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Real estate mogul Derek J. Turpin, a chocolate company, and a journalist present the Dickens Detective Agency with its greatest challenge yet. After returning from a honeymoon cruise aboard a sailing ship, Damien and Millie land a plum assignment - a trip to Montreal to run a simple background check on a chocolate company. But, their plans are disrupted when a fellow passenger from their cruise comes to them for protection.

What did Barbara Lafleur, a travel writer for a Montreal newspaper, learn about Derek Turpin's activities that has put her in fear for her life? After she is struck by a car in a deliberate hit-and-run, it's up to Team Dickens to put a stop to Turpin's schemes.

©2016 Phyllis Entis (P)2017 Phyllis Entis

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Another outing for Dick and Millie. Good listening

In this third book in the series Dick and Millie get to go abroad, investigate dodgy dealings and brush up against political interference in the justice system.
I won't give away the story but I will say that I did enjoy this book, I like that we get to meet regular characters as each book takes them forward, relationships develop and lives change.
I love the the setting in the 1980s which doesn't feel historical on one level but then when they are trying to catch people in when phoning we are reminded how much has changed in the last 40 years.
I liked the narration on this book, it fit well with the story and it was a bit better than the previous books.
This is definitely a series I recommend if you like PI/ detective noir stories.

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Very good!

This was a very good story with interesting twists. I realise I don't like a change in narrators between stories and that reflects badly but I hope it doesn't. Dyson did a great job.

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Excellent

Follows on perfectly from book 2, wish I was better with words so I could do these books review some justice. Plot great and again easy to follow has everything a detective mystery should have and more. Was dubious at first listen as it was a different narrator but once I got into the story realised he was just as good as the narrator on the other two books. Book 4 can't wait !!
I was given this book free for a unbiased review.
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Compulsive capering

This series keeps getting better and better. This book sees some very dodgy dealing indeed, as well as the first hint of disharmony in the relationship between Damien and Millie. The investigation into fraudulent business practices has a few, at first appearance, disparate threads. But with her usual flair and finesse, Ms Entis enticingly weaves each thread together for a final reveal of a beautiful tapestry. Then, just as you're starting to relax and commending Dick and Millie on a job well done, a great big, ginormous spanner gets thrown in the works. Now I'm on tenterhooks waiting for book 4. Harry Dyson turns in another excellent performance in a series I have grown to love. Applause all round for this great story.

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Intriguing, fastpaced

Another good book full of twists and turns really enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next one

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Enjoyable story, very good narration

I enjoyed this audiobook - the third instalment in a series that (in my opinion) goes from strength to strength as it progresses. There is continuity between the second book and this one, with the action at the beginning of the book directly following the end point of the last book. At the same time there are fresh twists and turns enough to keep things interesting, and the listener guessing. The narrator handled the material very well, and did an excellent job with all the characters' voices - male or female. A good audiobook and worthy addition to the Damien Dickens Mystery collection.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book. Great continuation of the Caper serie. Damien and Millie are back with their adventures. The narrator was excellent with his narrating.

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Good listen

Another good book in the series, I like the characters in this series and the plots that make them so interesting. I love the fact they now have a labradoodle.

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An enjoyable book

It kept my attention from beginning to end. Now I have to find books 1 & 2!

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Crime, Mystery, Action, It's All Here.

I would not have believed a novel with so many plot lines could be written so well and make perfect sense. The central characters, Damian and Mollie, our PI's, are wonderful and are surrounded by an excellent cast of supporting people. The novel is fast paced and perfectly narrated. For me it was unputdownable and very rewarding. A highly recommended listen.

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  • MANI
  • 07-06-17

Book 3

Any additional comments?

Phyllis Entis has done it again in this third installment of the Damien Dickens series. I love the fact that Millie is taking a stronger role in the agency, working along side Damien instead of just his gal-Friday. There's a secret looming between Millie and Damien and the author has done a great job keeping us in suspense.

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  • Simona
  • 05-04-17

Another beloved mystery!

I love the Damien Dickens Mysteries and enjoy every aspects of them. All the books are filled with main characters you'll like and funny twists. They're cozy, they're whodunnit and they're brilliant! There's no exception for this one. My favorite character is still Millie who, from the beginning, has always saved the day. And to the dog-people - nope, it's not a book about dogs - enjoy the mystery!

For the past books I was ambivalent about the narrator. This 3rd book has a new narrator and I'm not impressed. I had really hoped it would get better, but not for me. It was hard for me to follow the story, because the voice switch for the characters weren't very clear and Millie now has an even deeper voice. Harry Dyson is not good with female voices and there's not much difference in male voices. I wasn't impressed with the production either, but it seems, from reading other reviews, that I was the only one who noticed. I will READ the future books instead, because I really love Phyllis Entis' stories.

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  • Jan M
  • 11-04-17

What a great mystery!

The author and narrator were new to me. I think both are extremely talented. I loved how the narrator was able to have a different voice for each character. This book was so refreshing to listen to. The story is original, it is a standalone book, yet part of a series. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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  • Leslie F.
  • 10-04-17

Entertaining mystery with unexpected twists

I thought this was an entertaining cozy mystery. I really like the relationship between Damien and Millie. And I enjoyed learning more about Damien's past regarding dogs. The good characters are really easy to like, and there are some pretty complex (but completely followable) twists and turns in this book. Though I've read the previous two book and enjoy watching how Damien and Millie's relationship has progressed, it is not necessary to have read them in order to enjoy this book. This book can stand alone. I listened to the Audible edition of this book and the narrator was fine, though not super memorable. If you like mysteries, I recommend giving this book (and the series) a try.

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  • Victoria Schwimley
  • 22-03-17

Entiss does it again.

I had already read the Chocolate Labradoodle Caper and gave it an outstanding five stars. I enjoyed this story even more than the first two. It was great seeing Millie as part of the team, and with a little rift between the two investigators to add to the story intrigue. I thought the first narrator was good, but Harry is more superb, and seems better-suited for the voice of Damien. I can't wait to see where book four takes the husband and wife team.

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  • Janalyn
  • 28-09-19

Damion And pals are back!

Damien and Milly finally go on their honeymoon a nice cruise also they think. The boat isn’t the boat they thought they would be on or is it. The one good thing from the trip is they need a new friend Barbara Leflore from dog Island she’s a psychiatric nurse or is she. All the friends return Z, Mary and Susan even that jack ass PI, but not to worry. Whatever goes wrong Damien will fix it or will he?

I love the Damien dickens mysteries who is a P I from the 70s and all his 70s glory the books just keep getting better and better but unfortunately I only have one left to read. So I hope this author gets busy and write more. I recommend this to anyone who likes PI stories with clumsy and not so clumsy villains and good people just trying to make it through the day with bad people trying to prevent them. Oh yes and one more teaser will Millie get to except the Labre doodle that Nelly and Z offered her and Damien? Why does Damien not wanna Labradoodle? All these questions answered with more questions I asked and answered. I love this PI series, I just wish they had more!

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  • DivaC
  • 15-08-19

Good mystery

A good mystery with good characters that keep you interested in their story. You like Damien and Millie and the quirky characters that help them along the way. It was a blast from the past and the narrator actually was enjoyable and didn't put you to sleep. So when you get a chance and you like a good mystery pick up a copy of the EBOOK or the AUDIO version and enjoy.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 30-07-19

Great Story!

This is a very well written detective story that is read by a talented narrator. Every book in this series is excellent.

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  • Kandice C.
  • 18-06-19

Excellent

I found this audiobook to be excellent. The narrator has a great voice and does a wonderful job with each character. There is a great combination of mystery, suspense, humor and a little romance.

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 05-07-18

A deep mystery from 1980

In <strong>The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper</strong> by Phyllis Entis, Damien (Dick) and Millie Dickens take a cruise of the Caribbean, scheduled to be on the Yankee Clipper. But they arrive to find the Silver Shadow waiting for them instead, and they are told that the Yankee Clipper sank two weeks earlier when it hit a rock. On this cruise, the pair meet Barb, who introduces herself as a nurse but is really a travel writer. A few months later, Dick and Millie are surprised to see Barb walk into their office. Someone has been following her, and Dick looks out the window to recognize a former PI who had his license taken away for crossing the law. The next morning, Millie is waiting for Barb to join her for breakfast when she sees a car hit Barb, seemingly deliberately, leaving the woman in the ICU in critical condition.

In the meantime, Dick and Millie learn about plots going on related to Turpin, a high powered casino owner who recently moved to town and won't take no for an answer. They also have to do a routine investigation into a company a client is thinking of buying, but it turns out to be far from routine. All of these situations, including round- the- clock guarding of Barb in the ICU, may come back to cause them serious danger.

<strong>The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper</strong> has a good mystery that kept me drawn to the book. I really liked how it had several threads of research that seem unrelated but come together in the end. This time Dick and Millie truly perform as a team, each one using his or her strengths to get to the bottom of the case. I also really appreciated getting to learn more about Dick's past, as we find out about his childhood and how he became a police officer.

Despite my overall positive experience with <strong>The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper</strong>, there were a couple minor details that detracted from the book. Unlike the previous two books, this book shifts regularly between first person and third person. While most of the time it makes this shift only while starting a new chapter, early in the book, it shifts abruptly between the points of view, making it confusing. The other minor issue that arises involves the use of the biblical verse Numbers 17:4 as a key to a cipher. Therefore, the incorrect statement that Numbers is the third book in the Bible, when it is really the fourth, would affect the cipher to make the code impossible to read. This isn't very significant, but I did find it distracting.

Harry Dyson performs the audio edition of this book and does a good job. At first I had a little trouble adjusting to Dyson after having gotten used to Tom Lennon, but soon I found myself lost in the book with Dyson. He has created good voices for the characters and uses effective timing, making a significant difference in the level of drama in the book.

I had a good time listening to <strong>The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper</strong>. Even though I mention a couple of minor issues, they weren't important enough to interfere with my overall enjoyment and appreciation of this fun, creative book. I give it five stars!

<strong>Disclaimer:</strong> I received this book for free from the author, but that in no way had any influence on the content of my review.

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