Dog Dish of Doom

An Agent to the Paws Mystery, #1

Dog Dish of Doom, the first in EJ Copperman’s new series, is what I like to refer to as a “dramedy” a combination of drama and comedy. And as per usual, Copperman knocks it out of the park.

In the series opener, Kay Powell is an agent who wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day. Kay’s shtick is that she’s not just any agent: She’s the Agent to the Paws, representing showbiz clients who aren’t exactly people. In fact: they're dogs. But while Bruno might be her dream client, his humans, Trent and Louise, are pains in the you-know-what, and Les McMaster, the famous director mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand them. However, this becomes a non-issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back. Kay’s perfectly fine to let the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems to center on Bruno, her protective instincts come into play. You can kill any people you want, but you’d better leave Kay’s clients alone.

Let’s just start out by saying that I think this is Copperman’s best series yet, and I love all of his. (I even love that old series by his good pal, Jeff Cohen-remember him?) Not that I’m prejudiced or anything, but any series where the animals have starring roles get my vote. It’s pluses if they’re well written and plotted, which this one is. Here’s hoping for a good long life for this series. Cant’ wait to see what animal is spotlighted next! Five Paws! – ROCCO LOTEMPIO


Book Blurb for Dog Dish of Doom

Cozy fans and animal lovers alike won't be able to keep their paws off Dog Dish of Doom. Laugh-out-loud funny, E.J. Copperman's series debut is "lots of fun" (Library Journal, starred).

Kay Powell wants to find that break-out client who will become a star. And she thinks she’s found him: His name is Bruno, and he has to be walked three times a day.

Kay is the Agent to the Paws, representing showbiz clients who aren’t exactly people. In fact: they're dogs. Bruno’s humans, Trent and Louise, are pains in the you-know-what, and Les McMaster, the famous director mounting a revival of Annie, might not hire Bruno just because he can’t stand them.

This becomes less of an issue when Trent is discovered face down in Bruno’s water dish, with a kitchen knife in his back. Kay’s perfectly fine to let the NYPD handle the murder, but when the whole plot seems to center on Bruno, her protective instincts come into play. You can kill any people you want, but you’d better leave Kay’s clients alone.


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2017 5.00