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     “From tiny terriers to lumbering Rottweilers, man's best friend can also be crime's worst enemy. In To Catch a Scoundrel, four pooch-loving mystery writers tell "tails" of savvy canines and their loyal owners solving murders with keen noses and sharp wits." 
~Maria Hudgins
Author of the Dotsy Lamb travel Mysteries

     “These four tales of intrigue are filled with unexpected twists and delightful dogs who help solve the mysteries and capture the culprits. From the Rottweiler Director of Security, Oliver, to Yorkshires Cagney and Lacey, who prove even tiny terriers can tangle the plans of any evil-doer, you’ll love these mysteries.” 
~Cherie O’Boyle
Author of the Estela Nogales Mysteries
and working dog suspense stories

     “Dog lovers rejoice! To Fetch a Scoundrel is a charming collection of ‘tails’ by four talented mystery writers.” 
~Maggie King
Author of the Hazel Rose Book Group Mysteries

     “Dogs always save the day in this delightful canine novella anthology.” 
~Linda Johnson
Author of mysteries and psychological suspense

     “Couldn't stop reading this collection of fabulous felonious stories!”
~Marilyn Levinson aka Allison Brook
Author of The Haunted Library series


     “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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