EARS FOR MURDER by Sue Owens Wright
What a fun cozy mystery, though don’t expect all the usual elements of a cozy because this one has much more going for it.
Elsie “Beanie” MacBean is a writer and the owner of a basset hound named Crusher. A huge machine that Beanie has dubbed “The Masticator” rips through 100 year old Jeffrey Pines in the area where she has a cabin in South Lake Tahoe. Seeing what developers are doing to the surroundings, brings pain to her Native American roots.This is only the beginning of Beanie’s problems. While taking Cruiser, her basset hound and her daughter’s basset, Calamity, on a walk through the woods, they come upon a corpse wrapped around the base of a tree. An arrow is sticking out of his neck. Beanie calls the local sheriff and the investigation begins.
Interesting characters, some of whom may or may not be suspects, cross Beanie’s and the dogs’ paths. When someone shoots an arrow into Beanie’s back door, an obvious threat, she heightens her investigation.
Some of the things I liked best about Ear for Muder are a heroine of “a certain age” who is intelligent and not reckless, the basset hounds, the wonderful descriptions of the best parts of Lake Tahoe, the touch of romance, and a compelling puzzle with a satisfactory solution.
This is a smart cozy, with a touch of humor, but no silliness. I loved it.
Sue Owens Wright is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. She is an eleven-time finalist for the Maxwell, awarded annually by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) to the best writer on the subject of dogs. She has twice won the Maxwell Award and earned special recognition from the Humane Society of the United States for her writing. She writes the acclaimed Beanie and Cruiser Mystery Series, including Howling Bloody Murder, Sirius About Murder, Embarking On Murder and Braced For Murder, which is recommended on the American Kennel Club’s list of Best Dog Books.
Her nonfiction books include What’s Your Dog’s IQ?, 150 Activities for Bored Dogs, and People’s Guide to Pets. She has been published in numerous magazines, including Dog Fancy, Mystery Scene, AKC GAZETTE, Fido Friendly, The Bark, and Animal Fair. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including PEN Oakland’s “Fightin’ Words,” along with Norman Mailer and other literary notables. Her newest novels are The Secret of Bramble Hill and Ears for Murder.
Website URL: www.sueowenswright.com
Blog URL: http://dogearedbooks.blogspot.com/
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