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Delilah Doolittle and the motley mutts (Pet Detective Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1998


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  • Series: Pet Detective Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425162664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425162668
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pet detective Delilah Doolittle is searching for a missing dog and trying to stop the setting of illegal traps on the wetlands of Surf City. Delilah goes to see Bill Jackson, who works with the parks and recreation department, to talk about the traps. But when she arrives at his house she finds him sprawled on the floor with a knife in his chest. Later that week, all the local residents at a Coastal committee meeting are discussing the controversy over the conservation or development of the wetlands, and the murder of Bill Jackson. During a seemingly innocent conversation with an acquaintance, Delilah reveals bits of information and later, another murder is committed but this victim left a clue. Are the two murders related or just coincidences and do they have anything to do with the wetlands or the illegal traps? First of all, there is no romance in this book but it is a delightful, well-crafted whodunit that reads fast and will hold your interest and keep you on your toes. Delilah surrounds herself with animals and seems to stumble into trouble wherever she goes. The entire cast of characters is well developed, including the cats and dogs! However I was a little disappointed with the end of the book though others might feel it is a superb twist of the plot. You don't have to love animals to enjoy this book by Patricia Guiver! The supporting cast of motley mutts are adorable! Patricia Guiver skillfully combines people and pets into an intriguing plot to create a charming book! Top notch writing! Gloria Miller -- Copyright © 1998 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was delighted to find a new detective series with elements such as a British main character (like me), one who lives in Southern California (like me), and one who loves animals (again like me). The story was fast-paced and the characters fairly believable. I did feel the inclusion of a Cockney and a Yorkshire woman in one story a bit much, though the dialog was done well. The story followed straight logic and I felt the murderer was a little too easy to guess; however, the reasons given at the denouement were interesting. I don't want to give away details because the book's detailing was very good; however, the mystery which revolved around two murders and a long ago disappearance was neatly dovetailed. Although I guessed the murderer easily enough, I did not twig to one of the most important details until the book's end. Personally, I would have murdered Mabel myself, and thought the Cockney a bit hackneyed; however, the one big error was the English detective's mentioning that a town the size of Taunton was in Devon instead of Somerset. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the dogs and I did enjoy the read, but it was over too fast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Papenfus on September 13, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I stumbled across one of the books in this series at a book sale and was immediately hooked! I promptly ordered everyone I could find and enjoyed everyone of them. The heroine is a down to earth, funny, not 24 year old beauty, but an older, common person. It has been a joy to read this series.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michele Burgess on March 18, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Guiver's first book, I was hooked. And not disappointed by her second. The antics of Delilah Doolittle and her animal friends are priceless. Love the British dialogue, and the relationships between Delilah and her odd assortment of acquaintances. My only complaints? Guiver's books are too short and don't come out often enough! They'd make a good TV series, in the manner of Murder She Wrote.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
British born Delilah Doolittle, long time resident of Surf City, California, is having a slow work period. The pet detective has had only one case on her docket, find a missing dog. When her own canine, a Doberman named Watson becomes lost, Delilah ends up in the WW II bunker located in the nearby wetlands. Sharing the bunker with Delilah is a trapped wild cat. Delilah frees the animal and takes the feline to the vet before visiting Bill Watson, the wetlands biologist to learn if he knows anything about the illegal trap.
To her horror, she finds Bill dead in his house and his wife is missing. The police believe his spouse is the most likely suspect. Delilah, who was a close friend to Bill and his spouse, believes that the biologist's murder has to with development of the wetlands. The death of an animal activist follows. This convinces Delilah that the wetlands serve as the common link behind the murders. Though it may lead her into danger, Delilah plans to prove that Bill's wife did not commit murder.
Patricia Guiver gives an interesting perspective on an English woman living in the states. However, the canines steal the show with their precious personalities and antics. DELILAH DOOLITTLE AND THE MOTLEY MUTT is a quaint cozy that evolves around a first rate mystery. The blossoming interest on the part of the heroine for the senior detective on the investigation adds plenty of fun. However, the heat of this novel lies in the various reactions of factions, including government, towards coastal development.
Harriet Klausner
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