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Gerald M. Weinberg
on Jan. 12, 2012 :
Do you love dogs?
If so, read no further. You'll love Bed-Bugged: a Doodlebug Mystery, so just buy it without delay.
Do you love mysteries?
If so, you're going to love Bed-Bugged, but you might need more convincing. Why? Because you may never have read a mystery with a dog as detective. Or with a dog as detective narrator. Or especially with a bedbug sniffing dog as detective narrator. But that's exactly what Doodle, the Labradoodle, is.
I loved many thing about the book, not the least of which was the mystery itself, which concerns a number of crimes from simple theft to complex theft to kidnapping. (No murders, no awful language, and no explicit sex, so your kids can enjoy it, too.)
I enjoyed all the characters, but I couldn't help falling in love with Doodle and his owner's daughter, Molly.
But in a way, I most loved watching a story from the low-down, smell-based point of view of a working dog. For me, a mystery reader and writer, it opened my mind to many new ways of observing a crime and its solution.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)