“anarresa said: 2 stars
If feels odd to call a book about a social worker/boxer with a love of Elvis and an adopted Muslim basset hound a cozy mystery, but that's what it is. When a client is arrested for possession and starts acting crazy social worker Duffy Dombrowski is called to help calm her down. She begs Duffy to find and save her stepdaughter, and care for her basset hound, Allah-King, while she's in prison. After she is killed inside and the police barely investigate Duffy takes the missing person and murder cases in amateur PI fashion.
After I realized (rather quickly) this was an entirely un-suspenseful cozy mystery I disregarded the mystery portion and just went along with the parts about boxing and social work and dog antics. I enjoyed the book more with this new approach. If I ever accidentally pick up another cozy mystery I will do the same. I won't be reading more of these novels though, because I really don't like cozy mysteries and the ending did descend into utter ridiculousness the somewhat interesting anecdotes about social work could not save.”