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Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie become Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Life starts to look like a walk in the park…until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked. Despite help from the on-again, off-again Mr. Fix-It in her life, Lucie is thrown into an investigation that’s more Goodfellas than good doggie. One that could shatter her new life and her second chance at love.


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Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie become Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she’s long avoided—move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Life starts to look like a walk in the park…until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked. Despite help from the on-again, off-again Mr. Fix-It in her life, Lucie is thrown into an investigation that’s more Goodfellas than good doggie. One that could shatter her new life and her second chance at love.

30 review for Dog Collar Crime

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Bartles

    An excellent book by an excellent author! Lucie Rizzo and Frankie Falcone are both children of crime bosses who want nothing to do with their fathers' pastimes. They are in love and seem to break up with each other every other week. Lucie has been laid off from her job at the bank and has moved back home and taken up walking dogs and making dog collars and dog jackets to make ends meet. This is a hilarious book. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy R

    What a fun story. I really enjoyed reading Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano. It is a romantic mystery but not dark, rather it is light and humorous. The heroine, Lucie is trying so hard to shed the image of "Mob Princess" so how can you not laugh at that? Lucie Rizzo is recently laid off from her investment banking job and is making ends meet by walking dogs and making dog accessories such as collars and coats. When a 15 carat diamond shows up in her stash of artificial gems she uses to make What a fun story. I really enjoyed reading Dog Collar Crime by Adrienne Giordano. It is a romantic mystery but not dark, rather it is light and humorous. The heroine, Lucie is trying so hard to shed the image of "Mob Princess" so how can you not laugh at that? Lucie Rizzo is recently laid off from her investment banking job and is making ends meet by walking dogs and making dog accessories such as collars and coats. When a 15 carat diamond shows up in her stash of artificial gems she uses to make the accessories things get a little crazy. The plot is engaging and I fell in love with some of the characters right away such as Frankie, Joey and Rosanne who happen to be Lucie's boyfriend, brother, and best friend. The chemistry between the characters was great fun to watch unfold as things got a little heated. In addition to the plot becoming heated, the romance between Lucie and Frankie was definitely heated at times. Adrienne did a fantastic job of balancing the romance and mystery of the overall book and how much detail to go into the romantic scenes to keep with the tone of the story. I enjoyed the dogs in the story as well. I was reminded how frustrating dogs and puppies can be when you want them to do something (or not do something) and it was another aspect of the book that had me laughing. Dog Collar Crime is a different kind of book for Adrienne Giordano. I have loved her other romantic suspense books that she is known for, and found Dog Collar Crime just as entertaining, but in a different way. While reading this book I was reminded of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. The tone and humor is similar but the characters and plot are quite a bit different. The ending of Dog Collar Crime has me hooked into the series and I can't wait to see how the rest of the series goes. If you are looking for a light, fun romantic mystery, I highly recommend Dog Collar Crime.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    So this book I really got, I loved the quirkiness of Lucie and I love that even though she was born into a Mob family she doesn't let that define her, Lucie Rizzo wants to make it on her own so when she loses her job in the banking world and moves back in with her family it's time to find her real passion in life so while dog walking Lucie decided there was a nieche for designer dog accessories and the business really takes off, but something is terribly wrong when her dogs start being kidnapped So this book I really got, I loved the quirkiness of Lucie and I love that even though she was born into a Mob family she doesn't let that define her, Lucie Rizzo wants to make it on her own so when she loses her job in the banking world and moves back in with her family it's time to find her real passion in life so while dog walking Lucie decided there was a nieche for designer dog accessories and the business really takes off, but something is terribly wrong when her dogs start being kidnapped, is this something to do with her family or is it her or something completely off the radar and then there is Frankie her Frankie or is he her Frankie Frankie loves Lucie and Lucie loves Frankie but is love enough when they both come from challenging families or do they both need to walk away before they lose their lifelong friendship as well. I loved the mystery and I love the characters human and canine, I would love for Josie to have her own dog it just makes sense in her chosen profession that she would have her own dog. What I didn't love was Lucie and Frankie they were both all over the place and I figure if they have known each other all their lives they should actually know each other better than they do that seemed a bit weird to me I expected them to me more best friends then lovers and then life long partners but they seem to be more friends but not close friends more siblings to be honest and both of them seem to just be in it for a physical relationship because its comfortable really I think they both deserve more and I know this is the first book in the series but if this back and forth goes on to much more it will take away from the best parts of this book which is the dogs and the mystery.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Funny and Connected mystery This book had me laughing at the oh so real doggie antics and holding my breath at the violence of dognapping. The writing is perfection with great scenes and dialogue flow. This story could be true and no one would know it wasn't fiction. A great read, sorry, no spoilers in my reviews.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Lucie is on another crime solving spree, but this time she's the accused. The entire gang is involved in this one.. all of the Rizzos and friends. The Rizzo name gets thrown around with gusto. It's one heck of a ride, even for Ro waiting in all of the Fire Zones. I liked how Tim (McHottie) and Lucie were deepening their relationship. Tim is the kind of guy you read books to find. I did find it annoying that he could always be so understanding. While Lucie's behavior is outrageous at times, it's Lucie is on another crime solving spree, but this time she's the accused. The entire gang is involved in this one.. all of the Rizzos and friends. The Rizzo name gets thrown around with gusto. It's one heck of a ride, even for Ro waiting in all of the Fire Zones. I liked how Tim (McHottie) and Lucie were deepening their relationship. Tim is the kind of guy you read books to find. I did find it annoying that he could always be so understanding. While Lucie's behavior is outrageous at times, it's more believable. They do make a cute couple and in the end come to terms with what they both need to do to make a future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jo-Anne

    This was a cute story about Lucie who really, really didn’t want to be a Mob Princess. Even though that was the life she was born into, she fought it. Wanting to be legit, she started a dog walking business. She expanded it to include making dog accessories like coats and collars. She covered them with rhinestones which went over big with her wealthy clients. But somehow a real diamond got mixed into her craft supplies and she used it on one of the collars. The business was successful with lots o This was a cute story about Lucie who really, really didn’t want to be a Mob Princess. Even though that was the life she was born into, she fought it. Wanting to be legit, she started a dog walking business. She expanded it to include making dog accessories like coats and collars. She covered them with rhinestones which went over big with her wealthy clients. But somehow a real diamond got mixed into her craft supplies and she used it on one of the collars. The business was successful with lots of clients. But when the dogs started getting dognapped, she started losing clients. I liked this story. It was fun to watch Lucie run her business. And I enjoyed the mystery of where the diamond came from. Even though Frankie was a good guy, it was tiring to hear how good he was all the time. How much she loved him, how good looking he was and his special Frankie smile was just too much.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    A totally endearing story from a first time author for me. Love Lucie, her character makes you feel as if you want to be a part of the whole thing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    T.H. Hernandez

    3-1/2 Stars. There was much to love about Dog Collar Crime. In many ways, it reminded me of a Stephanie Plum novel minus the incompetent protagonist and unrealistically stupid criminals. Lucie Rizzo is out of work and forced to move back home with her mom and brother. Born and raised a mob princess, Lucie longs to break free of her family chains and make her own way in the world. But after getting laid off, she's right back in the middle of the family drama, including a father in prison. Her on- 3-1/2 Stars. There was much to love about Dog Collar Crime. In many ways, it reminded me of a Stephanie Plum novel minus the incompetent protagonist and unrealistically stupid criminals. Lucie Rizzo is out of work and forced to move back home with her mom and brother. Born and raised a mob princess, Lucie longs to break free of her family chains and make her own way in the world. But after getting laid off, she's right back in the middle of the family drama, including a father in prison. Her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Frankie, would do anything for her, except leave behind his own mob-connected family. Lucie makes ends meet by walking dogs and making high-end pet accessories, while she waits and hopes a job in banking comes her way. But when the dogs she walks start being targeted by someone, Lucie begins to wonder if she'll ever be able to escape that world. Plot The plot is a mystery with a strong dose of romance. Finding out who is targeting her dogs and why is the main plot, but her relationship with Frankie plays a larger role than in most other books of this genre. The pacing was slow more than a few times. There seemed to be a lot of time spent walking the dogs, which granted is Lucie's job, but not much else happened. There also seemed to be some repeated elements. Instead of escalating early, the dognappings stayed sort of the same and the back-and-forth with Frankie felt too repetitive at times. But there's light humor, plenty of chemistry between the characters, and a couple of twists that redeem the story. Characters The characters are by far the best part of the story. They're fun, quirky, well-rounded, and believable. Lucie Rizzo's desire to be anything but the daughter of a mobster is tangible and relatable, even if your dad isn't a made man. Frankie is also sympathetic as the loyal son who has managed to break away from the crime family and flourish in a legitimate job. Even the gangster family members transcend stereotype and are well-developed and three-dimensional. Ending I was expecting more from the ending. Although a mystery and not a thriller, overall the story lacked a real sense of peril for the characters. I never felt like any of their lives were truly in danger. The climax left me wondering what would happen to the characters' relationships rather than if they would survive. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, because I did care about all of them and wanted them to wind up happy. What Didn't Work for Me 1. The pacing. The story moved too slow for me at times. 2. Repetition. There were times I felt like we revisited the same issues over and over again, particularly when it came to Lucie's feelings for, and issues with, Frankie. What I Enjoyed About Dog Collar Crime 1. The characters. All of the characters were well developed, interesting, and avoided stereotypes. 2. Chemistry. There was instant chemistry between Lucie and Frankie, but also a great bromance between Frankie and Lucie's brother, Joey, between Lucie and her brother, and between Lucie and her mom. These relationships all came across as lovingly authentic. 3. The mystery. The mystery of who was behind the dognappings was well plotted, and kept me guessing. 4. Ro. Best BFF ever. 5. Lucie's mom. She was so beautifully flawed and yet I never doubted her love for her children. Bottom Line Dog Collar Crime is a lighthearted mystery with compelling characters and a touch of humor. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cricket

    I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I also bought a copy for myself because I loved it. Lucie has recently lost her bank job to downsizing so she had to move back home with her mother and is currently paying er bills by walking dogs and making and selling dog collars, coats and leashes. Things get interesting when someone dog nap's one of Lucie's dogs while she is out walking it. Lucie is thrown against a parked car head first while the dog is grabbed from h I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I also bought a copy for myself because I loved it. Lucie has recently lost her bank job to downsizing so she had to move back home with her mother and is currently paying er bills by walking dogs and making and selling dog collars, coats and leashes. Things get interesting when someone dog nap's one of Lucie's dogs while she is out walking it. Lucie is thrown against a parked car head first while the dog is grabbed from her. She chases the thieves but they jump into a van and take off. She has to call the police and of course she gets the look, yes she is that Lucie Rizzo daughter of a suspected MOB Boss. The police let Lucie know about a dog napping ring that has been operating in the area and they issue a bulletin for the stolen dog and the van. The next day, Lucie has the exact same thing happen to her, another two of the dogs she is walking taken from her and she again is pushed down and injured. Frankie who is Lucie's on again off again fiancee and Lucie's brother Joey turn out to be just what Lucie needs when they find out about the dog being kidnapped. They insist on walking with Lucie everyday in order to protect her, and it turns out to be a good idea when a large guy tries to take another of the dogs that Lucie walks and Joey has to fight the guy off. Lucie's best friend often helps her with her business and comes over to help out and quickly has Lucie shocked when she informs Lucie that one of the rhinestones on the collar that Lucie is working on is actually a real diamond. Things just get worse for Lucie from there. This book is such a great read, I do not want to give a way a ton of spoilers so I will just add that this book had me laughing. I actually finished the book in one sitting. It is full of humor, twists and turns and surprises. The characters are really well developed and the scenes are so well described that you can actually picture them in your head. This one is a five star read a must have if you love a good mystery and a great read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I received an ARC of the Dog Collar Crime for an honest review, which I would do anyways. In order for my absolute delight from reading this book to come across as strong as possible, I need to get a little personal about myself for a second - I am sorry if this is a little too much TMI. Right around the time I received this book I started getting sick, and thought I would just start it when I felt better. Problem was, I didn't; I just got worse and worse. Turns out that the extremely improbable I received an ARC of the Dog Collar Crime for an honest review, which I would do anyways. In order for my absolute delight from reading this book to come across as strong as possible, I need to get a little personal about myself for a second - I am sorry if this is a little too much TMI. Right around the time I received this book I started getting sick, and thought I would just start it when I felt better. Problem was, I didn't; I just got worse and worse. Turns out that the extremely improbable chances for me to become pregnant became a reality. Having morning sickness 24/7 for weeks on end consumed my every moment and was unable to do anything, even watching T.V. was too daunting for me. I finally broke out Dog Collar Crimes and started reading and before I knew it I was sucked in. All my attention finally got pulled away from my feelings of being sick and for the first time since finding out I was having morning sickness and not the flu, I spent an entire day without being sick. Dog Collar Crime stole my attention, drawing it into the hilarity of this crazy mystery of kidnapped dogs, stolen dog accessories, and family relationships within the Mob. I found this to be an inspirational story as well. Down on her luck and out of work Lucie goes back home to where she is a Mob-Princess and struggles to keep out of that life. Lucie grabs life by the balls, or rather leash, and starts her own dog walking business and makes accessories for her furry clients. With encouragement from her mom, BFF and on-again off-again boyfriend she makes this side business into a career. It goes to show that despite the struggles and life's little stumbling blocks, with a little love, encouragement and determination anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I know I say this about all of Ms. Giordano's books, but I really can't wait to read what comes next! This is my new favorite series that she has written! Four thumbs up - my two and baby's two ;-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary K

    Lucie Rizzo is unemployed due to rightsizing . After six months of searching for a new job, she's forced to move back home. This is not what she wants. She hates being looked at with scorn because of her father's criminal activities. He may be in jail now but there is no escaping his reach. I liked Lucie. She's feisty and resilient. She'll work hard to accomplish her dream. To pay the bills, she started a dog walking service . Now she's branching out with dog accessories with plenty of style and Lucie Rizzo is unemployed due to rightsizing . After six months of searching for a new job, she's forced to move back home. This is not what she wants. She hates being looked at with scorn because of her father's criminal activities. He may be in jail now but there is no escaping his reach. I liked Lucie. She's feisty and resilient. She'll work hard to accomplish her dream. To pay the bills, she started a dog walking service . Now she's branching out with dog accessories with plenty of style and bling. She loves what she's doing. Suddenly someone is dognapping her charges. Why? She needs help. Frankie Falcone , her ex, is there for her. They have plenty of chemistry. Their love making is smoking hot, but they have serious problems to overcome. Lucie and Frankie are an incredible couple. They deserve a HEA. With the Frankie Factor working, I knew that he would get his woman. This is an engaging story filled with great dialogue and well-written characters. Joey may be a bad guy but I liked him. He has plenty of rough edges but there is more there than meets the eye. He needs a good woman to bring him to heal. Adrienne Giordano has done and excellent job with Dog Collar Crime. I was left wanting more. I was gifted a copy of Dog Collar Crime in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Penny Marks

    What a great fast paced book. I love reading Adrienne Giordano. They never disappoint! Poor Lucie, she looses her job and has to move back home. She has been trying to distance herself from all of her family's mob entanglements. Guess that is hard considering she is the daughter of a mob boss. Yikes! Coming back home has thrown her back into the thick of things. Lucie's old boyfriend is determined to get her back. He has a strike against him though since he is also involved with the mob. Frankie What a great fast paced book. I love reading Adrienne Giordano. They never disappoint! Poor Lucie, she looses her job and has to move back home. She has been trying to distance herself from all of her family's mob entanglements. Guess that is hard considering she is the daughter of a mob boss. Yikes! Coming back home has thrown her back into the thick of things. Lucie's old boyfriend is determined to get her back. He has a strike against him though since he is also involved with the mob. Frankie and Lucie's relationship is true despite the on again off again. Now if Frankie can just get Lucie on the same page it would be great. Loved their relationship up and downs as well as the love/hate relationship between Lucie and her brother Joey. Lucie is trying to get her life back on track with her dog walking/ fancy dog accessories business. Things are going ok until she finds a diamond in her attic is connected to a dognapping. What is Lucie going to do? She is a strong woman and doesn't want to ask for help but she also doesn't want to let a dognapper to get away. She may have bitten off more than she can chew! I loved this book. It has everything from mystery and suspense to romance and family relationships. I would recommend this book to all of those cozy romantics out there.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie Jackson

    A delightful new genre for Adrienne Giordano with the same outstanding writing. In Dog Collar Crime, Giordano has publish the first book in a little-to-hot-for cozy series featuring a dog walker/doggie designer whose dad is "connected". Lucia Rizzo does not wanted to be associated with organized crime or her imprisoned mob boss dad, so she built a life of her own in nearby Chicago, but that life collapsed when she lost her job in a merger, "rightsized" not downsized. Now Lucie is back living at h A delightful new genre for Adrienne Giordano with the same outstanding writing. In Dog Collar Crime, Giordano has publish the first book in a little-to-hot-for cozy series featuring a dog walker/doggie designer whose dad is "connected". Lucia Rizzo does not wanted to be associated with organized crime or her imprisoned mob boss dad, so she built a life of her own in nearby Chicago, but that life collapsed when she lost her job in a merger, "rightsized" not downsized. Now Lucie is back living at home and trying to make ends meet walking dogs and designing collars and doggie jewelry. Her doggie designs take off literally as well as figuratively; someone keeps dognapping her customers and then returning them. This is an intelligent mystery with a mild "hot" factor and relatable humor. The romance issues are unique but very understandable. The guy is adorable as well as hot. I look forward to more with this dynamic cast of characters. I love AG's security romance mysteries, but this much lighter mystery has already won my heart!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I'm not sure if this is a cozy or jut a plain mystery, but either way this was a good book. There was no murder in this one, just tracking down why Lucie's dog walking clients are being kidnapped. The main character Lucie is in a quandary about her life, something many of us could relate to. She has been laid off from her bank job and has started a dog walking business and a dog accessory business called Coco Barnknell (love that name!). On to top of that she is the daughter of a mob boss and her I'm not sure if this is a cozy or jut a plain mystery, but either way this was a good book. There was no murder in this one, just tracking down why Lucie's dog walking clients are being kidnapped. The main character Lucie is in a quandary about her life, something many of us could relate to. She has been laid off from her bank job and has started a dog walking business and a dog accessory business called Coco Barnknell (love that name!). On to top of that she is the daughter of a mob boss and her on again/off again boyfriend, Frankie, is the son of a mobster as well. The upside is that neither wants to be involved in the "family" business. The book has a lot of humorous parts, some scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat and satisfaction at the end of the book with how it all ends. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next book. I can't wait to see how things continue between Lucie and Frankie and especially with their families. Will they be able to work things out?! I hope so!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in the Lucie Rizzo Mystery series by Adrienne Giordano. Lucie Rizzo is down on her luck after losing her job at the bank. She had to move home to her crazy family and back to the town she has been trying escape from, where she is known as the mob princess. Lucie has started a dog walking business along with making fancy dog accessories. When her dogs start getting kidnapped who are wearing her collars she starts thinking that something is g Great Book! This is a great book; this is the first book in the Lucie Rizzo Mystery series by Adrienne Giordano. Lucie Rizzo is down on her luck after losing her job at the bank. She had to move home to her crazy family and back to the town she has been trying escape from, where she is known as the mob princess. Lucie has started a dog walking business along with making fancy dog accessories. When her dogs start getting kidnapped who are wearing her collars she starts thinking that something is going on with her mob connections. If you are looking for a great book that has romance, humor, and mystery then you need to read this book. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dora Harvey

    I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. WOW! - I really enjoyed reading this book because it was a different kind of book. Not only did it involve romance, mystery, suspense, but it was humorous as well. I loved how Frankie would do anything for Lucie, he had patience, and he loved her regardless of how many times she would break up with him. Lucie does not like that her father is a mobster boss, who is currently in prison for tax evasion, and she has been trying to circumvent that l I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. WOW! - I really enjoyed reading this book because it was a different kind of book. Not only did it involve romance, mystery, suspense, but it was humorous as well. I loved how Frankie would do anything for Lucie, he had patience, and he loved her regardless of how many times she would break up with him. Lucie does not like that her father is a mobster boss, who is currently in prison for tax evasion, and she has been trying to circumvent that life style for years. After losing her job in the city, Lucie had to return home. Throughout the book, the illegal activities of her father are brought up, and she feels it is jeopardizing her dog business. This was fun to read, and I hope there is a continuation of Lucie and Frankie—maybe they will finally get married.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    A funny and cute mystery. Very well written and the characters all interact so well with each other. Never a dull moment. The story will keep you guessing at what will happen next. Lucie, the daughter of a mob boss loses her banking job and has to move back home. Her father is in prison but still tries to run her life for her. So to earn some money until she finds another job she walks dogs and starts to sell fancy dog accessories. All of a sudden her dog walking dogs are getting kidnapped and n A funny and cute mystery. Very well written and the characters all interact so well with each other. Never a dull moment. The story will keep you guessing at what will happen next. Lucie, the daughter of a mob boss loses her banking job and has to move back home. Her father is in prison but still tries to run her life for her. So to earn some money until she finds another job she walks dogs and starts to sell fancy dog accessories. All of a sudden her dog walking dogs are getting kidnapped and no one knows why. Frankie her on again off again boyfriend who would do anything for Lucie tries to help her figure out who is behind this. He also has a father that works for the mob. A very enjoyable read and I loved every minute of it! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    This light mystery includes an adorable main character, her furry charges and a cast of interesting secondary characters. Add a few kidnappings, ties to the mob, an iffy love interest to Lucie's attempting to start a nice side business for herself, after her career in Investment Banking takes a nose dive and you get Dog Collar Crimes. Enter Frankie and an old romance is rekindled, but will it be as complicated as the rest of Lucie's life? I especially enjoyed the strong conclusion, which had a f This light mystery includes an adorable main character, her furry charges and a cast of interesting secondary characters. Add a few kidnappings, ties to the mob, an iffy love interest to Lucie's attempting to start a nice side business for herself, after her career in Investment Banking takes a nose dive and you get Dog Collar Crimes. Enter Frankie and an old romance is rekindled, but will it be as complicated as the rest of Lucie's life? I especially enjoyed the strong conclusion, which had a few unexpected surprises in store for me. No animals were harmed in this funny caper. The narrator did a good job and was a proper fit.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Renee Entress

    4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, suspense, and heartbreak. This is Lucie and Frankie’s story. Lucie has been laid off her bank job. Now she has started a walking dogs business until a bank job opens up again. What happens when things start happing to her dogs. Can she figure out who is after her and the dogs before it’s too late? Frankie is her on and off again boyfriend. Can he help with the mystery? Will they end up together when she wants out of the life and he 4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, suspense, and heartbreak. This is Lucie and Frankie’s story. Lucie has been laid off her bank job. Now she has started a walking dogs business until a bank job opens up again. What happens when things start happing to her dogs. Can she figure out who is after her and the dogs before it’s too late? Frankie is her on and off again boyfriend. Can he help with the mystery? Will they end up together when she wants out of the life and he does not? Lots of mystery and a little bit of suspense for this story. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This is the first book I've read (listened to) by Adrienne Giordano and I am hooked. This was such a fun book - every time I laughed my husband would say "You're listening to that dog book again, aren't you?" I could not guess who was responsible for the different incidents that kept happening and there was just enough suspense to keep you guessing. I loved how the dogs personalities came through in the descriptions of each of them and really liked Lucie!! I can't wait to read more by this autho This is the first book I've read (listened to) by Adrienne Giordano and I am hooked. This was such a fun book - every time I laughed my husband would say "You're listening to that dog book again, aren't you?" I could not guess who was responsible for the different incidents that kept happening and there was just enough suspense to keep you guessing. I loved how the dogs personalities came through in the descriptions of each of them and really liked Lucie!! I can't wait to read more by this author!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Read as part of "The Perfect Ten" romantic suspense box set. Two-haiku review: She lost job, walks dogs Dogs kidnapped, she finds diamond Makes up with boyfriend Funny mob story Is that an oxymoron? Decent mystery

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hollie

    A great read that is full of adventure and just enough "mob" to make it.entertaining. The characters are interesting and the story flows wonderfully. I loved this story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I loved the mystery, the dogs, and Lucie... it was cute and cozy until all sexual perversion began. Too bad, Ms Giordano, you ruined your own book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Henriette

    I like mysteries, but I wouldn't classify this as such. In a mystery, the main character either investigates or stumbles upon clues that inevitably lead him/her to the culprit. These clues also lead the reader to the same conclusion and one of the little joys of reading these books is finding the culprit before the main character does (unless the character acts like a complete idiot to give the reader that satisfaction, then it's just annoying). Lucie recently lost her job in banking and moved ba I like mysteries, but I wouldn't classify this as such. In a mystery, the main character either investigates or stumbles upon clues that inevitably lead him/her to the culprit. These clues also lead the reader to the same conclusion and one of the little joys of reading these books is finding the culprit before the main character does (unless the character acts like a complete idiot to give the reader that satisfaction, then it's just annoying). Lucie recently lost her job in banking and moved back home. She is a mob princess, who deeply resents the dubious fame that comes with that fact. All her life she tried to prove that she wasn't like her father and could make her living in an honest fashion. To pay her bills, she works as a dog walker and designs dog accessories like collars and coats with rhinestones, which she sells at an incredibly high price (a little unbelievable in my opinion, as there are a lot of brand accessories out there, so why would anybody pay that much money for someone's craft project, especially after her best friend criticized her early designs). Amongst the fake jewelry she uses for her design, she finds a real one. And when people try to kidnap her dogs and steal the merchandise, she gathers that this real diamond is the reason. Why isn't it a mystery? Because they make no progress in the investigation. At first, all the book is about is either the thefts and dognappings or Lucie's relationship with her boyfriend Frankie (who is a candidate for sainthood). The whole book seems to work on the premise that Lucie's small family home, where she lives with her mother and brother (as her father is currently in jail) has the kind of pedestrian traffic only seen in Grand Central Station. A spreadsheet lying on her kitchen table goes missing and Lucie assumes that anyone could have taken it. For 2/3 of the book, the reader has to listen to excuses, why she doesn't ask her mother about the diamond and who could have taken the spreadsheet. Only after she finally does so, can the case go forward, because her mother doesn't just offer a clue, she knows the culprit and what this is all about. To add insult to injury, Lucie's character isn't all that likable. She became a banker and moved into the city to get away from the stigma of her family. All perfectly understandable. All her relationship problems with Frankie, who technically is a mob prince, come back to the fact that he doesn't want to turn his back on his family. He even offered her to move to the city with her and just visit his family on weekends and such. But that isn't enough for her and therefore she keeps breaking up with him. Frankie is the one, who perfectly summed it up (probably not an exact quote). You have to meet me somewhere, otherwise one gets everything and the other gets nothing. Lucie is incredibly selfish about the entire thing (not once does she wonder e.g. if her mother would like to see her from time to time). And then, the author pulls an "Up in the Air" (George Clooney movie) on us. Frankie was happy in his life, thus far, and because of Lucie, he starts to question it. In the end, Lucie is of course proven right, because Frankie's mobster father is so horrible that he would choose money over his own son. To sum it up, the mystery part was non-existent and only my love for dogs got me through most of the book. While the main characters reasoning regarding her mobster background and her overbearing father were understandable, even relatable to a certain degree, her reactions weren't. I got the impression that even her contentious relationship with her brother, isn't entirely his fault. Though that could be prejudice as my big brother and I get along swimmingly. But as she is the only one having problems with him, maybe it isn't. I most certainly won't read another one of those books (dogs or not).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    Dog Collar Crime (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery #1) by Adrienne Giordano This was a delightful and quick read. It is full of relate-able characters, lots of action, lots of romance (and romance angst), humor, conflict, and pretty much everything that makes a novel fun and easy to read. The editing and proofing was top grade. In this novel the reader meets Lucia Rizzo, the grown daughter of a Chicago land mob boss. Her father is currently in prison, and she has spent the majority of her life trying to sepa Dog Collar Crime (A Lucie Rizzo Mystery #1) by Adrienne Giordano This was a delightful and quick read. It is full of relate-able characters, lots of action, lots of romance (and romance angst), humor, conflict, and pretty much everything that makes a novel fun and easy to read. The editing and proofing was top grade. In this novel the reader meets Lucia Rizzo, the grown daughter of a Chicago land mob boss. Her father is currently in prison, and she has spent the majority of her life trying to separate herself from the stigma of her father's way of making a living. Her on-again/off-again lover is Frankie Falcone, who is the son of another mob boss who worked with her father. The two families have had close social ties as well, with Frankie being Lucie's brother Joey's best friend. Lucy graduated from Notre Dame and went on to get her MBA and pursue her dream of a career in investment banking. Disaster strikes when Lucie loses her job and has to return to the family home in Franklin, IL. She starts a dog walking service that morphs into a canine accessory business of making fancy collars and coats for the dogs she walks. Suddenly, the dogs she walks are being dog-napped and families she's sold accessories to are experiencing break ins. What is Lucie's connection and how can she discover who is behind the thefts before someone gets hurt and she loses everything she's built up? I note that with the second book, the author is rebranding the series, renaming the book from the original title of "Dog Collar Knockoff" to "Knockoff: Misadventures of a Frustrated Mob Princess," and adding that 6-word description to the one word titles of each book that follows. Whatever. I hate it when authors change the naming of series or books in a series somewhere in the line. For me it would feel like changing a child's name after they've already started school and made friends using the original name. Confusing and unnecessary. In any event, this book was a fun read. I enjoyed it enough to put the next few books on my Amazon to-get-later wish list.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Valorie

    Lucia Rizzo aka Lucie aka Luce, mob princess has found herself living back in her parent's home, having lost her banking job. To get by, she has started walking dogs and making dog accessories. After a couple of trunk shows and word of mouth her accessories are taking off. Who knew people would pay such outrageous prices for dog collars, leashes, and sweaters. She is in an on again off again relationship with Frankie Falcone. Her father, mob boss Joe Rizzo, is in prison. Her brother Joey, is a b Lucia Rizzo aka Lucie aka Luce, mob princess has found herself living back in her parent's home, having lost her banking job. To get by, she has started walking dogs and making dog accessories. After a couple of trunk shows and word of mouth her accessories are taking off. Who knew people would pay such outrageous prices for dog collars, leashes, and sweaters. She is in an on again off again relationship with Frankie Falcone. Her father, mob boss Joe Rizzo, is in prison. Her brother Joey, is a bookie, pain in her keister, but sometimes surprises her. It isn't long before Lucie is being attacked and dogs stolen but strangely returned unharmed the following day. Her spread sheet containing the name of all her clients was also missing. Frankie helps get Lucie's accessories into a high end dog store and the next day it is robbed. Lucie has a feeling it has to do with her accessories since her friend, Roseanne, discovered she had used a real diamond on one of her test sweaters. Not just a diamond but a 15 carat diamond. She sets out to try to check all of the for other diamonds but it takes time. Frankie reaches out to his dad for help but he gets no where. Joey ask some questions of his dad but is certain he knows nothing. They all try to keep it from Lucie and Joey's mom because they don't want to upset her. After Detective O'Brien stops by Lucie's to check on her, her mother knows something is up. Lucie finally comes clean and tells her about the attacks and dognappings. She asked her mom if she knew anything about the diamond and she said she believed so. She then lays the whole story out for Lucie. Lucie needs to tell Frankie but she knows this is going to be hard and Joey is going to lose his mind. You'll have to read for yourself to find out what Lucie's mom revealed and where that takes Lucie and Frankie.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't usually give bad reviews, but I was incredibly disappointed in this book. I stopped reading it at 49% of the book. There are too many way better books out there too read. The plot was ridiculous. Dog collars are being stolen when the "heroine" (and I use the term loosely) walks dogs. When you've been attacked twice, and you keep walking dogs in the same neighbourhood? Give me a break. Never is a licence plate gotten or attempted to be gotten or even mentioned when its the same vehicle ea I don't usually give bad reviews, but I was incredibly disappointed in this book. I stopped reading it at 49% of the book. There are too many way better books out there too read. The plot was ridiculous. Dog collars are being stolen when the "heroine" (and I use the term loosely) walks dogs. When you've been attacked twice, and you keep walking dogs in the same neighbourhood? Give me a break. Never is a licence plate gotten or attempted to be gotten or even mentioned when its the same vehicle each time. The police are investigating this happening in the area, and yet all the things that keep happening and the police are not updated nor is it mentioned to do so or why not to. Take the stupid rhinestone collars off the dogs for heaven's sake if the thieves only want the collars. Drive the dogs to a different area. She figured her client list spreadsheet was stolen off the table in her house, and there's no mention of ... OMG someone was in my home. I could go on and on. She showed no initiative in solving this mystery. Only the mob brother and boyfriend families put some effort into it. And this is a first in a mystery series about her. I won't be reading any more of this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Misadventures Abound I was looking for something lighthearted and found this book in my Kindle library. This is a wonderful start for a series. I definitely want to read more of the shenanigans of Lucy, Frankie, and the dogs. Most dog walkers I have ever seen have five or more dogs at a time. Lucy can't do that because of the personalities of her charges - especially Otis. He almost makes the book worthwhile all by himself. The dog nappings are bad enough, but when Lucy and Frankie find out what's Misadventures Abound I was looking for something lighthearted and found this book in my Kindle library. This is a wonderful start for a series. I definitely want to read more of the shenanigans of Lucy, Frankie, and the dogs. Most dog walkers I have ever seen have five or more dogs at a time. Lucy can't do that because of the personalities of her charges - especially Otis. He almost makes the book worthwhile all by himself. The dog nappings are bad enough, but when Lucy and Frankie find out what's behind them, there is practically a nuclear explosion over Chicago. Reading about a woman who takes her life's biggest disappointment and turn it into the biggest opportunity of her life is terrific. Of course it doesn't hurt that her gorgeous hunk of her on/off boyfriend has made a large investment in her business. Reading about her business going from trunk shows to department stores is fascinating. She carries on through her dogs being snatched and then returned. She meets another hunk investigating the dog snatching. That has huge potential in future books in the series. All in all, a humorous romp with some adorable dogs (and the aforementioned beautiful men).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I loved this story! Lucie is tired of being known as the daughter of a mob boss. She worked hard to erase that---MBA in banking, only to be 'rightsized,' never getting into trouble, moving away until she was unemployed. She starts walking dogs and making cute accessories that her clients love, bling-type collars, fashionable dog coats, etc. But someone is taking her dogs while she walks them, only to return them to their owners the next morning. Frankie, her on-again-off-again boyfriend, is conce I loved this story! Lucie is tired of being known as the daughter of a mob boss. She worked hard to erase that---MBA in banking, only to be 'rightsized,' never getting into trouble, moving away until she was unemployed. She starts walking dogs and making cute accessories that her clients love, bling-type collars, fashionable dog coats, etc. But someone is taking her dogs while she walks them, only to return them to their owners the next morning. Frankie, her on-again-off-again boyfriend, is concerned. He too is a mob kid who is not part of the family business. However, he has no qualms like Lucie does about being associated with his family. He loves them and believes in them, until he learns a secret that could put Lucie in danger. I'm ready for more Lucie stories! She has the makings of Stephanie Plum who is willing to grow up and be accountable...in being an adult with a job she likes, a loving daughter, and even whom she loves. She too has misadventures, but is unafraid to be ...Lucie Rizzo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Lucie Rizzo, Finance Banker, Dog Walker and dog accessory maker and mobster's daughter who wants nothing to do with her father's "business" is attacked and a some of her dogs kidnapped. The dogs were later returned unharmed. She realizes that someone was taking her dogs because of the accessories she made with rhinestones and they were wearing. She, her off again, on again boyfriend, whose father is her father's partner, and her brother try to figure out who it is and why. Of course, everything Lucie Rizzo, Finance Banker, Dog Walker and dog accessory maker and mobster's daughter who wants nothing to do with her father's "business" is attacked and a some of her dogs kidnapped. The dogs were later returned unharmed. She realizes that someone was taking her dogs because of the accessories she made with rhinestones and they were wearing. She, her off again, on again boyfriend, whose father is her father's partner, and her brother try to figure out who it is and why. Of course, everything is not as it appears to be. Lucie goes through a lot of personal turmoil because she believed this has something to do with her father's life and because she loves her boyfriend very much but even though he has a legitimate job as a sport's journalist still accepts his father's life and doesn't want to leave the town he grew up in like she does. The ending is surprising and leaves with plenty of room for more books.

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