Claire Malloy is petsitting two Beagles, Nick and Nora, for Miss Emily Parchester - until they vanish.....l
Bookstore owner and sleuth Claire is petsitting Miss Emily's beloved basset hounds, Nick and Nora. What is Clarie going to do when she discovers the hounds have been dognapped?!
Who is stealing the town pets?What are they doing with them? Where are they hiding them? How will we find them? A lite Fun mystery.
There was a lot of humor but I frankly had a little trouble following because of the expressions or language or something. It took a lot of concentration to catch the humor.
If you haven't read Hess, you've really missed a treat. Clever writing about the trials of raising a teenage hormonal factory, trying to make a living as a bookstore owner, and discovering murders.
Why in the world did bookstore owner Calire Malloy agree to dogsit two basset hounds? Soon the dogs disappear and Claire is on the trail of a killer.
Bookstore owner Claire Malloy agrees to dog-sit two slobbery, pampered bassets. When a viscious pet theif strikes, Claire bites back.
This is one time where Hess's fabulous skills work against her. I just couldn't finish it. Joan Hess is a master of creating an image in the reader's mind of what the scene is. Unfortunately this story is about torturing animals, pit fights, etc. I just couldn't go any further with it after the second chapter.
From back of book:
Miss Emily Parchester's pampered bassets, Nick and Nora, have to be the most slobbery pets in Farberville. Bookstore owner Claire Malloy could kick herself for agreeing to dog-sit them, especially when on the third day of Miss Emily's vacation, they mysteriously vanish and the director of the animal shelter describes the usual destiny of kidnapped pets. Claire's bloodhound instincts start churning. Nick and Nora must be recued, whatever the cost.
The first payment comes due when Claire and a bevy of bereft pet owners collide with a beast named Newton Churls, who controls the lucrative local market in stolen and homeless animals and pit-fight gambling. But undeterred by Churls pit bulls, the sheriff, or her own pet cop, Lieutenant Peter Rosen of the CID, Claire is hot on the trail of a killer.
When a vicious pet thief strikes, Claire Malloy bites back.