The Case of the Invisible Dog: A Shirley Homes Mystery by Diane Stingley
Release Date - May 2015
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
I admit to choosing The Case of the Invisible Dog because it was praised as being "sure to delight fans of Diane Mott Davidson." I am a big fan of the Goldy Schulz series and enjoy anything that is similar in humor and tone.
Tammy Norman is back in North Carolina after a failed attempt at a career in Hollywood. Finding a job she enjoys has been tough since her return, so she's intrigued when she spies an unusual ad in the paper. She applies and finds herself the assistant to Shirley Homes, a woman who believes she is the great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Homes.
The job is just as unusual as her new boss. For a number of days, Tammy's only job duties seem to be sitting around and keeping the office plant alive. It isn't until a client, Matt Peterman, shows up with an unbelievable claim that an invisible dog is keeping him up all night that Tammy finds herself heading out sleuthing with her boss. Soon, Tammy realizes Matt may have been telling the truth and that someone may be out to get him.
I really wanted to like The Case of the Invisible Dog so that I'd have a new series to look forward to, but I simply could not connect to the characters. Tammy seems like she should be smart, but she certainly doesn't put her intelligence to use most of the time. Shirley is simply too eccentric to ever be likable. She never opens up to Tammy, and for that matter, the reader, so she remains an enigma and as time drew on, I no longer cared about her.
The mystery regarding the invisible dog seemed a little too easy to figure out to me. I figured out where the dog was long before the main characters, and I still can't figure out why Matt couldn't figure it out.
In the end, I finished the book, but it's a case where I wish I hadn't bothered. It was readable, but not engaging for me.