Cameron Cripps-Hayman lives in Indiana, while separating
from her husband. A normal day is thrown into chaos when
she spots a dead woman in the canal. Cam is trying to stay
friendly with her neighbours, and it's tragic that one of
them has lost a daughter this way. DEADLY DOG DAYS
progresses through the investigation as we meet the
townsfolks in quiet, historic Metamora, where tourism is
slow. The deceased lady Jenn Berg had five lively dogs, and
nobody wants them, so Cam says she'll take them. She and
her husband's teen daughter Mia don't realise what they're
A black Newfoundland, a German shepherd and more - how can
Cam exercise, feed and brush such big dogs? They're all
untrained and one is downright unfriendly. A snide remark
she hears is that she feels guilty because her husband had
dated Jenn and that's why she volunteered for the dogs.
Being a good neighbour doesn't make her a killer, but some
people have jumped to conclusions.
While tactfully trying to find out if the death was an
accident or murder, and to uncover more about the deceased,
Cam interacts with many of the town's adults and
particularly those involved in an amateur dramatic group.
I enjoyed the various tensions and almost-hidden rivalries.
I particularly like that Cam decides to bake wholesome dog
biscuits rather than just stock up from a store. Cam also
tries to explore her new social status - not in a happy
marriage and only sort of able to date. The gentleman she
dines with backs off when he hears she's not divorced yet,
so clearly sauce for the goose isn't sauce for the gander.
Mia is also a part of Cam's life, with the girl's own
mother out of town, but we see typical issues arising like
a damaged car, when Cam has to remind herself that Mia is
okay so the car doesn't matter. Overall this story seems to
be about very normal people, albeit some of them enjoy
their Civil War re-enacting, and for that reason we really
do feel the mystery could involve people we know.
At the end Jamie M. Blair provides three recipes for the dog
treats made in the story, and I expect your dog will crunch
them up very happily. DEADLY DOG DAYS is about people
rather than showing dogs, but with all this excitement, who
has time for dog shows?
New to the historic town of Metamora, Indiana, Cameron
Cripps-Hayman is looking to make friends with her neighbors.
What she isn’t looking for is one of their bodies floating
in the canal.
When she and her estranged husband, the town sheriff, are
both named suspects for the murder, Cameron takes solving
the crime into her own hands, teaming up with her eccentric
co-workers who dub themselves The Metamora Action Agency.
As if hunting for a murderer with two high school geniuses,
the town drunk, and an elderly kleptomaniac isn’t hard
enough, Cameron adopts the five mangy guard dogs of her
deceased neighbor. But maybe a stint at playing gatekeeper
is just what she needs to come face-to-face with the killer
and save another neighbor from being the next victim.