The Big Chihuahua-Waverly Curtis

The Big Chihuahua
Waverly Curtis
Kensington, Oct 1 2013, $7.99
ISBN: 9780758274977

In Seattle Private Investigator trainee Geri Sullivan works for Jimmy G at his nearly bankrupt Gerrard Detective Agency. Jimmy G assigns Geri and her talking (only to her) Chihuahua Pepe to extract depressed (following a miscarriage) Tammy Darling from the Dogawandan cult. Geri and Pepe meet with the client Tammy’s husband Mark who gives them a note from his wife that sounds suicidal; he also says she withdrew a large sum of money.

The apprentice and the canine enter the cult who believes that Dogawanda the dog is the true path for the enlightened. Inside the compound Channeler Crystal Star proclaims Pepe is the next incarnation of Dogawanda. However, besides Pepe’s superstar status, a homicide complicates the extraction.

The latest Barking Detective mystery (see Dial C For Chihuahua and Chihuahua Confidential) is a fabulous satirical investigative tale that amusingly mocks cult worshippers mostly by Pepe’s expert commentary yet balances the humor with insight into various wolf species. Pepe’s nose for trouble makes for a fun whodunit.

Harriet Klausner

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