Book Review: Murder in the Dog Park – Bad Girl. Good Cop. Bad Dog.

Set in Baltimore, with a cast of gritty characters, Murder in the Dog Park – Bad Girl. Good Cop. Bad Dog — a novella by Jill Yesko — provides a satisfying adventure with undertones of class struggles between the Haves and the Have Nots.

Murder in the Dog Park features just enough mystery, just enough law-enforcement drama for genre lovers, and dead-on dialogue.

Murder in the Dog Park book coverPerhaps because tough-chick heroine Jane Ronson is wrought with such raw honesty, this nice-girl reader struggled a bit with Jane’s rampant anger in almost every situation.

Jane is a crabby, crabby, crabby girl. She approaches pretty much everyone and everything with a @#$@ YOU! attitude from the get-go.

However, there is a seed of something else inside Jane that we see shift as the book takes us through the what happens when Jane’s cousin, a friend since childhood and only family she has, gets framed for the murder of a boy at a local dog park.

The book opens with Jane finding the victim’s body at the dog park and ends when (most of) her brand of justice is done.

Typically, I am NOT a genre fiction reader. I’m more of a high-concept, 20th-century fiction girl.

That said, I enjoyed Murder in the Dog Park on many levels:

  • Humor
  • Action
  • Realism of character
  • Dogs (of course)

With all the distractions in my life, I have a hard time concentrating to read. Murder in the Dog Park grabbed and HELD my interest.

It’s a quick read that’s crafted well. I noticed in particular Yesko’s choices of verbs and sentence structure, which give the story a certain feel and pace, when so many other books meander.


Murder in the Dog Park by Jill Yesko

Paperback: $12.99

At home, Yesko has a red / white basset hound named Jasper, but the book features a black / white bull terrier named Archie, so a portion of book sales will benefitbull terrier rescue group.


Rather than our usual random drawing giveaway, the first person to post a comment asking for the book … gets it.



The author and I have a mutual friend, who introduced us. Jill Yesko sent me a free review copy of the book, but I was not paid to write this review.





4 thoughts on “Book Review: Murder in the Dog Park – Bad Girl. Good Cop. Bad Dog.

  1. November 3, 2012 at 11:38 am

    That sounds like a good book, Ill have to keep an eye out for it.
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  2. October 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I would love to read it and would pass it along to someone else who loves dogs!
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  3. crystal
    October 16, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Me? 🙂

    1. October 16, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Yep. YOU, Crystal. I’ll email you to get your address. Thanks!