When bookstore owner Claire Malloy agrees to pet sit for Nick and Nora, two pampered bassetts, they quickly vanish on her watch. When she discovers there's a blackmailing dognapper who runs a pit-fight gambling ring loose in town, she gets really mad--and when Claire gets mad, she gets even....
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Murder is going to the dogs...
Bookstore owner and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy has donned another hat (or is that a collar?)-as a petsitter extraordinaire. Her furry charges are Miss Emily Parchester's beloved basset hounds, Nick and Nora, and two very good dogs they are. Everything is just ducky...until they vanish. Other neighbors' pets have also disappeared, and no doubt a dognapper is on the prowl...
Switching to her sleuthing chapeau, Claire quickly locates the shabby abode of Newton Churls, who runs a black market in stolen animals. But instead of a pen filled with purloined pooches, Claire finds one very dead Newton-and it appears his own pit bull terriers did him in. Or did they? Claire smells a human rat behind the brutal murder. And mysteriously, Nick and Nora are still missing. Now Claire is doggedly determined to find them...and run a killer to the ground.
"Doggone good...a well-plotted mystery that will fool the most clever sleuth."
"Hess again provides lively and diverting entertainment via her brash and articulate detective."
Joan Hess is a winner of the American Mystery Award and the author of twelve previous Claire Malloy books, including A Diet to Die For, A Conventional Corpse, Dear Miss Demeanor, and Strangled Prose, as well as the Maggody mystery series. A member of Sisters in Crime and a former president of the American Crime Writers League, she lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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