Reviews

Reviews of The Barbary Dogs:

This esoteric tale, peopled with dozens of quirky characters, draws you in and spits you out dazed and delighted with the journey. Kirkus Reviews


This quirky and offbeat novel may well appeal to fans of Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files, also a little wacky and set in San Francisco.
—   Jessica Moyer, Booklist


The 14 Best San Francisco-Set Novels, SFist Don’t mind the cover. . . Robinson’s prose is too witty and rich to belong solely in the mystery genre, and her love for and deep knowledge of San Francisco and its history is evident on every page . . .  the humor littered through every chapter, some of it highly place-specific, will delight all locals. — Jay Barmann, SFist.com Magazine


Somewhere in the authorial firmament, Raymond Chandler is attempting to steal this passage for his latest celestial novel: “Blashky introduced me to Miss Vicky.  She leaned her forearms onto the bar, framing her bounteous breasts in the strong embrace of her bare arms.  A man could lose his motel keys in that cleavage.” Robinson’s stylistics and Max’s theatrics—equally bravura—make for a most exotic port of call in a mystery that defies categorical gravity, quite alike a perpendicular cable-car ride.
— David Marshall James, Yahoo Shine

The serpentine story line has more wonderful curves than Lombard Street as Max, accompanied by Dixie and the ghosts, provides an intriguing tour of San Francisco. Harriet Klausner, Genre-Go-Round


Reviews of The Dog Park Club:

Robinson’s fiction debut is an amusing dark comedy with charismatic characters and a story that seems ripped from the headlines but turns out to be far more interesting than the truth. —   Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This is a wry, darkly comic, terminally knowing novel, which can’t quite hide the yearning at its heart. — David Gates, author of Jernigan

Brava to Robinson for writing outside the box of more traditional mystery-novel paradigms.  Max and Claudia’s retro-metro, uphill-downhill lifestyles may well attract a cult following. — David Marshall James, Yahoo Shine

Robinson brings profound gifts to her first novel, not the least of which is her intelligent questioning of how well we really know the people in our lives. — Jay Stafford,  Richmond Times-Dispatch

Don’t let the cover fool you—this isn’t one of those super cutesy animal stories . . . The Dog Park Club isn’t really about dogs (or four legged animals of any kind): it’s about people. . . Like many of the characters, he’s [Max] simply over-the-top darkly quirky fun. Throw in an impressive vocabulary, a good literary background, and a brutally honest demeanor, and you’ve got Max Bravo. . . strong writing, interesting characters, and humor keeps the pages turning. Even though the story is much darker than the book cover suggests (the reference to Double Indemnity late in the story seems particularly appropriate), the humor is always present. — Catherine Ramsdell, PopMatters.com

Cynthia Robinson’s first novel is a terrific character driven tale that looks deeply at an ensemble cast who makes up The Dog Park Club. — Harriet Klausner, Genre Go Round

“Twisty as a leash on a lively pup, The Dog Park Club by Cynthia Robinson is rollicking fun!” — Double-day Book Club

Cynthia Robinson’s offbeat first novel, The Dog Park Club, will make you laugh aloud, as you follow the exploits of opera singer Max Bravo, who visits Berkeley to console a friend. When he walks her dog and discovers a local dog park, he quickly befriends some of the regulars (hence the title). Thus, when one member of the group vanishes, Max and the other dog park aficionados spring to action. This book is great fun, and I’m looking forward to future installments in this hilarious new series. — Mystery Lovers Bookshop [Oakmont, Pennsylvania] — LM

“This book is a lot of fun, full of unexpected depths and twists.”— Josh Bazell, bestselling author of Beat the Reaper

Drag out the dictionary, go to “S:” smart, savage, slapstick—and sympathetic. Cynthia Robinson’s The Dog Park Club is that rarest of gems, a comic tour de force that steals your heart. David Corbett, author of The Devil’s Redhead

Sly, witty and fun, The Dog Park Club is a pitch perfect debut — a darkly comic ensemble piece wrapped in a mystery and executed with the assuredness of a master. Robinson’s opera star-cum-detective Max Bravo delivers a virtuoso performance. Bravo, indeed! Karen Dionne, author of Freezing Point

Sly, compelling and beautifully written, The Dog Park Club will make you laugh out loud and then break your heart; Max Bravo is one of the most original and appealing protagonists to appear in years.Jeremy Duns, author of Free Agent

Prepare to fall in love with witty baritone Max Bravo as he and a ragtag band of dog owners investigate the disappearance of one of their own. Robinson’s laugh out loud funny debut, Dog Park, is a charming aria to complicated personal relationships and the lengths to which we’ll go to keep our friends.Rebecca Cantrell, author of A Trace of Smoke

Max Bravo is the perfect narrator, witty and monstrous in his way, he guides us through a contemporary landscape of tweakers, bikers, fleece jackets, and high-profile murders.  This is Bay Area noir at its best, sometimes chilling and often hilarious.Stephen Beachy, author of The Whistling Song

A smart, suspenseful and laugh out loud caper. Robinson writes with style and tension, and I found myself trying to guess whodunit all the way to the end. K.M. Soehnlein, author of The World of Normal Boys


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