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Every dog has his day
They say every dog has his day.
Well, today I’ve certainly had mine.
Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I have a passion for finding those who don’t want to be found.
Cleo the cat. Well, she came along for the ride too.
So, sure I’ve had my day today, but not in the sense of being past my prime. To the contrary, the fun is just starting. And I am buzzing with a new purpose, mixed with a tiny amount of vindictive elation.
Because, I’ve not only found myself a new home after the untimely demise of my previous owner, but I’ve also made amends with the cat. It turns out she’s not that bad, really.
On top of that though, and this is what really sends shivers racing all the way down my spine to my paws, is that we’ve fingered a killer.
Because you human’s, you underestimate us animals. And while you go about your business ignoring our very existence, the cat and I are listening and taking notes.
This is the first full length novel in the Albertus Eagle detective beagle series of animal cozy mysteries, starring Albertus Eagle, and his two sidekicks, Cleo the cat and Bella Schuhmann, the smart human who actually understands him. In this wonderful full length book packed with humour and satire, we see the world of murder and intrigue set up through the eyes of a loyal dog turned amateur sleuth.
This is a brilliant, cosy murder mystery with the beagle, Albertus Eagle, as the lead detective! What a great read this proved to be, told from the point of view of Albie, it is a funny tale of trying to convince those silly humans about just what is going on! This is definitely a different detective story with a Doctor Doolittle type character, Bella Schuhmann, who can talk to the animals endeavouring to help them solve just whodunit!
After the untimely death of their owner, both Albertus and Cleo the cat are placed in a sanctuary until they are adopted by Bella. Together the two pets seek to discover what really happened to their previous owner and they need to work with Bella to do this. It is such a fun read, packed with intrigue, mystery, humour and satire – a brilliant read that kept me enthralled from start to finish. The developing relationship between the pets and their new human are brilliantly portrayed and had me laughing out loud many times throughout the story. I was definitely hoping this will be the first in a new series though I dreaded to think what this intrepid trio might get up to together in future but when I went to check I discovered this is the second book in a series!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
P.S. The first book in this series, the prequel to this book, is only 23 pages long and is called “Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lie” – I couldn’t resist downloading it. It introduces many of the characters involved in this second book, telling about what happened with Milly, especially on the night she was murdered, and how they met Bella. You don’t need to read it to enjoy this story but it was a free download and great introduction to the events and characters in this story, I really enjoyed it!
Chloe Grace is the cozy mystery pen name for romantic mystery author, Karen Botha. While she doesn’t understand animals quite as well as Bella in the Albertus Eagle Detective Beagle cozy mysteries, she does chat along to her rescue dog, Shadow, pretty much all day.
And she’s sure that he chats back.
Chloe lives with Shadow and her hubby in a small outpost of London city—funnily enough it’s a little like where Bella and Albie live. As a family they like to go on walks in the local woods and throw a tennis ball until their respective arms ache, which is usually before Shadow shows any hint of exhaustion.
While her first romance novels were inspired by true life events, the Albertus Eagle series are complete imagination – although her conversations with Shadow can’t be ignored.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing content for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The reviews of both books reflect my honest opinions after reading them both!