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Chihuahua of the Baskervilles (A Tripping Magazine Mystery) Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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“A treat for dog lovers, aficionados of the bizarre, and fans of unusual mysteries, all of whom just might sit up and beg Allbritten for her next entry.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
Tripping Magazine is a quirky low-budget magazine that reports on travel destinations for believers in the paranormal. A few fake ghosts away from throwing in the towel, the Tripping staff get the tip of a lifetime when they get a call from Charlotte Baskerville, the rich founder of a clothing company for small dogs. Charlotte thinks that her beloved Chihuahua, Petey, has come back from the dead, and she’s desperate for someone to come verify his appearances.
“Frightfully funny.” —Mystery Scene
The magazine’s three-person reporting team travels to Manitou Springs, Colorado, sure that the ghostly dog will be a work of fiction. But when they arrive, they see evidence of Petey with their own eyes. And he’s not just floating by—he’s howling advice and spelling out threats with tiny paw prints. Is the ghost real? Or is someone teaching a dead dog new tricks…like murder?
“Thoroughly enjoyable. Come! Sit! Read!”—Nancy Atherton, bestselling author of the Aunt Dimity mysteries
Top Customer Reviews
The book has an interesting group of characters from the staff of Tripping Magazine and Petey's Closet and the family and friends of Charlotte. They all have their own little quirks that create a picture in your mind of each eccentric character. I felt like I got to know each one as I read along. I found myself laughing throughout the novel because of the funny things they do and say. I loved that the characters were able to create a comic relief that made this novel different from the heavy seriousness of most other mystery novels.
This book is great for people who love mystery books, dogs, and love to laugh! It enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to see what Esri writes next! She has a great sense of humor and the book was enjoyable to follow along. I love her style of writing!
There isn't much subtlety in the story and the characters are drawn with broad strokes and sometimes almost cartoonish humor. The intent of the story seems all in good fun, with casket races, a "pace coffin," various hauntings and near-misses where the amateur investigators are almost caught. Neatly tied up endings all around. Listed as part of the Tripping Magazine Mystery series, so expect to see more of this Scooby gang.
Hoping to save the periodical that is nearing bankruptcy, the three person team arrives in Manitou Springs, home of a macabre coffin race, to allegedly investigate the ghost of Petey. Angus MacGregor the chief warns his two new hires, photographer Suki Oota and writer Michael Abernathy that regardless they are covering a "real" ghost story. However, none of the somewhat skeptical trio anticipates paw warning as they see Petey too. They also begin to find proof that someone wants Charlotte dead. While encouraging keeping their potentially paying "patron" alive, Angus reminds his team not to lose sight of the money, which is Petey's ghost real or not is irrelevant.
With a nod to Scooby Doo Mystery, Inc. this amusing Colorado canine cozy caper is a fun frolic. The cast including the residents of Manitou Springs are an eccentric group whose antics add amusement and at times over the top of Pikes Peak to the story line. Readers who appreciate a dog-gone jocular mystery will enjoy the first Tripper Magazine investigation.
This book turned out to be a delightful romp through the humorous ghost hunting, murder mystery, and all to alive haunting of a woman that owns a Chihuahua doggie clothing business.
It takes place in Manitou Springs, Colorado, during the annual festivities of coffin races and wakes of the founding families reenacted. The characters within the novel are colorful and all to believable.
I'm greatly impressed with this new, to me, Author. I look forward to future novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a fun book to read. I like the characters. Everybody was well balanced and interesting. Life is a little hurtful right now. Ms. Allbritten's book is enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Just by reading the summary of this book, you can tell it has a very original story line and quirky characters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by karsiyaka
I thought this was going to be a predictable cozy with dogs. Instead, I found it's a dark cozy with dogs, nicely complicated characters, well disguised baddies, and a very... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jessarakitty
I read a lot and enjoy all kinds of genres. I liked this book.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this as a gift for friends whose life revolves around their Chihuahua. They also who enjoy a wide range of books from light beach reads to serious and scholarly works. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Miss DIckens
Tripping Magazine is a quirky low-budget magazine that reports on travel destinations for believers in the paranormal. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by ruffy
This book was so much fun in a way that's hard to describe because you don't see it often. It's light hearted spooky humor that almost has an Adam's family/Haunted Mansion type... Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by vegasc1219
I don't ask much from murder mysteries but I really enjoyed this nutty story. The best part was the humor and the running gag about the magazine's title. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by D Kelleher
Well, first of all, I am a sucker for dogs on the cover of books, so this one really attracted me. I love a good mystery and the synopsis intrigued me. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Avid Mystery Reader