Doodle's back! The obedience-impaired sniffer dog, who delighted dog lovers and gentle-mystery fans alike in Bed-Bugged, returns for another laugh-out-loud adventure.
This time Doodle's nose gets put to the test when Molly trains him to find something very different from bed bugs to clear her best friend's brother from drug charges. But when Doodle fails to find two vials containing bed bugs during a practice for an important certification trial, the boss is furious. Has Molly's extra training has ruined Doodle's ability to do his job?
It takes all of Molly's ingenuity and Doodle's keen intelligence to sniff out what really happened and set things right again.
A family friendly mystery perfect for all ages.
A nominee for the Maxwell Medallion by the Dog Writers Association of America.
|Publisher:||Laurel Fork Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
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 https://www.susankroupa.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This a a fun follow up to the first Doodle bugged mystery. I loved reading more about Doodle and Molly and their continued adventures. Can't wait for the next one in the series. A fun, quick read.
Out-Sniffed, the second Doodlebugged Mystery, continues the adventures of Doodle, and engages the reader in a thought experiment: what would our world look like from the point of view of a dog who has not had an easy time amongst humans? The results are funny, insightful, touching. The canine-narrator of these books has the good fortune to be rescued by a young single-father and his daughter—they save him; and he, in turn, saves them in all the ways that matter. Did I mention that these books are well written? My Mother and I read these books together. When we had finished the last page, we did not want them to be over. I recommend these books.
“Out-Sniffed”, the marvelous successor to Susan J. Kroupa's "Bed-Bugged", is warmhearted and funny but never superficial. Doodle, the bedbug-detecting labradoodle, comprehends every situation immediately, while the human beings in the story do their best, fumble, and then get up and try again. Out-Sniffed more than exceeds the expectations you have after enjoying Bed-Bugged. In Bed-Bugged Susan J. Kroupa touches on serious topics of children's coming to terms with less than perfect home lives, on problems of illegal immigrants, and on problems of single fathers trying to earn a living and do justice to their children's needs. These problems continue in "Out-Sniffed", but Kroupa, without ever being heavy-handed, now adds problems of bullying, teen-aged drug use, a well-meaning but often helpless police force, and inept pet owners to the mix. Fortunately, the ten-year-old daughter, with the help of Doodle, manages to solve these problems and Doodle's employer's problems with stupid criminals while learning to accept her flawed but loving parents for the complex human beings that they are. Doodle occasionally indulges himself in some gentle sarcasm, but always lets slip at the end how much he cherishes his human companions. Favored with a wry intelligence and clear-headed view of human beings, Doodle manages to clear up mysteries, repair relationship problems, and solve most of the other problems of his human employers, despite the fact that said humans are woefully incapable of understanding his unambiguous commands. I haven't met a fictional character in a long time that I enjoyed melding my mind with as much as Doodle. Susan J. Kroupa claims Doodle is inspired by Shadow, her independent labradoodle, but I think I recognized a few human sources of inspiration, at least every time Doodle commented "Just sayin' ..." So, I recommend this book highly to anyone who is aged 9-12, who knows someone aged 9-12, who likes dogs, or who might enjoy spending some time in the mind of a brilliant labradoodle who remains tolerant of human foibles. Bed-Bugged and Out-Sniffed are both highly entertaining reads. Do yourself a favor and take the time for them.