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A Shot in the Bark (Dog Park Mystery #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  694 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Would you recognize a serial killer if you met one?

Talked to one every day? Artist Lia Anderson doesn't, and neither does anyone else who frequents the Mount Airy Dog Park. But a violent death brings Detective Peter Dourson into the close-knit group, and he is convinced someone is not who they seem. As the investigation uncovers secrets, Lia struggles to cope with warring
Kindle Edition, 203 pages
Published September 2nd 2011 by Amazon Digital Servies (first published January 1st 2011)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Book Report: Artist and Cincinnati urban dog-owner Lia spends her mornings with an oddball crew of fellow urban dog folks, giving their pooches a chance to romp, run, socialize, and generally get their doggy-day off to a good start. Likewise the people, all having convenience-store coffee and the occasional donut among the similarly inclined. As with any group of people who meet and become acquainted around a common interest, there are passionate rivalries, there are last
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Lisa Cox
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I must confess that dogs of various breeds are a big part of my life and I've done my share of hanging out with "dog people," so I probably like all the inside jokes a little too much. But I think the book stands on its own even without the dogs. The mystery was cleverly woven, and the characters and emotional exploration were just as strong as the mystery aspect. I really liked the way the main plot was interwoven with the musings of the killer. The voice changes ...more
A Shot in the Bark was a surprising and delightful book. I have a degree in literature, which I earned by reading a lot of books from every possible period and genre. When I read for entertainment, I pick up whatever looks interesting: literary, mystery, sci-fi, detective, fantasy, young adult--you name. A friend recommended A Shot in the Bark, so I picked it up. And I couldn't put it down. I was immediately drawn into the world of Lia and her friends. I still find myself thinking the characters ...more
I was surprised that I liked it so much (got it because it was free). It makes me a bit crazy that you never know who committed the murders though.
Laura Cushing
Abandoned without finishing all the way through. The characters were very flat and hard to tell apart.
Mary  (Biblophile)
I like this mystery since it kept me guessing. Told from two perspectives. Hope there's a sequel.
"A Shot in the Bark" is a tense and absorbing mystery centered around a group of people who frequent a Cincinnati dog park. In this suspenseful, fast-moving and eminently readable nail-biter, an apparent suicide is suspected by a police detective as actually being a murder. His superiors may have doubts, and at times even he has doubts because of the sparsity of evidence and clues, but the reader has no doubts at all -- at various points in the book, author C.A. Newsome lets the killer have her ...more
A Shot in the Bark: A Dog Park Mystery (Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries Book 1) by C. A. Newsome is a book I was hoping would be interesting since I like dogs and mysteries. For some reason the dog on the cover gave me the impression this was a YA read but I have read many of them too and enjoyed them so how can I resist at least giving it a try? After starting the book I just couldn't put it down! This book could stand alone as it leads you to believe who done it. Just don't read the Epilogue a ...more
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Sharon Michael
I will always try a book with dogs or horses involved. As a 20-year veteran of dog shows and dog training, mistakes about dogs irritate me but the author definitely got it right.

The plot was interesting, centering the mystery around a group of people who meet through their animals at a local dog park. The characters are well developed, the romance was handled with a light touch and the plot was reasonably involved.

I'm not sure I liked the inserted comments/thoughts of the killer, but it was, in
Lynn Demsky
Clever killer ----interesting and a good read. Liked the dog park, the dogs, the people! I was expecting to be entertained, but found this novel to be far more than a delightful romp through the dog park. The author creates believable characters that make me want to know more about these people, all the while presenting an exquisite sense of detail to really flesh out the story, with a compelling sense of humor. Even better than that? The plot twists. Good luck trying to puzzle out who REALLY "d ...more
Larry Kegley
Might work better as a made for TV movie.

Let me begin by saying that even though I rated this book as 2 stars, it kept me sufficiently interested to cause me to finish the book. For me, there were so many characters and dogs that I had a hard time keeping track of who's who and what kind of dog they had. The title of the review is my attempt to indicate that the large number of characters would have been less taxing on my brain if I could have watched this as a movie. It would also have been eas
Lynda Kelly
This was quite a nice tale apart from a few murderous happenings !! Set among a group of people of all ages that visit the local dog park. One of their number is killed and I never guessed who did it !! It has a great ending that nicely leaves things open for a sequel as well....there were even tips on dog care interspersed throughout. Just my type of book.
I especially liked Viola's Song..... :)
She did use a term Geezlepete which I found aggravating after a couple of mentions, though, and there
Well, i got this ebook for free from BookBub.......and I guess it was a nice little diversion after having read the powerful Diary of Anne Frank. this was a very quick read. I don't know yet if I will be interested enough to read the next book in the series, though.

This story takes place generally at a Dog Park. Lia, an artist, has just broken up (again) with Luthor, and he ends up committing suicide (or was he killed) that evening in the parking lot of the dog park. We meet various characters,
Lis Carey
Lia Anderson and her dogs, Honey and Chewy, are regulars at the Mount Airy dog park. So are her boyfriend, Luthor Morrissey, and his dog, Viola. When Lia and Luthor break up and have an argument at the dog park, quite a few of their friends and acquaintances witness it. When in the predawn hours of the following morning, Lia finds Luthor dead of apparent suicide at the dog park, she's emotionally devastated--by the shockingly bloody sight, and by guilt at the thought that she was the cause.

But L
Juli Pennock
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the killer's internal dialog, I thought it added a really cool and creepy dimension to the whole mystery. (Spoiler Alert...?) I didn't even mind that you don't find out who the killer is at the end of the book.

The characters were well-drawn, for the most part, but I will admit to skipping over a lot of the making of the tiles because I wanted to get back to the main mystery and the relationship of Lia and her detective.
Simphiwe Ramaphose
So what would you do if one of your friends is a serial killer? That line in one of the reviews I came across did it for me and I'm glad I got the book. I enjoyed the way the characters were developed by Newsome, and as an animal-lover the plot itself was good fun.

Spoiler alert: This biggest disappointment for me was that murderer was not revealed at the end which left me feeling somewhat unfulfilled as a reader. In fact, this is one of the reasons I loathed TV series like Prison Break... they f
Faye Powell
After having finished some heavy reading, this book was just what I needed! There's murder, intrigue, romance, snappy dialogue, and dogs whose personalities are as interesting as those of those of the humans. Among the seemingly normal though somewhat quirky dog park regulars lurks a serial killer. Throughout the book as the plot unfolds, we get to hear the unnamed killer's thoughts - her careful calculations to avoid detection and her self-justification for the murders. In her mind, ridding the ...more
Starla B
I liked this story; the characters were fun, the plot was interesting. However, I wish the ending had been a bit different. (view spoiler) From what I see in the reviews on Amazon, it seems as though there is a sequel in the works. Hopefully that sequel will tie up the loose ends.
Gary Sedivy
A cute mystery, not particularly compelling, but an easy read. The book category was listed as "women sleuths", except the detective is a guy, not a gal - no female sleuthing going on here. The main female character's ex-boyfriend is killed. The police detective is a hottie, and she falls for him. Who woulda thunk it? Is this a "kissing book"? No, it's a multiple murder mystery. We see the gloating over the murders through the murderer's thought processes. The clues dropped lead us to the obviou ...more
Sharon Delarose
I loved reading a whodunnit whose cast included dogs. That was such a nice touch for us dog lovers. The mystery truly will keep you guessing right up to the end, and my favorite part was getting inside the killer's head. Well done, and well told!
Dogs & Murder This has an unusual format. It combines mystery and romance but it doesn't flow smoothly. It like reading two different books. I did like theformat writingthe murderer thoughts along with the story. The story has a number of twists that will keep you guessing until the end.The protagonist, Liz friends the body of her boyfriend at theDog Park. She is in shock and is found by others looking at the body. Liz convinced the detective to give Molly, the boyfriend's dog a home. There ...more
This was a fun, easy, light read for me. As a free book from Amazon, I didn't have high hopes, but it was better than what I expected. I will be looking forward to reading another from this author to see what else she comes up with.
Good short read mystery. I got some turned around on which character was who. Good mystery of who done it ' have to read it all. Yes, I look forward to the next dog park mystery.
Pretty good mystery. Several times I thought I knew who did it, then I was sure I knew. Then the end came and ......

I wasn't thrilled with things in chapter 15.
Skeeter Jorgensen
Wah! what happened here? I liked the book, but there was no ending........ No closure, never did find out who done it. Maybe I missed it.....?? M-NoG
Suki Korp
A really entertaining mystery. I found myself wanting to read more when it ended. The author is good at developing the characters and creating suspense.
This has an unusual format. It combines mystery and romance but it doesn't flow smoothly. It like reading two different books. I did like the format writing the murderer thoughts along with the story. The story has a number of twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
The protagonist, Liz friends the body of her boyfriend at the Dog Park. She is in shock and is found by others looking at the body. Liz convinced the detective to give Molly, the boyfriend's dog a home. There are instruction
Cute murder mystery. Tied my love of dogs and mysteries together well. Kept me guessing. Hope there's a sequel after the end though!
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C. A. (Carol Ann) Newsome writes the Lia Anderson Dog Park Mysteries, a series of fun, romantic suspense/mystery novels which are inspired by and centered around her mornings at the Mount Airy Dog Park with her trio of rescues (rowdy hooligans).

A life-long lover of fiction, Carol turned to books and audiobooks during her decade-long recovery from a head injury that occurred when she and her bike w
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