Book Review-Beware-of-the-Dog

Beware of the Dog

(Cliff Hardy  #15)

Peter Corris


Although I have not read all of the Cliff Hardy novels, Beware of the Dog is the fifteenth in the Cliff Hardy series of novels by Peter Coriss.  It was my tenth Cliff Hardy read, which leaves me with over thirty to read if I want to read all available in the series.


Beware of the Dog begins with Cliff Hardy lecturing students at a Sydney College of Technical and Further Education (TAFE).  After the lecture he is approached by a student for an interview.  Quite rightly Cliff is sceptical about this and declines until she follows him to his office.

Upon accepting her as his client Hardy becomes wary of his new client’s mental stability.  The client also wants Cliff to follow her husband.  From there on there is twist upon twist and it did take some concentration to follow who belonged to whom.  And who is related to whom and any more will spoil the story.

Beware of the Dog is narrated by Peter Hosking who is an ideal narrator of the Hardy series of books.

As with all the Cliff Hardy books I have read so far, Beware of the Dog is a quick, enjoyable three star read.

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A couple of days ago I found this package,

addressed to MGW, in our mailbox.

I placed it carefully on the floor

on the passenger’s side of the car.

  Afterall, I didn’t want to drop and break

these fragile contents.

We all know where that would have led.

Then I promptly swept all knowledge of this package

from my mind until I saw it on Friday morning.



So I did what all technology minded husbands

do in this technology driven age.

I sent MGW an email to remind HER that it was there.

MGW’s swift reply was…

‘it was probably bluetooth ear plugs for school‘.

I thought that there must lots of ear plugs or

one set for very large ears.

Anyway all this tooing and froing with emails

brought the mysterious package to the forefront

of my mind and I did remember to take it inside

with me upon arriving home.



The fragile package was opened last night and revealed

a roll of paper border and a smaller

package of ‘approximately’ 100 paper stickers.

I would like to see how they package something which is fragile.


Back to the Pub Wall next week…maybe


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Challenge hosted by Proscenium




Flowers from York.

To be precise…fuchsias from York.



On the farm we had old fuchsia bushes

which thrived in their sheltered climate.

Many ‘farm’ plants do not survive

in our current climate.

Move a few kilometres closer to the coast

and it is a different story.





pacify or placate (someone) by acceding to their demands.

Young Taji used to, and still does given the chance,

bounce on the end of her chain when we are sighted.

She has a hole around where she bounces

which fills with water and she is wearing away

the post to which her chain is attached.

After much discussion and pracrice this is Taji’s pose.

This does not mean she hasn’t tried ‘the bounce’.

It means she knows to appease us she has to

sit quietly and wait until she is lt off.

Then, with much effort, she has to wait until

she is released to come out of her kennel.



Of course should she continue misbehaving

before being let off she is ‘allowed’ an extra half hour

to contemplate the error of her ways.

This pose is often struck if we do not appease

her wants…when she wants.

She is getting better.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Appease