Thrown a bone—by a killer
Holly Winter’s a Dog’s Life columnist in the wrong side of thirty, a canine-loving detective sniffing our crime and corruption on the streets of Cambridge. Holly is a dog’s best friend—and murder’s worst enemy. . . .
If your name is Holly Winter, Yuletide can be a real female dog. When a local vet and a pampered pet suddenly disappear, Holly scents hemlock amid the pine and mistletoe and follows the tracks of a purebred killer.
To get a leg up on the mystery, Holly takes her two Alaskan malamutes and hunk veterinarian Steve Delaney into the exclusive Cambridge Dog Training Club and back out onto the dangerous streets of the city. She won’t quit until she muzzles a rare breed of two-time killer because—when it comes to dognapping and sudden death—Holly has a short leash for murder. . . .
If the initials CD bring to mind a dog obedience title rather than audio merchandise or a financial investment, you may well be one of Conant's ( Paws Before Dying ) fans--or one of her canine-obsessed characters. Heroine Holly Winter of Cambridge, Mass., spends her time training her two copiously described Alaskan malamutes, enjoying a courtship with a veterinarian, contributing to dog-lovers' magazines and solving mysteries. In this latest outing, well-regarded veterinarian Oscar Patterson has vanished. Holly's hackles rise as she sniffs out a few suspects, among them a client whose dog died in Patterson's care and an unprincipled trainer whom Patterson had rebuked. As in Conant's other books, mystery takes a distant second to details of doggiedom: the author recommends wholesalers of pet supplies, comments on the terrier personality, advises how best to get a rare breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, and so forth. Conant infuses her writing with a healthy dose of humor about Holly's Fido-loving friends and other Cambridge cliques; the target of her considerable wit clearly emerges as human nature.