May 15, 2011

Book Review: SLEEPING DOGS LIE by Sharon Henegar

BOOK DESCRIPTION:  On a rainy October night, Louisa waits in the car while her friend Bob makes a dash into the grocery store. Soon he comes out again but with him is a woman in a sleek red suit. She leads him to her Mercedes and they drive away.


Has Louisa been ditched, or has Bob been kidnapped? She enlists the help of her cousin Kay, owner of an antique store, and two intrepid canines, Jack and Emily Ann, to follow the scant clues to find Bob. Find him they do but when they learn who he really is, they find out that the stakes are high. Will they avoid being the next victims of a cold-blooded murderer?


Sleeping Dogs Lie is author Sharon Henegar's first mystery in the Willow Falls series.
 
 
 
 
Cozy mystery lovers rejoice!  Sharon Henegar's Sleeping Dogs Lie, the first in a new series, is certain to satisfy requirements of a fun mystery, entertaining plot and lovable heroine.  For this pet lover, there is the added bonus of two dogs being central characters to the story. In short, you simply cannot go wrong with this book.
 
I loved the premise from the go - - our heroine sees her new friend possibly being kidnapped from the grocery store, right in front of her eyes.  Of course, she loses them on the road and the "friendly" police officer doesn't believe her story of a kidnapping . . . partly because things like that don't happen in Willow Falls and partly because our heroine's cousin used to date said police officer.  Sound fun?  It is. 
 
Heroine Louisa is a breath of fresh air.  She's humorous, unglamorous, technically and navigationally challenged and she's over 40.  Not your typical "central casting" main character and it absolutely works here.  When push comes to shove, Louisa is a tough cookie. 

The central mystery is a cozy mystery through and through.  The kidnapping is serious, yet seen through some humorous aspects.  The local police officer is portrayed as a stubborn, thickheaded numbskull.  The "big payoff" would be a stunningly violent conclusion were it not taking place in a genre where violence and sex is downplayed.  This is not to say that Sleeping Dogs Lie isn't worth a reader's time; far from it, I was wonderfully entertained by a bumbling Nancy Drew, her intrepid cousin and two determined and intelligent dogs.  I guarantee you will be too.

Sleeping Dogs Lie is available for purchase now at major booksellers, including Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you make a purchase through my link, I will receive a small commission. 

Sleeping Dogs Lie is the first in Ms. Henegar's Willow Falls mystery series.  In Dogs We Trust will be the second book in the series.
 
For more information on author Sharon Henegar, please visit her blog and website.

Review copy of this book provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. In no way did the provision of the book affect the outcome of my review.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

About 15 years ago I had the good fortune to visit a local dog park at the same time as Sharon Henegar. We and our dogs immediately became fast friends and still stay in regular contact even though we now live far apart.

Because of this friendship, I had the great pleasure of dipping into Sleeping Dogs Lie from it's infancy. I loved it from page 1 and impatiently waited for more chapters to come along. I read the entire book several times prepublication and most recently enjoyed yet another read while happily holding the published book in my hands.

I especially enjoy a book with good character development and Sharon is superb at this. I'm especially fond of Louisa because there is a great deal of Sharon in Louisa, but even without that connection, you'll very quickly feel that you also know these characters and would enjoy having many of them in your own life.

Even peripheral characters are so succinctly yet cleverly defined that you'll find yourself linking them to real people you know and will smile or cringe or grit your teeth each time one of them reappears. They are so REAL—so just like you and me! And if you're not a dog lover already, you will want to be by the time you finish Sleeping Dogs Lie.

I have no doubt that you'll be keeping watch for the second book in the series, In Dogs We Trust. Again, I'm lucky enough to have already read it prepub and I was so happy to be able to spend time with my Willow Falls friends and immerse myself in the latest mystery.

In the interim if you find yourself craving a Henegar hit, I suggest you browse Sharon's "Queen of 50 Cents" blog (queenoffiftycents.blogspot.com). Even if garage sales are not your thing, Sharon's narrative of her adventures is as engaging as her books and there's even photos!

Enjoy,

Tina Dillion, Fortunate in Friendship