About the Book
Title: Dog Biscuits
Series: Underdogs (#6)
Author: Geonn Cannon
Release date: July 1, 2017
Length: 184 pages
Ari is currently working for Gilles Girard & Moreau on a probationary basis, and her next assignment has piqued Dale’s interest: Seattle is finally getting a hockey team! The owner, a client of the firm, asks her to do a background check on the players who will make up the roster to ensure there are no nasty scandals waiting to be uncovered. Ari follows the new recruits while Dale digs into their pasts.
The first few targets don’t show up any red flags, but any hope of an easy case is destroyed when she and Dale are the victims of a sudden, unprovoked attack.
Certain that the attack is related to the hockey team, Ari redoubles her efforts to find out which player is behind it and what they’re hiding. Determined to find the truth, she also knows she has to proceed with caution. Hockey can be a brutal sport, and its players can be even more dangerous off the ice.
I love this series, and this is a fantastic new installment. All the elements I’ve come to love are in there, but it’s obvious that the characters and the storyline have matured and grown over time. It’s a perfect blend of good, old-fashioned detective story plus the added bonus of going deeper with Ari and Dale.
The story revolves around Ari’s investigation into the background of Seattle’s new hockey players. It’s a great set-up, even for someone like me (I’m not a fan of hockey or most sports in general). Part of the charm is in how clueless Ari also is about the sport. It made me feel a kinship with her, which amused and delighted me. Be forewarned: There isn’t actually a whole lot of hockey going on here. Mainly, it’s the mystery of what some of the players are up to. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end with a big game.
I’ll leave it up to readers to find out for themselves what sinister things Ari and Dale uncover about the team. Instead, I’ll offer a tiny little cheer for the bi character who does a little bit of myth-dispelling (and is also just plain cool). There’s also some really shady things going on underneath the investigation itself and how Ari is hired to do it, with a nice cliffhanger at the end. I guess that means we haven’t seen the last of this series, and I’m excited to see where it goes.
When it comes to mystery, women in love with each other, beefy hockey players, and this series, there’s not a single thing to be disappointed about here. I don’t think new readers will need to have read the rest first. However, I hope after this, they’ll give the others a chance.
For an absorbing mystery, a satisfying relationship, and plenty of fun and excitement, this gets 10/10 fountain pens.
About the Author
Geonn Cannon is a male author who grew up in Oklahoma, thousands of miles from the nearest coastline, who found his calling in stories about women who live on an island in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, Geonn became the first male author to win the prestigious Golden Crown Literary Society Award for his novel “Gemini.” In 2015, he won it again for “Dogs of War.” He was also invited to write an official tie-in novel for the television series Stargate SG-1. He is currently working with Tello Films to turn his novel “Riley Parra” into a web series. His first name is pronounced just like “John.”