Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: Dog Eat Dog by Jenna Mattison

Dog Eat Dog by Jenna Mattison was supplied to The Library for review. Jenna will be awarding a digital copy of Dog Eat Dog to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/01/virtual-nbtm-review-tour-dog-eat-dog-by.html.


Book Two of the Eye Spy, Chronicles Of Liza Radley Housewife Detective, series brings back the antics of Liza & Jack in Dog Eat Dog. The two are knee deep in dognappers and heiresses at their newly opened Crimes Of The Heart Detective Agency. In between their investigations the will they or won't they drama of their complicated relationship is still front and center…and in the middle.


For a decent mystery and just plain fun, Dog Eat Dog fits the bill.

The book has fun characters (I especially loved all of Liza's friends), a well plotted and interesting mystery (the pickle king... really? Loved it!) and tight writing throughout.  As a side note, it turns out this is book two of a series, but I didn't really fell lost. Sure I knew I was missing some information, but the story didn't suffer from it.

I didn't love the short scene/chapter breaks ... the were a bit distracting to me, but otherwise found myself quite entertained.  There's not a lot of romance (many longing looks and lusty thoughts, but not a lot of acting upon them), which was fine -- it's the mystery that ultimately matters and since this is meant to be a series, we can't have our H/H get together too quickly, right?

So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.  You'll chuckle, grin and occasionally bite your nails as you read, but I imagine you'll finish it was a sense of having been entertained.  And, for me at least, that's what matters most.


Mattison started her career in Chicago appearing on television and radio. She founded Cheshire Smile Productions, bringing to life and penning her first feature film FISH WITHOUT A BICYCLE, a festival winning coming of age comedy, which was directed by Brian Austin Green. “Fish” is now available on Netflix and garnered a limited theatrical release.

Mattison also wrote Cheshire’s second release THE THIRD WISH now available at Blockbuster and distributed by the Hallmark Channel. Lionsgate’s FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY, based on a true story of Jewish gangsters set in the 1970’s starring James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Edward Furlong and Jeffrey Tambor was also produced and written by Mattison and was released theatrically in the US and Israel. In 2012 The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored Mattison by displaying her screenplay of For The Love Of Money in the permanent collection of their library. Most recently Jenna wrote COMMITTED, a TV movie which wrapped production this spring to premiere on television under the title Deadly Revenge. In development is GHOST STATION which she will pen and co-produce with Michelle Weisler (The Ring, The Trouble With The Curve) to be shot in Canada summer 2014.

Her bestselling debut novel The Tree Of Jesse, a paranormal romantic thriller, was released this spring to critical acclaim and is available worldwide. Mattison’s most recent novel Eye Spy, the first in a comedic romantic suspense series, was released in July and hit bestseller status within the first week. Book two of the series, Dog Eat Dog, will be released this fall.

Buy the book at Amazon.


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