Synopsis: The mystery-solving mutts are back! To Fetch a Scoundrel, the second in the Mutt Mysteries collection, features four tail-wagging novellas. Each story puts pups’ noses to the ground, as scandals are unleashed and killers are collared. Once you’ve finished reading these tall “tails,” you’ll no longer wonder, “Who let the dogs out?” You’ll just be glad somebody did!
To Fetch a Scoundrel is a collection of four short novellas. These cozy mysteries all feature dogs, usually involved in assisting to solve the mystery or in the final takedown. The stories include: The Fast and the Furriest – a mystery set at a small race track, Pawsitively Scandalous– a sad, murder mystery set in a quiet, suburban, dog-loving neighbourhood, Ruff Goodbye – a mystery involving death at a funeral home and some questionable businessmen, and A Doggone Scandal – a dogwalker who is implicated in a murder in the Outer Banks
This was an interesting anthology that was enjoyable. I enjoyed The Fast and the Furriest and Pawsitively Scandalous the best. I connected with the characters and the mysteries were fast paced and interesting. Unfortunately, personal taste had me not enjoying Ruff Goodbye as much, but the story was still well-written and plotted. A Doggone Scandal was also an interesting mystery, but the ending seemed a bit rushed to me. This is the second in this anthology series and in one case the previous book was referenced. That was the only time that I was a little lost not having read the first book. Each of these stories can be read in about an hour, so if you enjoy cozy mysteries specifically with dogs playing a role, then pick this book up and enjoy an afternoon with man’s best friend being heroes to their masters. I was gifted with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Authors
Heather Weidner: Originally from Virginia Beach, HEATHER WEIDNER has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and Deadly Southern Charm. Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband are her novels in the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, and her novellas appear in the Mutt Mysteries. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, James River Writers, and International Thriller Writers. Through the years, she has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.
Jayne Ormerod: JAYNE ORMEROD grew up in a small Ohio town then went on to a small-town Ohio college. Upon earning her degree in accountancy, she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor). She married a naval officer and off they sailed to see the world. After nineteen moves, they, along with their two rescue dogs Tiller and Scout, have settled into a cozy cottage by the sea. Jayne is the author of over a dozen published stories, from novel length to short-short.
Rosemary Shomaker: ROSEMARY SHOMAKER writes about the unexpected in everyday life. She’s the woman you don’t notice in the grocery store or at church but whom you do notice at estate sales and wandering vacant lots. In all these places she’s collecting story ideas. Rosemary writes mystery, women’s fiction, and paranormal short stories. Stay tuned as she takes her first steps toward longer fiction.
Teresa Inge: TERESA INGE grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining her love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and novellas. Today, she juggles assisting two busy executives and is the president of the Sisters in Crime, Mystery by the Sea chapter. Teresa is the author of the Virginia is Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and the Mutt Mysteries series.