Chihuahua of the Baskervilles
By Esri Allbritten
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312569150, 288pp.)
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
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When the glowing form of a beloved deceased Chihuahua appears, is it a ghost, or is someone teaching a dead dog new tricks – like murder?
Tripping Magazine is a quirky low-budget magazine that reports on travel destinations for believers in the paranormal. A few fake ghosts away from throwing in the towel, the Tripping staff get the tip of a lifetime when they get a call from Charlotte Baskerville, the rich founder of a clothing company for small dogs. Charlotte thinks that her Chihuahua, Petey, has come back from the dead, and she’s desperate for someone to come verify his appearances.
The magazine’s three-person reporting team travels to Manitou Springs, Colorado, sure that the ghostly dog will be a work of fiction. But, when they arrive, they see evidence of Petey with their own eyes. And he’s not just floating by – he’s howling advice and spelling out threats with tiny paw prints. Is the ghost real, or is the whole phenomenon an elaborate ruse?
The Tripping team must navigate the kooky world of coffin races, scheming husbands, and doggie fashion to solve the mystery – and get their story written at the same time. Uproariously funny and a great mystery to boot, Chihuahua of the Baskervilles is sure to leave you in stitches.
ESRI ALLBRITTEN is a former copywriter for radio and TV ads. She enjoys singing and songwriting and she lives in Boulder, Colorado.
"A light and engaging tale with charming characters that will appeal to those outside of both mystery and canine genres."—Kirkus Reviews "Allbritten's debut offers eccentric characters, a lively pace, and adorable tiny dogs."—Publishers Weekly "Allbritten ... has created likable characters, an intriguing mystery, and a quaint setting."—Library Journal