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Twas the Bite Before Christmas (Jack and Jamie #4)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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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Dec 31, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
Russians in Maine? Who knew! Liked the characters and the line but will have to go back to the first in the series. fun Christmas stuff.
Chi Dubinski
Jul 17, 2013 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
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
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Dec 16, 2013 Susan Malone rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 09, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it
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.
Dec 29, 2007 Merelyn rated it it was ok
the author is a dog trainer, so he drops hints in the book about how to help your dog. The story is a "cozy" but set in USA, & is funny & easy reading. It is a Christmas story too, which I like to read during the holidays when things get frantic ! !
May 22, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
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.
This is another great Lee Charles Kelley. It has plenty of suspense and twists and turns in the Jack Field series. Only this was Christmas themed. Plenty of drama and good tension. A good read at any season.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
loved it I picked it up off a disgarded cart at my library. Now to find more.
Mary Lechner
Jan 31, 2008 Mary Lechner rated it it was amazing
The dog training typs are interesting and useful for certain pets of mine.
Jan 10, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read
Shelves: mystery
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Dec 17, 2010 Lea rated it really liked it
Not my usual type of book, but have found it surprisingly enjoyable. It's a fun, easy read and I found myself snorting out loud with laughter at times.
Sep 10, 2009 Lora rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy all of his novels. I hope he will write more mysteries soon.
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