Praise for Susan Conant’s Dog Lover’s Mysteries
“Conant may have invented a new genre: the canine historical mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A tail-thumping good read.” — Rocky Mountain News
‘[A] tale that fans of Gothic, amateur detectives, and pet lovers will cherish.” — Book Browser
THE BARKER STREET REGULARS
“Sherlockians especially will enjoy Conant’s latest dog mystery featuring journalist Holly Winter in her most intricate case yet.” — Publishers Weekly
‘Dog lore and Sherlockiana will keep Conant’s audience interested.... Recommended.” — Deadly Pleasures
“An intimate knowledge of Alaskan malamutes isn’t necessary to appreciate Susan Conant’s Stud Rites....
Conant’s characterizations are dead-on and her descriptions of doggy kitsch—most notably a malamute-shaped lamp trimmed with a dead champion’s fur— are hilarious.” — Los Angeles Times
“Conant’s doggy tales... are head and shoulders above many of the other series in which various domestic pets aid or abet in the solving of crimes.... Should appeal to everyone who is on the right end of a leash.” —The Purloined Letter
“A fascinating murder mystery and a very, very funny book... written with a fairness that even Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie would admire.” - Mobile Register
“Conant’s dog lover’s series, starring Cambridge freelance dog-magazine reporter Holly Winter and her two malamutes, Rowdy and Kimi, is a real tail-wagger.” —The Washington Post
“Highly recommended for lovers of dogs, people, and all-around good storytelling.” —Mystery News
“Lively, funny, and absolutely premium, Conant’s readers—with ears up and alert eyes—eagerly await her next.” - Kirkiis Reviews
GONE TO THE DOGS
“Conant infuses her writing with a healthy dose of humor about Holly’s fido-loving friends and other Cambridge clichés. The target of her considerable wit clearly emerges as human nature.” —Publishers Weekly
“Swift and engrossing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Invigorating... Conant gives us a cool, merry, and informative look at academic Cambridge.” - Kirkus Reviews
ALSO BY SUSAN CONANT
The Barker Street Regulars
Gone to the Dogs
Paws Before Dying
A Bite of Death
Dead and Doggone
A New Leash on Death
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To Carter, Rowdy, and Kobi,
my hiking partners
on the trails of Acadia
I hope that readers who share my love for the novels of Margery Allingham will take pleasure in recognizing in this story a small tribute to my favorite mystery writer. Dog lovers will certainly find countless unbridled tributes to my own dogs, Frostfield Firestar’s Kobuk, C.G.C., and Frostfield
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