Dog and His Girl Mysteries, Dead Man’s Best Friend by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens
Age Range: 8 and up
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (May 28, 2013)
Series: Dog and His Girl Mysteries #2
Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
The second exciting installment of A Dog and His Girl Mysteries!
mom, an exemplary officer and model of integrity, is suspended from the
force pending an investigation–and won’t say why. It’s an awkward
situation for the police, for the town, for the mayor, and especially
for Cassie. Having her mom (who is dealing with her stress by
micromanaging her family) home 24/7 is seriously cramping her style. To
get her out of their hair, Cassie and Dodge take the case. They’ve got
to clear Chief Sullivan’s name, save her reputation, and get her back to
work before she drives them all nuts.
The girl/dog detective duo
has no idea what they are getting into. A “borrowed” police file
reveals that Cassie’s mom is being accused of negligence in ordering a
raid that ended in the death of an officer. Cassie can’t believe her mom
would make that kind of mistake. But even harder to swallow is that
fact that the officer who died was Dodge’s first partner and the chief’s
brother in law…
About the Authors:
Jane B. Mason lives in Oakland, California, where she spends her time
keeping up with her children and writing books with Sarah Hines
Stephens, including A Dog and His Girl Mysteries and the Candy Apple
titles The Sister Switch and Snowfall Surprise.
Stephens lives in Oakland, California, where she spends her time keeping
up with her children and writing books with Jane B. Mason, including A
Dog and His Girl Mysteries and the Candy Apple titles The Sister Switch
and Snowfall Surprise.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I liked this one even more.
The story is told from the point if view of both Dodge (the dog) and
Cassie (the girl), and it works surprisingly well. Dodge offers up a bit
of humor and a different side to the story. Cassie is an adventurous
and intelligent protagonist that is fun to read about.
The authors seem to have hit their stride with this second book. The
characters are believable and the story draws the reader in. The
mystery is well planned and nicely paced. It’s a quick read that is
perfect for kids ages 8 and up. This is precisely the type of book I
loved as a kid, and the kind of book I’ll be giving to my own children.