Welcome to the World of Pepe!

We’re so glad you arrived here at the official web site for the Barking Detective series of humorous mystery novels.

Our fifth book in the Barking Detective series, The Silence of the Chihuahuas, will be out soon. The publication date is October 27. We’ve got some special promotional events we’re planning to announce the books (a signing October 24 at Seattle Mystery Book Shop and a book launch party at Elliott Bay Book Company on November 15) and good news! Our Christmas story from last year, A Chihuahua in Every Stocking, which was only available as an e-story will be included as a special bonus in the back of the book. For more information check out our Events page or sign up on our mailing list.

The first novel featuring Pepe is called Dial C for Chihuahua. It came out in October 2012. The second book in the series, Chihuahua Confidential, debuted on April 1, 2013. And the third book in the series, The Big Chihuahua, was published in October 2014. The fourth book, The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice, featuring Pepe’s adventures at the lavender festival in Sequim, Washington, launched in December 2014.You can order all of Pepe’s adventures: find the books at your favorite bookstore.
Thanks to Krista Brooks of RetroPets® for permission to use her art work for the header on our web site.
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Dog Days Reading & Recruitment

Hola, amigos!

I must inform you of a special event to be held at 6:30 PM Saturday, August 1, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, a large bookstore north of Seattle at 17171 Bothell Way. The chroniclers of my adventures, Waverly Fitzgerald and Curt Colbert, will be there, along with two other authors who truly appreciate dogs: Tracy Weber who writes the Downward Dog series of mysteries about a yoga teacher who adopts a German Shepherd named Bella (Tracy just happens to be a yoga teacher who has a German Shepherd named Tasha–interesting, no?) and Dori Hillestad Butler who has won awards for the books she writes for kids featuring Buddy, a dog who solves mysteries, much like moi! (I don’t know if she has a dog named Buddy).

Anyway, well-behaved dogs are invited to attend this reading and I am not invited! Neither is my personal non-fictional representative, Pepe Fitzgerald, who happens to live with Waverly Fitzgerald. Waverly says that Pepe does not play nice with other dogs because he likes to be the only dog in the room. I can totally appreciate that sentiment as I feel in a similar way. But right now, I do need to contact as many dogs as possible as I have just appointed myself the Human Resources Manager for the Sullivan and Sullivan agency and I am recruiting well-behaved dogs (preferably female) to serve as a cadre of scouts digging out clues wherever they lurk.

I have asked Waverly to take photos of the dogs at the event so if you are interested in this opportunity, you should plan to attend. I hear there will be treats for both humans and “well-behaved” dogs.

For those of you living outside the greater Seattle, I hasten to assure you that I will also accept applications online. Just send a photo of yourself and a description of your special skills.

The gorgeous dame in the pool is the famous and accomplished Bebe, who lives with Nikki of Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder. She would be my first pick for Girl Friday but I am sad to say she lives all the way across the country in New Jersey.

Hasta la vista,


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Meet Pepe’s Newest Friend

We had a great time at our book launch at Elliott Bay Book Company on Saturday, December 6. Unfortunately I forgot to ask anyone to take photos so I have only the ones I took of the signs advertising the reading.

One of the many prizes we raffled off was the opportunity for a dog to appear in the next Pepe book. Kiwi, the lovely Australian shepherd was the winner. She was not present at the reading to receive her prize in person (in dog?) but her person kindly sent us these photos of her. Curt has already worked Kiwi into the fifth book, The Silence of the Chihuahuas, in a rather clever way.

Isn’t she gorgeous? Kiwi at the groomer. Pepe does have a good eye for the lady dogs.

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Winter Holidays with Pepe

We hope you are enjoying the holidays with your pets, and if you are looking for an animal companion to share the joy of the season, consider rescuing one from a shelter or a rescue organization.

If you want to hang out with Pepe, the Chihuahua who inspired the Barking Detective series, come to our book launch on Saturday December 6 at 7 PM at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company. Pepe will be holding court for his admirers, plus we’ll be giving away a free audio version of “A Chihuahua in Every Stocking,” pet-sized Christmas stockings (supply your own Chihuahua) and a chance to have your dog named in our fifth book, The Silence of the Chihuahuas.

If you would like a virtual Chihuahua instead of a real one, consider buying our e-short “A Chihuahua in Every Stocking,” or our latest paperback, The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice.

All of us at Team Pepe wish you and your pets happy holidays.


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Pepe at Auburn Days

Pepe Fitzgerald, the Chihuahua who inspired the Barking Detective series, is coming to Auburn for Auburn Days, accompanied by Curt Colbert and Waverly Fitzgerald. Pepe will be the featured literary figure at 1 PM on Saturday August 9 during the Literary Festival at the Auburn Theater. Waverly and Curt will read from Dial C for Chihuahua while Pepe will perform his main and only trick: being cute.

We’re preceded by the Women Who Kill at 10 AM, our Sisters in Crime: Susan Schreyer, Joyce Yarrow and Jeanne Matthews and ollowed by another Sister in Crime, Bernadette Pajer, who has written a wonderful series of historical mysteries about Professor Bradshaw, who is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the UW at the turn of the century.

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Pepe Predicts…

At our book reading at Third Place Books, Pepe (with the help of a Magic 8 ball) predicted that the Seahawks would win the Super Bowl! Looks like he is well on his way to being right!

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Book Launch for The Big Chihuahua

We had a great time at the book launch for our third novel, The Big Chihuahua, on Friday, October 19.  We were welcomed by fabulous booksellers, Casey and Brandy, at one of our favorite book stores: Elliott Bay Book Company.

We played off the theme of magical and mystical powers since the novel features Geri and Pepe dealing with a cult which worships an ancient warrior dog whose wisdom is channeled through a Weimaraner and his human, Crystal Star.

Pepe, as usual, stole the show. He wowed the crowd with his predictions, channeled through a Magic 8 Ball.


And then Curt amused the assembly in his incarnation as Karnak the Magnificent. One of our lucky audience members won a copy of the Dog Tarot.

As we have for every book launch, we gave a dramatic reading, from Chapter 10 of the book, which introduces several important characters, including Crystal Star and Dogawanda.

We also provided delicious dog-bone shaped cookies, for humans.



And signed books, with the star of the show, who contributed his paw print. 

Thanks to Shayla for taking the photographs and Stephany for Pepe wrangling during the event.



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Interview with Pepe at the Qwillery

Pepe is delighted that he was finally interviewed by the Qwillery,


and asked for his opinion about the books in which he appears, but he’s a little miffed that he was featured under the Paranormal heading with a ghost, a black cat and a ghost hunter.

Of course, in his next adventure, The Big Chihuahua, coming out in October 2013, he gets involved with a cult that worships an ancient dog spirit named Dogawanda, and that’s certainly paranormal. Or is it?

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Pepe at #2

We have just received good news! Chihuahua Confidential was tied for #2 in sales of mass market paperbacks at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop in May. Also at #2, our compadre, Seattle author and thriller writer, Kevin O’Brien, and Lee Child! Pepe is certainly getting up there in the world.

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Good News

Good news, amigos! The first written account of my adventures as a private investigator, the book known as Dial C for Chihuahua, is on sale right now. The e-book version is $1.99 only at Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo and Amazon! If you have not yet bought your copy, this would be a good time to do so! The sale ends May 28. And be sure to inform your amigos!

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Chihuahua Confidential Launched

We had a fabulous time at our book launch at Elliot Bay Book Company and so did our audience, judging by their laughter and appreciative comments. Pepe was, as usual, the star of the show, but we got some great feedback on our dramatic reading (Waverly’s daughter, Shaw, who is also the chief Pepe wrangler) joined Waverly and Curt on stage to read the first chapter of Chihuahua Confidential.

We gave away prizes. David Bukey’s dog, Phoebe, will appear in our next book–we’ll be interviewing Phoebe in a future post. And we’re still negotiating with Henry Burton about whether or not he really wants a Chihuahua purse from Fuzzy Nation–we might swap it out for a bookstore certificate instead.

We ate cookies. And we watched dog dancing videos. The big favorite was an audition tape for Ashleigh and Pudsey who won Britain’s Got Talent in a routine eerily like our imagined reality TV show, Dancing with Dogs. We’ll be posting some of these on our Facebook page. And, of course, we signed books.

Forty plus copies were sold at the reading but there are plenty of autographed copies at the store if you still need one.

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