I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deadly Dog Days by Jamie M. Blair
Published by Midnight Ink on November 8th 2016
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Also by this author: Canal Days Calamity
New to the historic town of Metamora, Indiana, Cameron Cripps-Hayman is looking to make friends with her neighbors. What she isn’t looking for is one of their bodies floating in the canal.
When she and her estranged husband, the town sheriff, are both named suspects for the murder, Cameron takes solving the crime into her own hands, teaming up with her eccentric co-workers who dub themselves The Metamora Action Agency.
As if hunting for a murderer with two high school geniuses, the town drunk, and an elderly kleptomaniac isn’t hard enough, Cameron adopts the five mangy guard dogs of her deceased neighbor. But maybe a stint at playing gatekeeper is just what she needs to come face-to-face with the killer and save another neighbor from being the next victim.
Old Dan started dowsing again the day I found the body.
What I thought of this book
Deadly Dog Days is book one in the Dog Days Mystery series and I thought it was a good start to a new series.
Cameron (Cam) is separated from her policeman husband, but a part of her still wishes things were back to normal. Her life gets very chaotic once she finds the body of a young woman that her husband has been seen with around town. He swears they were only friends but because of it, they are both suspects at one point in the story.
Cam works as a volunteer for the town musical. She has a small crew of interesting people who are working their community service off making phone calls trying to get people to buy tickets to the towns musical. The young woman who was killed was the lead actress in the play, so it gets put on hold. Because she is a suspect she enlist her band of misfits to help her try and solve the crime by forming an action agency, sort of like a crime watch.
She has to step things up a notch when her husband is arrested. They know he is being framed but who would have done it. There are a few who could have done it and it had me a bit stumped and I just figured it out not too long before Cam.
Cam is a fun character, she is at a crossroads in her life. She is separated from her husband, in a small town where her mother-in-law is part of the Daughters of Metamora and seems to love torturing her at every turn. She feels bad for the deceased dogs so she takes them in and they are a rambunctious lot. Her stepdaughter its a teenager who loves to do the eye roll thing and drives her crazy. Her sister Monica has come to visit and gets wrapped up in the chaos and finds her calling as a dog treat cookie maker.
Overall, this was a good cozy and perfect for dog lovers.