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Deadly Dog Days

(A Dog Days Mystery #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  94 reviews
New to the historic town of Metamora, Indiana, Cameron Cripps-Hayman is looking to make friends with her neighbors. What she isn’t looking for is one of their bodies floating in the canal. 

When she and her estranged husband, the town sheriff, are both named suspects for the murder, Cameron takes solving the crime into her own hands, teaming up with her eccentric co-workers
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Published November 8th 2016 by Midnight Ink
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Enjoying the peace while she ate her lunch beside the canal in Metamora, Indiana, Cameron Cripps-Hayman was horrified when she looked across the water and spied a protruding hand near the shore. Her immediate reaction was to ring her soon-to-be ex-husband Ben who was town sheriff. The ensuing chaos when police, rescue units and paramedics arrived on the scene had Cam trembling with shock. But when both Cam and Ben were announced as suspects, Cam knew she needed to prove her innocence as quickly ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While enjoying her lunch along the canal in the small town of Metamora, Indiana, the last thing Cameron Cripps-Hayman expected to find was a body under the edge of the water. Calling in local law enforcement Cam finds that the woman in question happens to be one that her estranged husband had been seen around the small town dating.

Cam finds herself quickly put at the top of the suspect list when it's determined that what she stumbled upon was definitely a murder. Trying to clear her name and ge
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ever heard of Metamora, Indiana? Well, join the club. But because I was born and lived in the Hoosier State for the first eight years of my life, I've always been proud of my Bobby Knight country roots, so the setting for this book is what first got my attention. Turns out, according to Google Maps, that it's a tiny but historic canal town about a 66-minute southwesterly drive from my home town of Union City. That, and the fact that it's a cozy mystery - the kind of thing I enjoy reading in betw ...more
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is a super cute start to a new cozy mystery series and if you know me by now, you probably know that with the pups on the cover, I'm sold. However, I must add that I found this to be a well written cozy mystery possessing all the elements I know and love without being redundant or boring.

Cameron Cripps-Hayman moved to Maramora, Indiana four years ago when she married Ben, a town sheriff. During the four years, she has encountered numerous problems such as an eye-rolling step-daughter, an I
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book takes to Metamora county for this amusing cozy mystery.
Cameron Cripps-Hayman becomes the foster parent of several unruly dogs of a murder victim. Estranged from her husband, the Metamora police officer, she is stunned to learn that her husband was having an affair with the victim. Cam learns she is considered the killer by most of the folk living in the area. Cam is in charged of a work released program and her group includes a kleptomaniac, the area's drunk and two high schoolers. In
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In this story, middle-aged Cameron Cripps-Hayman takes in several homeless dogs when their owner is murdered. Mentoring a ragtag group of criminal misfits who name themselves the Metamora Action Agency, Cam allows them to spend their community service hours tracking down clues to the killer. Some type of pandemonium reigns continuously throughout this story. As much as I love animals, I must say these dogs weren't exactly lovable and needed major training along with TLC. There are some humorous ...more
Cam leaves her job in the city and moves to historic Metamora, Indiana, with Ben, her new husband and town sheriff. Estranged from him after an embarrassingly short time, as she tries to figure out what comes next, she stumbles across a body in the canal. When she and Ben are both named as suspects, Cam and her group of ragtag volunteers try to find the killer before s/he strikes again.

I love stories involving dogs, so I was excited to read this book, hoping I'd found another series to add to m
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Deadly Dog Days, the first book in the Dog Days Mystery Series, author Jamie M. Blair weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of Cameron Cripps-Hayman when she finds herself a suspect in the death of local resident Jenn Berg.

Set in the dying historic tourist town of Metamora, Indiana, Cameron Cripps-Hayman is still trying to find her place in the community, but it has put a strain on her marriage to Sheriff Ben Hayman. After four years of marriage Cam
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Deadly Dog Days by Jaime M. Blair is a cute story about a woman who finds a dead body in a canal and then rumor in the town is that she is the one who murdered her. She finds out why the rumor is going around is that her estranged husband went out with the deceased a couple of times. She sets out to clear her name and takes in the dead woman's five dogs while she is at it. Meanwhile, her mother-in-law from hell is at war with her and she is fighting back, her husband is trying to get back with h ...more
Cameron Cripps-Hayman and her husband, Ben move
to his hometown in historic town of Metamora, Indiana.
Cameron is trying to adjust to the move and a rigid ruled
She and Ben end up separated. Her mother-in-law tries to
irk Cameron about the least little thing. Ben’s daughter
arrives in town to stay them.
To complicate matters, Cameron finds a dead body down
in the canal. The Police Chief perceives Cameron to be his
prime suspect as there is a rumor circulating around town
that her estranged hus
Lisa Morin
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I am new to this author but I found Deadly Dog Days to be a very interesting anf colorful cozy mystery.
The story is set in Metamora, Indiana, and Cameron Cripps-Hayman is the lovable main character in this delightful story.
She made Metamora her home when she married local sheriff Ben Hayman. Sadly, her marriage is in disarray, and when she finds a body floating in a canal, she has no idea just how out of control her life will become.
Cam and her husband are separated, and when she finds out that
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Cameron is still fairly new to the town of Metamora. It is the hometown of her husband, Ben. They have been separated for about 6 months. When Cam stumbles upon a dead body in the canal she is accused of being the murderer because Ben has been seen out with the woman. To add to her troubles, she is at war with her mother in law, has Ben's daughter to deal with and adopts the dead woman's dogs. Cam and her band of misfits have to put their heads together to find out who did the woman in.

This was
I received a free audiobook copy of this book from Tantor Audio and voluntarily reviewed it.

Deadly Dog Days is a fun cozy mystery featuring plenty of dogs, like the title promises. I liked the sound of the concept and was happy I got to listen to the audiobook version of this one. The narrator did a great job. While the story wasn't as compelling and engaging as I had hoped, I still had fun listening to this one

Deadly Dog Days starts with main character Cameron enjoying her lunch until she finds
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cam's having a hard time fitting into the new town to which her (now estranged) husband's mother enticed them with the offer of the old family home. She's working with a group of people trying to fill their volunteer/community hours as a well to become more a part of the township. Cam has made a couple of friends and is on the way to finally belonging when she finds a dead woman and is accused of her murder.

As a person, Cam is good-hearted - she 's helping her community by setting up a programme
Deadly Dog Days is the debut of the Dog Days Mystery series set in the small canal town of Metamora, Indiana and featuring Cameron Cripps-Hayman. Having giving up a decent job four years ago to move with her police officer husband, Ben back to his hometown and into his dilapidated family home, Cameron now finds herself separated and battling his mother in law to stay in the house.

A quiet lunch on the banks of the canal watching the town mascot, a duck named Metamora Mike, turns deadly when Camer
Eva North
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started this book weeks ago and just now finished it, not due to lack of trying. I love mystery, suspense, crime, who dunnit books, and this one was no different. I love cam and her insatiable desire to do what's right, despite everyone telling her not to 😂😂😂. Mia and her eye rolling, was a whoot,I loved the relationship between Mia and cam, the way it started and how it was in the ending, awesome. Now, what I'm wondering is, when is Ben and cam getting back together?? I'm starting the second ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Cozy mystery includes dogs!
Jessica Robbins
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jodi Bennett
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cameron stumbles across a dead body and her husband is the lead suspect. They are separated right now so this doesn't look good for her marriage. She is also dealing with a mother-in-law who keeps taking things out of her house. There are lots of kooky characters in this town. Cameron works with people who are required to perform community service and the make themselves into The Metamora Action Agency. The town is delightful and the killer is well hidden until the end. ...more
Kathy L
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally enjoyed the about 40 year old heroine who even though she'd suspected of murder goes to rescue the victim's dogs, help her sister start a business , deal with family problems and solves the murder. ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
3.5 stars

Deadly Dog Days is a cozy mystery with a lot going on behind the scenes. It starts with Cameron finding a dead body on her lunch break and gets more chaotic from there. Or maybe I should say we’re introduced to more chaos from there … because I have a feeling Cam’s life was already pretty chaotic pre-dead-body-discovery! Between turning 40 and her sore knee, her separation from her estranged husband (who may or may not have been dating the dead girl) and her mother-in-law from you-know-
Rosemary K
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cameron Cripps-Harman is having a rough time. She's separated from her husband and feels isolated in Metamora, his hometown. Adding to the pressure is her disagreeable mother-in-Law and her approaching 40th birthday. Lucky that she has a stash of cookies to ease the pain. Poor Cam! She doesn't know that her life is going to get even worse when she finds a body in the canal. Jenn Berg has been murdered. Rumor has it that Ben, her estranged husband, was dating her. Now the town thinks she's a murd ...more
Clare O'Beara
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, america-crime
When a woman is found dead in a canal, the walker who discovered her isn't the most likely suspect for her murder, but she finds herself under suspicion anyway. Partly because she's agreed to adopt the five large dogs belonging to the deceased, to save them. Isn't that a sign of guilty conscience? The setting is the historic town of Metamora, Indiana, which is quiet and doesn't have much of a police department.

The tone of the book struck me as serious, but it's a lighter mystery, not a police pr
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars
I found this kinda 'meh'. It wasn't bad, but it was a pretty generic cozy mystery. Pacing was fine. The plot was ok. The characters were mostly alright (some were super annoying, though. I was kinda hoping the daughter would go back home to her mother). But that's really it. It was just...ok. Nothing about it was terribly gripping or kept me invested in the characters. If you like cozy mysteries and think the plot sounds interesting, then ok, give this one a go. But I really don't have
Mary Jensen
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
The author's note says that she loved the TV series "Northern Exposure" and enjoyed visiting the quaint canal town of Metamora, IN. She wanted to create a group of characters and interactions much like Northern Exposure, but in this small town instead of Cicely. Having watched the show and been to Metamora, I honestly can't rate this as a success.

Stilted writing, overly cutesy cardboard characters and a trite plot ended up feeling like an injustice was done both to the show and the town!
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
3.5 stars - I enjoy cozy mysteries, and this one was a step above the average cozy. (One thing I specifically liked is there wasn't a stupid love triangle!) Cameron is trying to find her own identity as a newcomer in a small town when she discovers a murder victim - and learns that she may have a motive as the killer. The situations were entertaining and the book has some fun and quirky supporting characters.

Thanks to netgalley for the review copy!
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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3 Stars. This was a fun, cozy mystery read. I was pleased with flow and style of the writing. The characters are colorful and the setting interesting. There is so much potential for the rest of the series in this regard. Was disappointed by the lack of romance, which I prefer in my mystery/suspense reads. That's just my pref, though. It was otherwise a decent enough read.

*This book was provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an unbiased review. Thank you!*
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd give it 3.5 stars. There were several funny parts and I like that she adopted dogs. Cameron seemed to wonder aimlessly through the book with no Income and she kept spending money. Mentioning her bad knee happened more than enough too. Hope book 2 will be better. ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
There isn't really a whodunit mystery that we should have figured it out before the denoument. She did not give clues for us. It is a cosy story, but not really a whodunit. Bummer!

The biggest problem is terribly confusing numbers of unnecessary characters. She named and described 42 characters. At least 11 of them have no part in the story. She just names and describes all the shop-keepers in town. Then ignors them totally in the plot. It seriously detracts from the story. Horribly confusing!

Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cameron Cripps-Hayman is enjoying her lunch beside the local canal when she discovers the body of one of her neighbors in the water. Cam finds herself a suspect in the murder because her estranged husband had been seeing the deceased. Cam decides to prove her innocence, with the aid of two overachieving teenagers, an elderly alcoholic, an elderly kleptomaniac and a felon. She also takes in the victim’s five huge, unruly dogs. What could go wrong?

The actual murder mystery is secondary to the smal
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