brother was murdered. The narrator really got the different characters and emotions. The victim had been into some things he should not have, but part of his intentions were to help his younger brother both medically and educationally.
Which scene was your favorite?
Well what I can I say, I liked the ending where Steve Levitan and his faithful Rochester break up the bad guys plans.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I think I covered it in the 'most memorable' part, but there were others. Steve's friends genuinely care about him and while they know he's technically breaking the law, don't judge him and instead want to help. There's some moving parts that lead up to a more moving part at the end.
Any additional comments?
I've heard there's a 5th book coming out. Good. Enjoying the audiobooks a lot. :)
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By Myztikal on 02-18-18
A Wonderful Cozy Read with Evolving Characters!
I tend to read series out of order from time to time; and this was one I had worked my way back. I’m really glad I had,because Mr Plakcy’s writing had definitely improved with time!
This is probably one of the most diverse, darker, and difficult storylines with inner demons in most of the characters.
Steve spirals into his addition with hacking. I don’t understand the part about his friend, Rick, enabling him; or the police departments enlisting his help because they are ‘too busy’ and want him to investigate on their behalf. With Steve’s personality, those conversations could/should be skipped over while he just snoops and does his own thing. However, there it is, a small quirk - but it’s a cozy!
Our victim had a troubled life and it turns out he was trying to turn it around when he was killed. As it unfolds, the family dynamics and his reasons for his actions and decisions seem so realistic and touching.
Sometimes, Steve recaps events -verbatim- to the reader during conversations. So we hear the same thing over and over again. Mr Plakcy has tightened this up (rather, deleted this repetitiousness) in future books.
We also hear Rick and Steve reflecting on their past marriages and watch as they have a spurt of personal growth. This was really well contrived!
A big section, although it was a side story - was the high school students spending time at the college. This brought an incredible depth to the world building and setting. It was so realistic and modern!
Our Rochester is lovely (although I am a cat person) and the scenes with his health issues and bodily functions were TMI. However, I do have friends who are dog lovers and don’t think twice about sharing either, when polite conversation demands to ask about the pets.
I DO wish the series would continue, but with more technology on cell phones/text messages/apps, it would be difficult for Steve to continue to gather information. Besides, I’m not one who wants to watch someone wallow in their addictions!
This was not the best of the series, but it fits in and the characters are evolving, as is the author!