Last Updated on: September 11, 2018 by Ingrid King

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While not technically a book about animals, Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog– The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman by crime fiction author Lisa Scottoline deserves to be reviewed here because Scottoline’s love for her assorted menagerie of dogs, cats, and chickens comes through in almost every single one of this collection of her wildly popular columns from The Philadelphia InquirerScottoline writes about life, love, family, pets, and murderous toasters, among many other things.  As a woman of a cetain age, you will find yourself nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and applauding the author for both her irreverance and her sense of humor as well as her deeply felt and beautifully expressed love for her family, both human and furry.

I love Scottoline’s novels and I’ve always wondered about how much of herself was in her heroines’ characters.  This book answers that question, and it made me like a favorite author even more.  

In some of the animal related chapters, she writes about her two kittens; one of whom adores her, and the other, in the author’s words, “wishes me dead.”  She writes about Ruby, the corgi on Prozac.  She writes about Lucy, her golden dog in more than just breed. 

Here are some examples of Lisa’s wit and wisdom:

“Mothers are a natural force and maybe an alternate source of fuel.”

“I have never been in an accident, unless you count my two marriages.”

“My mother taught us that if you eat baked beans from a can that has dents, you will get botulism.  This was before people injected botulism into their faces.  Nowadays, the dented can will kill you, but you’ll look young.”

“Ruby (the Corgi) was intended to replace Francesca (her daughter), which is not working out exactly as planned.  How many parents can say that their dog is on drugs but their kid isn’t?”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  These brief, funny, sometimes biting, but always warm-hearted slices of life will resonate with most women, and they will also delight animal lovers.

For more information about Lisa Scottoline, please visit her website.

I’m giving away one copy of this book to one lucky reader – please leave a comment and tell me why you’d like to win this book.  Giveaway ends Friday, February 19.

36 Comments on Book Review and Giveaway: Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog by Lisa Scottoline

  1. I am always “on the prowl” for a new author. Lisa Scottoline sounds like she is “right up my alley”. Pardon the animal puns, I couldn’t resist.

  2. I think this sounds like a light-hearted, fun and easy read – something I’d really enjoy! Thanks for the chance!

  3. I would love to win this. It sounds like a fun read. My second husband will be a dog.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  4. I would like to win this book, because I am a big fan of Lisa Scottoline’s books. I would love to read this one to. Please enter me. Thanks!


  5. This sounds like a fun read! I really like Lisa’s books and have read most of them. Please add my name to your giveaway list.

    Thank you,


  6. I would like to win because I love Crime Novels and I have heard good things about this book. Thanks for the chance


  7. Thanks for this giveaway-I just love the title -last night my husband came home late from a business trip. Little girl and I were all snuggled in bed-I think we were both disapppointed at the thought of sharing the bed. I tried to convince him that we should have a sleepover-him and my boy cat in the spare bedroom and me and little girl in our bedroom.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  8. I’d love to read this one because i’ve read a lot of Lisa Scottoline’s books and she is one fantastic writer. I’d read an excerpt of this book too and it sounds just hilarious.

    Thanks for hosting.

  9. I agree with her, that’s why my first and only husband is a red tabby and my bridesmaid is a tortie. The last human I dated gave me a pink toilet seat for Christmas and matching toilet paper for Valentine’s day. I’d love to win the book so I can read it with my “catsbund” and “tortiesmaid” and have laugh.

  10. I would like to win this book because it looks like a fun and enjoyable read. I love sarcastic humor like “I have never been in an accident, unless you count my two marriages.”. This book is right up my alley!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  11. I’d love to read this book. Every now and then it’s good to read something that makes you laugh. This sounds like that book.

  12. When I saw this title it made me really want to read this book. Such a clever title! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  13. I like non-fiction, memoir-type books. Since I also really like Lisa Scottoline’s fiction, this should be double fun for me! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  14. I would love to win this because I am curious about a book by Lisa that is not a crime book. I never knew she wrote anything else. I love good, witty writing, this sounds like just my cup of tea.
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  15. I’d love to be entered in your great giveaway. A friend of mine read this, and like you she loved it.

  16. Love your review. I’ve got this book in my stack TBR. Can’t wait to start reading it.

    My the way I have an award for you at Thoughts in Progress.

  17. I would love this book because I read her thoughts about “Spanx” – turning herself into a toilet roll cylinder – and she captured exactly what those darn things felt like for me, too! But don’t include me in this give-away, I’ll get the book – I’d like someone else to win it! (I also think her pets are adorable!)

  18. This has the possibility of being an enjoyable book. The author sounds like she has an interesting approach to life. Please include me.

  19. I love Scottoline’s crime novels; this new book shows that she has a great sense of humor—please enter me to win!

  20. i’ve only read her crime novels and always enjoyed them. it’d be interesting to read something more “real.” my first husband will be a dog, lol!

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