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Twas the Bite Before Christmas (Jack and Jamie #4)
The pre-holiday homicide of a housemaid in a sprawling Maine mansion and the kidnapping of a Dalmatian puppy threaten to take kennel owner and former cop Jack Field on a Christmas slay ride. Original.
Paperback, 366 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Avon Books
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Ex-cop Jack Field now trains dogs in Maine and is engaged to medical examiner Dr. Jamie Cutter. When a maid is found murdered in a house owned by a wealthy, mysterious couple, suspects abound. Local police are inclined to call it an accident, but Jack is suspicious. The couple is uncooperative, they have a chauffeur whose eastern European accent comes and goes, and a houseguest who appears without warning and claims to speak to the dead. The plot is overly complicated, and several subplots could ...more
Great mystery full of dogs and dog training tips. Though the setting is Christmas, the events could have happened at any time of year. Enjoyed getting to know main characters Jack and Jaime and how Jack uses his background as a former cop now dog trainer to figure it all out along with Jaime's expertise as a medical examiner.
Excellent book. Dogs and a mystery combined in a delightful manner. My vocabulary has also been expanded - who would have thought Mormons could be so creative with swear words. Scrud and facackta this is not (you'll need to read the book!) I'll definitely be reading more of his work.
These books/this series by Lee Charles Kelley is right up there with Robert Parker! I love the police procedures--just enough not to be techically boring and just enough to be "not quit a cozy". Only 2 more books to read in this series, I'll be sad when it's finished.
I'm a dog trainer, songwriter, voiceover actor, and bestselling mystery novelist* living in New York City. I've been using Natural Dog Training techniques since 1992. I write words and music, mostly for Sinatra-style songs and have a few minor songwriting credits (very minor, I'm afraid) including the libretto for a full-length musical comedy. I've been doing voice work since I was 17 (I'm now in ...moreMore about Lee Charles Kelley...