‘Christmas in Blue Dog Valley’ by Annie England Noblin is a charming story of small town values, friendship, and finding love where you least expect it

Author Annie England Noblin brings us the Christmas spirit with her newest novel, "Christmas in Blue Dog Valley." As in her other novels, she offers not only a sweet story of a woman trying to find her place in the world, but also the joy of having a companion animal by her side as she … Continue reading ‘Christmas in Blue Dog Valley’ by Annie England Noblin is a charming story of small town values, friendship, and finding love where you least expect it

‘Santa’s Little Yelpers’ by David Rosenfelt is a mystery which provides plenty of suspects in addition to the plethora of puppies

True to form, "Santa's Little Yelpers" features not only a myriad of doggie characters, but also David Rosenfelt's favorite wants-to-be-retired lawyer, Andy Carpenter. This is the 26th mystery featuring that self-deprecating, wise-cracking, extremely dog-loving attorney who really doesn't want to work anymore. Most of the mysteries in this series are more thriller than legal procedural, … Continue reading ‘Santa’s Little Yelpers’ by David Rosenfelt is a mystery which provides plenty of suspects in addition to the plethora of puppies

Cats, a pigeon (THE pigeon), and troubled pugs star in these picture books

These four picture books all feature animals, but the messages they impart are all quite different. However, in all of them, the animals are clever and open to new ideas, and isn't that an important message we want to teach our children? The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster by Mo Willems Everyone knows the … Continue reading Cats, a pigeon (THE pigeon), and troubled pugs star in these picture books

‘Bark to the Future’ by Spencer Quinn about the intrepid Chet and Bernie investigative duo — man and dog

Bark to the Future by Spencer Quinn "Bark to the Future" is the latest doggie mystery featuring the charismatic narrator Chet, a distinctive black shepherd-mix dog with one white ear, who tells the story as only a dog might. And in the capable paws, er, hands, of author Spencer Quinn, we chuckle and nod our … Continue reading ‘Bark to the Future’ by Spencer Quinn about the intrepid Chet and Bernie investigative duo — man and dog

‘Holy Chow’ by David Rosenfelt is the latest tail-wagging murder mystery with the affable Andy Carpenter

Holy Chow by David Rosenfelt Not everyone in the fictional world of wanna-be-retired attorney Andy Carpenter loves him. But IRL (in real life), author David Rosenfelt's fans adore the irascible, humorous, and self-deprecating lawyer whose dialogue literally makes us LOL (laugh out loud). "Holy Chow" is the latest in a long series of Rosenfelt novels … Continue reading ‘Holy Chow’ by David Rosenfelt is the latest tail-wagging murder mystery with the affable Andy Carpenter

‘Every Dog in the Neighborhood’ by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell: A story of activism…and dogs

Every Dog in the Neighborhood by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell "Every Dog in the Neighborhood," acclaimed author Philip C. Stead and award-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell's new collaboration, is much more than it would appear to be by looking at the cover. Yes, it's about the many and varied types of dogs in a … Continue reading ‘Every Dog in the Neighborhood’ by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell: A story of activism…and dogs

‘Lessons in Chemistry’ by Bonnie Garmus is not just delightful, it’s a lesson in the reality of being a woman in the 50s and 60s

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus It's not necessary to love chemistry, or even science, to enjoy "Lessons in Chemistry." Debut author Bonnie Garmus takes us back to the late '50s and early '60s as we experience life through the eyes of a capable, intelligent, scientist who happens to be a woman. The fact that … Continue reading ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ by Bonnie Garmus is not just delightful, it’s a lesson in the reality of being a woman in the 50s and 60s

‘Citizen K-9: A K Team Novel’ by David Rosenfelt solves another complicated crime

Citizen K-9 by David Rosenfelt (dog: Lexi, a Rockpit rescue) This latest David Rosenfelt novel should come with a warning: Be aware that reading this book will probably cause you to now have a new, must-read series. Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series is much beloved by readers who enjoy the clever mysteries, the canine characters, and … Continue reading ‘Citizen K-9: A K Team Novel’ by David Rosenfelt solves another complicated crime

‘Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough’ by Claire Cook is the latest entry in that popular and charming series

Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough by Claire Cook Some books you read because they teach you something, some books are read for lengthy book club discussions, and some books, like "Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough," the eighth book in this engaging and humorous series, you read simply to escape from reality and jump into the … Continue reading ‘Must Love Dogs: Lucky Enough’ by Claire Cook is the latest entry in that popular and charming series

‘Code Name: Serendipity’ by Amber Smith is a sweet doggy tale of friendship, family, growing up, and most of all, compassion

Code Name: Serendipity by Amber Smith With her new middle grade novel, "Code Name: Serendipity," author Amber Smith presents an eleven-year-old fifth grader named Sadie. Sadie doesn't feel as if she fits in anywhere because now that her best friend, Jude, has moved away, she has no one at school to talk to, ride the … Continue reading ‘Code Name: Serendipity’ by Amber Smith is a sweet doggy tale of friendship, family, growing up, and most of all, compassion

‘Right Behind Her’ by Melinda Leigh is the newest mystery featuring county sheriff Bree Taggert

Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh While "Right Behind Her" might be the fourth installment in the mystery series featuring Bree Taggert, a former Philadelphia homicide detective turned county sheriff, author Melinda Leigh masterfully manages to give readers the backstory in a manner that is natural and part of each new story. We learn about … Continue reading ‘Right Behind Her’ by Melinda Leigh is the newest mystery featuring county sheriff Bree Taggert