Saturday, February 27, 2010

Review: Dino Vicelli: Private Eye In a World of Evils by Lori Weiner

This story transports the reader to an alternate-reality version of New York City, in which talking dogs interact regularly with humans. The hero, Dino Vicelli, is a private investigator who just happens to be a sharply dressed Italian greyhound with a great fondness for cigars. He takes on what initially appears to be a routine missing person case but soon finds himself in the midst of a sinister plot that involves kidnapping, murder, and bizarre scientific experiments aimed at controlling the world. As he investigates this strange case, Dino repeatedly encounters mortal danger, while also finding romance with a beautiful blonde Afghan dog.

With its unusual twists on the traditional detective story genre, this book blends elements of humor, suspense, and fantasy into a truly unique and entertaining tale.

Received from the publicist for review.

This was an interesting premise, but it didn't really grow on me. It was a typical 30s PI type novel - sort of gruff, with lots of smoking, drinking, and slinky dresses - except the main character was a dog.

This one gets three stars. It was quite slim at under 100 pages, so it was a fast read. Had it been longer it would have been tedious. The story was interesting, with a nice pace and just the right amount of action. The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter were cute. Overall it was well done and enjoyable.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan G said...

I think the cover is funny. It reminds me of that T-Rex P.I. series, though I haven't read that one either.

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