Friday, November 1, 2019

Beck Valley Book Tours Book Review: The Dog - Eared Diary

In this second installment in the series, Chrissy digs up clues to help Autumn solve a historical disappearance and a modern-day murder mystery

Autumn Clarke is getting her life back to normal with the help of her extraordinary shih tzu, Chrissy, when the death of a local philanthropist reveals the man's dark family secrets, as well as unexpected ties to Autumn. When Chrissy discovers a dog-eared diary in the dead man's family home, Autumn discovers that things in the Clarke family are not quite as they seem. Can Autumn interpret the hidden clues in the dog-eared diary to crack the most puzzling disappearance in Knollwood history? Are the recent murders connected to the past? Is Chrissy more insightful than Autumn realized?

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From Modern History Press 

“I have fallen in love with Chrissy and Autumn and their continuing journey to health while finding themselves in the middle of a murder mystery adventure. My pre-teen daughter and I enjoyed reading The Dog-Eared Diary and then discussing the clues, plot twists, and characters.” ~ Antoinette Brickhaus, Maryland

“Through the relationship between Autumn and Chrissy, Wing also shows the importance of therapy animals and how much they can help those who need them. Add a sweet romance to the intrigue of the mystery and you've got a book that you won't want to put down.” ~ Melissa Alvarez, Intuitive, animal communicator and author of Animal Frequency and Llewellyn's Little Book of Spirit Animals

“Diane Wing has created a wonderfully endearing little character in Chrissy the Shih Tzu. It really shines through that the author is a lover of animals and dogs. I can see these books quickly becoming a cherished addition to the cozy mystery genre.” ~ J. New, author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries

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Attorney-at-Paw: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Mystery
Only Chrissy, a cute little Shih Tzu, can unlock this mystery! 

Autumn Clarke survived the car crash that killed her parents. To help her cope with PTSD, she adopts Chrissy, a Shih Tzu with a remarkable secret. Chrissy is also the only witness to the mysterious death of her pet parent. Autumn vows to find the truth behind his death with the help of Chrissy, the neighbors and an attractive detective. Can Autumn unravel the clues while trying to heal Chrissy's trauma and overcome her own devastating emotional wounds in the midst of a dangerous murder investigation?

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Review:  I love cozy mysteries.  If they have animals, recipes or cute small town settings well that makes it even better.

This is the second book in a series and I definite want to go back and read book 1, because this one was so cute and everything I love in a cozy mystery.

Chrissy the Shih Tzu is really a character in the book and not just a prop to help the story along. Chrissy often felt like she was going to start talking. I loved the relationship between Autumn and her dog. The love the two of them have is absolutely perfect.

I love Autumn and her friends as well. They make for a fun and entertaining story.

This was a really interesting read, as Autumn has learned some new things about her heritage and has inherited the Peabody fortune, along with a few mysteries, including who killed her cousin Oxnard.

OK, I was kind of confused a bit by Oxnard and Beatrice. I really needed to know their ages. Beatrice seemed to be around the same age as Autumn and her friend Stephanie. (as she was having a fling with the gardener/landscaper, Greg) But I couldn't really figure out how old Oxnard was. He was young enough to go in a dunk tank, but old enough not to want to be taken to a hospital when it was obvious he might die. Also, Oxnard? Where did that name come from?

There are so many great little mysteries and scandals that are discovered along the way, and her romance with Ray is quite nice too, along with Stephanie and her dating life.

Its a quick read too at only 170 pages.

Perfect for a rainy afternoon and one any cozy mystery fan will enjoy. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Rating: 5 flowers

About the author
Diane Wing, M.A. grew up in a household where her vivid imagination could thrive. Crafting short stories and poetry from an early age, writing remained part of her life throughout her 25-year corporate career. Her training in clinical psychology shows up in her characters' struggles and in her non-fiction books about energetic consciousness, tarot, and happiness. Diane seeks to help the reader find the flame of their own unique path sparked by her stories and insights for personal growth.

Diane is an avid reader, bibliophile, lover of trees and animals, and a lifelong learner. She and her husband are pet parents to a sweet little Shih Tzu.

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Rita Wray said...

No, not really.

tisme143 said...

I love that she wants the reader to get involved , she sounds pretty amazing! and can't wait to start reading this book.

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