"Dog of Thieves" By Neil S. Plakcy: Review/Giveaway

Review by Lorie Lewis Ham

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

Dog of Thieves is the latest Golden Retriever Mystery by Neil S. Plakcy. I came to this series late but I love it and look forward to going back and reading those I missed! They feature semi-reformed computer hacker Steve Levitan and his mystery-solving partner, a Golden Retriever named Rochester. After turning his life around, Steve moved back to his hometown of Stewart's Crossing, PA, was rescued by Rochester, took a job at his alma mater, Eastern College, and is now engaged to the lovely Lili.

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This book feels a little different from the last few as it focuses more on a tree-removal scam and a museum heist, but they do eventually get to murder as well. Against his better judgment, Steve has joined a committee about removing some problematic trees from their neighborhood and things go wrong when the person they hired goes missing along with their money. While Steve tries to track him down, he is faced with threats from his neighbors and even a cane-wielding old lady attacking him and Rochester on their walks. While dealing with that, some artifacts are found at the college that seem to be connected to an old unsolved museum heist and the FBI is called in. The trail of both crimes leads the pair to New York City to visit an elegant Fifth Avenue museum and a drop-in center for the poor and homeless on the Lower East Side. As if that wasn’t enough, Steve is also dealing with some personal issues.

I absolutely love this series. Neil has created such wonderful realistic characters that you want to visit over and over again, and Rochester is the perfect dog! The mystery was also interesting and filled with a number of twists and turns. If you love dogs and light, fun mysteries with great characters this is a series for you!

To enter to win an ebook copy of Dog of Thieves, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "dog,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 8, 2023. 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. Lot of tree removal scams. Sometimes, they'll remove your trees and leave a metric ton of brush in your yard. Count me in your drawing.

  2. Would really love to read the book. This is a new author to me.

  3. send email, thank you. sandy weinstein love to read animal books.

  4. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham

  5. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham

  6. I used to have a golden retriever. Would love to read this. Usersns8800@aol.com


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