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Friday, November 9, 2012

Collared by L. A. Kornetsky

This book is a study of human nature as much as a mystery.  Two distinctly different personalities discover they mesh in inexplicable ways as they attempt to carry out a seemingly innocent business transaction.

Ms. Kornetsky portrays a very strong female protagonist as well as an equally strong male protagonist.   I like the fact that Ms. Kornetsky can portray a strong female without having the need to demean her male counterpart.   As much as I like strong female protagonists, I have seen where some authors feel that if the woman is strong the man must be a buffoon or patented stupid.   Sadly too many people still have difficulty with equality that men and women can operate together as equals.  Some how that just shouldn’t be a revelation. 

Ginny and Teddy complement each other’s skill sets quite nicely.   Together they make a formidable investigative team even though they both stoutly swear they are not investigators.   The become embroiled in a missing person issue that morphs into a far more complex situation.

Ms. Kornetsky has included animal companions for her protagonists.  I’m not sure if they were a before or after thought.   They compliment the book but certainly are not integral to the plot or the action, except for one small scene.  The animals communicate with each other and accept ownership of “their” humans but their input in the story seems pretty basically peripheral.  It seems like Georgie, the Sharpei, and Miss Penny, the cat,  were inserted in cameo type roles just to have animals in the book.   I personally have always enjoyed anthropomorphism so I didn’t have any issues with the pets.  I’m just not sure they were needed.

The book is more about the relationship between Ginny and Teddy than it is between them and the rest of the world.   Some books are mysteries that have relationship overtones while  I see this book as a relationship book with a mystery overtone.  

I enjoyed the book and it infers sequels will be coming.   I look forward to reading them as well.

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