DEBORAH CROMBIE: I did a happy dance a few months back when I saw that Susan Conant had a new mystery featuring Cambridge, Massachusetts dog owner, dog trainer, and dog columnist Holly Winter and her beautiful malamutes, Rowdy, Kimi, and Sammy. It’s called BRUTE STRENGTH, and first off I have to say it’s has the most GORGEOUS cover! If I saw this book on the shelf and had never heard of Susan Conant or Holly Winter, I’d buy it in a second just so I could sit and look at it.
But I’ve been a fan of Susan’s books since the very first entry in the series, A NEW LEASH ON DEATH, and happily, many of the earlier books are now available on Kindle.
In BRUTE STRENGTH, when Dog’s Life columnist Holly Winter rejects applicants who want to adopt homeless dogs, she makes a lot of enemies. In dogs Holly trusts, and the dogs she trusts most are her beloved malamutes, Rowdy, Kimi and Sammy. But right now she could use a human friend. Lately, it seems wherever she turns, things go wrong: an anonymous call turns vicious, her husband is keeping secrets, and acquaintances die under mysterious circumstances. Then Holly’s own life is threatened. Can the brute strength of Rowdy, Kimi, and Sammy protect her? (continued)