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     “If you like mysteries and mutts, then To Fetch a Thief will have you sitting up and begging for more! Full of lovable canines, these four(legged) stories are the best kinds of doggie treats!”
~Alan Orloff,
Derringer- and Agatha Award-nominated author

     Easy Read! Dog gone loved it! 
~Gwen Taylor
Dog foster For the Love of Poodles Rescue

     “Canines, corpses and clues: A cohesive collection of four compelling mystery novellas where everything—and nothing—is exactly as it seems. A paws-itive delight, and a must-read for dog lovers everywhere.”
~Judy Penz Sheluk
 Bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin
and Marketville mystery series

     “Four delightful mysteries with cuddly canines and their intrepid owners. Solving a murder is a piece of cake when your partner has a dog's nose. A great read!”
~Maria Hudgins
Author of the Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries

     “Exceptionally engaging! Each story is funny, smart, page-turning entertainment. A must-read for mystery lovers.”
~ Samantha McGraw
Tea Cottage Mysteries

     “A fair warning. At the end of this book, you may find yourself thinking that the world needs more dogs!”
~Patrick Clark
Author of The Monroe Decision

     “Great mysteries that will keep your tail wagging. Even my cat gave To Fetch a Thief four paws up!”
D.J. Lutz
Winnie Kepler Culinary Mystery Series

     “Dogs, dead bodies, and four talented mystery writers at the top of their game. Sound like fun? You bet!”
Mike Owens,
Author of Screwed, and other stories


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