Double Dog Dare
by Linda O. Johnston

Berkley, 2008. ISBN 978-0-425-22232-4.
Reviewed by Judith Helburn
Posted on 06/10/2008

Fiction: Mystery

Double Dog Dare is a mystery for dog lovers, as well as lovers of pets in general. Not only are there lots of dogs in this tale, but cats and a sweet pet pig. Kendra Ballantyne is an attorney who attracts clients with pet issues. However, she seems to enjoy her time as pet-sitter/walker more than sitting at a desk. Double Dog Dare is the sixth in this cozy, humorous series.

In this story, Kendra is distraught because her boyfriend has disappeared just after he and she had agreed to move in together. Was it something she said? Or might it have something to do with his car being discovered submerged in a canal with a window broken and blood on the seat? Naturally, Kendra begins an investigation into his disappearance which leads her to The Clone Arranger, a company advertising that it will clone your beloved dog so you can have the one you love around for several dog lifetimes. The opportunity for humor abounds. Kendra finds unattractive physical characteristics in most of the humans she meets while most of the animals are delightful. Then again, one of her new acquaintances is a murderer. It is no wonder she likes the company of pets.

Double Dog Dare is a good travel or beach book. It includes an aging actress, a retired pole dancer, an adversarial cop, a handsome veterinarian, the owner of a dog day care spa and various other intriguing characters.

Linda O. Johnston is a lawyer and a writer of mysteries and romantic suspense. She lives in the hills overlooking the San Fernando Valley with her husband. Visit her website.

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