counter create hit Play Dead - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

Play Dead

Availability: Ready to download

Meet Allie Babcock – The Audacious Dog Therapist with a Flair for Sleuthing At her brand new shop in Boulder, Allie’s very first client is a dejected collie whose previous owner allegedly took her own life. But with a natural nose for crime, Allie soon suspects murder—leaving her dejected canine client as possibly the sole witness to the crime. With the scent fresh, Meet Allie Babcock – The Audacious Dog Therapist with a Flair for Sleuthing At her brand new shop in Boulder, Allie’s very first client is a dejected collie whose previous owner allegedly took her own life. But with a natural nose for crime, Allie soon suspects murder—leaving her dejected canine client as possibly the sole witness to the crime. With the scent fresh, Allie is quickly on the case – but a second murder curtails her investigation. Before taking another step, Allie needs to count her enemies: several suspicious dog owners, a boyfriend with a temper (and a demand for vengeance!), and a mysterious door-to-door salesman with a curious tale to tell… Bizarre salesman, vicious boyfriend and suspect dog owners – one thing is for sure – Allie’s life may never be safe until one of these characters lands in the pen…


Compare

Meet Allie Babcock – The Audacious Dog Therapist with a Flair for Sleuthing At her brand new shop in Boulder, Allie’s very first client is a dejected collie whose previous owner allegedly took her own life. But with a natural nose for crime, Allie soon suspects murder—leaving her dejected canine client as possibly the sole witness to the crime. With the scent fresh, Meet Allie Babcock – The Audacious Dog Therapist with a Flair for Sleuthing At her brand new shop in Boulder, Allie’s very first client is a dejected collie whose previous owner allegedly took her own life. But with a natural nose for crime, Allie soon suspects murder—leaving her dejected canine client as possibly the sole witness to the crime. With the scent fresh, Allie is quickly on the case – but a second murder curtails her investigation. Before taking another step, Allie needs to count her enemies: several suspicious dog owners, a boyfriend with a temper (and a demand for vengeance!), and a mysterious door-to-door salesman with a curious tale to tell… Bizarre salesman, vicious boyfriend and suspect dog owners – one thing is for sure – Allie’s life may never be safe until one of these characters lands in the pen…

30 review for Play Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Allie Babcock was a dog lover first and foremost – her decision to open a dog behaviour studio in Boulder meant her guest appearance on a radio show would help get her business known. But little did she know it would also attract the worst kind of person. When Beth brought Sage, a beautiful border collie who refused to eat, to Allie she soon learned Sage’s previous owner had committed suicide. But it wasn’t long before Allie suspected Sage had been witness to more than suicide – and the shock of Allie Babcock was a dog lover first and foremost – her decision to open a dog behaviour studio in Boulder meant her guest appearance on a radio show would help get her business known. But little did she know it would also attract the worst kind of person. When Beth brought Sage, a beautiful border collie who refused to eat, to Allie she soon learned Sage’s previous owner had committed suicide. But it wasn’t long before Allie suspected Sage had been witness to more than suicide – and the shock of a second murder seemed to confirm her suspicions. Would Allie be able to work out what was going on before it was too late for both human and hound? Play Dead by Leslie O’Kane was absolutely fantastic. Filled with laugh out loud moments, mystery, intrigue and bad guys; and of course lots of lovely dogs, I flew through the story, barely putting it down. For fans of cosy mysteries and animals this is an excellent example of combining the two. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    The "cozy" in this cozy mystery comes in with the main character's calling of dog trainer. She has two dogs of her own, and is brought in to help with a collie named Sage. And it's there that my disbelief in the book begins. And ends. And remains throughout. This woman's knowledge of and training of dogs as described in this book are … problematic. One of her dogs licks her face, upon which she comments that it "was something I'd trained her not to do". Why? A few pages later the other dog, insi The "cozy" in this cozy mystery comes in with the main character's calling of dog trainer. She has two dogs of her own, and is brought in to help with a collie named Sage. And it's there that my disbelief in the book begins. And ends. And remains throughout. This woman's knowledge of and training of dogs as described in this book are … problematic. One of her dogs licks her face, upon which she comments that it "was something I'd trained her not to do". Why? A few pages later the other dog, inside while her wonderful owner is outside, scratches at the glass door. So … licking is out, but potentially damaging scratching is just fine. What tipped me over the edge into complete mistrust of everything this dog trainer says is the fact that she routinely leaves her dogs – and her clients' dogs – in her car while she runs around playing detective and running errands. And she advises her mother to do so as well. (Granted, her mother's brilliant alternative to doing so was to take a dog into a mall, but this just means that stupidity runs strong in this family.) You do not – not ever – not under any circumstances – leave a dog or a child in a car. Not for half an hour, not for five minutes. If I have to explain why this is a bad thing, google it. Better yet, let some charity (like an animal shelter) make a penny off your ignorance and go to www.Goodsearch.com and do a search. I have no idea at what time of year this book takes place – and it doesn't matter. Hot, cold – I don't care what the temperature is: you do not. Leave. Your. Dog (or child). In a car. Alone. Ever. I will call the police on you. I have done so – and been physically threatened by the bastard who did it (two dogs in a theatre parking lot in a blizzard while the owners watched a four-hour movie). I don't care if the dog is a malamute and adores the cold. I don't care if the dog is actually a salamander and loves the heat. I will call the police on you. And I will hope you're levied a hefty fine – or jail time. Jail time would be lovely. This book's main character also drives about with three dogs in her truck bed. No. The characters' grasp of legalities is at least as questionable as their understanding of working with dogs. Our Heroine assumes possession of Sage, the collie owned by the murdered client at the heart of the mystery, and somehow decides that it is within her purview to decide who will inherit him. "As far as I know, no one else has a legitimate legal claim to him, so unless one surfaces, he's yours." ... "I'm sorry, but since the last time I spoke with you, I've decided to give Sage to somebody else." In the meantime, while the mother is looking after Sage, someone tries to kill him and the awesome dog trainer's two. The mother handles evidence, and then: "What did the police say when you called them?" I asked. "Oh, shoot!" She snapped her fingers. "I never did get around to doing that"… The stupid does run strong in this family. After the attempt to kill the dog(s), Mama is still dumb enough to chuck the dogs out in the yard unsupervised, and is shocked – shocked, I tell you! – when Sage disappears. "'What have I done?' Mom said in a frightened whisper." Yeah. Exactly. The reason that the dead client's dog is so important, they think, is because he witnessed the murder. The heroine tells people so. I'm not sure why she is so surprised when people treat her like she's crazy – oh, wait. Stupid. Her stellar investigative technique is coming up with the idea of calling all the people in her telephone book with the same last name, trying to find one particular one. The reason this is not a good idea is that the last name is … Smith. Yeah, you go try that. Get back to me when you're done sometime next year. Our dog trainer was advised to use security on her computer – like every other human being who has ever logged onto the internet. But she didn't bother, reasoning – and I use that term loosely – that no one would want to look at files about dog owners. Well, maybe she didn't keep those dog owners' addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information on that computer. The author's grasp of timing is … questionable. A dog is giving her owner concern by not eating. The problem is not with the dog but with the kibble – a bag that was tainted a month ago, story time. Why would they never buy a new bag? Try a different food? Why would they keep uselessly filling the bowl with the same stuff? And how the hell big was the tainted bag if they filled her bowl even every other day? I also questioned the main character's intelligence and the author's storytelling sense when the former talked about putting out a broadcast about the missing dog (which by that point had morphed into "hers"), when the entire radio station had been shut down for some time - does she think people just leave a non-operational radio station running on the off chance that it might come back? - but really by that point I was just exhausted. What an awful book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    M Perry

    I was excited to meet Allie Babcock, a mystery-solving dog behaviorist. The excitement didn't last long. I didn't feel the character was sympathetic, especially when Allie chose to leave her German Shepherd to live at her mother's house, taking her Cocker Spaniel with her, instead of finding a home where both of her dogs could be with her. I quickly discovered that Allie and I were not destined to be friends. I am a dog trainer who uses only positive reinforcement and Allie obviously subscribes I was excited to meet Allie Babcock, a mystery-solving dog behaviorist. The excitement didn't last long. I didn't feel the character was sympathetic, especially when Allie chose to leave her German Shepherd to live at her mother's house, taking her Cocker Spaniel with her, instead of finding a home where both of her dogs could be with her. I quickly discovered that Allie and I were not destined to be friends. I am a dog trainer who uses only positive reinforcement and Allie obviously subscribes to Cesar Millan-esque training methods, where the human must constantly prove herself to be the alpha with such silly exercises as never allowing the dog to enter a door before the human. The last straw for me occurred at the beginning of Chapter Seven, when Allie comments, "I slipped over [Sage's] head a thick-linked chain collar attached to a long, inch-wide blue leash. Nothing could get a dog's attention faster than the sound and sensation of a quick snap on this type of leash." That was the last sentence of this book that I read. I hope that later books see Allie learn that might does not make right, especially in dog training. But I'm not willing to wade through even one book filled with her old school training techniques to find out...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: Meet Allie Babcock – The Audacious Dog Therapist with a Flair for Sleuthing At her brand new shop in Boulder, Allie’s very first client is a dejected collie whose previous owner allegedly took her own life. But with a natural nose for crime, Allie soon suspects murder—leaving her dejected canine client as possibly the sole witness to the crime. With the scent fresh, Allie is quickly on the case – but a second murder curtails her investigation. Before taking another step, Allie needs to Synopsis: Meet Allie Babcock – The Audacious Dog Therapist with a Flair for Sleuthing At her brand new shop in Boulder, Allie’s very first client is a dejected collie whose previous owner allegedly took her own life. But with a natural nose for crime, Allie soon suspects murder—leaving her dejected canine client as possibly the sole witness to the crime. With the scent fresh, Allie is quickly on the case – but a second murder curtails her investigation. Before taking another step, Allie needs to count her enemies: several suspicious dog owners, a boyfriend with a temper (and a demand for vengeance!), and a mysterious door-to-door salesman with a curious tale to tell… Bizarre salesman, vicious boyfriend and suspect dog owners – one thing is for sure – Allie’s life may never be safe until one of these characters lands in the pen… (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to know Allie, but I do not think that she is as smart as she thinks she is, because of some of her actions. She takes chances that she should not be taking, and she does not seem worried when she breaks into the victim’s house a couple of times. I also wonder about her abilities as a dog behavior therapist and dog owner. She seems to be constantly leaving her dog in the car, which is a big no-no. That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. There was a lot of action contained within the pages of this book. It seemed like every couple of pages, something was happening. It was hard to catch my breath before the next thing would happen. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the beginning. The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider, and it was not easily solved. I had the bad guy picked out a few times, only to find out I was wrong. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I will definitely read the next book in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I enjoy reading animal stories so I am always looking for a good one. I felt that author knows and understand dogs. The illustrations used are often very true to life. Meet Allie Babcock, a dog therapist. She has returned to Boulder, Colorado, her home town, after living in Chicago and training dogs for many years. In order to increase her business, she agreed to do a radio broadcast. Beth Gleason a Sadie, a collie enter her life. Sadie is refusing to eat she was presented when her owner was sho I enjoy reading animal stories so I am always looking for a good one. I felt that author knows and understand dogs. The illustrations used are often very true to life. Meet Allie Babcock, a dog therapist. She has returned to Boulder, Colorado, her home town, after living in Chicago and training dogs for many years. In order to increase her business, she agreed to do a radio broadcast. Beth Gleason a Sadie, a collie enter her life. Sadie is refusing to eat she was presented when her owner was shot. Beth adopted her and wants help in getting her to eat again. Before long Allie has several different men wanting to date her. This is a fast moving story with many twists and turns. I like it so well I bought the next book in the series. I recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A nice start to a new series. I liked the MC Allie and her two dogs. There is good info about dog behaviors, too. The mystery was interesting, but there were so many strange things happening all at once that it didn't seem realistic at times. With all the possible suspects, I didn't figure it out until Allie did. But, I would still be willing to try the next book. A nice start to a new series. I liked the MC Allie and her two dogs. There is good info about dog behaviors, too. The mystery was interesting, but there were so many strange things happening all at once that it didn't seem realistic at times. With all the possible suspects, I didn't figure it out until Allie did. But, I would still be willing to try the next book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    Allie Babcock has recently moved from Chicago back to Boulder, and is starting up a dog training business. She's found living quarters sharing a home with a neurotic woman, Kaitlyn Wayne, who is happy to have Allie's cocker spaniel, Doppler, living with them, but not her German shepherd, Pavlov, so Pavlov is staying with Allie's mother, about an hour out of town. Allie and Doppler visit them on weekends. She's also found office space shared with Russell Greene, an electrical engineer who is afrai Allie Babcock has recently moved from Chicago back to Boulder, and is starting up a dog training business. She's found living quarters sharing a home with a neurotic woman, Kaitlyn Wayne, who is happy to have Allie's cocker spaniel, Doppler, living with them, but not her German shepherd, Pavlov, so Pavlov is staying with Allie's mother, about an hour out of town. Allie and Doppler visit them on weekends. She's also found office space shared with Russell Greene, an electrical engineer who is afraid of dogs but rather sweet on Allie despite that. And Allie gets a chance to boost her business with an interview on the Tracy Truett radio show. It's too bad that the station staff has just been told that the radio station is being closed down. It's Tracy's last broadcast, and she's had time to get drunk. In the midst of all this chaos, one of the few calls Allie gets to take is from Beth Gleason. Her collie, Sage, isn't eating, and she thinks it's because he saw his former owner murdered--although the police think it was suicide. Allie schedules a meeting with Beth and Sage, and she has no idea how exciting her life is about to get. I like Allie, and I like her dogs. They're believably real dogs, smart and loyal and not able to perform miracles of canine-human communication. I also like Allie and her approach to training, which is kind of important. I couldn't spend an entire book with a dog trainer protagonist I'd be afraid to let hold my dogs' leashes. Allie is smart, too, and doesn't do out-of-character stupid things. It's really not her fault that, after taking on Beth Gleason as a client, she suddenly finds herself surrounded by an impressive array of crazy, unpredictable, potentially dangerous people. (Although, in fairness, she found her housemate, Kaitlyn Wayne, on her own, and it's Kaitlyn who's responsible for her abusive, manipulative ex coming back into the picture and into Allie's already over-stressed life.) It quickly becomes clear that Beth isn't the only one who thinks Sage might be able to identify a killer, and Allie finds herself playing detective in pure self-defense. Altogether, it's an exciting, improbable roller coaster ride with some enjoyable, likable characters. Recommended for light reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bloss ♡

    The dogs were great and the character cast was an interesting group. The pace was fast and engaging. The ending was rather abrupt and leaves a lot of questions but this appears to be the first of a series so maybe that's by design. One thing that struck me is why is every male character portrayed negatively as either abusive or idiotic? The idea of vilifying all men is absurd and tiresome. (Especially when they're contrasted with an absolutely idiotic female lead!) Which brings me to my major pro The dogs were great and the character cast was an interesting group. The pace was fast and engaging. The ending was rather abrupt and leaves a lot of questions but this appears to be the first of a series so maybe that's by design. One thing that struck me is why is every male character portrayed negatively as either abusive or idiotic? The idea of vilifying all men is absurd and tiresome. (Especially when they're contrasted with an absolutely idiotic female lead!) Which brings me to my major problem with this book: the main character. Firstly, she's allegedly 32 yet lives with a "roommate" and has her mother looking after her dogs and lives like a spoiled teenager. She's supposedly a dog trainer and enthusiast yet she locks her dogs in cars while running errands, leaves them in dangerous situations and doesn't seem to have any time for them despite multiple references to how "well" she's trained them. To add to her vacuous portrayal, she is being stalked, her dogs are in danger and people are being murdered yet she's still obsessed with dating. Leaving her dog in an office (or vehicle) or with an unstable "roommate" doesn't exactly endear herself to the reader. In addition, why did she feel entitled to just take Sage? I wouldn't trust this dolt with a loaf of bread let alone three dogs! It's ridiculous that some random woman could just take a dog at the owners murder scene and NO ONE would question it. As I said, she can't even handle the dogs she does have (why is one living with mummy while the main character faffs around like a college student). Dogs are not something to be collected. They're a huge responsibility that this character has proven time and time again she cannot handle. Don't even get me started on her appalling lack of IT security and her ridiculous reasons why she "didn't think she needed to" protect her clients' sensitive information.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Krisi Keley

    I'm giving Play Dead, and the other books in the series, four stars because the author really knows how to tell a story and it's doubtful any cozy mystery fan and dog lover wouldn't like this series. Of the five books in the series, this one was the best-edited; unfortunately, with each consecutive book, that aspect deteriorated, and the number of typos and other proofreading mistakes can be quite frustrating. It's a shame because, as I said, the stories are solid, often quite humorous, and sure I'm giving Play Dead, and the other books in the series, four stars because the author really knows how to tell a story and it's doubtful any cozy mystery fan and dog lover wouldn't like this series. Of the five books in the series, this one was the best-edited; unfortunately, with each consecutive book, that aspect deteriorated, and the number of typos and other proofreading mistakes can be quite frustrating. It's a shame because, as I said, the stories are solid, often quite humorous, and sure to be enjoyable to dog lovers, the reason I tried to overlook the editing issue in my ratings.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I gave this book a second star only because I finished it. There were just too many preposterous situations in this book for me to enjoy it: husbands, boyfriends, and bystanders making demands; mother, office mate, and blind date pushing boundaries; even Allida herself putting herself in danger, and acting foolishly.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    #1 in the Allie Babcock series. Allie is a dog trainer, just setting up her business in Boulder, CO. She's invited on a radio talk show (which unfortunately turns out to be the last broadcast, due to shuttering the doors). Allie almost backs out when she discovers that the talk show host is drunk after hearing the bad news about the radio station, but goes ahead with the interview. A caller says that the collie that she has won't eat, and that she thinks that the collie saw the murder of his prio #1 in the Allie Babcock series. Allie is a dog trainer, just setting up her business in Boulder, CO. She's invited on a radio talk show (which unfortunately turns out to be the last broadcast, due to shuttering the doors). Allie almost backs out when she discovers that the talk show host is drunk after hearing the bad news about the radio station, but goes ahead with the interview. A caller says that the collie that she has won't eat, and that she thinks that the collie saw the murder of his prior owner! This sets up the mystery in many parts. Was it murder? Did the collie see the event? Why won't the collie eat? And why do many different people suddenly want this collie for themselves? As first in series, there was a lot of character development going on. There's the typical mother/daughter tension that is in a lot of these cozies. There's the office mate, who wants to date Allie, a neurotic roommate, and a whole bunch of other characters that I am assuming will not be in future installments. What seems to be missing is the strong police presence that one sees in other cozies. There is no central police character. This whole mystery revolves around Allie, the collie (named Sage), and to a lesser extent, mom. I found it refreshing that there was not an incompetent policeman character or an immediate love triangle between the police detective and our MC Allie. There are some unpleasant characters in this story, and in some cases I was surprised that Allie did not take different actions in response to their actions in the story. In the end, with the whole cast of characters, I had not figured out the bad guy. It was an interesting ending. Not at all typical, but I thought it worked. All in all, I liked this book. There were interesting tidbits about dog training sprinkled throughout as Allie met with different clients. It kept my interest and was well written. It will be interesting to follow the stories to see how she grows her business and what future trouble she gets into. I definitely will continue the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    So I’d give this book 4 stars for the story, which was fun and enjoyable, but I dropped it down to 3 because there were a couple things I just couldn’t get past. First, the dog training advice the main character gives is out of date in a lot of ways - methods and philosophies. So read this book for the mystery but don’t take away and training tips. Second, no one has a cell phone and people are using phone books. This was written in 2013 and a cell phone was referenced at once point, so it’s not So I’d give this book 4 stars for the story, which was fun and enjoyable, but I dropped it down to 3 because there were a couple things I just couldn’t get past. First, the dog training advice the main character gives is out of date in a lot of ways - methods and philosophies. So read this book for the mystery but don’t take away and training tips. Second, no one has a cell phone and people are using phone books. This was written in 2013 and a cell phone was referenced at once point, so it’s not like it’s taking place in some bygone era. The fact that people were using home phones and that Allie stopped at a gas station to look up an address in a phone book? I can suspend disbelief to a degree but this is a seemingly minor thing that was actually distracting because it just wasn’t realistic.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Cute and dizzying If you aren’t a dog person then this won’t appeal to you because there are dogs throughout. It’s a quirky book that helps take your mind off things.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John S Roth

    Great Story! I very much enjoyed Play Dead by author Leslie O'Kane! The storyline is delightfully quirky and the characters well defined! The reader may well find themselves feeling immersed in the story to a point they identify with more than a few of the characters! Highly recommended!! Great Story! I very much enjoyed Play Dead by author Leslie O'Kane! The storyline is delightfully quirky and the characters well defined! The reader may well find themselves feeling immersed in the story to a point they identify with more than a few of the characters! Highly recommended!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Yes, I was drawn to the picture of the collie; always enjoy their charismatic little faces, so downloaded this free Kindle offering. The premise of Allie chucking her day job for a serious dog training business was an interesting one and there was indeed a few great tidbits of information although as with children, you know what will work for your own and what won't. Also there were a few contradictions with the Cesar Milan philosophy, but the thrust was essentially the same--that of the strong Yes, I was drawn to the picture of the collie; always enjoy their charismatic little faces, so downloaded this free Kindle offering. The premise of Allie chucking her day job for a serious dog training business was an interesting one and there was indeed a few great tidbits of information although as with children, you know what will work for your own and what won't. Also there were a few contradictions with the Cesar Milan philosophy, but the thrust was essentially the same--that of the strong pack leader and the human tendency to anthropomorphize our canine companions. Somehow Allie becomes so immediately involved she has little time to construct a basic office. In an effort to begin forming a clientele base, Allie accepts an interview on a local radio talk show which unfortunately is the last show the host will perform and becomes a disaster when it all inadvertently focuses on a collie who has possibly witnessed a murder. While the traumatized dog doesn't have the speech necessary to name the perp, it becomes obvious he knows and can identify who did the deed. Thereupon leads us on a wild chase through the homes of some really scary dog parents and again confirms the difference in the handling of an animal that really has simple basic needs. Allie's mother is believable although can at times be a bit over the top--still--she's a mother. The character of the radio talk show host was what you'd expect of a pseudo-celebrity. On the whole, especially for the first in the series, an enjoyable effort. Would recommend as light reading for animal lovers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Fun, quick read. What I enjoyed: * Allida was an interesting character. She is not quite 5 feet and starting a new business as a dog therapist. Other than a couple issues (which will be listed below), she's a good protagonist. She definitely cares about dogs and seems to be better with them than people. * Loved the dogs and her mom. * Lots of suspects. I'm not quite sure why everyone was so interested in what happened to Sage. What could have been better: * Every man Allida met was either in instant l Fun, quick read. What I enjoyed: * Allida was an interesting character. She is not quite 5 feet and starting a new business as a dog therapist. Other than a couple issues (which will be listed below), she's a good protagonist. She definitely cares about dogs and seems to be better with them than people. * Loved the dogs and her mom. * Lots of suspects. I'm not quite sure why everyone was so interested in what happened to Sage. What could have been better: * Every man Allida met was either in instant love with her or a total jerk. Seriously, she had 4 men interested in dating her. (view spoiler)[What was up with both Chet and Bob threatening her?(view spoiler)[ * The whole housing situation. She was willing to leave her big dog with her mother since the place she could afford wouldn't let her have her. But later she's willing to move back home. Doesn't seem like realistic behavior from someone who loves their dogs so much. * (view spoiler)[The whole roommate situation was unnecessary. Kaitlyn had major issues. Her ex was a total jerk. But it wasn't needed for the story (hide spoiler)] * Russell - insta-love because she is as short as him. He is very pushy, but also helpful. Allida kept leading him on. Saying not interested, but then trading dates for favors. And what kind of person who is afraid of dogs rents the spare room at his business to a dog therapist? (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lori Henrich

    Allie finds herself involved with a murder investigation after she takes on the job of helping a Collie that might have witnessed the murder of his former owner. This was a pretty good story I like the premise and the characters. I was also glad to see that the female protagonist didn't wind up falling for the detective in charge of the investigation. Seems like it will be a good series. Allie finds herself involved with a murder investigation after she takes on the job of helping a Collie that might have witnessed the murder of his former owner. This was a pretty good story I like the premise and the characters. I was also glad to see that the female protagonist didn't wind up falling for the detective in charge of the investigation. Seems like it will be a good series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I found a great new series!! I read this in one day. I enjoyed it that much!! Allie Babcock is an animal behaviorist. The book has great characters and dog's. Include, a good mystery and what more can you need??!! I am starting book two right now!! I found a great new series!! I read this in one day. I enjoyed it that much!! Allie Babcock is an animal behaviorist. The book has great characters and dog's. Include, a good mystery and what more can you need??!! I am starting book two right now!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Moore

    Dog lovers mystery Really enjoyed this book. This is the first time I have read this author. Give me a mystery with animals in it and you have me hooked. Looking forward to her next book in this series

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Excellent doggie mystery. I really enjoyed it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judith Bowers

    Play dead Being the owner of five unruly dogs, this was good reading for me. I could use a dog trainer like her but without the murder. Good story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lagniappe

    I really wanted to love this cozy mystery about a crime-solving dog therapist, but I only mildly liked it. Sigh. The Positives: Loved the premise of the story. Dog therapist Allie Babcock takes on collie Sage as a client. Sage won't eat after his owner commits suicide - or did she?? Loved the dogs. Every dog in this story (even the ones with "issues") were interesting. The Negatives: The protagonist. While I did not find Allie unlikeable I did find her exasperating, and definitely not the sharpest pe I really wanted to love this cozy mystery about a crime-solving dog therapist, but I only mildly liked it. Sigh. The Positives: Loved the premise of the story. Dog therapist Allie Babcock takes on collie Sage as a client. Sage won't eat after his owner commits suicide - or did she?? Loved the dogs. Every dog in this story (even the ones with "issues") were interesting. The Negatives: The protagonist. While I did not find Allie unlikeable I did find her exasperating, and definitely not the sharpest pencil in the pack. While she professed undying devotion to her dogs she seemed to treat them carelessly at times. And I could not figure out what it was about her that made almost every male in the book immediately attracted to her. Allie's interactions with men. As stated above, every man she interacted with either fell head over heels for her or was openly hostile or threatening. Can't this woman have a normal interaction with a member of the male sex? The plot. Sorry, but this strained credulity from about a third of the way in - and it didn't get any better. The ending. I swear that I think the author was hungry and just decided to end the book so she could get something to eat. I seriously checked to see if I was missing part of the book but I wasn't. It really just ended that abruptly. I know this is the first in a series - but geez! Bottom line - if you like cozies and animals you can give this one a try and it will be a quick enjoyable read. Just don't expect too much.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Georgie Mac

    I love books with dogs in the role of heros Play Dead was cleverly written, well edited, with fun characters and dogs. The main character, Allie is a quirky, kind hearted single lady with a mom whose time clock for grand babies is ticking louder by the minute. Allie attacks all types of interesting fellows; and murders seem to pop up around her. She feels circumstances compel her to try and solve these crimes. It seems she gets a bit too close to the crime situation. She needs a sidekick who can I love books with dogs in the role of heros Play Dead was cleverly written, well edited, with fun characters and dogs. The main character, Allie is a quirky, kind hearted single lady with a mom whose time clock for grand babies is ticking louder by the minute. Allie attacks all types of interesting fellows; and murders seem to pop up around her. She feels circumstances compel her to try and solve these crimes. It seems she gets a bit too close to the crime situation. She needs a sidekick who can help out with police backup or maybe a romantic interest who is connected to law enforcement. I am not so enthused when my heroine is left hanging by her fingernails as the murderer is revealed. She and her mom put themselves, and their furbabies in dicey situations by bad choices. On the upside, everything is resolved in the end and the bad guy gets what he deserves. I will definitely read more of Allie's adventures. It was a fun, quick read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    The author's lighthearted humor and comments about people, from the beginning, made me chuckle. By page 15 she had me hooked when she referred to electrical engineers as, "not known for their spontaneous wit." I married one and worked with many, so I can LOL at this! Allie is a dog trainer who teaches us a few dog basics along the way. Sets called upon to take care of a dog whose owner has died. After further circumstances, Allie has the distinct impression this dog witnessed a murder and takes i The author's lighthearted humor and comments about people, from the beginning, made me chuckle. By page 15 she had me hooked when she referred to electrical engineers as, "not known for their spontaneous wit." I married one and worked with many, so I can LOL at this! Allie is a dog trainer who teaches us a few dog basics along the way. Sets called upon to take care of a dog whose owner has died. After further circumstances, Allie has the distinct impression this dog witnessed a murder and takes it upon herself to become involved in solving it. For awhile there were too many new characters coming at me in the book. Allie was taking the approach that everyone even remotely associated with this dog could be part of the murder. In the end, she was right to trust no one until the killer was caught!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jane Fahey

    So this isn't great literature but it was an easy and entertaining one day read. The appealing aspect of this book, and I assume series, is the way the author interweaves fiction with information about dog obedience training. As a dog owner who has participated in many obedience, tricks, CGC, and agility classes through the years, I found this an interesting and captivating approach to writing fiction. The information she gives about dog training was pretty much spot on, which kept the book fres So this isn't great literature but it was an easy and entertaining one day read. The appealing aspect of this book, and I assume series, is the way the author interweaves fiction with information about dog obedience training. As a dog owner who has participated in many obedience, tricks, CGC, and agility classes through the years, I found this an interesting and captivating approach to writing fiction. The information she gives about dog training was pretty much spot on, which kept the book fresh and interesting. At its best, a reader could learn something about dog obedience. At its worst, put it in an elementary school library as the writing doesn't really speak to adult readers. In other words, the author isn't Jack London or Donald McCraig but I was entertained and at this point, that's all I was looking for. Not all books have to be written as classic literature.

  26. 4 out of 5

    C.

    No "F" bombs but far too much cursing for my liking. Unlikeable MC is an idiot over men, and too much back and forth and indecision about what to think of the numerous male characters, made this book really aggravating to read. Her dogs often did things that she claimed they were very well trained not to do! Otherwise, there were some good/interesting training tips. However, she never did explain what the "noisemaker" was that she used. She thought nothing of very often leaving her dogs in the ca No "F" bombs but far too much cursing for my liking. Unlikeable MC is an idiot over men, and too much back and forth and indecision about what to think of the numerous male characters, made this book really aggravating to read. Her dogs often did things that she claimed they were very well trained not to do! Otherwise, there were some good/interesting training tips. However, she never did explain what the "noisemaker" was that she used. She thought nothing of very often leaving her dogs in the car! Since I didn't really care for the MC and there is so much profanity, I doubt if I will continue this series, as I do not consider it a "clean read cozy mystery". There are also far too many side-plots, and really unlikeable characters!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I am a dog lover and my first dog (when I was a baby) was a collie. In this book, a dog behaviorist ends up with a dog whose owner, and then the next owner was murdered. The murderer is now after the dog who can supposedly identify him. The story takes us through the many suspects as Allie gains many new clients after hearing her on the radio. And if you were looking for some tips on how to train your dog, there are lots of good ones. I had trouble keeping up with the names of the suspects and w I am a dog lover and my first dog (when I was a baby) was a collie. In this book, a dog behaviorist ends up with a dog whose owner, and then the next owner was murdered. The murderer is now after the dog who can supposedly identify him. The story takes us through the many suspects as Allie gains many new clients after hearing her on the radio. And if you were looking for some tips on how to train your dog, there are lots of good ones. I had trouble keeping up with the names of the suspects and who was who - and their dog's names. And speaking of dog's names, I kept thinking Sage was a female. It was a simple book, but a good enough read. I breezed through it fairly quickly, but I could also put it down pretty easily until the last 20 pages or so.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I love dogs and when I saw the cover of this book, I had to read this and I enjoyed it very much. This is about Allida Babcock who opened a new business as a dog psychologist. Allida is very believable and knowledgeable about training dogs and gets in the middle of a murder by helping a collie. The dogs also help Allida solve the murder that is unexpected. I read the last five chapters and couldn't put it down until I finished the book. I am like the main character, if my animals don't trust peo I love dogs and when I saw the cover of this book, I had to read this and I enjoyed it very much. This is about Allida Babcock who opened a new business as a dog psychologist. Allida is very believable and knowledgeable about training dogs and gets in the middle of a murder by helping a collie. The dogs also help Allida solve the murder that is unexpected. I read the last five chapters and couldn't put it down until I finished the book. I am like the main character, if my animals don't trust people that is a sign to me that there is something wrong. I will be looking forward to reading more of this author's books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Treva

    Rated it with It was Okay but there is much about it that was not of interest to me. Am not a dog person but the training techniques were valuable and will help me when I run into others who have a dog. Am never fond of books where the mother and daughter dynamic is argumentative and not treating each other as they would a friend. There were way too many suitors for a 32 year old who presented herself as more average than a beauty. The story didn't say what year it was but since it was written i Rated it with It was Okay but there is much about it that was not of interest to me. Am not a dog person but the training techniques were valuable and will help me when I run into others who have a dog. Am never fond of books where the mother and daughter dynamic is argumentative and not treating each other as they would a friend. There were way too many suitors for a 32 year old who presented herself as more average than a beauty. The story didn't say what year it was but since it was written in 2015 I would have expected more people to have cell phones - like everyone. This is the first of a series of Allie Babcock mysteries and I'm definitely not planning to read anymore.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    This is the first book i've read by this author. I enjoyed the storyline. It's a real great mystery that I could not figure out. I enjoyed the role of the dogs in the story. UNFORTUNATELY there is swearing which I don't appreciate in books. I finished the book because I wanted to know 'who done it'. I will not read other of her books because of the swearing. I hope this helps others better evaluate whether to buy books that use swearing. I wish someone had said there was swearing so I would not This is the first book i've read by this author. I enjoyed the storyline. It's a real great mystery that I could not figure out. I enjoyed the role of the dogs in the story. UNFORTUNATELY there is swearing which I don't appreciate in books. I finished the book because I wanted to know 'who done it'. I will not read other of her books because of the swearing. I hope this helps others better evaluate whether to buy books that use swearing. I wish someone had said there was swearing so I would not wasted my time reading the book.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.