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Reviewed by Paula Lynn McGrew for Readers' Favorite
Black Poodle Over Seven Hills by Victoria Bastedo is set in the Queen Anne area of Seattle, Washington. It is a fun novel that is part mystery, part romance, and part suspense. It certainly did not take long for me to get completely caught up in this story of mistaken identity, new beginnings, and intrigue. In no time at all, strangers Timothy Marsh and Soubrette Mourer meet when they are unexpectedly brought together by a little black poodle named Fufu, a.k.a. Artemis, develop their budding relationship, and soon become best friends. From the get-go, each conversation is witty and entertaining, and there is not one boring scene in the entire story.
Black Poodle Over Seven Hills did not lag, the plot is well written and kept the story moving forward and because there was never a dull moment, it kept my interest throughout. This book is a treat for people who like to read romance mixed with just a hint of humor. The lively and believable characters immediately came to life for me as, one by one, they are introduced. Victoria Bastedo does a great job of characterization, and every character in this book is fun and likable, except the one who is not supposed to be. It would not matter if you took this book to the beach for light summertime reading, or decided to curl up with a blanket by the fireplace to get lost in fiction for an afternoon. Either way, this book will bring a smile to your face.