by Nora Roberts
4 stars - for dog lovers
ALR Green - a merry pack of search and rescue dogs
On Friday, as I was stretching my legs at work by wandering around the building, I took a moment to check out the book exchange shelf. Well, what should I see, but a book with a dog on the cover. Now Nora Roberts is not typically an author I'd seek out, but this book promised to feature a main character who trained search and rescue dogs, so why not?
It was everything I needed to cleanse my pallet from an unfortunate string of bombs. As expected, the story and the characters were stock romantic mystery fare. Ho hum. Who cares? But the dogs! Dogs everywhere! Dogs doing search and rescue, dogs playing fetch, even a puppy! Woo hoo!
To Ms. Roberts' credit, she seems to know her stuff regarding dog training and search and rescue. So in addition to happy dogs romping and frolicking about, there were passages about behavior modification in dogs and how S&R dogs do their jobs. Wonderful!
Um, almost forgot, there is actually a story independent of the dogs. Something about a woman who escapes from a serial killer, moves out to an island and sets up a dog training business, meets a furniture maker who is rough around the edges, falls in love, gets tangled up in a new string of killings, etc., etc. But did I mention there are dogs?