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LIKE A DOG WITH A BONE
LEE CHARLES KELLEY
ISBN# (10): 0-06-073230-X/ (13) 978-0-06-073230-1
May 29, 2007
AVON (HarperCollins)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Paperback
$6.99 U.S./$9.99 Canada
272 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Jack Field, an ex-cop turned dog trainer, has returned to Maine with wife, Jamie Cutter, a Chief Medical Examiner after a wonderful honeymoon. Before leaving Mexico, they strike up a conversation with a woman who enlists Jack’s help.

Reggie Durban had been staying with her father, a retired general, until he threw her out of the house. She wants to hire Jack to train her father’s fox terrier. Jack appreciates being hired for a job, but he cannot train anyone’s dog without the owner’s permission. Reggie insists she will write him a check if he will only agree to help her dad’s dog, Molly. Jack almost wishes he and Jamie had never met her during dinner. Jamie does not think it would hurt Jack to at least go over and speak to the man. So ten days after they said good-bye to their honeymoon in Mexico, they visit retired General Lamar MacLeary.

After the General shows them around, and Molly begins to start scratching and digging really hard in the yard, Jack suspects there is a body of some kind buried. When a finger bone is found with a diamond ring, the general is certain it belongs to his wife who left twenty years prior. Everyone is surprised, but no more than the general whom the police suspect killed her. Jack and Jamie have their moments of doubt. They are determined to do more than uncover some bones. While trying to unravel some family secrets of the MacLeary family in their quest to learn if the general could be the killer, even Jack and Jamie have to watch their backs.

I was intrigued by Like a Dog With a Bone. I loved the characters of Jack and Jamie. Jack is very passionate about his love for animals and that is a strong point. I really enjoyed reading about Jamie and Jack as they worked together to find the killer. I could almost see Molly just digging in the dirt. The secondary characters lend that extra special ingredient to the storyline. Lee Charles Kelly blends all the right elements in this mystery to keep the reader on the edge of the seat and guessing until the end. He makes Jack and Jamie such a delight while cleverly writing a mystery that is simply great. The dog training of Jack is a great asset to this remarkable mystery.

Cherokee
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