Dog Mysteries

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I write mysteries that have Chihuahuas, but of course I’m not the only mystery writer to feature dogs. Below is a list of mysteries that feature dogs. Cozy-Mystery.com also has a page dedicated to dog mysteries (read the comments on that page, because there are more dog mysteries mentioned there).

Listed in alphabetical order, by author’s last name. If you now of others I haven’t included, feel free to mention them in the comment section, at the bottom. Enjoy!

Donna Andrews

Donna says, “In my Meg Langslow series, Spike, aka the Small Evil One, is a  recurring canine character, and other dogs appear with great frequency. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon features an office that welcomes employees’ dogs. Dancing dogs appear in Cockatiels at Seven. And in the upcoming The Real Macaw (due in July), Meg awakens to find her living room filled with dogs–along with cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and the macaw of the title.”

Barbra Annino

Her book Opal Fire features a Great Dane.

Dorothy Bodoin

Dorothy says: “My Foxglove Corners cozy mysteries, eleven in number, feature Jennet Greenway and her collies. Jennet started with one collie and now has four.” Another Part of the Forest is her latest.

Sandra Carey Cody

Sandra says, “My latest book, By Whose Hand, has a protagonist who was abandoned in a laundry basket as an infant and was discovered as a result of a barking dog. Of course, she has a dog which she dearly loves and who is an important character in the book.”

Krista Davis

Krista, author of the Domestic Diva mysteries, says, “What’s a domestic diva  without a dog? Daisy, a mixed breed hound, often helps Sophie sleuth. Walking the dog is such a great excuse to snoop. : ) Sophie’s best friend is into animal rescue. Consequently, almost every book involves an additional dog or cat (in
one case a bird) in need of a home.

Carola Dunn

Carola says: “The protagonist of my Cornish Mysteries, Eleanor Trewynn, has a West Highland Terrier, Teazle, who goes everywhere with her and was first to find the body in the first book, Manna from Hades.

Nana, the mutt in Dunn’s Daisy Dalrymple series, has found both bodies and clues, though she doesn’t appear in every book. She plays an important part in Mistletoe and Murder and Black Ship, and appears in several others.”

Kate George

Kate says, “While my Bree MacGowan(*Moonlighting in Vermont* and *California Schemin’*) mysteries are a little too far over the no sex, no violence line to be considered cozies, they do feature dogs!

Moonlighting in Vermont – Bree MacGowan owns four dogs.
California Schemin’ – Bree’s dogs, and a pair of intrepid corgis are
featured. I’m definitely dog people!”

Margaret Koch

Margaret, author of the Barb Stark mysteries, says, “My series has a big dog named Malcolm.  He’s not able to do undoglike things, but he’s a great  character.  He doesn’t appear until the end of the second book, CAMP SOUL, but he’s important to the third and fourth.

Linda Kucupek

Linda says, “Deadly Dues ((TouchWood Editions, 2010) the first book in my Lulu Malone mystery series, has two leading characters, Lulu (an actor) and her former television co-star, a gigantic sheepdog called Horatio. Horatio, of course, doesn’t have much dialogue, but he has lots of personality and is very important to the plot.”

Diane Gilbert Madsen

Diane says, “My DD McGil Litrerati Mystery series – A Cadger’s Curse,  Hunting for Hemingway and The Conan Doyle Notes – has a domesticated wolf, Wolfie by name, as an on-going character and canine detective. After all, Wolves are Canis lupus and dogs are Canis lupus familiaris.” [Esri's note: I'm not going to argue with taxonomy.]

Sandra Parshall

Sandra says, “My book Under the Dog Star, coming Sept 1, is all about dogs — abandoned dogs, rescued dogs, dogs used in fighting. (But I don’t show any actual dogfights in progress, so don’t be afraid to read it.)

Because my protagonist Rachel Goddard is a veterinarian, I always have animals in my books, although they aren’t cozy mysteries by any means. My other protagonist, sheriff’s deputy Tom Bridger, has a bulldog named Billy Bob he inherited from his father.”

David Rosenfelt

David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series (Open and Shut, First Degree, Bury the Lead, Play Dead, New Tricks) that feature attorney Andy Carpenter, his Golden Retriever, Tara, and the Tara Foundation, a rescue group that he in real life he and his wife started.

Tom Schrek

His Duffy Dombrowski series features Al, the Basset Hound.

Clea Simon

Clea says: “My mystery DOGS DON’T LIE (Poisoned Pen) features a rescue dog accused of killing his person. It’s the first in the Pru Marlowe pet noir series. Pru is an animal psychic and while her sidekick is a grouchy tabby named Wallis, an opinionated bichon frise named Growler will be a constant in the series, too.”

If you know of a dog-themed mystery series that’s not on this page or the Cozy-Mystery page, tell me in the comments. Thanks!

  1. Your book looks very good, I’ve ordered it from the SF book club.
    By the way you’ve got to add Spencer Quinn’s books to your list of dog mysteries. They’re told by the dog, with his unique take on things and are hilarious. The first one is: Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

  2. While Dean Koontz is not a “cozy” author by any means, he does love dogs and includes them in many of his novels, often in a heroic role. He frequently deals with rescued animals and is a real-life supporter of rescue groups.

    Kinky Friedman’s humorous mysteries also reveal a love for animals, especially dogs,and there is an emphasis on rescue work, which Mr. Friedman supports in real life. “Stepping on a Rainbow” features adorable Maltese dogs, one of whom actually solves the mystery in a very cute manner.

  3. I love your book Chihuahua of the Baskervilles. It was very good and exciting. I hope you are going to come out with more. I would love to read them too.

  4. My wanted me to tell you that she loved your book and that she picked it up because it happened to be about a Chihuahua and we have one. She is very much looking forward to your next ones!

  5. Sorry I meant my mom! lol

  6. http://www.davidhandlerbooks.com/novels.php#hoagy

    David Handler’s Hoag series is really good and features a basset hound. This is my favorite mystery series.

  7. The “Maxie and Stretch” series is fun too. Stretch is a Dachshund and Maxie is his Mom, a spunky senior citizen who is sort of like Miss Marple, but widowed and less fussy lol.

  8. I love chihuahua of the Baskervilles! I am only young ( 13 ) but I am in love with your style of writing! Good job!

    • Hey, cool! Have you ever read Terry Pratchett? If you like my sense of humor, you might also enjoy him. Wyrd Sisters is a good place to start. Oh, he also has a YA series, but I can’t remember the character’s name. One of the titles has Winter in it, tho. Your library should have all his stuff.

      Thanks for reading, and thanks for letting me know you liked me!

  9. Thanks! ( You don’t know how cool it is for you have replied to me!)

  10. It’s my pleasure. Btw, Wyrd Sisters is even more fun if you’re familiar with Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

  11. :) ok, going to do a lot of reading this month!

  12. “The Deadly Dog Show” by Jerold Last, Amazon Kindle e-book, stars “Juliet”, a German Shorthaired Pointer”, in a new mystery novel set in the world of dog conformation shows.

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