"Dog's Honest Truth" By Neil Plakcy: Review/Giveaway

Review by Lorie Lewis Ham

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Dog's Honest Truth is book 14 in Neil Plakcy’s Golden Retriever Mystery series, but it is the first one that I have read. I was somewhat familiar with the characters and premise thanks to some of the short stories and a first chapter being featured on Mysteryrat’s MazePodcast, so I didn't have any trouble jumping in at this point. I can't wait to go back and read the rest of the series, and this book will definitely be on my favorite reads of 2022 list!

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For those unfamiliar with the series, in the first book, In Dog We Trust, the main character, Steve Levitan, has lost everything that matters to him - his marriage, his home, and his career. After finishing a brief prison term for computer hacking, he returns to his hometown of Stewart's Crossing, PA with his tail between his legs. Thanks to a murder, Steve becomes the temporary guardian of his neighbor’s Golden Retriever, Rochester, and his life is never the same! Rochester it seems has a nose for detection.

In Dog’s Honest Truth, Rochester meets the new dog in town, Luke, who is training to be a seeing-eye dog. The dogs bond but there is something off about Luke’s human, Ben Ji. When Ben is shot, Steve helps his friend, police detective Rick, find out what happened and discovers that Ben Ji had a lot of secrets. Steve also has to deal with a student’s plagiarism, a climate activist with dangerous habits, and a rifle-wielding assassin.

I absolutely loved this book! If you enjoy cozies with pets this series should be on your must-read list. The characters are likeable and relatable, the mystery was interesting and filled with twists and turns and a few edge-of-your-seat moments, and Rochester is wonderful! Not only was this a good mystery, but the setting had this cozy, homey feeling to it that provided a perfect escape from the craziness of the real world. I can’t wait to spend more time in this town with these characters! And who doesn’t love a crime-solving dog!

To enter to win an ebook copy of Dogs's Honest Truth, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "truth,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 27, 2022. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you.You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and a contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie's mystery writing including her latest mystery novel One of Us, a Tower District Mystery, at Mysteryrat's Closet.

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  1. Thanks for the great review, Lorie!

  2. Always enjoy books with interesting dogs
    in them. this would be a new series for me.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. This sounds so good. I love books with dogs in them. The cover is beautiful! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Love books featuring dogs. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Cute cover, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

  6. Love dog stories. Thanks for the chance. sclickner at juno dot com

  7. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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