Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Blog Tour: The Case of the Invisible Dog by Diane Stingley

Author: Diane Stingley
Published by : Alibi
Date of publication: May 19, 2015

In the start of a charmingly imaginative cozy series sure to delight fans of Carolyn Hart and Diane Mott Davidson, Diane Stingley introduces a blundering detective who believes herself to be the great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Sherlock Holmes.

After failing to launch her career as a Hollywood actress, Tammy Norman returns home to North Carolina, desperate for a regular paycheck and a new lease on life. So she accepts a position assisting Shirley Homes, an exceptionally odd personage who styles herself after her celebrated “ancestor”–right down to the ridiculous hat. Tammy isn’t sure how long she can go on indulging the delusional Shirley (who honestly believes Sherlock Holmes was a real person!), but with the prospect of unemployment looming, she decides to give it a shot.

Tammy’s impression of her eccentric boss does not improve when their first case involves midnight romps through strangers’ yards in pursuit of a phantom dog—that only their client can hear. But when the case takes a sudden and sinister turn, Tammy has to admit that Shirley Homes might actually be on to something. . . .

The Case of the Invisible Dog is supposed to be a take off on a Sherlock Holmes mystery.  I love Sherlock Holmes, so I was eager to read this one.  I do enjoy a good cozy and quirky mystery, but unfortunately, this wasn't one for me.  It ended up being a DNF.

The book is told from Tammy's point of view.  I had a hard time liking Tammy.  She seemed lazy and immature.  I couldn't imagine taking a job not knowing who I really worked for.  Shirley clearly is not right in the head and thinks she is a descendant of Sherlock Holmes. She lives above a bakery and has a sister named Myra.  I imagine this could be funny, but I got tired of her long-winded explanations for everything.  It was almost too quirky/spoofy. I stopped reading when Shirley's doctor approached Tammy to talk about Shirley's issues.  Ethically, no doctor would do that.

I'll have to chalk this as another one not for me.  I think for the right reader, this will be a hit.

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About Diane Stingley

Diane Stingley is the author of Dress You Up in My Love and I’m With Cupid. She was also a columnist for The Charlotte Observer and received e-mails from around the country in response to her columns. She currently resides in North Carolina and is hard at work on the next Shirley Homes mystery.

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Diane Stingley’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 11th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, May 11th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, May 12th: Bibliotica
Wednesday, May 13th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, May 14th: Mama Vicky Says
Monday, May 18th: Priscilla and Her Books
Monday, May 18th: Bell, Book & Candle
Tuesday, May 19th: Book Babe
Wednesday, May 20th: Reading Reality
Monday, May 25th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, May 26th: Open Book Society
Wednesday, May 27th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Thursday, May 28th: For the Love of Fictional Worlds
Monday, June 1st: A Book Geek
Wednesday, June 3rd: Dwell in Possibility
Monday, June 8th: Staircase Wit
Thursday, June 11th: Joyfully Retired

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.