Saturday, December 21, 2019

Book Review - Dogs Don't Lie

Dogs Don't LieDogs Don't Lie by Lisa Shay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dr. Kallie Collins can communicate with animals.

*I received a free copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review.*

Kallie has been a vet for 6 months and is establishing herself in her career in her hometown in Oregon. She is on call when she is called to a crime scene where a vet is needed to subdue a canine. When she arrives, there is a dog with a human bone and she through her skills with communicating with animals, she is able to get the dog to give up the bone and lead her and the police to the site where he found the bone. Once she is cleared from being involved due to her 'knowledge' of the location of the bones, Detective Ben Jacobson needs her help when he does the next of kin notification. And then Kallie is fully involved in the investigation.

It is really hard not to like a story that has a John McClane and Die Hard reference in the very first paragraph!! There are also plenty of references to Kinsey Millhone who I have a very fond relationship with (my dog is Kinsey Milkbone, PI in honor of Sue Grafton!). I found Dogs Don't Lie to be very witty and well written. I really enjoyed the concept of animal communication and feel that it is a very fresh shtick for a cozy mystery series. The relationships touched on in the book between Kallie and her friends and Ben did not feel cliche and I feel as though there is a lot of room for expansion in future books in the series. The relationship between Kallie and her mother started out as a little cliche with the overbearing mother trying to run the daughter's life, but there was a nice bit at the end that gives me hope for this relationship as well.

I am already looking forward to the next book in this series!

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RESheahan said...

Thank you so much for the great review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I had to comment just because I love Kinsey Milkbone, that's an awesome name!
Robynn Sheahan, aka Lisa Shay.

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