Review: Dial C for Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis

Dial C for Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis (Barking Detective #1)

Book cover for Dial C for Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis
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My review – 4/5 Stars (originally posted on GoodReads) 


This book had me laughing more times than I could count. What a fun read.

I liked Geri, the main character, and the interactions between her and her dog, Pepe, were a total hoot. I was glad I could understand the Spanish/Spanglish, it just made it that much more enjoyable. If it had been another language, I would have gotten out a translating dictionary just to make sure I could keep up with the fun 🙂

Even her employer, Jimmy G, made me laugh. Loved how he talked about himself in third person. The other characters were good too, developed enough that you get a sense of who they are, etc. Enjoyed the mystery, too.

All in all, just a lot of fun and I look forward to riding along on their next adventure very soon.

Book description from GoodReads:

“I am Pepe. But you can call me el Jefe.”

Pepe may have soft white fur, big brown eyes, and mucho attitude–but he’s no furry fashion fad. Pepe can talk–even if his new owner, Geri Sullivan, seems to be the only person who can understand him.

When Geri takes on her first assignment for a quirky investigator named Jimmy G and stumbles over a Seattle millionaire’s corpse, Pepe proves to be worth his weight in liver treats. Suspicion falls on the not-so-grieving widow, who wants to finance a reality TV show, Dancing With Dogs. 

Normally, Pepe wouldn’t be caught muerte in a sparkly costume. However, he has to sniff out the real killer and keep Geri safe. Lesser dogs might flinch. But Pepe isn’t the kind to turn tail and run. . .

“Pepe is one cool sleuth. I really loved this book.” –Leslie Meier, author of the Lucy Stone mysteries

“Readers will sit up and beg for more.” –Sushi the Shih Tzu, canine star of the Trash ‘n’ Treasures mysteries by Barbara Allan

“A fun and breezy mystery.” –Jennie Bentley

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

Waverly Fitzgerald is the author of four 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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