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The Sleuth Said Woof!


Dogs or Dog-Lovers as Sleuths

Man’s Best Friend can sometimes be a detective’s best assistant — why let the cats have all the fun?! Check out these authors with ongoing mystery series starring, or prominently featuring, canines as part of their casts of characters.

All series in this list of which one or more volumes are currently owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. Some series not owned by the libraries are included in this list due to their classic or popular nature. If you see a series on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Sparkle Abbey
The Pampered Pet mystery series [2011-present]

Starring pet therapist and doggie boutique owner Mel(linda) Langstrom.

noimageKristi Abbott
The Gourmet Popcorn Shop mystery series [2016-present]

Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Rebecca Anderson and her full-size poodle, Sprocket, solve mysteries.

Ellery Adams
Books by the Bay series [2010-present]

Starring Olivia Limoges and Captain Haviland, her Standard Poodle, who solve mysteries with the help of a writing club.

Lydia Adamson
Deirdre Quinn Nightingale [1994-2001]

This series, featuring a veterinarian, frequently involves dogs in the book plots.

Barbara Allan
The Trash ‘n Treasures mystery series [2006-present]

Brandy Borne and her mother are small-town antiques dealers along the Mississippi River. Brandy’s shitzhu, Sushi, occasionally features in the stories.

Donna Ball
Raine Stockton series [2006-present]

Raine Stockton, a dog trainer and the ex-wife of a deputy sheriff had stopped volunteering for Search and Rescue work after a tragic loss, but now she reluctantly returns to active duty — along with a young and inexperienced Golden Retriever named Cisco.

Cynthia Baxter
Reigning Cats and Dogs Series [2004-present]

Dr. Jessica Popper is a rural veterinarian, who makes house calls. Lou is her one-eyed Dalmatian, and Max is her tailless Westie, and they often help her stumble across murder mysteries.

Carol Lea Benjamin
Rachel Alexander and Dash [1996-2006]

P.I. Rachel Alexander is accompanied by her formidable canine partner, Dash, on cases throughout the New York City area.

Laurien Berenson
Melanie Travis series [1995-2008]

Dog trainer and amateur detective Melanie Travis interacts with numerous dogs throughout this series.

Michael Bond
Monsieur Pamplemousse [1983-2014]

Prominently featured is Pamplemousse’s dog, Pommes Frites.

Duffy Brown
The Consignment Shop mystery series [2012-present]

A mutt named Bruce Willis features prominently in this cozy/amateur detective series.

Rita Mae Brown
Jane Arnold series [2000-2008]

The Jane Arnold foxhunting series has dogs galore.

Rita Mae Brown
Mrs. Murphy Series [1990-present]

Tucker the Corgi is a regular feature of this series.

Nancy Bush
Jane Kelly Mystery Series [2005-2007]

Jane’s sidekick is her Pug, Binks.

Ann Campbell
The Annie O’Hara Series [2000-2002]

Annie’s beloved Siberian Huskey/German Shepherd mix, Claudius is a regular character in this series.

Laura Childs
Tea Shop mystery series [2001-present]

Thea Browning is the heroine of this series, set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her dog, Earl Gray, occasionally features in the stories.

noimageEdie Claire
The Leigh Koslow mystery series [1998-present]

Amateur sleuth Leigh Koslow occasionally fills in as a tech at her dad’s veterinary office, and several of her other escapades feature animals, including dogs.

Melissa Cleary
Dog Lovers Mystery series [1992-2000]

Film teacher Jackie Walsh is the sleuth, and rescued ex-police dog Jake (a German Shepherd) is her canine companion, in this series of amateur detective novels.

Blaize Clement, John Clement
Dixie Hemingway Cat-Sitter series [2005-present]

Dixie Hemingway happens to be a pet sitter, who’s also an ex-cop. Trying to leave the world of law enforcement behind, Dixie sometimes can’t ignore the mysteries her furry clients uncover.

Susan Conant
Holly Winter Series [1989-present]

Holly is a dog trainer, and writes for a dog-related magazine, so is constantly surrounded by dogs.

Waverly Curtis
The Barking Detective mystery series [2011-present]

The writing team known by the pseudonym Waverly Curtis is behind this series, featuring Pepe the Chihuahua (and his owner), who solve crimes.

Kathleen Delaney
The Mary McGill and Millie series [2015-present]

Millie the Cocker Spaniel, shows up next to the dead body in the first of these cozy mysteries, and gets adopted by retired schoolteacher (and sleuth) Mary McGill.

Kathi Daley
The Zoe Donovan mystery series [2013-present]

Animal Control officer Zoe Donovan solves crimes, with the help of her dog Charlie.

Evelyn David
Sullivan Investigations series [2007-present]

Mackenzie Sullivan is a recently retired Irish cop from D.C. Whiskey is his fast-food-loving Irish Wolfhound. Sullivan is settling into his new role as a private eye, after years on the force.

Rae Davies
The Dusty Deals mystery series [2011-present]

Lucy Mathews is a crime reporter turned antiques dealer in this series, in which she is assisted by her somewhat stubborn malamute Kiska.

noimageKrista Davis
The Paws and Claws mystery series [2013-present]

Murder and mystery at the Sugar Maple Inn, a pet-friendly vacation spot in Wagtail, Virginia. A Jack Russell Terrier, Trixie and a calico kitten Twinkletoes help human sleuth Holly Miller.

Abby Deuel
Mandy Bell DVM mystery series [2014-present]

Mandy Bell is a midwestern veterinarian, who keeps stumbling across mysteries she has to solved with her border collie, Lyle.

Liz Eckardt
Annie’s Amish Inn mystery series

Beans is the sleuth’s English Bulldog.

J.F. Englert
Bull Moose Dog Run series [2007-2009]

Randolph, a plump, poetry-loving black Labrador Retriever, is the sleuth in this series set in Manhattan. Harry is Randolph’s hapless human owner…whom Randolph has to train to help him solve the mysteries that his superior canine intellect frequently encounters!

Christy Evans
Georgiana Neverall series [2009-present]

Plumbing apprentice Georgiana Neverall solves mysteries with her two Airedales, Daisy and Buddha.

Patricia Guiver
The Delilah Doolittle/Pet Detective series [1997-2003]

British transplant Delilah Doolittle solves mysteries in Southern California with her trusty Doberman, Watson.

Victoria Hamilton
The Vintage Kitchen mystery series [2012-present]

The Vintage Kitchen series features Jaymie Leighton, a collector of vintage cookware and cookbooks, and her three-legged Yorkie Poo, Hoppy.

Gerald Hammond
Three Oaks series [1989-2001]

John Cunningham is the owner and manager of Three Oaks Kennels, and a dog-lover in his own life. These Scotland-set mysteries are classic amateur detective tales.

David Handler
Stewart Hoag and Lulu series [1988-1997]

Lulu the Basset Hound often accompanies Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag, writer, ghostwriter and private eye, as he tours Hollywood solving crimes.

Sue Henry
Jessie Arnold/Alaska Mystery series [1991-present]

Jessie Arnold is a dog-sled racer in Alaska, and her mysteries invariably involve her beloved Alaskan sled dogs.

Sue Henry
Maxie and Stretch [2004-2009]

Sue Henry’s second series features Maxie McNabb, a feisty retiree touring the country (and stumbling into mysteries) with her Mini Dachshund, “Stretch.”

Gabriella Herkert
Animal Instinct Mystery Series [2007-2009]

Legal investigator Sara Townley’s cases invariably seem to

Marion Moore Hill
Scrappy Librarian series [2001-2008]

Okalahoma librarian Juanita Wills solves mysteries in her small town with the assistance of Collie/mongrel dog, Rip.

Suzette A. Hill
Reverend Francis Oughterard series [2005-present]

Maurice, a cynical cat, and Bouncer, a shaggy dog, assist bumbling Reverend Francis Oughterard in extricating himself from the mysteries in which he invariably finds himself a suspect!

noimageRichard Houston
The Books to Die For mystery series [2012-present]

Amateur detective and former software engineer Jake Martin, and his golden retriever, Fred, solve mysteries around his mountain home outside of Denver.

noimageLinda O. Johnston
The Barkery & Biscuits mystery series [2015-present]

Veterinary technician Carrie Kennersly takes over the property next door to her office to turn it into a bakery for her popular dog biscuits, and mystery hijinks ensue. Featuring a rotating batch of dogs.

noimageLinda O. Johnston
The Kendra Ballantyne mystery series [2005-2010]

Formerly an L.A. lawyer, Kendra Ballantyne is now a freelance pet sitter, who keeps stumbling across one murder after another while taking care of other peoples dogs and cats.

Linda O. Johnston
Pet Rescue series [2011-present]

Lauren Vancouver is the head of a Los Angeles “no-kill” animal shelter, and rescued dogs are often a focal point in the mysteries she solves.

noimageLinda O. Johnston
The Superstition mystery series [2014-present]

Rory Chasen becomes the manager of the Lucky Dog Boutique in Destiny, CA, a town where everyone lives their lives by believing in superstitions..

noimageLee Charles Kelley
Jack and Jamie series [2003-2007]

Jack Fielder is a dog trainer, ex-cop, and behavioral specialist. Medical Examiner Jamie Cuttler is his “main squeeze.” And his cases usually involved dogs — either his own or his clients’.

Diane Kelly
The Paw Enforcement mystery series [2011-present]

In the Paw Enforcement series, Megan Luz is a police officer in Fort Worth, who solves cases with her K-9 partner, Bright.

Annie Knox (a.k.a. Wendy Lyn Watson)
The Pet Boutique mystery series [2014-present]

Izzy McHale has just opened the Trendy Tails Pet Boutique in Merryvale, MN. Her feisty feline Jinz and happy mutt Packer assist her efforts to solved murder mysteries as an amateur detective.

Virginia Lanier
The Bloodhound series [1995-2006]

Jo Beth Sidden breeds and trains bloodhounds for police work. Sometimes she gets a little close to her work subjects.

Amanda Lee
The Embroidery mystery series [2010-present]

Maggie Singer is the owner of The Seven Year Stitch in Tallulah Falls, Oregon. Her Irish Wolfhound, Angus, figures prominently in the plots, as she teaches embroidery to the villagers and solves crimes on the side.

Dixie Lyle
The Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot mystery series [2011-present]

In this supernatural mystery series, Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster teams up with the telepathic ghost of her dead cat Tango, an ectoplasmic dog named Tiny (who can change breeds with merely a shake of his tail), and other otherworldly animal spirits, to solve murders in the “real world”.

Nancy Martin
The Miss Ruffles mystery series [2015-present]

“Miss Ruffles”, a very wealthy woman’s dog, inheritcs the woman’s estate upon her death. And then the mysteries begin.

Judi McCoy
Ellie Engleman, Dog Walker series [2008-present]

Dog walker Ellie Engleman has an unusual ability — she can read the minds of her canine clientle. Which comes in handy, since the dogs under her care seem to sniff out a variety of crimes!

Margaret Mizushima
Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series [2015-present]

Featuring Timber Creek, CO policewoman Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo (a German Shepherd), set in the mountains of Colorado.

Leslie O’Kane
Allie Babcock series [1998-2002]

Allie Babcock is an intrepid dog therapist, with a knack for sleuthing. And her doggie patients usually have owners who are hip-deep in crises and crimes.

Spencer Quinn
Bowser and Birdie series (for youth) [2015-present]

Birdie Gaux is the young girl, and Bowser is the friendly mutt she’s adopted, and they live on the edge of the Louisiana swamp. Bowser has to use his impressive “sniffing” abilities to help Birdie as she gets involved in mysterious situations.

Spencer Quinn
Chet and Bernie series [2009-present]

Bernie’s the human — a private eye, and Chet’s the dog – a mixed-breed mongrel. Chet’s also the narrator for us, the audience, told with a dog’s typical short-term attention span. Hilarious and heart-warming, and solid mysteries! Set in Arizona, although later volumes have the duo traveling outside of “the valley”.

Spencer Quinn
LeAnne Hogan series [2017-present]

LeAnne Hogan, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan, becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, and gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone.

Cynthia Robinson
Max Bravo series [2010-present]

Opera singer Max Bravo stars in this new series, set in San Francisco, which has thus far featured dogs prominently in the plots!

James Rollins and Grant Lockwood
Tucker Wayne series [2014-present]

Thriller/suspense series, featuring former Army Ranger and now Sigma Force operative Tucker Wayne, and his war dog Kane.

David Rosenfelt
Andy Carpenter series [2002-present]

Defense attorney Andy Carpenter has a lot of uncertainty and unpredictability in his life. One source of stability for him is his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

Dana Stabenow
Kate Shugak series [1992-present]

The Kate Shugak series is set in Alaska, and among Kate’s large cast of regular supporting characters is Mutt, a half-wolf/half-Husky, who serves as part of Kate’s emotional safety blanket.

Nancy Jill Thames
The Jillian Bradley mystery series [2011-present]

The Jillian Bradley mystery series features a gardening columnist and her Yorkie, Teddy.

Maggie Toussaint
The Cleopatra Jones mystery series [2011-present]

This series features a golfing-accountant sleuth and her sidekick, Madonna (a rather huge St. Bernard).

Diane Vallere
The Mad for Mod mystery series [2011-present]

In this fashion-conscious mystery series, sleuth Madison Night’s shih tzu Rocky is her assistant.

noimagePeggy Webb
Southern Cousins series [2008-present]

Elvis is a basset hound who’s convinced he’s the reincarnation of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, guarding the Eternal Rest Funeral Home and Callie Valentine Jones, his human mistress with a penchant for trouble.

noimageTracy Weber
The Downward Dog mystery series [2011-present]

Features a German Shepherd named Bella.

noimageKaren Ann Wilson
Samantha Holt series [1994-1997]

Another short-lived series focusing on a veterinary clinic worker, whose mysteries frequently involved dogs.

Stuart Woods
Holly Barker series [1992-present]

Facing tragedy and scandal in her own life, ex-Army major Holly Barker takes a job as the deputy chief of police (and ultimately the Chief) in rural Orchid Beach, Florida, where she and her trusty Doberman, Daisy, become caught up in webs of crime and conspiracy.

noimageNina Wright
Whiskey Mattimoe series [2005-2009]

Whiskey Mattimoe is a recently-widowed realtor, trying to adjust to the single person’s life in her mid-thirties. Abra is her adorable, yet kleptomaniac, Afghan Hound. Let the humorous mystery-solving begin!

noimageSue Owens Wright
Beanie and Cruiser [2001-2009]

Elsie “Beanie” McBean is an investigative reporter in Lake Tahoe, and Cruiser is her beloved companion, a Basset Hound. It’s amazing the kind of trouble a reporter can get into!


Jeffrey Marks
Canine Christmas [1999]

Jill M. Morgan
Creature Cozies [2005]

Compiled July 2011 sdc | Last updated April 2017 sdc