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Long-time nonfiction author Boneham, who specializes in animal-related topics, turns her talents to fiction in this first book in a planned series. The book focuses on the world of competitive obedience trials, demonstrating just how out-of-balance the sporting world sometimes seems. Set in Fort Wayne, Indiana, this book starts with a death on page one, which was a plus for this mystery reader who does not like to have to read through half a book before a crime occurs, no matter how charming the characters. A fierce competitor, who has a great border collie, drops dead in the obedience ring while competing. Animal photographer and fellow obedience competitor Janet MacPhail takes her dog home with her, returning him to the grieving husband a day or two later. Not completely satisfied with the police detective's handling of the investigation, Janet begins asking questions of her own. The book features death, romance, dog training lore, and a senile mother along with numerous red herrings. It'a a fun read, and its sequel has been penned, due out in late 2013. As someone who shows dogs in the Ft. wayne area, I found the book to be great fun. It will be enjoyable for any lover of animals and mysteries. ( )
  khiemstra631 | Oct 20, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0738733067, Paperback)

The passions aroused by canine competition can inspire violent fantasies. But when a talented handler falls flat on her face during the obedience trials, Australian Shepherd lover Janet MacPhail can hardly believe someone would actually resort to murder.

As she takes care of her mother and falls for a hunky black Lab owner, the last thing Janet needs is to find out she’s become a “person of interest.” Nosing around for clues that might clear her good name, Janet and her friends—Australian Shepherd Jay, tabby cat Leo, and eccentric neighbor Goldie Sunshine—discover the hard way that killers don’t like snoops. And it soon becomes apparent that the next victim might just be Janet herself.

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“Sheila Webster Boneham’s delightful debut mystery combines a likeable sleuth [and] a keep-’em-guessing plot. First place with a perfect score!”—Susan Conant, author of the Dog Lovers Mystery series

 

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When a top-ranked competitor keels over at a dog obedience trial, photographer Janet Macphail is swept up in a maelstorm of suspicion, jealousy, cut-throat competition, death threats, pet-napping, and murder. She becomes a 'person of interest' to the police, and apparently to major hunk Tom Saunders as well. As if murder and the threat of impending romance aren't enough to drive her bonkers, Janet has to move her mother into a nursing home, and the old lady isn't going quietly. Janet finds solace in her Australian Shepherd, Jay, her tabby cat, Leo, and her eccentric neighbor, Goldie Sunshine. Then two other 'persons of interest' die, Jay's life is threatened, Leo disappears, and Janet's search for the truth threatens to leave her own life underdeveloped, for good.… (more)

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