I received a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.
The Spotted Dog is book 7 in the Corinna Chapman series, a series that I loved and in which book 6 was published all the way back in 2011, so I had all but lost hope of ever seeing another book in it. I was really excited to see this on NetGalley and requested it right away. Some of the same beloved features of the original books are still there, Corinna is still her same plus sized, up at four in the morning, positive imaged self. Still with her dashing romantic interest and co-investigator, Daniel, and still, working with her young ex-addict assistant and living in her soap opera drama worthy building, which also houses her bakery business.
The comparisons to the original books however end there for me. There is the introduction of an interesting new character, who is the basis of the mystery, “the spotted dog”, but he is not really fleshed out or given a chance to shine. The rest of the book is some kind of take off on a Dan Brown-esque Da Vinci code book with other story lines involving confusions between stereotyped ethnic gangster groups. A disappointing read in an otherwise excellent series.