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Staff Picks - Doggy Fiction

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All titles are shelved in the fiction section alphabetically by the author's last name unless otherwise noted.

About a Dog
by Jenn McKinlay
Returning home to Bluff Point, Maine, to attend a friend’s wedding, Mackenzie Harris, after rescuing a stray puppy, must face Gavin Tolliver, the town’s veterinarian—and the brother of her ex-fiancé who left her at the altar—and, with a little canine coercion, gets a second chance at love with Mr. Right.

Angus: a Memoir
by Charles Seibert       
While Angus, a spunky Jack Russell terrier, lies wounded in the woods trying to crawl back to his owner's cabin, he recalls his rich life.   

Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein       
Nearing the end of his life, Enzo, a dog with a philosopher's soul, tries to bring together his human family.              

Bannon Brothers: Honor
by Janet Dailey     
When two of her friends are struck down, Kenzie, an expert trainer of  combat dogs, turns to a high-level intelligence officer, for help.

Boss Dog
by M. F. K. Fisher                       
A bewildered American mother and her two daughters spend an adventurous year in Aiz-en-Provence, where an aloof mutt presides at the family's favorite cafes. 

Christmas With Tucker
by Gregory Kincaid     
Kincaid's prequel to the sleeper hit "A dog named Christmas" tells the story of George, a young boy dealing with the loss of his father, and the dog that comes into his life to offer him a ray of hope and courage.

Dancing Dogs: Stories
by Jon Katz           
A collection of dog-themed stories includes the tales of a woman's farewell to a beloved retriever, a young girl's instant connection with a shelter puppy, and a sheepdog's confrontation with an injured coyote.

Dog Gone, Back Soon
by Nick Trout         
Veterinarian Cyrus Mills struggles to maintain his late father's independent practice in the face of a national chain rival, an effort that is further complicated by the return of someone from waitress Amy's past.

Dog Tags
by David Rosenfelt               
Dog-loving lawyer Andy Carpenter plunges into a high-profile murder case in which a rogue German shepherd police dog may be the only hope for its owner, accused of murder.                              

A Dog’s Purpose
by W. Bruce Cameron.     
Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him to discovering how to be a good dog.                           

A Dog’s Way Home
by W. Bruce Cameron
Traces the story of Bella, a dog who is drawn to Lucas Ray, only to be separated from him by rules that disallow pit bulls in their Denver community, a situation that compels the puppy to travel back to the person she loves.

Emily and Einstein
by Linda F. Lee             
After losing her beloved husband in an accident, Emily embarks on a journey for answers about her husband's true character in the company of a scruffy little dog.         

Finding Jack
by Gareth Crocker               
After joining the flagging war effort in Vietnam, Fletcher Carson rescues a wounded yellow Labrador during a mission.                

The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs             
by Alexander McCall Smith                   
Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld is mistaken for a veterinarian and not wanting to call attention to the faux pas, begins practicing veterinary medicine without a license.                  

A Fistful of Collars (MYSTERY)
by Spencer Quinn         
Hired to babysit a spoiled actor whose latest film is being shot in the Valley, Chet (the dog) and Bernie uncover links between the actor and a long-ago local crime.  

Gone to the Dogs                           
by Mary Guterson                       
Taking custody of her unfaithful ex-boyfriend's dog after a painful breakup, Rena finds her newly single status further complicated by the haphazard efforts of other family members to set her up.         

The Hand That Feeds You
by A.J. Rich
Returning home to discover that her fiance has been mauled to death by her dogs, psychology doctorate student Morgan Prager learns that her fiance was leading a dangerous double life involving other women who are now being systematically murdered.

Jonathan Unleashed
by Meg Rosoff
Struggling with an unhinged boss, a girlfriend who wants someone better & an apartment that should be condemned, Jonathan agrees to look after his brother's dogs, who become his companions during perspective-changing daily walks to visit an alluring vet.

Leader of the Pack (MYSTERY)
by David Rosenfelt     
Believing that a client whose case he lost 9 years earlier is innocent, lawyer Andy Carpenter visits the man's aging uncle.   

Man in the Woods
by Scott Spencer         
Carpenter Paul Phillips commits a crime whose only witness was a mixed-breed dog.

Murder Unleashed (MYSTERY)
by Rita Mae Brown       
Nevada newcomer Mags and her wire-haired dachshund, Baxter, team up with German shepherd, King, and police officer Pete to confront an ambitious politician.  

A Nose for Justice (MYSTERY)
by Rita Mae Brown         
On Jeep Reed's Wings Ranch near Reno, she, her niece, Magdalene Rogers, & their two dogs investigate a pump company employee's disappearance.

Outfoxed (MYSTERY)
by David Rosenfelt
Working with a county prison program where rescue dogs are trained to be more           adoptable, defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is horrified when a prisoner uses a fox terrier to make an ingenious escape before the man who helped convict the prisoner is found murdered.  

Reckless Creed (MYSTERY)
by Alex Kava 
The third novel featuring K9 trainer Ryder Creed, his team of working dogs, and FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell.    

by J. R. R. Tolkien                 
A dog who has been turned into a toy dog encounters rival wizards and experiences  various adventures on the moon.

Rose in a Storm
by Jon Katz                 
Assisting the farmer throughout a bitterly cold late-winter lambing season, Rose, a tough & dedicated sheep dog, finds her job complicated when the farmer is injured.

Sight Hound
by Pam Houston                     
In his endeavor to teach his human, Rae, about the power of love over fear, wolfhound Dante simultaneously impacts the lives of many.

Sit! Stay! Speak!
by Annie Englund Noblin
This debut novel tells the story of a rescue dog that helps a struggling young outsider make peace with the past.

Stalking Ground (MYSTERY)
by Margaret Mizushima
Racing ahead of a storm to search for a missing person in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner become dangerously stranded while Deputy Ken Brody and veterinarian Cole Walker discover that they are being hunted by the killer.  

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David Wroblewski
A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs.  

To Fetch a Thief: a Chet & Bernie (MYSTERY)   
by Spencer Quinn                           
When the elephant star of a traveling circus goes missing along with her trainer, canine detective Chet and his human partner, Bernie Little, follow the missing elephant's scent.

Unleashing Mr. Darcy
by Teri Wilson           
After her reputation and teaching career is ruined by scandal, Manhattanite Elizabeth Scott escapes to England where she, while caring for a pack of show dogs, tries to deny her attraction to arrogant billionaire dog breeder Donovan Darcy.

Walking in Circles Before Lying Down             
by Merrill Markoe                             
Dawn discovers that Chuck, a mixed breed dog she had adopted from a local animal shelter, can talk and that he may have some solutions to her problems.  

by Mo Hayder                         
After a vagrant finds a dog wandering alone carrying a scrap of paper with the words "HELP US" attached it is collar, Caffery races against time to find the dog's owners.