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Hounding the Pavement (Dog Walker Mysteries #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,106 Ratings  ·  122 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)
Apr 06, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Dec 17, 2009 Shonda rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
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
Enjoyment Rating: 3.5 stars
Plot: 3 stars

I enjoyed Hounding the Pavement, but am a bit disappointed too. It could have been so much better!

I liked the unconventional profession of the heroine in this book. Ellen Elizabeth Engleman is a professional dog-walker. She has an edge other dog walkers don't - Ellie can read the minds of dogs. This sure proves useful in her business. The mystery was quite obvious- I realized both the killer and the method way too early. But I still enjoyed this book a lit
Just never gelled with the human characters, but I certainly did with the talking pups! Not a bad mystery, nothing wrong with the plot or pacing, just an "eh" sort of book. Maybe you'll like it more :)
May 08, 2011 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
May 28, 2010 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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
Apr 07, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery fans who ♥ Dogs
Shelves: cozy_mystery, dogs, 2013
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.
Mar 04, 2011 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, mysteries
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.
Debra McEathron
Jan 21, 2017 Debra McEathron rated it it was amazing
I love this story and the series. It is about a dog walker and a murder. She can her what the dogs are thinking and has conversations with them.
Nan St.Michael
Mar 14, 2017 Nan St.Michael rated it really liked it
Good mystery.
I would have preferred less regarding sex, but did like the dog communication.
Mar 15, 2017 M.L. rated it really liked it
Great book. Nicely executed plot. MC seemed kind of dense, I hope she doesn't turned into a total bubble head.
Cathy Cole
Sep 19, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it liked it
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
Nov 11, 2009 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jan 28, 2014 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it really liked it
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
Christine Lowe
Apr 19, 2015 Christine Lowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
,Hounding the Pavement

I bought this book without even previewing it when I saw that the author, Judi McCoy, was donating her royalties to Best Friends. We meet Ellie, newly divorced and happy to be on her own in New York, trying to build up her dog walking business. The rapport she seems to have with most dogs is pretty amazing until we find out that rapport is due to the fact she can hear and talk to most dogs.

I spent most of my lazy Sunday reading her first book in A Dog Walker Mystery series.
May 01, 2015 Lokki rated it liked it
Hounding the Pavement is the the first book in McCoy's Dog Walker Mysteries series. It's a fun, cute and fluffy little mystery, just like the dogs featured in the story. Recently divorced Ellie Engleman is getting her life back on track. After ditching her mongrel of a husband and finding herself a furry four-footed companion, she's traded her cocktail dresses and killer heels for sweat pants and walking shoes. Slowly making headway in the dog-eat-dog business of Manhattan dog-walking, she's bui ...more
May 02, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
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
May 25, 2011 Myhotstylist rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2016 Carrie rated it did not like it
I was planning on giving this book two stars for its terrible writing. But the way the author referred to a woman breast-feeding her baby brought this book down to one star. This young mother, a robbery victim, was nursing her baby in her own home, in front of our heroes - a male police officer and female dog-walker. At the sight of her breast-feeding her baby, the officer thinks to himself "[another officer] had hinted that the woman was 'out there,' and he figured this must be the reason why" ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Jenice rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-dog-lovers, cozy
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
Jan 14, 2013 Dhfan4life rated it liked it
Finally a book that proves on some level that our pets are smarter than humans! It took me a while to determine if I liked how the dog's voices were being portrayed. But after I got used to it kind of started liking Rudy's POV. Ellie has had her moments too. But in general, I give the book some extra props for reading a bit more realistic. Don't get me wrong, cozies have their place like any genre. But sometimes they can read a little Pleasantville at times and like butter wouldn't melt in the c ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Georgette rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2014 Betsy rated it liked it
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 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
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
May 03, 2009 Susan rated it it was ok
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
Apr 11, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
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
Amy Jarecki
Sep 22, 2011 Amy Jarecki rated it it was amazing
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!
May 02, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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.
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