First Line: "Can he whimper?"
Kay Powell is the Agent to the Paws. She represents non-human clients whose owners want to make it big in show biz, and Kay thinks she's got a break-out star right this minute. The problem is, Bruno's owners, Trent and Louise, are real pains in the neck, and director Les McMaster may not cast Bruno in a revival of Annie just because he can't stand the couple.
When Trent is found facedown in Bruno's water dish with a kitchen knife in his back, this becomes less of an issue. Kay has no problem with letting the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems centered on her hairy client, Kay's protective instincts go into overtime. Nobody hurts Bruno-- or any of her clients-- when she's around!
Cozy mystery readers who love animals should lap up this first in a new series by E.J. Copperman (alter ego of author Jeff Cohen). Not only do they get to share Kay's clients with her, but Kay's own pets as well-- Steve the dachshund and Eydie the greyhound rescue.
Dog Dish of Doom has a solid cast supporting Kay, including her showbiz parents who are trying to bring their long careers to a close and Kay's more-than-capable assistant, Consuelo. The pace is fast and sure, the humor is pure Cohen, and there's a solid mystery to solve. I'm looking forward to discovering the identity of Kay's next client.
Dog Dish of Doom by E.J. Copperman
Minotaur Books © 2017
eBook, 300 pages
Cozy Mystery, #1 Agent to the Paws mystery
Source: Net Galley