Review of Bending The Paw

Bending The Paw

Paw Enforcement, Book #9

Diane Kelly

5 Stars


Make way for the long paw of the law as police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit investigate a baffling new mystery in Bending the Paw, by Diane Kelly.


A bloodbath is a shocking new challenge for Megan and Brigit when Detective Audrey Jackson calls them to the scene of what could only be a brutal murder. But the one thing the nightmarish scene is missing is a victim. The frantic homeowner’s husband is gone, seemingly without a trace–and so is the money he was holding. Has a vicious killer committed what might just be the perfect crime?

Meanwhile, it’s hailing cats and dogs all over Fort Worth, and roofing contractors have descended on the city in droves. With plenty of damage and continuing storms, work delays are building up like so much runoff, but Megan is suspicious that one roofer may be a scam artist. Determined to leash every lawbreaker she and her K-9 partner find, Megan is building a case for prosecution, all while Brigit has her nose to the ground for a murderer…

“Be prepared for a laugh fest. Diane Kelly is first class.”–Night Owl Romance  (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Megan is a hard worker and loves to see justice overcome mayhem.  When she gets called to a scene that is a bloodbath, it is obvious that someone was killed.  But there is no body found, which makes it very difficult to solve the murder.She also has to find out if a roofing contractor is a crook or someone who is just having a run of bad luck.  Oh yeah, she also has a wedding to plan.  She has a lot on her plate.  Brigit, Megan’s canine partner, just wants to chase the bad guys and have her snacks.  The relationship between the two is heartfelt and heartwarming.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The book has three points of view–Megan’s, Brigit’s and the killer.  Although I do not usually like that, in this case, it worked very effectively.  I especially liked Brigit’s thoughts.

There were two mysteries to solve and I thought that they were both handled very well.  The twist at the end of the book was really good and it took me completely by surprise.  

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery.  This series is really good and I cannot wait to read the next one.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.