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Bending the Paw: Paw Enforcement #9    by Diane Kelly order for
Bending the Paw
by Diane Kelly
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St. Martin's, 2020 (2020)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Bending the Paw follows Paw of the Jungle as the ninth in Diane Kelly's cozy procedural series set in Fort Worth, Texas. It features young police officer Megan Luz and her beloved K-9 partner, Brigit. Megan's boyfriend Seth works for the Fort Worth fire department.

As this episode opens, Seth proposes, Megan accepts, and they start planning their wedding. So events alternate between police procedural developments in what appears to be a murder investigation, and Megan's search for the right dress, venue, and so on.

Megan still does her regular patrols with Brigit as a K-9 officer, but is occasionally pulled into investigative work that needs the canine's skills - and benefits from Megan's insights. This time, it begins with a bloodbath at the home of Shelby and Greg Olsen, a couple who seem to live only for each other.

Greg, an assistant manager at a movie theatre, is missing - and feared dead, given the quantity of blood at the scene. Detective Jackson, who has become Megan's mentor, continues to involve the K-9 team in the investigation, as they pursue various red herrings.

Though I have to say that I figured out whodunit early in the story, I still enjoyed spending time with these characters - and sharing Brigit's dog's eye (and nose) view of the world. Paw Enforcement is a delightful cozy series.

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