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#Review The Dog-Eared Diary by Diane Wing
Autumn Clarke is getting her life back to normal with the help of her extraordinary shih tzu, Chrissy, when the death of a local philanthropist reveals the man’s dark family secrets, as well as unexpected ties to Autumn. When Chrissy discovers a dog-eared diary in the dead man’s family home, Autumn discovers that things in the Clarke family are not quite as they seem.
Can Autumn interpret the hidden clues in the dog-eared diary to crack the most puzzling disappearance in Knollwood history? Are the recent murders connected to the past? Is Chrissy more insightful than Autumn realized?
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“I have fallen in love with Chrissy and Autumn and their continuing journey to health while finding themselves in the middle of a murder mystery adventure. My pre-teen daughter and I enjoyed reading The Dog-Eared Diary and then discussing the clues, plot twists, and characters.” ~ Antoinette Brickhaus, Maryland
“Through the relationship between Autumn and Chrissy, Wing also shows the importance of therapy animals and how much they can help those who need them. Add a sweet romance to the intrigue of the mystery and you’ve got a book that you won’t want to put down.” ~ Melissa Alvarez, Intuitive, animal communicator and author of Animal Frequency and Llewellyn’s Little Book of Spirit Animals
“Diane Wing has created a wonderfully endearing little character in Chrissy the Shih Tzu. It really shines through that the author is a lover of animals and dogs. I can see these books quickly becoming a cherished addition to the cozy mystery genre.” ~ J. New, author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries
Autumn Clarke and her lovable little dog Chrissy are back with a very interesting story this time around. When Oxnard Peabody passes away not only is it determined that it was murder but Autumn soon finds herself as the soul benefactor of the Peabody inheritance! It comes as shock to Autumn discovering that her lineage of being a Clarke was actually untrue and she is angry to find out that her father knew before he died in the car crash – Autumns world is fairly turned upside down, and I can wholeheartedly understand her hurt and anger towards her father, but she soon realises that he was sworn to secret regarding his lineage and she would only find out when the time was right due to stipulations in the inheritance.
Oxnard sister Beatrice is also angry at being cut out of the will, as she thought she stood to inherit everything! Imagine her surprise to discover then when she lost her brother she gained a cousin she knew nothing about – and there was a very good reason why – which I am not going to spoil you will just need to read the book to find out that story!
As it becomes more apparent that Oxnard was murdered the suspect pool looks towards Beatrice as being suspect number one and the housekeeper Greg a close second. The story has me hooked from the get go and I loved our interaction between Autumn and Chrissy and her little special ability. The story sends you a roller coaster ride as you try to piece it all together and when a body is found during the town festival the identity of which connects everything together, the story definitely keeps you on your toes.
I cant wait to see what Diane Wing has in store for duo next!
Attorney-at-Paw: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Mystery * my review*
Autumn Clarke survived the car crash that killed her parents. To help her cope with PTSD, she adopts Chrissy, a Shih Tzu with a remarkable secret. Chrissy is also the only witness to the mysterious death of her pet parent. Autumn vows to find the truth behind his death with the help of Chrissy, the neighbors and an attractive detective. Can Autumn unravel the clues while trying to heal Chrissy’s trauma and overcome her own devastating emotional wounds in the midst of a dangerous murder investigation?
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About the author
Diane Wing, M.A. grew up in a household where her vivid imagination could thrive. Crafting short stories and poetry from an early age, writing remained part of her life throughout her 25-year corporate career. Her training in clinical psychology shows up in her characters’ struggles and in her non-fiction books about energetic consciousness, tarot, and happiness. Diane seeks to help the reader find the flame of their own unique path sparked by her stories and insights for personal growth.
Diane is an avid reader, bibliophile, lover of trees and animals, and a lifelong learner. She and her husband are pet parents to a sweet little Shih Tzu.
– Find out more, listen to Wing Academy Radio, and take the Vibrational Quiz at www.DianeWing.com.
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