Delilah Doolittle is a pet detective who finds people's missing pets. In this first-in-the-series debut, Delilah is hired to find a missing champion German shephard, Herbert Fitzherbert. When Herbie's owner takes Delilah to see where Herbie spends his time at home, Delilah takes a peek inside the doghouse and finds not Herbie, but instead the dead body of a man with an electronic dog collar around his neck. Delilah gets involved in looking for Herbie along with looking for the dead man's killer.
A very good first mystery in the Pet Detective Mystery series. I like Delilah's spunkiness despite her small size and stature, and her willingness to do what needs to be done to help the missing animals and their owners, inluding her own Doberman, Watson. The ending was a bit predictable to me, but all in all I enjoyed the mystery.
Delilah Doolittle is a British lady living in Southern California, and trying to make a living as a pet detective. As she is working on finding an award-winning German shepard, she stumbles across a sinister conspiracy involving blackmail, shock collars, and even murder!
As any cozy fan might predict, local law enforcement fails to take her seriously so she is forced to investigate the cases of missing dogs and murders on her own. With the help of a quirky best friend, a fellow Brit with a sketchy past, and her faithful dog Watson, Delilah slowly unravels the truth.
This book is a pretty typical cozy, but some of the dialogue is snappy and the human and canine characters are appealing enough to hook dog lovers.
I was OK with this book until the last 20 pages. The author avoided all the traps that most dog/pet books fall into that make them unpalatable to me, which include the attitude that dogs or pets are the MOST IMPORTANT things in the world and that they are people, too. To my way of thinking, that's nonsense.
So Delilah has a healthy attitude about dogs and cats, which is refreshing. She's feisty and spunky and little and old and British, all of which make a cozy mystery fun. (This one even has an actual tea cozy in it!) There's a good mystery plot with believable events. Until the ending, that is.
Oh, the ending. Of course, we end up with the formulaic necessity of having our hero, Delilah, in imminent danger of her life. What happens next is--again, to my way of thinking--ludicrous. Silly. No one in their right mind would believe that could happen. It's about as likely as having an errant paratrooper (who was aiming to land in a ballpark at the beginning of a game) drop in through the ceiling holding a handgun so he could rescue the damsel in distress. Well, maybe not quite that unlikely, but unlikely, nevertheless. (That's not what happens.)
The writing is good, the characters are believable and likeable, and the attitude about animals is bearable. Too bad the plot went so silly at the end.
I love dog mysteries. Here's a new-to-me series that is quite decent. It's not a scary or suspenseful ride, but not a bad read at all.
Enjoyed this 1st book in this series. Liked the characters.
Great 1st book of the series. I loved this book and really kept reader's interest.
The first of the Pet Detective Mysterikes, I plan to read them all.
Delilah Doolittle, a British widow and pet detective, and Watson, her Doberman pinscher, in fictional Surf City (Huntington Beach), California, are featured in:
The Purloined Pooch (1997)
The Motley Mutts (1998)
The Careless Coyote (1998)
The Missing Macaw (2000)
The Canine Chorus (2001)
The Beastly Bloodline (2003)
Sunny Southern California seems an unlikely place for a British widow to call home. But pet detective Delilah Doolittle is probably the least eccentric--if not the most civilized--of Surf City's resident population. With the astute Doberman pinscher Watson sniffing out clues, Delilah follows the trails of missing animals, which often lead to the worst of human nature. The first thrilling pet detective mystery has Delilah Doolittle searching for a champion German shepherd. But when she finds a murdered man instead, it's up to Delilah to collar a killer!