The Nose Knows: A Spunky Mystery

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Spunky is a sassy, classy terrier mutt with a nose for detecting the truth. She lives with her "mom," psychologist Dr. Hannah Richards and four tomcats: Fearless, Bobby, Sweetie, and Fancy Pants.

Eleven years ago, a patient held Dr. Richards hostage. Traumatized, she stopped seeing patients. Now her husband has died, and Hannah Richards must return to work. Spunky and her pals are dedicated to keeping Hannah safe, but that job is getting tougher. Dr. Richards is about to meet a ...

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Overview

Spunky is a sassy, classy terrier mutt with a nose for detecting the truth. She lives with her "mom," psychologist Dr. Hannah Richards and four tomcats: Fearless, Bobby, Sweetie, and Fancy Pants.

Eleven years ago, a patient held Dr. Richards hostage. Traumatized, she stopped seeing patients. Now her husband has died, and Hannah Richards must return to work. Spunky and her pals are dedicated to keeping Hannah safe, but that job is getting tougher. Dr. Richards is about to meet a force greater than her old fears. Her newest patient is a dangerous man -- and he's stalking her. Spunky smells a connection to their past, but can she solve the puzzle in time?

The Nose Knows is a suspenseful, heartwarming, funny, romantic tale that deals with big issues -- crippling grief, the effect of animal companionship on the human soul, and the power of love. Once you've seen the world through the eyes of Spunky, your view will never be the same.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604947373
  • Publisher: Wheatmark
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,158,164
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Great Read! Highly Recommend it!!!

    Enjoyed this page turner. Great characters. Loved both the critters and the humans! Lots of twists and turns. Funny, touching, smart and quirky Lewitas is a fabulous writer. Didn't want the book to end. Couldn't put it down. Spunky is very lovable and makes a great narrator! Can't wait to read the sequel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    I LOVED FEARLESS

    I love cats so I just loved this book. The author captured the wonderful world of cats. Even though I am not a real dog person - I still thought Spunyk was wonderful! I wish every one could have a friend like her. This is a great book, a fun read and a good mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Spunky captures your heart and the mystery captures your interes

    Spunky captures your heart and the mystery captures your interest. Well written characters that are smart, clever and loving. Good mystery. I am thrilled that this is the first book in this new mystery series. I think any real animal lover who wants a good read will love this book. I highly recommend it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Highly Enjoyable!

    This is a delightful read. Spunky has a great sense of humor, a big heart, and is a smart, determined detective. There are four wonderful cat characters that are loyal and the perfect side-kicks.

    The book is a page-turner and you get drawn in and want to see what happens next. I can't wait for the second book of thsi series!

    If you like dogs, cats and a mystery then I know you will enjoy this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Terrific Book

    Anyone who loves cats and dogs will like this book. Young adults and any person who is young at heart. It is a mystery but it will also make you smile. It is a wonderful story told by Spunky - a darling smart terrier mutt. You can't help but love her. The great part is that is the start of the Spunky Mystery series - so there is more to come! I highly recommend this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Spunky the Terrier is smart, she has a crackling sense of humor,

    Spunky the Terrier is smart, she has a crackling sense of humor, she is loyal to her friends and fierce with their enemies. And she has a likable, friendly, entertaining voice. Spunky’s voice is pure style.

    Spunky also has a nose. This nose of hers shows that in certain departments dogs are far better equipped than human beings, especially when it comes to detective work. Spunky’s nose makes her a master sleuth.

    Spunky and her tabby friend Fearless are a great duo. They’re equal partners and they’re in this adventure together, because they share a great affection for their human Mom, Dr. Hannah Richards, a therapist who counsels a full case load over the Internet.

    This fast-paced novel boldly deals with big issues: death, grief, family, love and friendship within species and the equally valid love and friendship that crosses species lines, and the healing power of animal companionship for the human soul.

    Mainly, I applaud this novel for being so warm. Spunky is a pleasure to spend time with, and Hannah Richards, AKA Mom, is a woman to cheer for and to root for as she reclaims her life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Spunky is an unexpected main character. The little terrier mutt

    Spunky is an unexpected main character. The little terrier mutt will probably endear herself to the reader in no time. With a quick wit and nose for mystery, the terrier mutt will lead the reader through the story. The story really picks up the pace about halfway through; after that, it is very hard to put down. Sometimes, Spunky will feel more like a real person than a dog. The characters are detailed and dynamic, the reader will likely come to care for them.



    When Hannah, Spunky's "mom, returns to work after the death of her husband, Spunky takes it upon herself to make sure she will be safe. It quickly becomes clear that Hannah is not safe. It is up to Spunky and company to sniff out the culprit. The mystery was interesting and actually not that obvious, the author has a few well-placed twists and turns. Overall, this book is recommended to adult readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    A MUST READ FOR CAT AND DOG LOVERS!!! I do not read very often,

    A MUST READ FOR CAT AND DOG LOVERS!!!
    I do not read very often, but I could not put this book down! Reading usually makes me fall asleep, not with this book, I couldn't wait to see what "Spunky" was up to next! Already looking for the next sequel to come out! If you love animals, mystery, romance and a little Spunk in your life, then you will Love this book..:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Great Book for teens to the gray-headed. If you are a ┬┐critter l

    Great Book for teens to the gray-headed. If you are a “critter lover,” it is an absolute must read! Through the eyes of these darling characters, Lewitas reveals a critter’s unique perspective of life as they tackle the adventures of this exciting mystery. It was uplifting to experience her human characters, with real life struggles, as they found hope and changed their lives. I cannot wait to read the next book in her series.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    This is the second book that I have read that is from the pe





    This is the second book that I have read that is from the perspective of a dog. Although it's a bit unusual, I enjoyed the cute stories of Spunky and all the other creatures throughout the book. 




    Immediately you'll be hooked to the warm and loving terrier named Spunky. Spunky lives with his family, a few cats (Fearless, Bobby, Sweetie and Fancy Pants), and his owner Hanna who is a psychotherapist in much need of a break away from her work. Things became violent with one of her patients, making her skeptical about returning back to work, she is determined to face her fears, and becomes more confident to do so with the help from her furry family. 




    Since Hanna's husband had "passed over the rainbow bridge" her pets have become very protective and concerned about her well being. Animals truly are a humans best friend, and this story dives into Spunky's mind to explain his perspective on Hanna's life. 




    The author does such a great job of getting into the mind of the animals, I imagine if dogs could really share their experiences and thoughts with humans, it would be a lot like the author described it to be. 
    I could clearly imagine Spunky and the cats conversations as they plotted together to serve and protect their family.  




    Each character was so heartfelt and loving, you couldn't help but become addicted to their story. It was absolutely adorable the connection Spunky had with her friend the black lab, named Quincy and his owner Jacob. Together Spunky and the cats plot to get Quincy's owner Jacob to become sweet on Hanna and so far their plot seems to be working very well. 




    This was a great book with a combination of mystery, love, humor and excitement that had me turning pages all throughout the night until the book was finally finished. It is a true talent for the author to be able to write from the animals point of view so clearly and what seems accurately. This book  has something for everyone! An especially great read for any animals lovers out there! 




    I give this book 5/5

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    The story of Dr. Hannah Richards, a psychotherapist, as seen thr

    The story of Dr. Hannah Richards, a psychotherapist, as seen through the eyes of her dog, Spunky. Spunky and the cats of the house take care of Hannah, a widow whose husband died unexpectedly, or at least unexpectedly for a human, or as Spunky put it, passed over the “Rainbow Bridge”. Spunky and the cats, however, have great senses, especially smell. They knew her husband was dying. Unfortunately, Hannah did not.

    Hannah had a traumatic event while she was in a counseling session, and it caused her a great amount of fear. Years of shutting out the world took quite a bit of work for Jacob and his dog, Quincy. The friendship and support became a strength for Hannah, until another session caused trouble for not only her, but her patients as well.

    Anyone who has dogs and/or cats can relate with how Spunky tells the story. You can imagine the conversations between animals, their plotting, their love, their guardianship, their moves and their actions. You’ll also learn how each of the animals came to a part of the household, Hannah’s kindness, love and concern for others.

    Humor with a bit of sympathy for Hannah for her emotions of the death of her husband and her fear of going back to work in an office with her patients. You’ll laugh with the animals and feel for Hannah and her patients. You’ll turn the pages helping solve who is this mysterious man and why is he bothering Hannah and her patients. Your inner voice will arise.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Have you ever enjoyed a moment of Zen while interacting with you

    Have you ever enjoyed a moment of Zen while interacting with your pet or another friendly animal? When is the Zen moment? It is that moment, where each of you feels and shares a special connection, the ultimate peace that touches your very soul.

    Holly L. Lewitas, a nurse and an author knows about this connection and has written an engrossing book, which centers on that very connection and the relationship between humans and animals, titled The Nose Knows. However, this book is not only a story about the spiritual connection that can develop between humans and animals; it is also a great mystery novel that keeps the reader engrossed in the story until the end.

    The Nose Knows is the story of Dr. Hannah Richards and her spirited pets, which include a feisty terrier mutt named Spunky, and four tomcats named Bobby, Sweetie, Fearless and Fancy Pants. Spunky, the terrier is wise, intuitive, and witty. She tells the story from her point of view and what a point of view it is, she seems to know more about humans than humans do. Spunky and the others behave just as one would expect cats and dogs to act, they fuss, they fight, they are mischievous and they are very lovable.

    Dr. Richards and her animals have an endearing relationship and rely on each other for their survival. The animals actually turned out to be the heroes of the book as their animal senses help to solve the mystery that threatens their “mom”. They are also key in helping with the healing process of the doctor and others in the story. Dr. Richards is a psychologist traumatized by two disheartening events in her life; she was held hostage by one of her patients and soon after abruptly lost her husband to illness. The traumatic occurrences in her life left her alone and scarred and reluctant to deal with people at all. However, with the help of her animals and her own bravado, she gets back into practice in life and in love.

    As a mystery story the pace is well kept, the story does not lag and it keeps the reader guessing. The characters are interesting and intelligently written. In addition, it is also a heartwarming story, which takes the reader on an emotional ride that will sometimes, makes you laugh, cry, cringe, sympathize and cheer. Overall, this is an enjoyable book that is appropriate for readers of all ages; I recommend it as a satisfying summer read.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    The Nose Knows, written by Holly L. Lewitas, is a fun little my

    The Nose Knows, written by Holly L. Lewitas, is a fun little mystery written from the point-of-view of a dog. Think Rita Mae Brown only totally from Spanky’s, a feisty little terrier-mix, point-of-view. The story revolves around a psychologist, who is trying to recover from trauma both at work and of losing her husband, and her ragtag band of rescue cats and dogs. Although the cover says the book is “A Spanky Mystery”, the majority of the book is about what the animals do and how humans, usually wrongly, perceive those actions. In other words, our pets are much smarter than we give them credit for. The author also writes about the idea that if we quiet our minds we will understand our pets much better and have a special connection with them. There’s also a fair amount of the story dedicated to the main human character, the psychologist, finding love and the amusing way the pets try to bring her together with Jacob, the man who could be the “one”. I did get a bit bored with some of these sections. They are very well written and I really enjoyed them at first but I found they dragged on too long. The mystery in the book is excellent, very well done and with edge-of-your-seat moments. Once I reached the part of the story where Spanky and her buddies try to help and solve who is scaring their human mother I couldn’t put the book down. Hopefully the next book will be a full-on mystery. Overall this is a very fun read!

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