by Susan J. Kroupa


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Bad-Mouthed by Susan J. Kroupa

Laugh out loud with Doodle, the obedience-impaired sniffer dog who has won the hearts of dog lovers of all ages.

Doodle's the first to admit he doesn't get Christmas. His job is to find bedbugs for his boss's bedbug detection business and to watch over the boss's ten-year-old daughter, Molly. It is not to play a black sheep in a Christmas pageant, a lose-lose situation for sure. Not to mention that just when things start to get interesting, Doodle attracts the attention of a popular video-blogger, whose subsequent "feature" jeopardizes the boss's business.

Throw in a handful of threatening letters, a devastating fire and some lost dogs, and Molly and Doodle have their hands-well, in Doodle's case, his paws-full finding out just who's been naughty and who's been nice.

A family friendly mystery perfect for any season.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692346341
Publisher: Laurel Fork Press
Publication date: 12/06/2014
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Before she let her writing go to the dogs, Susan J. Kroupa won awards for her fiction from such places as the Utah Arts Council Contest, Writers of the Future and the Deep South Writing Competition. Her stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy and in a variety of anthologies, including Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters. Now, she is perhaps best known for her Doodlebugged Mysteries, a gentle cozy series featuring the irrepressible but obedience-impaired sniffer-dog, Doodle.

Susan lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia with her husband and a trouble-prone labradoodle whose superpower is bringing home dead possums. You can learn more about her on her webpage

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Bad-Mouthed 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the fourth book I believe in the Doodlebugged Mysteries series. The first one I have read. It is cute and charming. The story is told from the dog Doodle side. I think it was aimed for young kids, but I still enjoyed reading it. Lots of dog information. I had no idea that dogs could be trained to search for bed bugs. Which Doodle does do for his boss. The mystery is about a blog review that twisted things and wrote lies that effected a lot of different companies. There was another mystery too. Molly Hunter is ten years old but she and her friends decide to find proof and save her father's business Hunter Bed Bug Detection. The internet can really help or hurt a business fast. Doodle is a labradoodle. He starts the story telling how while on stage for Christmas program being a black sheep smells a rat and chases it and brings it back to the stage and gives it to Molly. Doodle is proud of himself, but Molly was kicked off the stage with him and the boss Joss Hunter is mad. Molly is bright caring and a good friend. Her father raised her by himself mostly. Her mother has just recently come back into the picture. I liked all the information about training a dog to obey. Also how much work it is to train a working dog his job. Bad-Mouthed his a fast read. It is full of drama, dogs and their training. It is also a clean read. I was given Bad-Mouthed to read so I could give a honest review and be part of it's blog tour.
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maryjorabe More than 1 year ago
"Bad-Mouthed", the wonderful successor to Susan J. Kroupa's "Bed-Bugged", "Out-Sniffed" and "Dognabbed", is again warmhearted and funny but never superficial. Middle-grade kids will love it; older kids will enjoy it secretly, perhaps not ever admitting that they read it. Adults with the good fortune of having a dog in their lives will treasure the book; adults without canine companionship will start wondering if they need a labradoodle. Book four stands on its own, but fortunate readers will want to read books one, two, and three as soon as possible. This time Doodle's adventures begin with his finding and catching a rat at a Christmas pageant, an obvious good deed that no one seems to appreciate. Adults in the book exhibit contradictory behavior, which ends up causing serious problems for Josh and his business. However, with the exception of two evil villains with no redeeming qualities, all the adults are depicted with compassion; they are shown as flawed human beings who truly want to do the right thing, but of course fail over and over again. Fortunately Molly's detective work and Doodle's instincts and actions can save the day for Josh, for Molly's mother, for Grady, the troubled son of one of Josh's initial adversaries, and for innocent, deserving dogs. The happy ending includes a few surprises but satisfies everyone's desire for justice. This is a remarkable book. As I said with "Dog-Nabbed", buy it, read it, and then buy another one so that someone else can enjoy it as much as you did. You will enjoy every minute you spend with Doodle and his companions.