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Old Dogs

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  50 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
"Like the perfect heist, Donna Moore's screwball caper is slick, audacious and hugely rewarding."—Chris Ewan, author of The Good Thief's Guide to Paris

"Roll out the awards shelf, Donna is going to grab them all."—Ken Bruen, award-winning author of London Boulevard

La Contessa Letitzia di Ponzo and her sister Signora Teodora Grisiola are not who they might seem. Now in their
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Busted Flush Press, LLC (first published January 1st 2010)
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From the back cover: La Contessa Letitzia di Ponzo and her sister Signora Teodora Grisiola are not who they might seem. Now in their seventies, they’re actually Letty and Dora, a pair of ex-hookers turned con-artists who’ve decided to steal a pair of gold, jewel-0encrusted Tibetan shih tzu dog statuettes from a Glasgow museum. Unfortunately, it seems everyone wants to get their hands on the expensive pooches.

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I was immediately reminded of Donald E Westlake’s crime capers, or the craz
Dissident Books
Unless I’m mistaken, Donna Moore is of no relation to the author of Don't Call Me a Crook A Scotsman's Tale of World Travel Whisky and Crime, although like the rogue marine-engineer she calls Glasgow home, is superb storyteller with a thief's eye for detail and has a great, if sometimes deranged, sense of humor. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. I've met Ms. Moore and can I tell you she's a charming English Rose, one that you'd never suspect could conjure such a smutty, sanguineous and ...more
Nigel Bird
Feb 07, 2011 Nigel Bird rated it really liked it
Sometimes, when you read a book, you can sense the pleasure the author found in its writing and ‘Old Dogs’ certainly feels like one of those. To my mind, Donna Moore must have had a whale of a time putting this together.

It might not, however, have been as much fun for her as I imagined whilst I read. Given the structure of the story with its seamless flow from one passage to the next, the craft employed in engaging us with the characters and the action and the way she had me laughing, smiling an
Amie Adrian
Nov 27, 2016 Amie Adrian rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
If you are looking for an inappropriately hilarious read, check this out! The cast includes a couple of jaded, elderly "ex"- hookers, a hot mess, a psycho, a handful of idiots, some monks, a pompous ass, and a tired cop who just wants this case closed.
Jul 06, 2014 Quillracer rated it liked it
This is a pure caper novel and a refreshing change from the true mysteries I usually read. It was nice, too, to see two older women as the main characters, instead of the usual young ones.

As with any truly good caper novel, there are several parties chasing the prize – a pair of jewel-encrusted solid gold dogs here – and their efforts to steal them constantly overlap with one party’s actions befouling another party’s. Plus several peripheral characters have scams going that affect the main schem
Aug 12, 2011 Trish rated it really liked it
I can’t believe this book has only 15 ratings-it is such a fun book I’m surprised more people haven’t read it.
Donna Moore won the Lefty award (most humorous crime/mystery book) for Go to Helena Hand basket and she should have won it for this book too!

This is a caper that truly lives up to the meaning of the word caper; a frivolous escapade or prank. In this mad-cap caper two 70-something, former prostitutes, come up with a plan to heist a pair of golden dogs from an exhibit at the Glasgow Muse
Feb 19, 2011 Ladiibbug rated it really liked it
Comic mystery - Left Coast Crime 2011: Finalists for the Lefty Award for Most Humorous Mystery

Back Cover:

La Contessa Letitzia di Ponzo and her sister Signora Teodora Grisola are not the wealthy and connected women they seem to be. Now in their 70's, former hookers turned con artists Letty and Dora decide to steal the prized exhibit in a special Glasgow museum.

Combine their scheme with a dodgy chauffeur, a pair of delinquents who work in a crematorium, and out-of-work insomniac bent on revenge,
Kari Wainwright
Mar 11, 2011 Kari Wainwright rated it really liked it
This Scottish caper comes complete with quirky characters, shady motives, naughty language and lots of laughs. The characters converge on a pair of valuable jewel-encrusted golden Shih Tzu figurines in a small museum in Glasgow. In fact, there is lots and lots of converging throughout this novel.

I’m not going to describe any of the characters in this review. I’d rather give readers the chance to meet them on their own.

Donna Moore won a Lefty (a prize for best humorous mystery given out at Lef
May 13, 2012 Maryellen rated it really liked it
First of all, you need to read this book in the accent of Mr. Sean Connery. Secondly, you need to read this book. What a crazy collage of characters who are all intent on stealing a pair of priceless Tibetan shih tzu dog statuettes from a museum in Glasgow, Scotland. Our main con-artists are in their seventies and they are former hookers. Throw in a hitman from Australia; two delinquents on probation; an out of work scorned lover of the museum curator; and, some innocent kid who wants to do the ...more
I loved it! It's hilarious. A raucous, quirky, full go, screwball heist, fun read. Set in Glasgow and centered around a museum exhibit. You can tell from the book description it can only end hilariously with all these different people after the same thing!

Lots of fun characters and each one gets ample time on the page. I don't know what else to say, I don't want to give away anything. You'll want each crazy thing to unfold for you as you read it. There's kidnapping, revenge plotting, murder, rob
Rob Kitchin
Aug 01, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Old Dogs and laughed out loud several times. There’s a nice blend of characters, some very well judged observations and scenes, a good intertwining of subplots, a cantering pace, and a comic moment on every page. That said, the story is a little uneven in places and, I’m not sure whether this was due to having an uncorrected proof, there seemed to be a couple of continuity lapses. These though are minor issues as overall it’s an entertaining read
Paul Brazill
Jun 03, 2016 Paul Brazill rated it it was amazing
Donna Moore’s smashing caper yarn has an absurdly colourful cast of self- interested characters chasing a McGuffin, a pair of rare ornamental Tibetan dogs. There are laughs aplenty and great farcical moments in this sweary Ealing Comedy as the characters collide with and crash into each other in their attempts to get their grasping and grubby paws their treasure. Murder, mayhem and mischief abounds.
Oct 29, 2012 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction, humour
This book is a fun read. The characters are well developed and each has their own style of speaking that suits them perfectly. There is a lot going on in this story and it is definitely to her credit that everything managed to keep tied together. There are some real laugh out loud moments so you may have to be careful where you read it but definitely read it.
Sep 13, 2011 Kay rated it liked it
The book had a lot of twists and the characters were wonderful. I thought it was well writen and fun to read. It shows you should never under estimate a group of old ladies because they have the experience and the treachery to win the prize.
Sep 18, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
A caper novel with three elderly ladies as the protagonists and a cast of quirky characters around them. Delightful, reminiscent of Westlake's Dortmunder stories.
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