So, I don’t know about you, but I can think of at least five mystery novels about cats off-hand. Well, don’t make me name them, but I know there are a lot. But the more I thought about it, I couldn’t think of any dog mysteries – except for the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which shouldn’t count anyway, because (and this really isn’t a spoiler) the dog is dead. So I thought I’d steal Andrea’s weekly tag-mash to do a post on dog mysteries. As it turns out, there are a lot of them… here are some of the highlights…
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe
When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire. It may be called a “rabbit tale of mystery” but this series is too awesome to be nitpick-y about how big of a role the dog plays.
A Dog Lover’s Mystery Series by Susan Conant
Holly Winter is a dog trainer from Boston, who also moonlights as a writer and a detective in this fun series. With a hilarious cast of dogs to act as her sleuthing side-kicks, this is definitely a series dog lovers will enjoy.
Melanie Travis mysteries by Laurien Berenson
Berenson’s clever mystery series features prize-winning poodle owner/amateur sleuth, Melanie Travis. And her poodle, obviously.
Mrs. Murphy Mysteries by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
What do you get when you take an acclaimed author and pair her with a writer of the feline persuasion? A fiendishly clever mystery series that is the cat’s meow. And Mrs. Murphy’s Welsh Corgi is by no means outshone by her kitty sidekick, either.
The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
Paul Iverson’s Life Changes in an instant. He returns home one day to find that his wife, Lexy, has died under strange circumstances. The only witness was their dog, Lorelei, whose anguished barking brought help to the scene — but too late. So he embarks on an experiment to teach Lorelei to communicate what she knows.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
This one’s kind of a gimme – Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the classic mystery of the demonic hound of the Baskervilles.
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
It is 1888 and Ned Henry is shuttling between the 1940s and modern day, researching Coventry Cathedral for a patron who wants to rebuild it. But when the time continuum is disrupted, Ned must scramble to set things right.
Play dead by David Rosenfelt
Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter’s affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden’s death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before.
Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods
Forced into early retirement at thirty-seven, smart, attractive, and fiercely independent Major Holly Barker trades in her bars as a military cop for the badge of deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do island town lies an evil that escalates into the cold-blooded murder of one of Holly’s new colleagues. An outsider, Holly has little to go on for answers and no one to help her–except Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty that becomes her companion and protector.
Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie
Quinn McKenzie has always lived what she calls a “beige” life. But when Quinn decides to change her life by adopting a stray dog over everyone’s objections, everything begins to spiral out of control. Now she’s coping with dog-napping, breaking and entering, seduction, sabotage, stalking, more secrets than she really wants to know, and two men who are suddenly crazy…for her.
That’s not all, not even remotely, but that’s enough to get me started. How about you?