The book, The Mattress Affair,* by Cheryl Landmark describes a family mystery through the eyes of an intelligent dog: Flint.
Flint lives with Meredith Steele, his human companion, in Gros Cap. He is a four-year old black Labrador Retriever and Meredith’s partner in the detective agency: Flint & Steele.
One day, two unsavory relatives pay Flint’s spirited neighbor, Abigail Tunner, a visit. Caleb and his wife (Abigail’s nephew and niece) claim that they want to improve their poor relationship, but Flint thinks that there’s more to this visit. After all, Abigail Tunner is a reclusive person in a small town whereas Caleb and his wife come from Toronto city.
Using his nose and sharp wits, Flint uncovers a malicious plot and ulterior motives. Can he communicate his suspicions to Meredith before it’s too late?
*I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I actually really enjoyed this book and probably wouldn’t have discovered it if the author hadn’t offered me a free copy in exchange for a honest review. This is one of the few books I’ve read from a dog’s POV and I liked how Cheryl Landmark portrayed Flint–I have a dog and thought that Flint was an accurate representation of how I sometimes imagine dogs think.
The writing was also very smooth with good descriptive language. One of the characters I liked reading about besides Flint and Meredith was Abigail. Abigail was very brave and witty, which made her a fun character.
Overall the plot was very good, but I had one issue. I felt that the identities of the antagonists/criminals were a little obvious and a red herring might’ve been nice. However other plot aspects were fine and well-executed.