12 September 2011

Book Review ~ Emily Dahill, CID Part 1 - Anthology

Title: Emily Dahill, CID Part 1 - Anthology
Author: Lindsay Downs
Publisher: Astraea Press
Length: short, 37 pages
Heat: Sweet

Book and review request comes from the author.

100% from the proceeds of this book is donated to the Japanese tsunami victims

Final Mission-After being seriously wounded in a copter crash in Iraq Sgt. Emily Dahill meets her new partner as she embarks on her new Army career as a CID agent. Who could this new partner be?

A Body in the Snow- Emily and her partner, Dakota, cross bullets with their most determined foe. Who will survive?

Right Place, Wrong Day-On leave to hang with friends Emily gets the surprise of her life.

Dog on Fishing-When it comes to knowing how to fish, and catch the big ones, never underestimate your partner. He might surprise you.

Review: This anthology is unusual in as much all the stories are written by one author, in this case Lindsay Downs. And the next revelation comes in the guise of Emily’s partner, Dakota--a dog. A Collie to be precise. You may be forgiven for assuming that a member of the Army would choose a dog more often used by the Services, such as a German Shepherd or Spaniel, but Dakota is perfect. Collies are herders, so Dakota is ideal for the part of Emily’s significant ‘other’.

While this is not Ms. Downs first Dakota book, she allows us to share Emily’s first meeting with Dakota.

For those who may accuse Ms. Downs of humanising a dog by allowing a Collie to have its own point of view will have little to worry about in these stories, because Ms. Downs writing style will charm you.

That doesn’t mean you are in for a ‘soft’ read, you are not. The author keeps you on the edge of the seat as often as she will have you laughing. Her writing style is fluent and vivid.

She has the ability to persuade her readers to connect as strongly with her secondary character as they will with her protagonist and antagonists. Be they human, or fish!

The skilful scene-setting drops her readers right into the action. And in a short story offering a full-bodied scene is not always possible, and rarely easy. Ms. Downs makes it look like child’s play!

Buying this book will not only give you enjoyment and a desire to discover more about Emily and Dakota –more details on the author’s website- http://www.lindsaydowns.com/ but it will also help victims of the Japanese tsunami.

My only disappointment with this book was I wanted more! Much more!


Lindsay said...

Thank you for inviting me here today.
In your last line of the review you said and I quote 'My only disappointment with this book was I wanted more! Much more!'
Well, the good news I recently signed a contract for another Emily Dahill, CID story. As with the first one this will also have Dakota playing a key role in the book.

Anonymous said...

Great review!

Sherry Gloag said...

Great news, Lindsay, I'll be on the lookout for it when it comes out. And it's a pleasure to have you here.