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Evil Breeding: A dog lover's mystery Hardcover – Mar 16 1999


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (March 16 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385486693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385486699
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the only one of the series that I've read, and now I doubt I'll bother with the others. Conant has hung a bunch of red-herring plot twists and turns on a simplistic semi-mystery that in the end is nothing more than a guilty-family-secret story. Nazis, eugenics, dog shows in the thirties, a Rockefeller heiress, the Isabelle Stewart Gardner museum -- all turn out to be irrelevant to the story line....
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Sometimes, when a mystery or other novel contains an animal(s) as co-sleuth or even as companion, the author gets so carried away with how wonderful and splendid and grand the animal is, he or she tends to go overboard into the cutesy area. I admit that on occasion, I have not finished reading such books, because even though I generally do like animals, I prefer them to stay as an animal, and not assume human characteristics. Of course, should one such ever 'talk' to me (and make sense) I might change my mind.
This book however, carefully walks that tight-rope and never goes too far astray from what is a really cracker-jack plot. Recent history can be as fascinating as the farther away variety, as this book readily illustrates. Eugenics, whether applied to humans or animals, can be a fascinating topic of discussion; whether it should be practiced or not is another matter entirely.
Holly Winter, a writer and sometime dog-trainer, loves Alaskan Malamute Dogs. Of that there can be no question. When she lands an assignment to write the text for a photo book of a famous dog-lover, she has no idea where the tale will lead her. All the clues are nicely laid out, and the sprinkling of facts in with the fiction combine to educate as well as entertain the discerning reader. For instance, I have no idea if Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge ever really did exist, but I know that Isabella Stewart Gardner did--and left her home and immense fortune to founding the museum she named Fernway Court, and which was subsequently spectacularly robbed in 1990.
If this is a new trend--combining recent history with current day people and happenings--albeit in a rather historic setting (in this case Cambridge Massachusetts) then I'm all for it. I found this to be engaging and informative novel, and recommend it to readers of mystery novels--whether animal lovers or no.
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By A Customer on Aug. 20 2001
Format: Hardcover
Never have I disliked a main character as much as the woman in this book. The character was so self-centered, rude, arrogant and obsesssive about controlling her dogs that it interfered with the marginal plot.
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By A Customer on May 11 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once again Susan Conant has written a book that kept me reading until I finished it. As other reader reviewers have said, I also would have liked to have seen more of Rowdy and Kimi in it, but I also have seen the book reviewers say that they feel there is too much dog stuff in her books. I hope the author will ignore these reviewers. I personally feel that those touches - the dogs, the shows, etc are what makes her books so good, and hope to see more of it in the future. I love all the information I get from her books, always different, always fresh.
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By A Customer on Feb. 20 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved Ms. Conant's early books in the series but lately and in particular, this book, is unbelievably bad. I could not follow the story line, the dog training or any dog topics were almost non-existent, and what type of character Holly is becoming is getting stranger and stranger. The publishers really need to give this author a good editor. This book is very bad and it is a shame that her previous success and her well-known name allows the customer to think they're getting a good read. Disgraceful.
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Conant's books are generally enjoyable, but something went wrong here. Is Holly taking herself way too seriously? Was the whole Geraldine Dodge theme a dull way to keep the plot connected? Why have Holly own a cat and continue to harp about how much she dislikes the ugly cat? (I don't even LIKE cats and this bugged me) This book should have been culled by the editors.
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By A Customer on Sept. 7 1999
Format: Hardcover
This series is getting worse and worse! Holly is becoming so obsessive and one-dimensional... In Barker Street Regulars, she was absolutely so obsessed with Sherlock Holmes that, even though she professed to know little about him, she was spitting off quotes here, there, and everywhere. In this book, she rants and raves constantly about Geraldine Dodge this, Geraldine Dodge that. Conant needs to clean up Holly's character and make her a little more realistic and more... I don't even know how to say it. Plausible? The melodramatic spittle and long passages of babbling on and on are horrible. I couldn't even finish this book, and I have a Malamute and love mysteries!! Let's get this show on the road!!!! If you want to read a really good dog mystery, I suggest Carol Lea Benjamin's or Laurien Berenson's books, they're fascinating and readable.
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By A Customer on May 6 1999
Format: Hardcover
Another in the series of books about amateur sleuth Holly Winter and her dogs Kimi and Rowdy, Susan Conant has once again delivered an intriguing story which provides fascinating details about the world of dog fancy while also providing an exciting mystery with roots in not too distant history.
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