Series: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Mystery

Book Review Tour: The Dog Eared Diary by Diane Wing

Posted on November 13, 2019 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 2019 New Release Challenge, Reviews / 21 Comments

Book Review Tour: The Dog Eared Diary by Diane WingTitle: The Dog-Eared Diary
Author(s): Diane Wing
Series: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Mystery #2
Published by Modern History Press on August 15, 2019
Pages: 170
Genre(s): Cozy Mystery
Source: Beck Valley Book Tours, Kindle Unlimited
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon|B&N
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Chrissy digs up clues to help Autumn solve a historical disappearance and a modern-day murder mystery
Autumn Clarke is getting her life back to normal with the help of her extraordinary shih tzu, Chrissy, when the death of a local philanthropist reveals the man's dark family secrets, as well as unexpected ties to Autumn. When Chrissy discovers a dog-eared diary in the dead man's family home, Autumn discovers that things in the Clarke family are not quite as they seem. Can Autumn interpret the hidden clues in the dog-eared diary to crack the most puzzling disappearance in Knollwood history? Are the recent murders connected to the past? Is Chrissy more insightful than Autumn realized?

I promised myself to read more cozy mysteries this year; however, I have not been able to keep up to that promise. Therefore, when the opportunity came for me to read and review The Dog-Eared Diary, I knew that this would be a small step in fulfilling that promise.
The synopsis for the book piqued my curiosity. I was keen to learn about Chrissy, the dog with the extraordinary gift and her mistress Autumn.
This was my first time reading the author’s work and she did not disappoint. Dog-Eared Diary is the first book in the series, but it can be easily read as a standalone. The author provided sufficient information, making it easy to follow the lives of the characters. After reading this installment, I am keen to read the first book to see the start of Autumn and Chrissy’s relationship.
Sibling rivalry, jealousy, greed, secrets, and of course murder were the themes of this cute, short and captivating story.  The twist the author threw in during the first half of the story stirred things up and soon Autumn and Chrissy would find themselves in the middle of solving a mystery. In addition, Autumn would learn important information about her lineage.  I like that the mystery kept me guessing for most of the story.
With a large suspect pool, figuring out the identity of the murderer(s) was not an easy task.
I enjoyed getting to know the main characters in this series.  They were interesting and fun. Autumn suffered a devastating loss, which led to her having PTSD. Chrissy is her emotional support dog who helps her in those moments she would have a panic attack. They made a great team, and when it came to solving mysteries, Chrissy’s gift proved a big help. The secondary characters added to the atmosphere of the story. There was Ray, a detective and Autumn’s love interest and her best friend Stephanie, who was desperate to get a man. They both proved to be a great help to her.
Conclusion/ Recommendation
Overall an enjoyable read and one I would recommend to fans of cozy mysteries.

I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

Also available…Attorney-at-Paw: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Mystery

Only Chrissy, a cute little Shih Tzu, can unlock this mystery! Autumn Clarke survived the car crash that killed her parents. To help her cope with PTSD, she adopts Chrissy, a Shih Tzu with a remarkable secret. Chrissy is also the only witness to the mysterious death of her pet parent. Autumn vows to find the truth behind his death with the help of Chrissy, the neighbors and an attractive detective. Can Autumn unravel the clues while trying to heal Chrissy’s trauma and overcome her own devastating emotional wounds in the midst of a dangerous murder investigation?

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About Diane Wing

Diane Wing, M.A. grew up in a household where her vivid imagination could thrive. Crafting short stories and poetry from an early age, writing remained part of her life throughout her 25-year corporate career. Her training in clinical psychology shows up in her characters’ struggles and in her non-fiction books about energetic consciousness, tarot, and happiness. Diane seeks to help the reader find the flame of their own unique path sparked by her stories and insights for personal growth.

Diane is an avid reader, bibliophile, lover of trees and animals, and a lifelong learner. She and her husband are pet parents to a sweet little Shih Tzu.

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