Sunday, September 6

Book Review: The Worst Dogs by Matthew De Lacey Davidson

The Worst Dogs - A Progressive Murder Mystery

Author: Matthew De Lacey Davidson 
Title: The Worst Dogs - A Progressive Murder Mystery
Genre: Contemporary, Murder Mystery
Format: ebook
Pages: 194
Published: July 11th 2020

Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

Summary: In the Maritimes of Canada, a series of murders have baffled the police force in the small town of Feckless Bay. Enter Detective Sergeant Natalya Stone, an African American detective – originally from Chicago – currently working for the Provincial Police. She quickly discovers that these violent murders are most likely by the same perpetrator – and are, most likely, hate crimes.

“Murder is not an entertainment,” she quips to Zev Arendt, a young local Detective Constable, whom she has taken under her wing to assist her in solving the hate crimes. They encounter dead end after dead end, and weeks go by with no leads. Finally, based on her experience and intuition, and with the skills that Zev has acquired from his mentor, they find exactly what they are looking for: hiding – in plain sight

I've enjoyed this author's previous works so I was excited to check this one out.

In the Maritimes of Canada there has been a series of murders that have baffled the small town police force so they call in Detective Sergeant Natalya Stone. She is an African American detective who is originally from Chicago. She teams up with Zev Arendt who is the local Detective Constable. The discover that these terrible murders are done by the same perpetrator and seem  to be fueled by hate.

This was good. I did not expect that reveal at the end. It was good. At first it didn't make sense to me, but as killers go...they reveal all and why and then it made sense. That was a good ending for sure! I had my suspects...but I was wrong with all of them. 

I do like the fact that this had a huge focus on the issues our society has to deal with still....hatred. We have so much hate still especially when it comes to race and even gender. It's so sad, but that is the reality even in small Canadian towns. But having this really made the story feel real. 

I adored Natalya and Zev. They made a great team and I hope they continue on and solve more crimes together. They worked well and they seemed like they could be great friends. Zev for sure has a talent and I think with Natalya's experience and if he stays under her wing Zev could be an amazing detective. The small town is too small for Zev for sure. 

Again...this was good. I finished this in a single sitting. I could not put it down! The writing style is wonderful like with the author's previous works. The author really does have a way with words! 

All-in-all, this was a really good mystery. This kept me locked in placed and I had to read it all in one shot. The big reveal shocked me! So good! If you need a good murder mystery I suggest this one. I'll stamp this with 4 stars.