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Laughing Dog: A Serendipity Dahlquist & Leo Bloodworth Mystery (Leo Bloodworth And Serendipity Dahlquist #2)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
A Los Angeles Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin return.
"First, imagine Katherine Hepburn at fourteen. Next, in your mind's eye, replay Humphrey Bogart, at his middle-aged best, as Sam Spade. Now picture this oddest of couples as the newest duo in detective fiction and you'll have a perfect portrait of the memorable leads in Sleeping Dog."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2001 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1988)
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Jan 27, 2015 Tish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful and witty detective story. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Serendipity. I never thought I would be so old-fashioned as to call someone a "pistol" but Serendipity was a real pistol! :) The book was set in the 80's, which I found to be both unusual and enjoyable. Seems like a lot of books just have a vague, more or less present-day or recent past or near future feel to them, whereas this one fit very nicely into its specific time frame. Plot, pacing, dialogue were ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Private eye mystery fans
Recommended to Thomas by: 74
I received this ebook free from the publisher through I enjoyed reading this private eye murder mystery. It was first published in 1988 and some things are a little dated,i.e, constant references to Chernobyl meltdown. The beginning was confusing, where the 2 main characters seem to be writing mystery books, each of them taking turns narrating chapters, sometimes repeating dialogue.. After I sorted that out, I was able to follow the plot reasonably well. The two central characters ...more
Karin Montin
Oct 12, 2014 Karin Montin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dick Lochte, Lauging Dog

After Sleeping Dog, I had to get the sequel. It was just as good.

A few months after their last adventure, Serendipity has apprenticed herself to the reluctant Leo, against the wishes of her TV-star grandmother. Serendipity takes on a case that Leo can’t be bothered with, helping an out-of-town PI look for a runaway girl. Meanwhile Leo is tracking down some stolen earrings. Eventually their cases intersect as they criss-cross LA and surroundings, from seedy “hotels” withou
Lochte, Dick - 2nd in Serendipity and Bloodworth series

Lochte's debut in Sleeping Dogs attracted critical raves and an army of fans, beguiled by the orphaned adolescent Serendipity (Sarah) Dahlquist and veteran private investigator Leo Bloodworth of Los Angeles. The 15-year-old sleuth and her unwilling partner again take turns telling their stories about separate cases, eventually linked to one mind-boggling conspiracy. While Leo is in Italy on the trail of a jewel thief and b
Lukasz Pruski
Jan 13, 2015 Lukasz Pruski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having taken the challenge of reading 100 books in 2014 I was pretty confident in November, when I was 16 books ahead of schedule. Alas, health problems of my own making and incredible amount of work in Novemeber and December prevented me from reading any books over the last 50 days. I have one more day and three books to read, so I will retort to plain cheating. As I mentioned yesterday, I was unable to finish just two books over the last about 10 years - one was "The Blood Knot" by John ...more
Dec 16, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read SLEEPING DOG, then you know what to expect, because Leo Bloodworth, that world weary detective is back, along with his supersharp teen Serendipity Dahlquist, that brilliant girl who sometimes seems to be the brains of the outfit.

In am easy to follow, but incredibly complicated plot, we follow Leo Bloodworth to Venice in search of a thief, but he soon learns that there is more than a simple theft here, as he is slugged and left with a body nearby and another in his hotel room.

Philip Bailey
Jul 15, 2015 Philip Bailey rated it it was amazing
Read this on my e-reader. A throwback to the days before smart phones and other technical wonders so mention of these items were absent. Originally published in 1988 so it is helpful to read “A Special Afterword To This Edition”. As good a read as any other I have encountered involving a PI and his accomplice with a plot to keep you turning pages. No doubt any one with knowledge of the Nuclear Power Industry will pick it apart but it is just a story and fiction at that, so give the writer a ...more
Jay Williams
Dec 18, 2014 Jay Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another visit with Leo and Serendipity is just as exciting, interesting and entertaining as the first. Serendipity is wonderful as the precocious, wise-cracking teen, and the interactions between her and Leo are fabulous. Each manages to get into one scrape after another as they probe a case that leads into the dark side of Hollywood and greater LA. The plot is ingenious, the perils are great, and the saves are believable. The menagerie of characters, both old and new, makes this a great and ...more
Peter Ackerman
Nov 25, 2014 Peter Ackerman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So over rated. The two protagonists never gelled beyond their basic presentation (an older private eye teams up with a young teen) and the plot was nothing more than a follow the numbers, adding more and more characters along the way, so that you were not cheering for anyone, nor waiting for anyone to get caught. I was merely glad it was over, and only applaud myself for not putting this one down. I have NO idea how this became an award winning modern mystery classic. THAT is the mystery to me.
Don Gorman
I understand there may be another Leo Bloodworth book out there. If so, I need to check it out as well. Leo is a very entertaining fellow and this is a very entertaining mystery. There is quite a cast of characters, including his 15 year old aspiring criminologist sidekick and a couple of other fairly rememerable folks. The plot is about a bunch of very wily old theatrical sorts who have, surprise, an evil bent. We go all over for a while but the grand finale is quite satisfying. A trip well ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, netgalley
This sequel to Sleeping Dog has the same entertaining characters that represent the "Odd Couple" of private investigators. I loved the initial book and although the characters continue to sparkle in this book, the story itself isn't as strong.

As a reader who is primarily interested in character development and sense of place, I would definitely seek out another book by Lochte because he excels in both. His scene at a debauched Playboy-type estate were well worth reading and his ingénue friend (a
Debbie Lilley
Jul 03, 2014 Debbie Lilley rated it liked it
This book was slow to start and I felt there was too many twist to it to be classed a very good But still a enjoyable read.
Jul 29, 2010 R R rated it it was ok
Reads well but amazingly dated if only from the 80's. For an LA person though easy to relate to the setting, etc.
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Apr 07, 2015 Craig Buck rated it it was amazing
Great characters in a story that moves like an eel.
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Dick Lochte, author of the noir thriller Blues in the Night and co-author with The Today Show's Al Roker of the comedy mysteries featuring restaurateur Billy Blessing (The Talk Show Murders), began his career as a novelist with the publication of the award-winning mystery, Sleeping Dog.

As a journalist, Lochte has written for numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Playboy, TV Guide,
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