Murder in the Dog Park/Dog Spelled Backwards
by Jill Yesko
Murder in the Dog Park
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Baxter World Publishing (May 28, 2012)
File Size: 242 KB
Print Length: 128 pages
Discovering a brutally murdered boy in a rainy dog park sends misanthropic private detective Jane Ronson on a journey through Baltimore’s gritty underbelly. Aided by a sexy cop, a bad-ass bull terrier, and an only-in-Baltimore cast of characters, Jane must use her computer-hacking and street-fighting skills to save her only family member from being framed as the killer.
Dog Spelled Backwards: An Unholy Mystery
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Baxter World Publishing (August 17, 2013)
File Size: 1355 KB
Print Length: 118 pages
Private investigator Jane Ronson suffers from oppositional defiant disorder, the uncontrollable urge to punch first then ask questions later. When a rabbi with a shady past offers her a bag of cash to spy on a rival rabbi, Jane jumps at the chance to make what think will be easy money. To get her cash, Jane impersonates an Orthodox Jewish woman and infiltrates a black market kidney ring in Baltimore’s Orthodox community. Between Russian gangsters and double crosses, Jane is number one on everyone’s hit list. To save her life, she forms an alliance with a religious woman and confronts a family.
Jill Yesko has created a wonderful protagonist. Jane lives by her rules, she is tough and gritty and really doesn’t care what other people think about her at all. She loves her dog and she loves her man and she puts herself right in the middle of some very dicey situations. I like her and am engaged by her story.
My problem is with the content of the stories. The first novella lays the groundwork, introduces us to the characters, but the mystery falls short. It is more a series of coincidences. The second novella has a great mystery and the characters continue to evolve a bit but it is a little disjointed. I wish the author would have melded these two novellas into just one book. The coincidences in the first would make a great subplot when meshed together with the second. The characters would flow better as well.
Separately I would give the first story 3 stars and the second 4 stars but together they would make “A Perfect Escape” and receive 5 stars.
Jill Yesko’s 20+ year writing career has included stints as a sport writer, NPR commentator and investigative reporter. She’s written about everything from body piercing to human pyramids in Spain. After a solo trek around the world, Jill was profiled as an “adventurous traveler” in O, the Oprah magazine. Before becoming a writer, Jill was a national-class cyclist and graduate and cartographer. A New Jersey native, Jill now patrols Baltimore’s dog parks with her basset hound.
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