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Hounding the Pavement (Dog Walker Mysteries #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  887 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Meet Ellie Engleman, psychic dog-walker

The newest dog-walker on Manhattan's Upper East Side has a talent, she can hear what her canine clientele is thinking. So when a dog's owner turns up dead, Ellie must bone up on her sleuthing and perk up her ears to find a killer.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by NAL (first published February 3rd 2009)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
What a cute and fun mystery by Judi McCoy! "Hounding the Pavement" is the first book of (hopefully) a continuing series about a woman who can 'hear' dogs she has a close connection with. It's a feel-good, non-gory, non-frightening mystery with a healthy dose of sexual appeal.

After ditching her jerk of a hubby, Ellie is ready for a new life and one of the first things she does is head for the pound to find a new dog to love. Imagine her amazement when she encounters a Yorkie-poodle mix that has t
My synopsis:
Ellie Engleman is the newest dog walker on the Upper East Side. She’s recently divorced and wants to live her life as she sees fit. So when she arrives at one of her charge’s home, she discovers his owner’s body and the dog is missing. Detective Sam Ryder has been assigned to the case. Can the two of them work together to solve the mystery before another dog is taken?

My review:
Ellie Engleman has a new job. Her dream job. She’s a dog walker. Ellie also discovered she can hear their th
The author is donating all her royalties to Best Friends Animal Society, a truly awesome animal rescue group.

Ellie is now a happily divorced thirty something who also ditched her high power suits and skinny lifestyle for a happier one as a dog walker in Manhattan. With her dog Rudy, she walks dogs of the small upscale set. Oh by the way, she can communicate with dogs and Rudy is a reincarnation of her former dog. Integrates well into the plot.

When she discovers a dead body and a missing champion
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Just finished Judi McCoy's first Dogwalker book, Hounding the Pavement and it was pretty good. Yes, there wasn't anything really supernatural involved, other than Ellie talking to dogs. She can hear their thoughts and she just talks to them and they understand. I'm personally not a big dog lover, my mom is so I tolerate our two monsters, but still I do like dogs. This was a good mystery novel.

I don't read too many straight mysteries all the time because I can never find one that is really good o
This was very entertaining. I loved the dogs, Rudy and Twink (aka Mr. T) and I LOVED that Ellie can 'talk' to her charges mentally! Ellie is so very likeable, which is important to me in a heroine. The book also has various minor characters that the reader will love to hate! I figured out the culprit (murderer/dog-napper) pretty much as soon as the character was introduced and I would have liked the book a bit more if the author had made it harder to figure out. I only gave it 3 instead of 4 sta ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery fans who ♥ Dogs
Shelves: 2013, dogs, cozy_mystery
I liked this much more than I thought I would. There were some holes in it, but over all I really enjoyed it and found myself reading it late into the night TRYING to finish. (I couldn't. Had to finish on my lunch hour.)

And yes, I will look for the next book in the series.
A very cute book. I enjoyed the mystery as ewll as all the dogs and their personalities - especially loved the Westie. But then, I am biased.

Looking forward to reading more in this series.
I'm a huge fan of Judi McCoy's Goddess Series and was delighted to hear she was trying a new mystery series – particularly one with a heroine who can talk to dogs! Hounding the Pavement is an excellent mystery wrapped in humor, with wit and a steamy romance! One thing is for sure, this isn't your grandmother's mystery. It's part of a new breed that includes more sexual steam and a greater emphasis on the romance.

I love Ellie! She's a fantastic character and I would love to step into her shoes fo
What a fun book! I can't decide what I like best about it- the fact that the author wrote it with Best Friends Animal Society (the one on National Geographic's Dogtown) in mind and that all royalties from sales of the book are donated to them; the fact that there's a SECOND BOOK in the series coming out this month! Or maybe it's how the author is running a contest on her website that allows readers to participate in the story. Simply make a donation to BFAS and be one of the first people to send ...more
I really wish Goodreads had the option of voting half stars, because 2.5 stars would be a lot closer to what I feel about this book. I was looking for something quick and entertaining to pass time, something that needed minimal brain usage, and this is what I got from Hounding the Pavement. It was quick, frothy and fun if you're in the right mood for it, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone new to cozy mysteries and looking for great examples of the genre. If that's what you're looking for, th ...more
HANDS-DOWN one the absolute cutest cozy mysteries Ive read in quite some time. Filled with humor, mystery, and the back and forth squabbeling of a new love forming, Judi McCoy has created a one of a kind series that will leave the reader begging for more. I enjoyed this book very much and appreciated the fact it was read by both the main characters, Ellie and Sam. It reminded me of the writing style of Vicki Lewis Thompson: Blonde with a Wand. The conversations with the animals were at some poin ...more
Ellie Engleman is committed to making her own way in life sans pantyhose and power suits. The first thing Ellie does after her divorce is rescue a dog from the shelter to replace the one she had to give up when she married. Ellie’s delighted to learn she can communicate with her dog and that he is the reincarnate of her former dog, who was hit by a car. She begins her own dog-walking business, where she finds herself harassed by two other dog walkers unhappy with the competition. Ellie discovers ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: "Psst. Down here."

Ellie Engleman is the new dog walker on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and she has an advantage that her competitors don't: she can hear what her canine clientele is thinking. When the owner of one of her charges is murdered and the dog disappears, at first Ellie is concerned solely with the missing dog's safety. It doesn't take long, however, for her to start looking for the killer.

Not being familiar with someplace like New York City, I had no idea how well-paid dog
I liked this book, it was a cute mystery. Is it a little cheesy? Sure of course, our main character can talk to dogs. I'm sure my fellow pet owners will agree, that we always wish we could communicate with our pets in this way so I thought it was fun to follow a character who could talk to dogs. I liked the main character and I think its cute that some of our other character are dogs. I thought this was going to be a nice series to follow, but I didn't enjoy the second the book so I don't think ...more
I was not sure if I would like this book but there was something appealing about seeing what I do for a (new) living through the lens of a protagonist walking the streets of my old hometown of NYC. Also the Author, Judy McCoy donates the proceeds to Animal Sanctuaries so that appealed greatly to me. By the time I finished this book I was totally in love with Rudy the Maltipoo. The usual cast of characters are well drawn, only criticism I have is that I figured out the villian mid way through the ...more
I will preface this review by saying I don't read a lot of cozy mysterys. They aren't my usual genre, however I like to read something light and easy once in a while, just pure entertainment. As you all know I am a dog lover so I thought this series might be a fun one for me. I was wrong. Ugh! It was so ridiculously silly. The main guy was okay, I have a hard time believing he could be attracted to the (really stupid and annoying) woman. Of course he didn't hear her conversations with her dog. I ...more
I've had a love and hate "relationship" with "talking" animals in books. They are some that I love (like Susan Wittig Albert's Beatrix Potter series) and others I just can't get into (like Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series - please no rotten tomatoes!), so I was a little hesitant about reading this book, but it is written by an author that I enjoy so I gave it a try and ...

Two words: cute and entertaining. It was fast paced and interesting. I enjoyed the way that Ellie talked and took care of
Don't get me wrong--this easy-reading tale of recently divorced New York City dogwalker Ellie, who finds one of her clients dead and his valuable dog missing, is well-written and entertaining. Maybe her romance with policeman Sam, recovering from a bad marriage that left him convinced that no woman could take the hours and stress of being married to a cop, is not the most original in the world. But the sticking point for me is animal-human communication. Ellie and her dog Rudy (and, for that mat ...more
A cute romantic mystery, great for the beach and dog lovers. Chick lit.
This is an interesting series where the dogs actually talk telepathically to Ellie, and help her solve problems by bringing attention to things that the dogs observe where humans do not. The stories in this series emotionally relate with me, because I love my dog, Chazz, and would really appreciate the sound of his voice. My husband and I have Chazz talking to us when we talk to him, by making a distinctive voice. Of course, the mystery has a man/woman love component and delves into Ellie's life ...more
Shiloh Mccollum
Cute and easy read. Predictable. May read another book in the series because I love dogs, but it will never be a favorite.
Another fun chic lit read.
A very interesting read. I love dogs and murder mysteries and that is what brought me to this book. I love the main character, Rudy....what a dog. I was thrilled to see a westie named Sweetie Pie and a scottie named Jett in there as well. Some fun antics and dialogue make it a joy to read. And the sale of the books helps Best Friends Animal Society. Too many unwanted dogs in today's world.
So buy the book and help an unwanted dog find a new furever home!
Oct 28, 2011 Suzanne rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Suzanne by: SYKM Newsletter
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
A little cutesy for my taste. I think Sam Ryder was supposed to be an archetypal Sam Spade, but the tough guy detective just seemed too overplayed. And Ellie was just too much 'the little lady.' The romance just seemed like a stale, hashed out rewrite from something that took place in the 50's. Needless to say I won't be continuing with this series. The mystery was okay, but I found myself skimming through most of the book to see whodunit.
Nice light fluffy (no pun intended!) book! About a woman who can communicate (to her own surprise)with her yorkiepoo Rudy as well as with many other of his canine friends.

This book is full of froth. Predictable mystery, psychic canines, romance with the lead detective... I like the relationship between Clare Cosi (Coffeehouse Mystery series) and her detective much better. However, for a frothy book, it was an enjoyable read.
Amy Jarecki
This book was recommended by a literary professional. I don't usually read mysteries, but since I love dogs, I thought I'd give it a try. Professional dog walker, Ellie, turns sluth she finds a client dead on the floor and his Westminster Champion Bichon Frise missing. Able to communicate with her four-legged friends, she sets out to find the Bichon, getting in the way of the handsome, but bull-headed Detective Ryder!
Sandra Hernandez
I was surprised that i liked this first i wasn't so into her talking to animals i felt like oh great one of those books that is to hard to believe, but the farther i got the better the story...i think the love she has for the dogs are wonderful...she's the only one who really cares and is looking for them. i was hopeing she'd have a thing with the doctor, but the cop was just as good..overall a nice cozy read
(E-Lib) Pretty cute series.
Cindy Bergeron
Cute book! loved the dogs!
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Dog Walker Mysteries (6 books)
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