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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dino Vicelli, Private Eye by Lori Weiner

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Pages: 98

From the Cover: 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.

Dino Vicelli is a PI in the city that never sleeps, New York City. He's your classic private eye from any noir, with one exception, he's an Italian Greyhound, and he literally makes his living seeking out the scent of crime. When blonde bombshell, Jezebel, a long legged afghan comes into his office, needing his assistance, he can hardly restrain himself. He falls for the damsel in distress, but soon discovers a conspiracy that deals with the strange medical experiments and an even stranger doctor.

Dino Vicelli, Private Eye by Lori Weiner is a little novella that creates a whole where people and dogs live together, sometimes as equals, and sometimes not. Sometimes the prose was a little stilted and maybe in need of a little more editing, but overall, a fun quick read for this first time author. It's the classic noir with the gritty private eye who get in way over his head. As Dino struggles to help the voluptuous Jezebel, he finds himself in a world of crime, evil doers, and murder. It's a fun little read slightly reminiscent of Spencer Quinn and his Chet and Bernie books.

8 comments:

Lea said...

Great review Dottie!

This does sound like an unique little read! I couldn't help but think of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". LOL

I love the cover art.

((hugs))
L

Amy C said...

I enjoyed reading this review, Dottie! Sounds like it was a fun read. Very interesting concept with the dogs!

Blodeuedd said...

Nice review Dottie :)
Lol, dogs you say, that sure sounds intersting

Dottie (My Blog 2.0) said...

Hi Lea!

Wow, what a turn out for your contest!!! I'm still amazed.

This one was definitely unique, lol, talking dogs...human race tracks.

I thought cover art was too cute!!

(Roger Rabbit rang a bell with me too!)

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (My Blog 2.0) said...

Hi Amy!

It was unique, the best word to describe it. Talking dogs and damsels in distress (dogs too).

Entertaining and a fast read too.

Thanks for stopping by Amy!

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Dottie (My Blog 2.0) said...

Hi B!

Interesting is another word that describes it pretty well, lol. It was a cute little mystery, talking dog who was a private eye. LOL

((hugs))

Dottie :)

Teddyree said...

That sounds like a cute, fun read Dottie. I wonder if the author has a series in mind?

Dottie (My Blog 2.0) said...

Hi Teddyree!

I don't know, in her bio, it just said that because of her love of her Italian Greyhound, he became the hero to her story. It was a real quick read and fun in a dastardly kind of way, some real bad guys.

Dottie :)

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