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Product Details

  • Series: Dog Lover's Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553576550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553576559
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Sherlockians especially will enjoy Conant's latest dog mystery (after Animal Appetite, 1997) featuring journalist Holly Winter in her most intricate case yet. Holly and her champion Alaskan malamute, Rowdy, who has earned his Rx.D. as a certified therapy dog, regularly visit a Cambridge, Mass., nursing home. There they meet Althea Battlefield and her two elderly admirers, Hugh and Robert, all three of whom are fanatic fans of Sherlock Holmes. Holly also meets Althea's wealthy younger sister, Ceci, who is actively mourning the death of her favorite dog. When Althea's grandnephew is found dead in the backyard of Ceci's home, Hugh and Robert jump at the chance to put Sherlockian technique to the test. Ceci, like many bereaved Cambridge animal lovers, has been swindled by an unscrupulous psychic. Even Holly finds herself reluctantly impressed by the psychic's apparent abilities until the fog parts during a late-night stakeout in Ceci's yard with her elderly cohorts. Conant cleverly incorporates Holmes and Watson lore into her plot and writes eloquently of what it is like to lose a beloved pet. Her story is further enhanced by her sensitive depictions of the residents of the nursing home Holly and Rowdy visit. Though their faculties may be failing, the elders' simple enjoyment of an animal's touch speaks volumes about the good a therapy dog can accomplish.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Conant's following will enjoy series sleuth Holly Winter's latest outing with malamutes Rowdy and Kimi. Rowdy's work as a therapy dog for a Sherlock Holmes fan at a local nursing home ultimately involves Holly in another case of murder.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I was born in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. The best friends of my childhood were pointers named Stuffy and Nonny. I had imaginary companions as well: a cat named Thirsty Melirsty Medrinkable, a family of dogs, and parents called Mommy and Daddy Suh. Thirsty and the dog family slowly faded away. The Suhs, however, perished suddenly; they ate fish guts and died. My career as a mystery writer thus began in early childhood: I invented animals, and I killed off fictional human beings.

Now, many decades later, I live just outside Boston. My husband is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Cambridge. Our daughter, Jessica, who is also my coauthor, lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their young son. My husband and I have an Alaskan malamute, Django (pronounced 'Jango') and two Chartreux cats, Kansas City (K.C.) and Shadow Celeste. The malamutes in my Holly Winter books are composites, but the cats in Scratch the Surface, Edith and Brigitte, are portraits of my own Chartreux.

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I eagerly look forward to Ms. Conant's coming novels.
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Since I am a Sherlock Holmes fan, "The Barker Street Regulars" is one of my favorites in Susan Conant's series of dog lover's mysteries.
Sheila L. Beaumont
Either Conant was getting bored with dogs, or she decided to try and garner more readers through a little expansion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on May 17, 2000
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Since I am a Sherlock Holmes fan, "The Barker Street Regulars" is one of my favorites in Susan Conant's series of dog lover's mysteries. Holly Winter and her Alaskan malamute Rowdy, who has qualified as a therapy dog, visit the Gateway nursing home, where they meet a 90-year-old woman, Althea, and her friends, Robert and Hugh, all of whom are Sherlockians. Althea's sister, Ceci, is being conned by a woman who calls herself an "animal communicator" and who claims to be channeling messages from Ceci's dear departed Newfoundland, Lord Saint Simon. Then Ceci and Althea's grandnephew, Jonathan, is found murdered in Ceci's back yard. Holly and her Sherlockian friends set out to discover whodunit. In addition to the usual dog lore, this book is chock-full of references and allusions to the Sherlock Holmes Canon: Ceci lives on a gaslit street on Norwood Hill; the tall, evil man whom Holly thwarts in his attempt to drown a cat has a "bulbous forehead"; an obnoxious couple on the dog-show circuit are named Gloria and Scott. (Holmesians will notice one gaffe: Take a look at Holly's account of the plot of "The Copper Beeches" in Chapter 26. Oh well, she has admitted that she's no expert.) If you enjoy a good, humorous cozy mystery, and if you are a dog lover and/or a Sherlock Holmes devotee, you're likely to find this book lots of fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Sausser on March 12, 1999
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I enjoy Conant's unique style of writing...as if she is speaking directly to the reader. This was a very good mystery. The references to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries was fun and interesting. Of course, it's always the dogs that draw me back to Conant's stories, and in that respect, I was not disappointed in this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1999
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I am a longstanding Susan Conant fan, mostly because I can always count on her books to teach me something new about dogs. I especially like the way she never resorts to cutesy anthropomorphic tricks to try and make her dogs more "interesting" to her readers -- she understands that few things are more interesting than the natural behaviour of living creatures. Holly Winter -- obsessive, pushy, and dedicated, always strikes me as the kind of person whose friends would alternately want to hug or shake her, but would never find boring.
With that said, I have to confess that recently, mainstream reviews of Ms Conant's work have made me very nervous as critics complain that her books would be more enjoyable if they featured less information on dogs. These critics certainly do not echo readers like me, who morosely note that there are already a depressing number of books out there that feature absolutely no dogs at all. If Conant gave in to critical pressure and turned her considerable talents away from dogs, where would I be?
Fortunately, after the enjoyable but sadly people-oriented "Animal Appetite," things appear to be back on track with what I humbly believe is her best work yet: funny, fast-paced, and filled with insight on people, dogs, and even cats (a bonus indeed!) I know nothing at all about Sherlock Holmes but happily followed Holly's lead through the maze of clues and Holmesiana. I was delighted to see Rowdy back on his best eye-batting, tail-wagging, woo-wooing form (my first dog was a male Siberian who would drop and roll over for tummy-rubbing as fast as Rowdy, who is practically a larger, dog-aggressive version of my late Pike).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Holly Winter is proud of her two award winning malamutes. Holly currently wants one of her canines to be certified as a therapy dog, working with senior citizens. Her favorite elderly citizens are Althea, Hugh, and Robert, who live in a nursing home. The venerable trio share a grand passion for Sherlock Holmes and collect any related memorabilia.
When Jonathan Hubble, Althea's nephew, visits Althea's sister Ceci, he is murdered. The elderly threesome, Holly, and her two dogs investigate the murder. They soon learn that Ceci was seeing an animal psychic, who they feel is linked to the murder. As they get closer to the truth, the four humans and the two canines find they have placed their own lives at risk.
THE BARKER STREET REGULARS is the latest entry in one of the more genial amateur sleuth series on the market today. Besides dog lovers, mystery aficionados will enjoy the mystery with its interesting intellectual puzzle. The heroine and her helpers are all wonderful, warm characters. However, it is the allusions to Homes and Baker Street that makes this refreshing novel worth devouring.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Disney1202@AOL.COM on April 10, 1998
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As a long standing Conant fan, I can proudly say The dog owning methods of holly winter trained me how to raise my own dog. I picked up the later, Black Ribbon over two years ago, and deciede I too wanted a dog. personally i don't condone that type of influencial and spontanious pet buying. but that same summer I adopted my Golden, Murray from a local shelter. ILP'd him, earned a CGC, and so far have a leg torwards our CD. He eats Eukanuba, sleeps with me on a king sized bed, and lives the sweet life. thanks to Conants great books, murray isn't euthanized, I've got a great hobby, and lots of new friends, and learned to love the modern day mystery. Kudos, Mrs. Conant-whereever you are!
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