Thursday, 1 October 2015

Review of The White Shepherd by Annie Dalton - Five *


First in the brand-new Anna Hopkins dogwalking mystery series: an intriguing new departure for award-winning YA writer Annie Dalton.

Anna Hopkins’ daily walk through Oxford’s picturesque Port Meadow is rudely interrupted one autumn morning when her white German Shepherd, Bonnie, unearths a bloodsoaked body in the undergrowth. For Anna it’s a double shock: she’d met the victim previously. Naomi Evans was a professional researcher who had told Anna she was working on a book about a famous Welsh poet, and who offered to help Anna trace Bonnie’s original owner.

From her conversations with Naomi, Anna is convinced that she was not the random victim of a psychopathic serial killer, as the police believe. She was targeted because of what she knew. With the official investigation heading in the wrong direction entirely, Anna teams up with fellow dogwalkers Isadora Salzman and Tansy Lavelle to discover the truth.


This was my first book by Annie Dalton and I really enjoyed it. I loved the echo of the crime with Anna's past and the way she lowly opened up with the other dog walkers, through the book. 

Loved Bonnie, the White Shepherd of the title, and how Anna and Bonnie learn to relate to each other. I thought the introduction of Bonnie's previous owner was a stroke of genius. This meant we were not only trying to work out who was the killer, but also who was the romantic lead with Anna.

Great read and highly recommended but the current price of £17.99/$27.29  for a kindle book is exorbitant! Wait until it comes down......which it must!

I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon UK: The White Shepherd
Amazon US: The White Shepherd

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