Review: Sleeping Dogs Lie by Samantha Downing


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Sleeping Dogs Lie
Author: Samantha Downing
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Melanie Nicholls-King, Lindsey Dorcus
Length: 2 hours
Publisher: Audible Original
Release Date: April 1, 2021
Source: Audible


From the internationally best-selling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It comes a twisted, entertaining novella about a dog walker swept into a criminal investigation when her client winds up dead.

Shelby works as a dog walker in Northern California, and she’s just finished up her biweekly trip to the park with a husky named Pluto. When she brings him back to his house, she finds his owner—Todd Burke, a well-known local businessman and founder of an organic supplements company—dead on the bathroom floor. As a detective interviews Shelby, a medical examiner inspects the body, and more cops search Todd’s home, it becomes clear that the victim’s life was less picture-perfect than his clean-cut persona might lead you to believe.


I really enjoyed the first two chapters of this three chapter novella. Samantha Downing delivers a signature thrilling murder mystery with an impressive attention to detail and and clever and compelling twist.

However, the killer’s motivations were so far-fetched, and her rationale took away from her cleverness in the third chapter.

Dog lovers will enjoy this story!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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