DIAL C FOR CHIHUAHUA
Writing duo Curtis has created a humorous but deadly serious mystery. Pepe is a delight and more intelligent than most humans in the book. An ex-husband and current love interest keep Geri’s life hopping. Crafty plotting will keep you engrossed until the end and have you eagerly awaiting the next book.
When fledgling PI Geri Sullivan adopts a chihuahua from the pound, she’s dumbfounded when he begins speaking to her in Spanish. Recently hired to gather information on a missing husband, she goes to his residence — only to find his body. The police arrive and find her holding the murder weapon. As she constantly gets advice from Pepe, that she starts to follow, the victim’s wife denies hiring her — then does an about-face, after Pepe and her dog appear to be candidates for her proposed television show. The owner of the detective agency hires and fires Geri on a whim, but Pepe insists Geri remain on the case. (KENSINGTON, Oct., 344 pp., $7.99)