In Dog We Trust : Golden Retriever Mysteries

  • by Neil S. Plakcy
  • Narrated by Kelly Libatique
  • Series: Golden Retriever Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After a bad divorce and a brief prison term for computer hacking, 42-year-old Steve Levitan has returned to his home town of Stewart's Crossing and taken a part-time job as an adjunct professor of English at his alma mater, Eastern College. While walking around his gated community, he becomes friendly with his next-door neighbor, Caroline Kelly, and her golden retriever, Rochester. When Caroline is shot and killed while walking Rochester, Steve becomes the dog's temporary guardian. Together, these two unlikely sleuths work to uncover the mystery behind Caroline's death.

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A Cute, Fun, Mystery, Especially for Dog Lovers

Where does In Dog We Trust rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not sure. This is the first audiobook murder mystery I've listened to, especially one written in this lighthearted and fun style. Not that murder is funny, it's just that the author has a good sense of humor and the Golden Retriever is really cool. I rank it very high for enjoyability.


What did you like best about this story?

The suspense. Wondering what was going to happen next and who the culprit is. But I really liked how Rochester, the Golden, helped in solving the crime. It was kind of a revenge thing too since his owner was the one who was killed.


Which character – as performed by Kelly Libatique – was your favorite?

Well, Kelly did a *great job doing all sorts of characters, both male and female. The main character, Steve Levitan, was consistent in his style of a man with a regrettable past who is trying to get back on his feet. Kelly made this believable.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Steve was really coming to grips out his divorce, time in jail, the children he never had, and the life and career he has to re-make.


Any additional comments?

I liked it a lot. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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- Danielle

A Good Fun Read for Dog Lovers

Steve Levitan has been living a pretty boring life, struggling to find regular work and enduring monthly visits from his parole officer. He recently spent six months in jail over a little light hacking, and as a result he lost his job, his wife, and his life in Silicon Valley. After leaving jail he moved back east and began work as an adjunct professor. Steve is unwilling to confess his conviction and jail time to his old friends and neighbors, and unable to move on and create new relationships without disclosing his past. He lives in suspense of discovery and rejection.

While on a walk one day, Steve discovers his next door neighbor's golden retriever, Rochester, running loose. Rochester leads Steve to the body of his owner by the side of the road, gunned down by three bullets. Steve wonders just what could cause someone to kill his neighbor, and before he can stop himself he's drawn into the mystery with help from his new doggy sidekick.

I enjoyed this mystery! This is the first in a series of seven starring Steve and Rochester, but it can be read as a standalone and doesn't end on a cliffhanger. The pace of the book is slow and steady, and the writing is simple and straightforward with plenty of descriptions and character development. Rochester, the golden retriever, was a gem and his mannerisms so truly doggy-like. I thought Steve's character arc was really well done. In the beginning he wasn't too likable, he was inwardly disparaging of his students, cruel to his ex wife, and made excuses for his crime. As the book progressed he became so much more through his interaction with Rochester, and in one particularly emotional scene he finally came to terms with everything he'd gone through.

The narrator was steady, consistent, and his pace was good. His voice sounded exactly like I'd imagine Steve in real life, which always helps immerse me in the story. I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. It was an enjoyable read, and I do plan on picking up the sequel.
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- HeatherY

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2012
  • Publisher: Neil Plakcy