Thereby Hangs a Tail

By Spencer Quinn

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Atria Books, 2010

Genre: Mystery, humorous stories

Series: Chet and Bernie Mysteries; 2

ISBN: 9781416585855

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 309

Setting: The Valley (an unnamed desert city somewhere between Las Vegas and New Mexico), Rio Loco, Clauson’s Wells, and Las Vegas, NV

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Chet and Bernie don’t usually take body guarding cases, but they make an exception this time for the show dog Princess.  However, due to an incidental circumstance, they are soon fired.  Unfortunately for all, soon after this, both Princess and her owner are abducted.  Once Chet and Bernie are rehired to find them, Suzie Sanchez, a reporter for the Valley Tribune and good friend of Chet and Bernie’s disappears as well.  With three missing individuals, Chet and Bernie have their work cut out for them. Continue reading

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Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

By Spencer Quinn

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Atria Books, 2009

Genres: Mystery, humorous stories

Series: Chet and Bernie Mysteries; 1

ISBN: 9781416585831

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 305

Setting: An unnamed desert city in a valley somewhere between Las Vegas and New Mexico (presumably modeled on Phoenix)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Cynthia Chambliss hires the Little Detective Agency to find her missing daughter, Madison, Chet and Bernie are on the case.  It’s a case with lots of stops and starts, twists and turns, and lost and found scents.  Between unsavory characters, including cats and birds, and savory treats, Chet plans to find the perp (with Bernie’s help) and grab him by the pant leg. Continue reading

Undead and Unwed

By MaryJanice Davidson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Berkley Sensation, 2004

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal, romance, vampire, chick lit, humorous stories

Series: The Undead SeriesBetsy; 1

ISBN: 071831006998

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 255 (277 including an excerpt from Charlaine Harris’ Dead to the World)

Setting: Twin Cities, MN (Minneapolis & St. Paul)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Betsy Taylor’s last day alive wasn’t much fun – she was laid off from her job as a secretary before being hit by a car.  However, waking from death in a cheap pink suit and her stepmother’s cast off shoes was pure hell.  Betsy has no idea how she became undead, but she does know that she wants to live her death the same way she lived her life.   This is a problem because the other vamps in town just won’t leave her alone; they’re either bowing down to her or trying to torture her.  As Betsy is dragged into a world filled with vampire politics, prophecies, and history, there is one thing she’s sure of: she’ll be wearing designer shoes. Continue reading

Pippi Longstocking

By Astrid Lindgren; translated by Florence Lamborn; illustrated by Louis S. Glanzman

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: The Viking Press, 1985, 1950

Genre: Humorous stories

ISBN: 9780670557455

Intended audience: children – tween

Number of pages: 160

Setting: The end of a tiny town (in Sweden)

Time period: Not specified

Plot summary: Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Efraim’s Daughter Longstocking is a nine year old girl who “always come[s] out on top”(p. 12).  She has an angel for a mother and a cannibal king for a father.  She lives with a monkey named Mr. Nilsson and a horse.  She is also remarkably strong and not afraid to use her strength when she needs to. Continue reading