Drop Dead On Recall by Sheila Webster Boneham is a great mystery that takes place in the world of dog obedience training. It is suspenseful, informative and very well written.
Janet is a freelance photographer, whose specialty is pet photos. She is also involved in obedience training with her dog Jay. During one of the competitions, another trainer collapses and eventually dies. Janet unknowingly places evidence in her dishwasher and cleans up possible clues. Because of this, Janet is a “person of interest” for a short period of time. Not liking how this feels, she decides to snoop around and she if she can solve the murder before she is placed back on the suspect list. After there is another murder in the dog obedience world and a poison attempt on her own dog, Janet is more determined than ever to find the killer.
The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book and there is no shortage of suspects with motive and opportunity. Even Janet’s possible new love interest, Tom, could be the killer. I was so sure that I had figured out the culprit about halfway through the book, but I was wrong. When the killer was revealed at the end of the book, it was a very plausible conclusion, and one that I did not see coming. I really like when that happens.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book was an easy read. There is so much information revealed in the book, about dog obedience, breeding and even toxic plants that I was learning while enjoying the story. The author is either very knowledgeable about a lot of things or she did a lot of research on the different subjects. I was very impressed with this.
The characters are well-developed, well rounded and three dimensional. They seem very realistic and some of their worries are things that everyone worries about. Janet’s mother is showing signs of Alzheimer’s and Janet is not sure what will happen to her. Janet is divorced and she is afraid of getting in another relationship, for fear of heartbreak. She has “Good Janet and Bad Janet” sitting on her shoulder and sometimes she just wants to ignore them both.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery. The fact that it takes place in a “dog world” is an added bonus and in my opinion made the book even more enjoyable. This is the first book that I have read by this author but I already the next two books in the series to read. I’m looking forward to those very much.