Book Review: Unleashed by: Emily Kimelman

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publish Date: September 26, 2011

Origins: From Author for Reveiw

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Joy Humbolt does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper east side, it seems like the perfect fit: Posh environment, minimal contact with people.

But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way.

When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but to a treasure that might be worth risking everything to take.

Review: Joy Humbolt’s not having a good day – she broke up with her boyfriend and was fired from her job. She decides to get a dog and picks out an odd-looking mutt name Blue. Things are starting to look up when Joy takes over a friend of a friend’s dog walking route, then go south big-time when she discovers a dead body and gets caught up in the investigation. Not satisfied with the pat answers from police, Joy goes in search of the truth. Yet the truth will cost her much more than she bargained for…

I seriously enjoyed ‘Unleashed’ – Joy is a great character and I love her dog, Blue. The author has brought us a twisted mystery with a shocking ending. I loved the characters and how the mystery was multi-layered and you have to go along with Joy as she pulls apart the strands of the tangled web she’s now caught up in. Joy reminds me slightly of Stephanie Plum with a darker side, with the moments of humor, but Joy is able to deal with some of the situations she’s in a lot better than Stephanie ever would. I think the author has written an excellent debut novel in the Sydney Rye series and I look forward to many more!

Sydney Rye Series: Unleashed (1), Death in the Dark (2), Insatiable (3)


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