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I wanted to like this book, yet sadly ......
on September 1, 2012
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. This novel was endorsed on the back cover by Nancy Atherton of the Aunt Dimity mysteries and I love that eries and have read every one of them. Sadly, this in not (at least in my opinion) in the same league.
While both deal with paranormal activity, the intrigue and the depth of story plot is just not in Chihuahua of the Baskervilles. The Baskervilles are actually a couple that live in a small town whose claim to fame is something called the Emma Crawford wake and coffin race. Angus MacGregor, along with 2 other strange characters that all work for Tripping magazine out of Boulder Colorado are assigned to follow-up on a story about a ghost Chihuahua that belonged to Charlotte Baskerville. From there the story plods along with some mighty strange characters until Charlotte's husband gets lured to his death supposedly by Petey, the ghost Chihuahua.
Although it sounds like a cute gimmick and maybe an interesting story, overall (at least for me) it was lack-luster. The language is adult throughout, the writing does not have the depth and elegance that most of Atherton's novels have. I have certainly read better. While this novel gives you a preview of the next one to come which is a knock-off of the older story of the Portrait of Dorian Gray (and I admit it seems to have potential from the three chapters you are allowed to review), but based on this one about the Chihuahua, I don't think I will spend my money for anymore of these books in the series.