Murder Unleashed Mass Market Paperback – Dec 11 2003
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About the Author
Lee Charles Kelley is a successful New York dog trainer whose critiques of the alpha theory and operant conditioning have made him a controversial figure in the dog world. The author of four novels featuring Jack Field, Mr. Kelley lives on the island of Manhattan with a Dalmatian named Fred.
Top Customer Reviews
The banter between Jack and Jamie is lively, and their romance adds extra interest to the story. The supporting ensemble is made up of shallow caricatures, but the main characters have complex histories and relationships. The plot gets a little too busy at times; it doesn't twist so much as become cluttered with numerous side adventures. There is a small logical flaw in part of the plot involving a diary that I found jarring, but not enough to ruin my enjoyment of the book.
Dog lovers will definitely get a kick out of the canine characters and will probably be interested in Jack's training techniques as well. Author Lee Charles Kelly has been a professional dog trainer for 10 years. Murder Unleashed is a quick, entertaining read and does not depend on having read the first Jack Field novel, A Nose for Murder.
He had planned to drop her off and leave, but when he heard there was a dog involved, he became involved. Much to the chagrin of Sheriff Flynn. They had run ins on a previous murder investigation. Of course, it probably didn't help that Jack had solved that one instead of the sheriff.
A boxer, Roark, was found inside the car with the judge. As yet no one has been able to get to the body because Roark was attacking them. Jack, using his alternative dog training methods, coaxed Roark out of the car with a tennis ball.
The police believe that Roark killed the judge. Jack gets permission to house Roark at his kennel overnight. He does not believe Roark killed the judge. The next day Jack takes Roark to a local vets to hide him. He gives the dog a phony name. The vets office recognizes Roark, but as soon as they find out that Grant Goodrich was trying to get Roark to put him to sleep for killing the judge, they agreed the dog wasn't Roark.
Farrell Woods' ten beagles come to stay at the kennel. Eventually Farrell Woods came by and Jack was able to get some much needed information about some things going on in town recently.
Jamie and Jack keep digging and the identity of the real killer and the truth about what happened begin to come clearer.
I truly enjoy this series. Jamie and Jack are great characters and their interaction is so well written. I love all books set in New England so the setting in Maine just adds to the story for me.
The plot is always well constructed and there are plenty of twists and turns.
I highly recommend this book and series. It is a great cozy mystery.
The writing style is simple and breezy, yet clearly written by someone with a great deal of knowledge and intelligence. I actually learned a lot from this book.
There are some truly hilarious moments, as well as some that had me on the edge of my seat, and others that are very romantic. Plus, Jack Field is a great character.
And you know something, I kind of missed the characters when I finished reading it. I WANT MORE!!
Most recent customer reviews
I read and enjoyed Kelley's first book, A Nose For Murder, as I'm a murder mystery fan and avid dog adorer. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Lila Dorne
As both a lover of mysteries and a dog trainer, one of my clients thought that I would greatly enjoy this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by Michelle Brown