I sure learned a lot about dogs, people who own dogs and it made it interesting as I am someone who has not been at ease around dogs, especially large ones. I enjoyed the mystery line as well as the descriptions of the people and enjoyed the plot. It was not a way-out there plot, but plausible.... that I like. OK, Ellen O'Connell, I am ready for more.
It was a story that you really had to follow with its twists and turns. I enjoyed this very much. The characters were well defined and it made me want to get to learn more about them and the direction their lives take in the future.