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The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice: Barking Detective #4 by Waverly Curtis

Every now and then I want a cozy mystery that has a premise that is a bit off the beaten path – and with a talking dog – this fit the bill perfectly.  The writing team of Waverly Curtis created a fun and funny story full of people and the pets they love, with plenty of humor and a nice mystery to solve.

The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice

Not your hard-boiled story, Pepe the Chihuahua suffers from a touch of ‘small dog syndrome’, not unlike the human version of a Napoleonic complex.  Pepe however, does recognize his limitations (usually) and is determined to find the answers to his questions.  He discusses these questions with his partner Geri, who has her hands full dealing with the spunky little dog that is constantly trying to impress.

In this story, a woman has left her entire estate to her four cocker spaniels, and there is some kerfuffle about that bequest, with several people turning up dead and the future of the dogs in question.   This was fast paced, funny and cleverly plotted story right up to the end.

Characters are drawn beautifully: Geri is a dedicated pet lover and her boyfriend Felix is as well – the two never want to travel without their pets. To Felix’s credit, he doesn’t think it’s strange that Geri often mentions conversations she has with her dogs, and while the two have some moments that are difficult, they easily resolve the issues without much strife.  The dogs all have personalities that are strongly suggestive of breed types, and the story just moved quickly despite several breaks to wipe tears from the outrageous declarations from Pepe as he tries to gain Geri’s attention and impress her.

A clever and funny romance that will brighten a dark mood, this is a cozy mystery that keeps you smiling. The first I’ve read from this author duo, it won’t be the last.

The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice: Barking Detective #4 by Waverly Curtis

Title: The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice
Author: Waverly Curtis
Series: Barking Detective #4
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 2 December, 2014
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 320
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 44 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Waverly Curtis

Waverly Curtis is the joint byline for the mystery writing team Waverly Fitzgerald and Curt Colbert.

Waverly Fitzgerald is the author of three historical romances under the name Nancy Fitzgerald. She has taught writing classes at the UCLA Writers Program, the University of Washington Extension, and regional conferences. She currently teaches at Richard Hugo House, the literary arts center in Seattle. She lives in Seattle with her daughter, Shaw, and Shaw’s Chihuahua, Pepe.

Curt Colbert is the author of the Jake Rossiter and Miss Jenkins mysteries. A Seattle native, Curt is also a poet and an avid history buff. Curt and his wife, Stephanie, live in a Seattle suburb under the thrall of their cat, Esmeralda.

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