Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Till Death Do Us Bark - 5th in the Ellie Engleman, Dog Walker Mystery series
Author: Judi McCoy
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day/The Hamptons, Long Island
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Judi's Website/Blog: www.judimccoy.com
This is the fifth Dog Walker Cozy and they get better and better. I donít know what these people would do if they didnít have a dog or cat who could solve all the mysteries.
Ellie Engleman, who is a professional dog walker has not taken a vacation in ten years and when her best friend Vivian invites her to her sisterís wedding to which pets are also invited, they take off for Montauk with their dogs and their glad rags to attend the wedding. Their trip to the Hamptons starts the book off in rare form. Vivian rents a really expensive automobile because she does not want to look cheap but, canít drive the car; still, they finally arrive without any mishaps.
Before the "I Dos" the groom is a no show and later is found dead in his office. Ellie keeps reminding herself not to investigate. However, when the housekeeper's son Tomas is arrested, seemingly everyone she knows including Rudy and Twink (two dogs) pressure her to make inquiries. With her dog, Rudy, sniffing out clues, Ellie follows his lead one clue at a time.
The most fun in these dog walker mysteries are the one on one conversations between Ellie and Rudy, her dog. Thereís not a lot of action, but Ellie and Rudy make a great detecting team who bring humor and crime solving to the storyline.
I am a great cozy and animal fan and really enjoy the storylines that involve animals. Cozy mysteries are not everyoneís favorite but, they are terrific books to read when you get tired of all the murder and mayhem and just want a book to relax with.
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