Review: Dial “C” for Chihuahua

The Barking Detective Series #1: Dial “C” for Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis

This was a sweet, funny confection of a book. Bored with my usual reading fare I recently decided to explore the cozy mystery genre. This is my favorite book so far. I wasn’t sure if I would like it at first. A talking dog in an adult novel is a bit silly, right?

But what’s wrong with a bit of silliness now and then? Absolutely nothing as far as I can tell. Dial “C” for Chihuahua kept me smiling all the way through to the last page. It didn’t hurt that the authors were dead on in depicting a chihuahua’s personality. I live with a chihuahua so I know!

While Pepe certainly made the book a winner, the rest of the cast was very likable, if a bit “standard-issue” for supporting characters. Pepe’s detecting partner and human companion Geri was a good match for him and a perfect straight woman for Pepe’s high energy antics. Geri’s boss Jimmy G, is a unique and very funny character. I hope he’ll be in future books.

The next book in the Barking Detective series, Chihuahua Confidential, will be released in April. Here’s the blurb: When novice P.I. Geri Sullivan first heard her adopted Chihuahua talk, she thought she’d gone barking mad. But it turns out Pepe is a savvy sleuth-and if he has his way, he’ll soon be a bone-a-fido celebrity, too, as Pepe and Geri are Hollywood-bound to star in the reality show Dancing with Dogs. So far, so bueno. Then Nigel St. Nigel, the judge everyone loves to hate, becomes the judge someone wanted dead. Pepe and Geri are hot on a killer’s heels but between perfecting the paso doble and protecting Pepe’s Pomeranian lady love, both have their paws full. If Pepe’s new status as a Beverly Hills Chihuahua goes to his head, it may be the last waltz for Geri’s crime-biting compadre.

For more information – and to meet the chihuahua that inspired Pepe – visit the authors’ web site:


About cuppacozy

I'm a librarian and a writer who enjoys reading, writing and helping people find their perfect literary match.
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