Book Review: “Hair Of The Dog” by Susan Slater

August 8, 2015 at 5:06 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Susan Slater in her new book, “hair of the dog book coverHair Of The Dog” Book Four in the Dan Mahoney Mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us another adventure with Dan Mahoney.

From the back cover:  It sounds like some work and mostly play when United Life and Casualty sends its investigator Dan Mahoney to Florida. Five greyhounds―all heavily insured―were lost in a fire at the Daytona dog track.

So simple. Five dogs dead by smoke inhalation, bagged, tagged, and cremated. Papers all in order. Ashes in specialty urns on the desk of Dixie Halifax, track and casino co-owner. In jail, a young employee charged with arson to cover a murder he’s blamed for committing.

Then the body of kennel owner Jackson Sanchez is found face down in a pool of blood, a knife stuck in his back. But Sanchez didn’t die from a knife wound. Someone has carved “thief” on his forehead. The blood pooled underneath his body isn’t his. Should Dan be looking for a second corpse? And the one man who can answer questions, the track vet, dies in a motorcycle accident.

Working this case is not as complicated for Dan as having his mother Maggie move into the FBI’s favorite mob slob haven in nearby Palm Coast, while his fiancée Elaine Linden, on sabbatical, works on a PI license. Perfect―the FBI can set Maggie up to spy on her boyfriend who may be laundering cash in some geriatric mafia scheme in this follow-up to Flash Flood and Rollover.

I thought that this was one of the more interesting types of cases I have ever had the pleasure to read. Up until this case I have never found a mystery involving dog racing, dog betting and the dog track. This is one exciting case. I only knew dog racing from an occasional glimpse on television. I had no idea it could be so dangerous. Danger, mayhem, thrills and murder all figure into this highly complicated plot. Dan Mahoney works for an insurance company, which is another new interest for me. I am just used to private investigators. Dan is a lot of fun and a highly interesting character. He also has a lot going on in his private life that is also very interesting. “Hair Of The Dog” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Slater has provided us with a fairly exciting book. I am glad I found this talented unique author and am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this new book with us. A dog-racing mystery is new to me, too!


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