Death In Show by Judi McCoy is the third installment of her hysterical "Dogwalker" series.
Ellie Engelman, dogwalker extraordinaire to the upper eschelon of Manhattan's most elite four-legged residents has a secret. She can understand and talk to her canine charges!
Death In Show opens with Ellie attending the Westminster Kennel Club's Mid-Atlantic Canine Challenge. She is there to lend a hand to the owner of a purebred Havanese whom Ellie walks. "Lulu" is considered a favorite, but before anyone has the chance to find out, her handler Arnie drops dead on the arena floor while Lulu is strutting her stuff.
Ellie fills in as substitute handler for Lulu, but when Arnie's death points in the direction of foul play, it's up to Ellie and her yorkiepoo Rudy to get to the bottom of things before the dog world is turned upside-down with another death.
This is one of my favorite series because it is downright funny! I would love to know exactly what my Bassett Hound is thinking at any given moment! And the way that Judi McCoy portrays the dogs in the Dogwalker books is really engaging. For example, two of Ellie's charges who are chihuahuas are named Cheech & Chong! What's not to love?
Ellie is a fun amateur sleuth, albeit a reluctant one, since her on/off boyfriend Sam is part of the NYPD. She is a realistic heroine who lives for her dog and the other four-legged friends who are left in her care.
This is a great series for any dog lover. Even though I had the culprit figured out, I didn't have the "why" or the "how". The story was lighthearted and fun, and there was not any explicit sex. There were a few off-color comments that Rudy made pertaining to his private parts, but for me that only added to the humor of knowing what a dog would be thinking! It was a non-issue and all part of the hilarity. Nothing offensive here, only good canine fun!