Cynthia Chow wrote a great review of our fourth book for the King’s River magazine, which always does a great job of reviewing mystery novels and featuring pets, so our book fits two of their favorite categories. Here’s the last paragraph:
Perhaps the greatest achievement of this series, written by the writing team of Waverly Fitzgerald and Curt Cobert, is just how easily the reader succumbs to the premise of an intelligent, talking dog. In fact, it’s easy to be startled when other humans don’t respond to Pepe’s often over-dramatic, proclamations. That can be blamed on his love for telenovelas, from which he also gained rather elaborate scenarios of murder. The tone is appropriately humorous, but an underlying sense of seriousness appears as one learns more about the motives of the heirs. Geri still sees the counselor she saw to battle depression, a therapist who not surprisingly questions Geri’s grasp on her sanity and what is believed to be a four-legged incarnation of Geri’s subconscious. This latest in the series continues to delight readers and dog lovers with an often outrageously feisty Chihuahua, a sympathetic and resilient heroine, and a riotous plot that is entirely original and ultimately all comes down to the value of family.
For the entire review, go to this link.
Buzz for The Big Chihuahua
From Ann LaFarge in a column “Critters and Kids:”
…one of the smaller breeds of dog is having his day as the star of a series of mystery novels. Last week’s rainy days proved perfect for a nice introduction to the Barking Detective series — up to number three now — The Big Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis (Kensington, $8). Yes, reader, the dog (his name is Pepe) can talk. But only his owner, P.I. Geri Sullivan, can actually hear him. They make a great crime-solving team, especially this time, when thy infiltrate a cult of dog worshippers. A man wants to get his wife away from this outfit, whose leader, Dogawanda, speaks through a channeler. An animal trainer sneers a bit at Pepe, saying “These little dogs always act much bigger than they are. They have to.” To which our canine hero replies, “Dogs are only limited by their acceptance of limitations.” Get it? The dog is smart. No wonder his other name is Towering Cedar.
Buzz for Chihuahua Confidential
From Nikki and the Chihuahuas at Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder:
The Pepe Novels by Waverly Curtis has added a new entertaining book to the series! Chihuahua Confidential. This is a sequel to Dial C For Chihuahua(You can read my blog post about Dial C for Chihuahua HERE) The novels are about Geri, a private investigator in training, and her adopted Chihuahua, Pepe, working together to solve mysteries. Geri has the ability to hear Pepe talk to her…. And boy does he have a lot to talk about!
For the rest of the review, go here.
Light as a feather and a whole lot of fun, Waverly Curtis’ “Chihuahua Confidential” (Kensington, 256 pp., $7.99 paperback) marks the return of private eye Geri Sullivan and her talking Chihuahua, Pepe.
And if you buy that setup, you’ll dig this book.
The author (actually Seattle writers Waverly Fitzgerald and Curt Colbert) place Pepe and Geri in Hollywood, ready to join the TV show Dancing with Dogs.
Along the way, Pepe (who speaks in melodramatic tones and tells outrageous whoppers) falls for a Pomeranian and helps Geri investigate the death of one of the show’s judges, a real meanie. Could this be a nod to a certain real-life program’s meanie judge?
“An adult mystery with young adult appeal . . . The second in Curtis’s fun new series featuring Geri and Pepe is tailor-made for anyone who can’t get enough dog mysteries and those readers who never miss an episode of Dancing With the Stars.”
—VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
Buzz for Dial C for Chihuahua
Nikki of the Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder blog: I fell in love with Pepe’s character. He is a little witty Casanova who made me laugh throughout the book. I loved how his personality truly reflected that of a Chihuahua.
That’s Nikki’s Chihuahua Bebe reading Dial C For Chihuahua to the left. For the whole review, click here.
Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette: An engaging quirky private investigative anthropomorphic thriller. Though his attitude is similar to Midnight Louie (by Carole Nelson Douglas) Pepe still brings freshness to the sub-genre with his passion for females, food and his feisty partner. Canine detective fans will enjoy his first bite at crime solving. For the complete review, click here.
Romantic Times: Four Starred Review: Writing duo Curtis has created a humorous but deadly serious mystery. Pepe is a delight and more intelligent than most humans in the book. An ex-husband and current love interest keep Geri’s life hopping. Crafty plotting will keep you engrossed until the end and have you eagerly awaiting the next book.
Forewords, The Book Before the Buzz, Romantic Times: An amateur sleuth and her talking dog star in Waverly Curtis’ first in the Sullivan and Sullivan Mystery series. Dial “C” For Chihuahua will introduce readers to the heroine and her courageous adopted dog, who, in addition to talking, has an “impeccable” sense of style.
A great review from Write in Seattle:
The nicest thing about reading the book Dial C for Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis is the glow you feel afterward toward the charming hero dog, Pepe. Of course, the writing is rich and the plotting is dynamic but the relationship the main character Geri has with Pepe is a remarkable one of respect and affection…More
Also love this review from one of Seattle’s master writing teachers, Priscilla Long, which focuses on character:
Pepe is a great character–vain, self-centered but fiercely loyal if not actually territorial, with a terrific nose of course, and loyal to a fault. And yes, he is a chihuahua. The private investigator who is his “owner” is, well, good at interior decorating. Recently dumped by her husband, out of work, down in the dumps, she finds Pepe and through him, an unlikely corpse, work, and even romance. I like the notes on interior design, food, and dress. The several antagonists, the helper friend, and Pepe are excellent characters. The Seattle scenes are well drawn and neat for Seattleites. Highly recommended.
A review from Amber at the Seattle Mystery Book Shop
Geri Sullivan just signed her divorce papers, suffered through a series of awful dates and her career….well, with the economic downturn, has suffered as well. So a little unconditional love was needed in her life. Enter Pepe, a small white ball of fur with swagger, and of course he is a Chihuahua.
What Gerri doesn’t realize, until she gets home, is that Pepe is a very special dog: in his many travels Pepe has become adept with languages (among other things) and knows how to speak English. However Gerri is the only one who has ever understood what he was saying….and his help becomes invaluable when Gerri is hired by a private investigator, Jimmy G, to interview a wife about her missing husband.
The only catch? When Gerri arrives at the interview she finds the husband dead, the police who believe she’s their culprit and a mystery man who is trying to help place a noose around her neck!
You could tell these two authors, Curt Colbert and Waverly Fitzgerald, had a good time writing this book. The story has energy to spare! With multiple cases (which sometimes don’t go exactly right), Gerri looking like she’s talking to herself on occasion and Pepe’s descriptions of his former antics—this book is a whole bunch of fun! Plus how could you not like a dog who has a weakness for bacon, saving damsels in distress and has a great fashion sense?
I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys animal mysteries, where the dogs speak and help their humans solve mysteries, and with whimsy to spare.