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.
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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.