Chihuahua Confidential

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
256 Pages
Reviewed on 05/21/2013
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

In Waverly Curtis's latest Chihuahua mystery sleuth novel entitled "Chihuahua Confidential", Pepe and his companion Geri are invited to Hollywood to do a pilot for a new show called Dancing With Dogs. No sooner do they arrive at the studio than they discover that one of the judges for the show has been murdered. Private investigator Geri Sullivan and her dog Pepe immediately go into sleuth mode in order to try to solve the mystery. As an investigator, Geri has a distinct advantage in that Pepe converses with her - and only her. Pepe is perceptive and his sensitivity to distinct odors helps to lead Geri in the right direction at the right time. Pepe hopes to be a Hollywood star and unless the mystery is solved, he has little chance of fulfilling his dream.

Authors Curtis and Waverly give us loveable characters, both human and canine. The dogs' characters are first introduced and they remain true to character, making the whole idea of perceptive, talking dogs believable throughout the story. In fact, the animals sometimes appear far more perceptive than their human counterparts. This is a clever story which keeps moving, giving clues along the way without ever really giving any clear idea to the reader as to the outcome. Pepe is pure dog all the way through but he also shows the reader that most companion dogs are really not all that far removed from the human genetic code. This is a delightful read for preteens on up!