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The Case of the Invisible Dog: A Shirley Homes Mystery ~Diane Stingley

“Any man or woman who commits a crime is my mortal enemy. And they should be your enemy too. Criminals upset the natural order of thing. they tare a hole in the natural fabric of society and it is my job to mend that hole. But I will tell you this, Tammy: there are times when my efforts feel like one small raindrop trying to fill and ocean.” Kindle book at 22%

Tammy Norman is at a confusing juncture in her life: She needs a new job, she needs more advice than her aunt Ilene can give her, and sitting around binge watching DVDs is wearing her down. She finds an ad in the local paper and is off to apply for a job. After a fortifying danish at the cafe below, she ascends the stairs to meet her new boss Shirley Homes. Ms. Jones asses Tammy to be an upright, moral, strong thinker who would be just perfect as her receptionist. The job begins…

Shirley Homes believes herself to be the great, great, granddaughter of Sir Conen Doyles’ Sherlock Holmes. This is a rather troublesome problem in the 21st century because most readers know Sherlock is a fictional figure.

The book describes the incredible circumstances, costume designs, and Shirley’s particular gift of wisdom. I had to keep running after all of the little tricks she tried to pull out of her hat.

There is a murder. There is an invisible dog. A great deal of the story is Tammy trying to cope and figure out her boss.

TLC sent me the e-copy of this book for review. It was an interesting and different story. I would recommend it for the reader who likes a slower mystery and thinking through the problem solving process. I did not like the two page discussion on the importance of understanding the use of fingernail files – over the top. I think this book will do well in a quirky market.

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6 Responses to “The Case of the Invisible Dog: A Shirley Homes Mystery ~Diane Stingley”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia — Hmmmmmm, I’m trying to decide if this book should be added to my must-read list, or not.

    I just finished reading “The BlackCat” by Martha Grimes (love British murder mysteries with companion animal involvement). A lover of detective stories, I’m just not sure about the “great, great, granddaughter of Sir Conen Doyles’ Sherlock Holmes.”
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    patricia Reply:

    I don’t think you would enjoy this book as much as the new Marti Wingate books that are up and coming.

    Not where near a good British mystery

  2. Sara Says:

    I like the invisible dog part. That sounds like fun. While I’m not sure about this one, I probably give it a look via Amazon.

    Funny, I was reading Laurie’s comment and realized we have similar tastes in mysteries:~)

    I hope things on the mend for you.
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    patricia Reply:


    Something just didn’t gel in this one for me. The idea was interesting but not such a fun read. More coming up for the summer which look interesting

  3. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

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

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J