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A dog's life [text (large print)] / Gerald Hammond.

By: Hammond, Gerald, 1926-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London ; New York : Severn House Large Print, 2013Edition: Large print edition.Description: 299 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780727896100.Subject(s): Homeless women -- Fiction | Novelists -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Large type booksGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 823/.914 Summary: "Novelist Tim Russell is out walking his dog one morning when he comes across a young dishevelled woman, camping out in the woods. Tim takes pity on her and offers her shelter, and Ann soon proves herself to be good company. But suddenly, one afternoon while gardening, Tim is brutally attacked. As Ann's relatives start coming out of the woodwork, Tim and Ann wonder if they've found the motivation for the attack after all. But then a local man is murdered..." - Publisher's description.
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Novelist Tim Russell is out walking his dog one morning when he comes across a young dishevelled woman, camping out in the woods. Tim takes pity on her and offers her shelter, and Ann soon proves herself to be good company. But suddenly, one afternoon while gardening, Tim is brutally attacked. As Ann's relatives start coming out of the woodwork, Tim and Ann wonder if they've found the motivation for the attack after all. But then a local man is murdered . . .

"Novelist Tim Russell is out walking his dog one morning when he comes across a young dishevelled woman, camping out in the woods. Tim takes pity on her and offers her shelter, and Ann soon proves herself to be good company. But suddenly, one afternoon while gardening, Tim is brutally attacked. As Ann's relatives start coming out of the woodwork, Tim and Ann wonder if they've found the motivation for the attack after all. But then a local man is murdered..." - Publisher's description.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Scottish veteran Hammond (Silent Intruder) offers an intriguing premise in this enjoyable cozy. Author Tim Russell, who's living alone in a small village on Scotland's east coast, encounters 17-year-old Ann Erskine, who's been living rough in the woods-and who turns out to be the daughter, though Tim doesn't recognize her at first, of Walter Erskine, an old friend who died in an accident. Impulsively, Tim asks Ann to his home despite misgivings, and Ann, despite misgivings, accepts his invitation. Complications soon follow as a change in Ann's fortunes brings her mother (now Mrs. Hooper); her stepfather, Mr. Hooper; the dodgy Rev. Mr. Downing; and a shifty secondhand dealer known as Woodworm Waller onto the scene. An unknown assailant puts Tim in the hospital with a severe head wound and no memory of the attack. Hammond avoids the maudlin as Tim and Ann grow closer while trying to solve the crime with the aid of Det. Sgt. Brionie Phelps. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

While walking his dog, Umber, in the woods of rural Scotland, novelist Tim Russell encounters a disheveled young woman. Her name is Ann, and she turns out to be very good company for the lonely writer, prompting him to invite her to stay. Later, after Tim is suddenly attacked while working in his garden, no one can understand why. His relationship with Ann becomes closer, and her relatives begin to appear. Could Ann's surprise inheritance provide the missing motive for the attack on Tim? It takes Umber to nose out the answer. Animal lovers and cozy fans will enjoy this quirky mystery.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

A Scottish novelist copes with the departure of his live-in lover and the death of his black Lab by taking on board a new dog, a new woman and more trouble.Out walking Umber, his chocolate Lab, Tim Russell stumbles on a ragged young woman encamped in a makeshift shelter. He lures her to his house with the promise of a hot bath, a change of clothes and no strings. Under his not-quite-fatherly care, Edith Ann Erskine quickly blossoms, but their relationship changes when Tim's attacked while working in his garden. Who lofted a missile at his head? Sadly, inoffensive Tim has been making enemies. Among them: Hooper, the stepfather who sold Ann's house out from under her and now stubbornly insists she return to him, and Woodworm Waller, the dealer who bought her household belongings for a song. Their assorted reasons for wanting to brain Tim are compelling, but then a solicitor arrives with an even stronger motive. Ann's uncle, Angus Tirrell, has died and left her enough cash to brighten every eye she's caught, especially if she can be enticed away from Tim before they can marry and make wills in each others' favor. Alas, their immediate nuptials so lower the tension that Hammond (The Fingers of One Foot, 2009, etc.) has to kill off one of the suspects to raise the stakes.More village romance than mystery, and none the worse for it.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.