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Mary J. (MaryHB) - ,
Subject: Looking for a mystery series with dogs
Date Posted: 5/15/2010 8:32 PM ET
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A friend was telling me about a mystery series where a dog helps to solve the crimes, but she couldn't remember the name or author.  Does anyone have a recommendation?

Thank you in advance!

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 10:16 PM ET
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I don't know if this is the series you're looking for... but there's the Dog Walker series by Judi McCoy... The first one is called Hounding the Pavement.

(She's a dog walker who's also able to "hear" the dogs, and ends up helping solving crimes.)

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 10:38 PM ET
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You may be thinking of Dog On It by Spencer Quinn. The second book is called Thereby Hangs a Tail.  These books feature Chet the dog and Bernie his owner and sometimes private eye.  Chet is the narrator of the stories.  If you are a dog fan, this author really captures the dog personality. They are very fun and clever books!

Mary J. (MaryHB) - ,
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 9:14 AM ET
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Debbie -- Thank you -- I haven't heard of that series! 

LeeAnne -- I have read the Spencer Quinn series and loved it.  I also just got one called Dog About Town by JF Englert

This is driving me up the wall.   I know the dog didn't talk in this series but help to solve the crime, so maybe it is the dog walker series. I have  read Judi McCoy's romance novel's so I will probably like that series.

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Date Posted: 5/16/2010 9:17 AM ET
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The Dog Lover's Mysteries by Susan Conant are really good. She is a writer for a dog magazine who inherits a malamute in the first book. THey are good cozies, very entertaining.

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 11:06 AM ET
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Mary, these web sites have lists of mysteries involving dogs.  Maybe you can find what you are looking for there.

http://www.cozy-mystery.com/blog/dogs-can-be-cozy-too-dog-mysteries.html

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/GenreCats/Pets.html

Mary J. (MaryHB) - ,
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 11:18 AM ET
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Thank you so much Terri -- that list is wonderful and just what I was looking for! 

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 1:48 PM ET
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Lee Charles Kelly writes a book about a dog trainer but it may not be the one you are referring too...but good books!

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 3:31 PM ET
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Laurien Berenson has a wonderful series involving standard poodles, dog shows, and mysteries thrown in on the side.

I'm a cat person, but I've read every one!

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 4:14 PM ET
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I just noticed that the Stop You're Killing Me site says Cats/Pets.  There are actually dog books on that page after the cats.

Mary J. (MaryHB) - ,
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 4:53 PM ET
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Thanks Leslie -- I should have asked here first a long time ago!

Terri - I missed that -- I am going back to that site right now,

 

Date Posted: 5/16/2010 6:52 PM ET
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Peggy Webb's relatively new Southern Cousins series features Elvis Presley, reincarnated as a basset hound. (He ain't nothing but a hound dog....) It sounds hokey, but the books are quite comedic. Thus far, the titles are Elvis and the Dearly Departed and Elvis and the Grateful Dead.

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 7:54 AM ET
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Of course there's Rita Mae Brown's old and ongoing Mrs Murphy series--which has 2 cats and a Welsh Corgi dog as the sleuths along with their human. David Rosenfelt's series features dogs heavily although they don't talk and aren't the actual sleuths. The main character's dog is his best friend and he helps run an animal shelter.

Cheryl

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 3:23 PM ET
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If you like dogs, you must read J.F. Englert's books. They are written in the first person, with the dog as narrator, and I swear, Englert must have been a dog in a previous life. I love how he describes the euphoria of riding with his head out the window of the car, and how he tries to arrange alpha-bits cereal to spell out a message to his master (it's hard to look push those little letters around with your nose).

It's a really enjoyable series, but a little hard to find here. The third one has been on my wish list for quite a while, and the line seems to move very slowly.

Mary J. (MaryHB) - ,
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 3:31 PM ET
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Cathy:   I have the first two books of the Englert series and just found the third one, so it is on my list.  I haven't read them yet.

Cheryl: My SiL reads the Brown series, she never mentioned that there were dogs in them.  I'm miffed!

Anna -- The Elvis books sound like what I am looking for.

thanks !