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Susan J. Kroupa has a degree in music theory and has worked as a music reviewer, arts feature writer, and freelance journalist. She has published feature articles on topics ranging from Hopi Indian culture to environmental issues in The Arizona Republic, High Country News, and American Forests. Her fiction has appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters, Age of Reason, Bones of the World, and Beyond the Last Star. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future and the Deep South Writing Competition contests, and has also won awards in the Frank Waters Writers of the Southwest, Writers at Work, and the Utah Arts Council contests.
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)