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A Tail of Two Murders

(Dog Lover's Mystery #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Introducing Jackie Walsh and her crime-solving shepherd, Jake. When a beautiful Alsatian shepherd shows up in her backyard--with a bullet wound in his leg--Jackie has no intention of keeping him, despite her son's pleas. And soon the matter of the dog takes second place to her investigation of a murder at the university.
Paperback, 179 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Berkley
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Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I was looking for murder mysteries with dogs, and even though there wasn’t much dog in this mystery I enjoyed reading it so much I tracked down and bought the next four books in the series. The young son Peter was spirited in a believable and not cute or obnoxious way and bonded with the dog Jake, and the mom Jackie was freshly back in academia after time away and trying to deal with a film studies dept (a minor detail, but I really liked that it wasn’t set in an English dept. like most other bo ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
This is a series that I have read several times before. First I read it and gave all the books to a neighbour who read them and gave them away so after a year or two I bought them all again and reread them. That time I gave them to my vet and then forgot who I gave them to until after I bought them for a third time. Somehow I had the impression that the reason I gave them away was they were not good enough to keep and then I would get curious and be reading dog mysteries and being a completist o ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
First up is Melissa Cleary's A Tail of Two Murders, the first in a longer series featuring film teacher Jackie Walsh, her son Peter, and the dog that soon becomes theirs, an older Shepherd named Jake. The basic plot to this one was simple: the lecherous chairman of their department is murdered. Jackie, of course, finds him, and ends up heavily involved in solving the crime. It was a quick read, and a nice mystery. There are many possibilities for who murdered the man in question and in the end, ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, mystery, book-sale
I am not a big fan of mystery series that are centered around animals, but this one was quite enjoyable. I think because the dog involved was incidental to the story. I enjoyed the college setting and honestly did not suspect the guilty party. It was a fun, cozy mystery.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Bea  Charmed
Very much a product of its time but not bad. I doubt if I'll look for more in the series.
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Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An easy much a romance as a mystery. The characters were lightweight and made some foolish choices.
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Divorced mom with one son get an ex-police dog Jake.
6 books follow their life and she solves a mystery in each one.
She teaches a film class in a university.
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