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The path to enlightenment is fraught with danger when Greenwich Village PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull, Dash, investigate the death of a tai chi practitioner Did she jump or was she pushed? Devastated by the loss of their only child, David and Marsha Jacobs hire Rachel to find out why Lisa leaped to her death from the fifth-floor window of her martial arts studio. The tai chi instructor, who was studying to be a Zen Buddhist priest, seemed to have it all: beauty, brains, a vocation she adored, a sexy lover--and her beautiful, sad-eyed Akita, who may have been the only witness to her death and is still grieving the loss of his mistress. Refusing to believe that Lisa would abandon her beloved pet--and with only a suspicious suicide note to go on--Rachel and her canine assistant, Dash, hit the streets of downtown New York, retracing the dead woman's steps to figure out whether she was yin to a killer's yang.
Parents are not supposed to have to bury their children, but David and Marsha Jacobs had just gone through that anguish. Their daughter, Lisa, "was studying to be a Zen Buddhist priest", according to Marsha. "The study and the t'ai chi, gave her peace". So why would the intelligent, beautiful young woman kill herself by jumping from the window of the dojo where she was studying the martial arts? That's what the Jacobs want to know and that's what they hire Rachel Alexander to discover. There's even something for Rachel's partner, Dash, to investigate: Lisa had owned a black Akita. That was one of the reasons the police were so willing to accept the death as suicide; the Akita's reputation as a watchdog and protector clearly meant that no foul play was involved. But that isn't what Rachel thinks. She moves into Lisa's apartment, almost into what was Lisa's life, and meets the men and women who were part of that life. Lisa was, indeed, everything her parents thought she was; to someone, however, she was something more, and that something is what Rachel Alexander and Dash have to discover - and quickly, now. Rachel is doing her job too well and a killer knows exactly where she is.
Former detective turned noted author and dog trainer, Carol Lea Benjamin, returns with her celebrated dark and edgy suspense series featuring smart and compelling private investigator Rachel Alexander - a new addition to the Morrow/Avon list. A New York City police officer nearing retirement dies "accidentally," while cleaning his service revolver in the bathroom of his Greenwich Village apartment. Private investigator, Rachel Alexander, is stunned to learn she's been named the executor to his will--after all, they'd only met when she was doing pet therapy with her pit bull, Dashiell. A member of Rachel's 9/11 survivors group, the officer never spoke at meetings--a really hard case. But then there was the one time he took Dash for a walk around the block. When Dash returned, the fur on his head was soaked with tears.... Was this death really a suicide? And why would the deceased have chosen a near stranger to perform such an intimate task--especially when he's survived by a brother and sister? As Rachel sets about her work, she soon discovers a mystery from the deceased's childhood that may have led to this terrible tragedy....
A lifelong New Yorker, Private Investigator Rachel Alexander has lived through some rough times--from 9/11, to a difficult divorce, to cases that have taken her to the depths of the city's dark underbelly. But when wealthy business owner Eleanor Redstone approaches Rachel to ask if she can investigate her father's murder--a brutal slaying that occurred when he was pushed onto the subway tracks--Rachel takes the case, plunging herself into parts of the city only its poorest residents have ever known. Because to solve Gardner Redstone's murder, Rachel must disguise herself as a homeless woman and live on the streets, searching for the dispossessed man witnesses say made the fatal push. In one of the coldest winters New York City has seen in years, Rachel is helped by a homeless Iraq War veteran, a man whose sad circumstances leave Rachel pondering her own fortunate life. From critically-acclaimed author Carol Lea Benjamin, a writer the Cleveland Plain-Dealer calls "first rate," this is another illuminating look into the heart of New York, a mystery with heartbreaking characters, and a story you'll never forget.
[From the Dust Jacket:] "A lifelong New Yorker, Rachel Alexander has seen her city change shape through the years. But while New York has never been cleaner and crime is rapidly in decline, a vestige of grittier days remains. When wealthy business owner Eleanor Redstone approaches Rachel to ask if she can investigate her father's murder--a brutal slaying that occurred when he was pushed onto the subway tracks--Rachel takes the case, plunging herself into parts of the city only its poorest residents have ever known. Because to solve Gardner Redstone's murder, Rachel must disguise herself as a homeless woman and live on the streets, searching for the dispossessed man witnesses say made the fatal push. In one of the coldest winters New York City has seen in years, Rachel is helped by a homeless Iraq War veteran, a man whose sad circumstances leave Rachel pondering her own fortunate life. This is a once-in-a-lifetime case that, before it's over, will engulf Rachel in a dangerous new world and change the way that she sees her city forever. In her previous eight critically acclaimed mysteries, Carol Lea Benjamin has explored some extremely difficult subjects. Private investigator Rachel Alexander's cases have led her from an encounter with a troubled child accused of murder to the shadows where the Twin Towers once stood. But in her newest case, the stalwart Alexander must inhabit a world that few New Yorkers would care to explore--a world that most think should be left alone, out of sight and out of mind." All of the books in this absorbing, sensitively observed series which will appeal to fans of dogs, mysteries and books that explore current social issues are in the Bookshare Collection. They are: #1 This Dog for Hire, #2 The Dog Who Knew Too Much, #3 A Hell of a Dog, #4 Lady Vanishes, #5 The Wrong Dog, #6 The Long Good Boy, #7 Fall Guy and #8 Without A Word.
Someone is killing off the great dog trainers of the world--and it's up to PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull, Dash, to collar the murderer Rachel has just been hired as undercover security at a dog-training symposium at a posh Manhattan hotel. How can the Greenwich Village PI and her pit bull, Dashiell, turn down the hefty fee, plus free room and biscuits at the Ritz? All Rachel has to do is keep the peace among the competitive diva dog trainers who have come with their prize pooches from all corners of the globe. She and Dash have barely infiltrated the festivities when they find out that one of the trainers, the self-proclaimed guru of a controversial obedience technique, has been electrocuted in his bathtub. The cops are calling it an accident. Until another trainer dies . . . and then another. With suspects including a dog psychic and a behaviorist to the stars, Rachel discovers that it's the humans who need to be housebroken as she and Dash bring a serial killer to heel.
Murders at a dog-training seminar.
From former detective turned noted author and dog trainer, Carol Lea Benjamin, comes the fourth book in the critically-lauded Rachel Alexander mystery series, with a sharp new package--and for the first time in mass market! Dash, Rachel Alexander's pit bull terrier, has come to be known as half a sleuthing team. But when not called upon to solve crimes he has another very important job: that of a therapy dog, working with people who are developmentally challenged. Lady, a mop-coated puli, was the therapy dog at Harbor View, a Greenwich Village home for "throw away" people. But now lady has vanished...and the owner of the home has been killed in a bizarre and mysterious hit-and-run accident. Rachel and Dash are the perfect duo to tackle this mystery: she can find the answers and Dash can bring a sense of calm and order to the residents. As the pieces start coming together, Rachel and Dash not only expose an ugly plot, but also help some innocent victims find justice in a world that too often ignores them.
In Shamus Award-winning author Carol Lea Benjamin's riveting mystery, dog trainer-turned-PI Rachel Alexander and her pit bull, Dash, take a walk on the wild side--with a little help from a courageous dachshund--to solve a series of murders Rachel and Dash have a new client. Well, three new clients. A trio of transvestite working girls want Rachel to investigate the death of one of their own. Rosalinda's throat was slashed on Halloween right after the Greenwich Village parade. Finding her killer isn't exactly the NYPD's top priority--and LaDonna, Chi Chi, and Jasmine are terrified that they'll be next. With her cash retainer in hand--and very few leads--Rachel starts digging. What is the connection between Rosalinda and a dead butcher? Soon, with the help of Chi Chi's mini-dachshund, Clint, Rachel is breaking into a plant in the Meatpacking District. But her future is suddenly on the line when she sets herself up as bait to catch the killer. As Rachel follows a twisting trail with only Dash for protection, she discovers that her foray into "the life" could end with her own untimely death.
P. I. Rachel Alexander dives into the world of transvestite hookers in Manhattan's meat packing district to help solve the case of a killer with a deadly eye out for the wanna-be-ladies.
"At long last, the book all animal shelters have been waiting for is here: Carol Lea Benjamin's SECOND-HAND DOG/' SUE STERNBERG ASPCA Report "... goes right to the heart of what it's all about..." BARBARA DYER, Director Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter "Benjamin writes with love and sensitivity about caring for pets 'adopted' from a shelter." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "... a solid training program ... a great book." JOB MICHAEL EVANS Dog Fancy "Why a book like this has never before been written is beyond me. It is an invaluable guide to rehabilitating those myriad unfortunate dogs which have either never had a home or have been shuttled from one owner to another, losing confidence trust and self-esteem every step of the way. It is an absolute must for every owner who wants his second hand dog to regain the ability to become the warm, loving companion every dog should be." KENNETH A. MARDEN President The American Kennel Club "... Carol Lea Benjamin has written a witty, sound and thoroughly appropriate book on the extraordinary advantages that each of u; who has second-hand pets knows first-hand. If you're thinking about sharing your life with a pet or with another pet, read this book first!" JOHN F. KULLBERG President ASPCA
"Benjamin's plain speech and charming cartoons disguise a first-rate writer absolutely determined to improve the quality of each human/dog relationship."-Dog World First-time dog owners may be overwhelmed by advice from a seemingly endless array of experts. Acclaimed dog trainer Carol Lea Benjamin breaks the dog training process into manageable chunks, providing straightforward advice on all aspects of puppy training, behavior, and play. Benjamin's advice is based on the most current research on dog thinking and communication, and each tip in the book is accompanied by a cartoon, which illustrates an instantly recognizable situation common to dog owners and provides easy-to-understand solutions. Benjamin's visual format, essentials-only text, and generous use of humor make See Spot Sit a perfect choice for anyone who wants to learn to better appreciate, communicate with, and understand his or her canine companion. 101 color illustrations.
Winner of the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel: In the first book of Carol Lea Benjamin's acclaimed mystery series, Greenwich Village PI Rachel Alexander and her loyal pit bull must find a killer and a missing show dog Divorced dog trainer-turned-private-eye Rachel Alexander and her canine assistant Dash--short for Dashiell--are hired by a man named Dennis Keaton to investigate the hit-and-run death of his friend and neighbor Clifford Cole, whose body was found on an isolated Christopher Street pier. The police are treating the gay painter's suspicious death as a hate crime, but Dennis insists Cliff hadn't cruised the waterfront in months. Plus, Magritte, Cliff's champion basenji--a competitor in the upcoming Westminster Dog Show--may have been a witness to the crime and is now missing. The search for answers takes Rachel and Dash from the SoHo art scene to the most famous dog show in America. Now Rachel is in the sights of a killer hunting her across a treacherous urban landscape. There's no one she can trust--especially not of the two-legged variety.
She gets top billing. But he's the real teeth of the operation. In the search for a killer, they make the perfect team.... She's thirty-eight, too independent for most men's taste, and too suspicious for her own good. In her back-alley Greenwich Village cottage, private investigator Rachel Alexander has one ace in the hole: Dash, the devoted, barrel-chested pit bull terrier she once saved from certain death, and who is now about to return the favor. Dash and Rachel are looking for a missing barkless champion basenji named Magritte, and for a killer. The basenji belonged to a struggling artist found dead on a downtown pier near a sign that said "don't be caught alone." As Rachel pursues a string of clues that take her from the SoHo art scene to the world of Manhattan's homeless to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, those words echo in her mind. For in an urban landscape where good friends are hard to come by and true lovers even harder, Rachel soon discovers how dangerous it can be to trust the wrong person. Unless, of course, that person is a dog...
Had anyone ever asked Louise Branford if her parents should get divorced, or is anyone asking her now if her father should remarry? Certainly not. And to make matters worse, Louise has to cope with her stepmother's klutz of a dog. How Louise deals with a father who suddenly closes his door at night, a mother who's a soap opera star, a stepmother who wears black basketball sneakers, and a Golden Retriever who prefers her breakfast to his own--along with the normal concerns of most twelve-year-olds (like a certain eighth-grader with the initials R. B.)--all make Louise Branford a heroine of a very special kind. Carol Lea Benjamin has written a sensitive, perceptive, and very funny novel about a restructured family--and about the pains and pleasures of growing up.
Private investigator Rachel Alexander and her pit bull Dashiell return in this stylish, dark, emotionally complex seventh mystery from former detective and noted dog trainer Carol Lea Benjamin. When a distraught father approaches private investigator Rachel Alexander in a New York City park, asking her to help find his missing wife, Rachel accepts--reluctantly. After all, the chances of finding a woman who disappeared without a trace--and without a word--five years earlier are slim. But it's the missing woman's daughter who touches her most deeply--a troubled young girl whose mother's disappearance has rendered her mute. The child is also suspected of the murder of her doctor, a rich neurologist who was brutally stabbed one night while he was alone in his office. Rachel knows the disturbed girl can't be a murderer, but her investigation reveals that against all odds, it could be someone from her past. And against a backdrop of betrayal, neglect, and a city at times as lonely and frightening as a child's worst nightmares, Rachel's involvement in the case uncovers issues more complex, and more heartbreaking, than she's ever seen--problems that someone was willing to die, or even kill, for.
From former detective turned noted author and dog trainer, Carol Lea Benjamin, comes the fifth book in the critically-lauded Rachel Alexander mystery series, for the first time in mass market. Sophie Gordon didn't let her epilepsy get in the way of her life as a teacher of deaf children. But without her trusty canine companion, an indispensable service dog named Blanche, she wouldn't be nearly as well-off. A service dog that can perform the difficult tasks that epilepsy requires--sensing when a seizure is about to occur and fetching life-saving medication--is extremely rare, so when a veterinarian's office promises that they can clone Blanche, Sophie jumps at the opportunity. Her former worries can now be put to rest, knowing that now she'll have a replacement for Blanche when the time comes. But the puppy they provided didn't have what it takes to be a service dog, and when Sophie visits the vet to alert them of the problem, none of the staff is anywhere to be found--they've disappeared without a trace. To get to the bottom of this clone-by-night operation, Sophie hires P.I. Rachel Alexander and Dash, her pit bull partner. And two days after meeting with Rachel, Sophie is found dead, apparently of a seizure, but it didn't take Dash's sensitive nose to tell that something doesn't smell right, and that the missing vets definitely need further examination.
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