"In Dog’s Image" 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.

In Dog’s Image is the 17th book in Neil S. Plakcy’s Golden Retriever Mystery series. I came to this series late, but it has quickly become one of my favorites. I look forward to having the time to go back to the beginning of the series and read the ones I have missed. However, even jumping in late I have never felt lost. The series features computer hacker Steve Levitan and his Golden Retriever Rochester who has a nose for detection.

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For those unfamiliar with the series, in the first book, In Dog We Trust, Steve 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! Steve now works at a local college and from time to time brushes off his hacking skills to help his long-time friend Rick who is a local police detective.

In this book, Steve and his fiancée Lili are planning their wedding. While they disagree over some of the logistics and each brings their own baggage to the marriage, they make a great couple. But amidst the wedding planning, the owner of a local art gallery is murdered. Lili finds herself in the midst of the investigation this time as she is asked to identify some infamous guests at an event from the past that she photographed (she is a professional photographer). They are photos that the owner of the gallery recently purchased, which they hope hold clues to the identity of his killer. Steve is once again asked to help Rick investigate, and Rochester helps sniff out some key clues. And if that wasn’t enough, Steve also finds himself worried about the future of his job.

This mystery was filled with secrets from the past and plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages! But as always, my favorite parts of these books are the interesting and loveable characters (especially Rochester) who now feel like friends, and the wonderful cozy feeling you get while reading them. In Dog’s Image is the perfect escape from the craziness of the world around us, and who can resist a clue-sniffing dog! Don’t miss this delightful addition to a lovely series! And if you haven’t read this series before, be sure to go back and read the other 16 books! You won’t regret it. I can’t wait for book 18!

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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 kind review, Lorie. Looking forward to gifting a copy to a reader.

  2. I'm pretty sure I've read a couple of these. Count me in!

  3. Love the cover! Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.


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