Review Of Playing Dead

Playing Dead

Molly Madison, Book #2

Peggy Rothschild

5 Stars


Molly Madison is back to solve another doggone difficult murder in her California community in this mystery from the author of A Deadly Bone to Pick.

Molly Madison has barely had a moment to catch her breath after moving to the sleepy beach town she now calls home. But as a former PI, she can’t help but notice the odd chemistry between members of Playtime Academy on the first day she and her loyal Saint Bernadoodle, Noodle, and golden retriever, Harlow, visit. When a trainer’s body is found on-site, Molly knows it’s her duty to put her ex-police skills to use. She can’t say no to temporarily taking in the deceased woman’s dog, either—not with those puppy dog eyes.

Relationships at the training facility are not as clean as the prize-winning agility runs, making it difficult for Molly to get a leash on potential suspects. And her personal life is just as messy—her boyfriend is hiding something, her agoraphobic neighbor needs help, and her number of four-legged friends keep growing as she agrees to dogsit a wriggly local French bulldog.

When Molly’s friend is arrested for the murder, she’s not sure who to believe anymore. Is the case as simple as the local cops make it seem, or is something more devious afoot?  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded  and well developed. Molly is very content to take care of her dogs, training them and loving them.  She enjoys spending time with J. D. her agoraphobic neighbor and her genius young friend, Ava.  When a trainer’s body is found dead at the training site, Molly will try to solve the mystery with the help of her friends    

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions helped me enjoy the book immensely. I really enjoyed seeing all of Molly’s animals. Noodle is my favorite, especially with all of his drool.  Molly had quite a lot of animals at any given time and that was quite enjoyable.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I was not sure of the culprit until the very end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well rounded cozy mystery. I am sad that I finished reading this book because now I have to wait for the next one, and I am not a very patient person.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.