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Who let the dogs out? Evildoers beware! Four of mystery fiction's top storytellers are setting the hounds on your trail -- in an incomparable quartet of crime stories with a canine edge. Man's (and woman's) best friends take the lead in this phenomenal collection of tales tense and surprising, humorous and thrilling: New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance's spellbinding saga of a scam-busting septuagenarian and her two golden retrievers; Anthony Award winner Virginia Lanier's pureblood thriller featuring bloodhounds and bloody murder; Chassie West's suspenseful stunner about a life-saving German shepherd and a ghastly forgotten crime; rising star Lee Charles Kelley's edge-of-your-seat yarn that pits an ex-cop/kennel owner and a yappy toy poodle against a craven killer.
In this suspenseful fifth book in our wonderful series created by veteran dog trainer Lee Charles Kelley, a clever kennel owner, his lady love, and his loyal canines must solve their most disturbing mystery yet! It's October in Maine and ex-cop/criminologist turned dog trainer Jack Field and his fiancÉe, Chief State Medical Examiner Dr. Jamie Cutter, are getting married in a few weeks. But fate puts a wrench in their plans when the police find a young woman's body in a secluded lake. Jamie asks Jack, who's been appointed her civilian advisor, to come to the scene. Seeing the body sparks a memory of a case Jack studied while taking a seminar at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. He suspects the death is the work of a serial killer and as the mystery unfolds, it becomes clear that suspects abound, including a sleazy private detective, a well-respected botanist, recruits in the upper echelons of the FBI, and even the wealthy husband of Jack's ex-girlfriend. Add an adorable Dalmatian named Daisy and a wedding ceremony like no other you've ever seen, and you've got Kelley's most touching, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and downright hilarious book yet!
Returning to Maine after a blissful honeymoon in Mexico, kennel owner Jack Field and his smart and sexy bride, chief medical examiner Dr. Jamie Cutter, are ready to fulfill a promise made to a new friend they met there. The daughter of retired general Lamar MacLeary asked dog expert Jack to help her father "rewire" his wired wire-haired fox terrier, Molly, whose incessant digging is driving the general crazy. But Jack arrives to find Molly's most recent excavation has unearthed something nobody expected: the bones of a human hand belonging to the general's wife, who supposedly ran off to Mexico twenty years ago. The police think the distraught World War II hero killed her in a jealous rage, but Jack and Jamie aren't so sure. And in their dogged determination to dig up the truth, the newlyweds begin unearthing hints of corporate fraud, high-level corruption, the terrifying return of a cold-blooded killer, and some buried MacLeary family skeletons that could lead to more death . . . Jack's and Jamie's included.
In this delightful second book in our wonderful new series created by veteran dog trainer Lee Charles Kelley, a clever kennel owner and his endearing canine companions once again work to solve baffling mysteries. Ex-New York cop turned kennel owner Jack Field is perfectly happy training dogs and living the simple life in the rustic woods of Maine. But once again, he and his girlfriend Jamie, the smart and sexy local coroner, are dragged into a mystery of remarkable proportions. When a prominent local judge is found dead in his car, his throat ripped open, with a ferocious boxer locked inside the car with him, all fingers point to the dog as the killer. But when Jack is called in to handle the growling beast, he soon realizes that this frightened boxer is no killer, and he's determined to find the real culprit before his doggy friend is put down for the judge's death. Soon, Jack and Jamie are immersed in a scandal that reaches throughout the town, involving the brazen local marijuana dealer and his delightful brood of ten beagles, Jamie's shady drug addicted ex-husband, twisted family secrets, and an outrageous attempt at blackmail. Full of wit and originality.
Meet Jack Field: Dog's Best Friend Ex-cop Jack Field abandoned New York to run a canine kennel in the rustic Maine woods. But murder and mayhem still seem to hound him wherever he goes . . . Jack's a dog trainer and a behavioral specialist -- not to mention the "main squeeze" of smart and sexy, part-time medical examiner, Jamie Cutter. That's why he's standing in a secluded cabin by alike on an icy December evening, with Allison DeMarco lying dead on her kitchen floor, and her high-strung Airedale, Ginger, going ape in the corner. You can't teach an old dog -- or cop -- new tricks, so this homicide has Jack hooked . . . especially since poor Ginger seems to be the only witness! In a world of misbehaving mutts and pesky purebreeds, a killer may be waiting to make Jack, Jamie, and their puppy-pals roll over and play dead.
In this delightful and witty third book in our wonderful series created by veteran dog trainer Lee Charles Kelley, a clever kennel owner, his lady love, and his loyal canines must solve their most sinister mystery yet! One of Maine kennel owner Jack Field's favourite pastimes is spending quality time with a fun-loving pooch--which is why he's playing fetch with a Corgi named Tipper instead of mingling at a July 4th shindig. But when Tipper returns with a bloodstained boating cap in his teeth, the ex-New York cop decides to investigate...and finds an anonymous dead body clutching the tennis ball Jack tossed away moments before. The local law think Jack's the killer, since he had the opportunity and, as it turns out, a motive. Even his loyal and lovely fiancÉe, sometime medical examiner Dr. Jamie Cutter, is troubled by evidence that contradicts Jack's tale. Someone's going to great lengths to frame Jack Field, and he's determined to find out why--even though everyone, from a powerful tycoon to a Miami drug lord to a whole passel of professional killers, is equally determined to see him doggoned dead!
The maid for a wealthy couple who lives in a mansion along the Maine coast, is found dead at the bottom of the main staircase a few weeks before Christmas. The couple claims that the maid's ex-boyfriend ran out of the house just as they arrived home, but there are no footprints in the snow, and the guard at the front gate didn't see anyone leaving the property. Jack and his fiancÉe, local medical examiner Dr. Jamie Cutter, reluctantly leave their eggnog and tinsel when they are called in to help catch the killer. Soon Jack realizes that there is more at work than simply murder: a mysterious visitor has been conning the rich couple with tales of spirits, magic, and elfin visitors. 'Tis the season for tracking down the truth, so Jamie and Jack set out for New York City and end up in a foot chase that takes them through the snow-covered city, tailing a lost Dalmation puppy, mysterious elves, a sly killer, and the true meaning of Christmas.