The Dog Who Knew Too Much ReviewThe Dog Who Knew Too Much
by Carol Lea Benjamin
Walker & Co., Oct., 1997.
Hardcover, 256 pages.
New York private investigator Rachel Alexander and her faithful canine companion Dashiell are back in this second installment of Carole Lea Benjamin's medium boiled detective series. This time Rachel is called upon by her aunt and uncle to investigate the death of their daughter and Rachel's cousin, Lisa. Lisa apparently committed suicide in front of her black Akita by jumping from the window of the dojo where she was studying the marital art of t'ai chi after leaving a cryptic suicide note which read "I'm sorry. Lisa." But the more Rachel finds out about her seemingly perfect cousin and the odd behavior of the Akita, the less she believes that she willingly leapt out of the dojo window that night. So Rachel decides to step into Lisa's shoes to discover the truth. Living in her apartment, wearing her clothes and jewelry and even falling for her ex-boyfriend, Rachel soon discovers that a lot of people could have had it in for Lisa. When Rachel's ex boyfriend is found dead and a mysterious figure starts stalking Rachel and sending her bouquets of roses she realizes that she too may be in danger from whoever killed her cousin. It's up to Rachel and her newfound insights from the study of t'ai chi to solve the baffling mystery and to protect her own life from a crazed killer.
The Dog Who Knew Too Much is a satisfying follow-up to This Dog For Hire. Rachel and Dash are an appealing duo. The psychological studies of the people who surrounded the ill-fated Lisa are well-drawn and the mystery is intriguing. A treat for dog lovers and mystery lovers alike.
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