Deal of the Century (More)

Here’s the Buffalo News on Ruff vs. Fluff:

Spencer Quinn, author of the amusing Bowser and Birdie mystery series (narrated by Bowser the dog) ups his game in the laugh-out-loud first book of a new mystery series, alternating narrators between arch rivals Arthur the dog and Queenie the cat. As he did in Bowser and Birdie, Quinn – a pen name for mystery writer Peter Abrahams – shows a real flair for inventing a mystery scenario that allows his animal detectives to credibly unearth clues (say, chewing up a wallet, thus exposing a fake ID) to point their humans in the general direction of solving the crime.

While Arthur and Queenie intensely dislike each other, they adore 11-year-old twins Harmony and Bro and their divorced mom, who runs the struggling Blackberry Hill Inn near the Canadian border. A rude guest arrives shortly before Christmas (cat and dog both instantly dislike him), bearing an old map and a handgun and insisting on hiking a treacherous trail on nearby Mount Misty. When he fails to return, the incompetent local sheriff arrests the twins’ cousin, sending the family and their pets on a quest to find the real perpetrator. Harmony uses Queenie’s charms to cajole clues out of the cat-loving local librarian and an elderly nursing home resident. Arthur has his own role to play, which includes a stint in the local pound and some heroic tracking. The narration by scheming cat and clueless hound is hilariously spot on. Queenie observes: “There’s a quiet dignity about me that I’m sure goes unnoticed by nobody.” And here’s Arthur: “Yes, my growl for sure, low and rumbly. Grrr. Grrr. The party on the other end of that growl must have been shaking in his boots. I wondered who it could be.” Appealing characters, a vivid setting and a well-crafted plot inspired by booze-smuggling of the Prohibition years make this series launch a winner.

(for deal details see yesterday’s post)


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11 Responses to “Deal of the Century (More)”

  1. B. Stover
    10:36 am on August 24th, 2019

    Good review.

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:51 pm on August 24th, 2019


    I am laughing at Queenie and Arthur’s observations of themselves.

    Long day in the dentist chair for me. Two very expensive crowns being made.

    Good day to all!

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:21 pm on August 24th, 2019

    Ruff vs Fluff!…Is always on full display in the children’s section – very magically by golly!….heh!heh!

  4. Ole Doc
    10:22 pm on August 24th, 2019

    Friend: How come I’m never in display at the Children’s library?

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on August 24th, 2019

    Rose!…Youse have bad teeth!…yeeep!…My friend hasn’t seen a dentist in about 2 years and had to cancel her appt. because my beloved Subaru would not start this last Wed….grump!….Now she has to wait till late Sept to get her toothies cleaned….snuffle!…No one touches my teeth except food and treaties…gruffle!

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on August 24th, 2019

    Doc!…Because you are Too Big!…grunt!…Remember?

  7. Ole Doc
    10:33 pm on August 24th, 2019

    Rio: To make it easy on Friend, she could just put me in the second shelf from the top instead of the tip top. I think being on display would come very naturally to me.

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:44 pm on August 24th, 2019

    Ole!…The shelves are hard and cold. Not your style believe me…sniff!…I’ve tried…grunt!

  9. Ole Doc
    11:32 pm on August 24th, 2019

    Fine…I will settle for being on Mother’s bed. Remember to lift with your knees and not your back, Friend. You may not be able to tell it by looking at me, but I probably weigh a little more than those books at the library.

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    12:11 am on August 25th, 2019

    Bah!…Ole Doc no one will be lifting youse anywhere….grunt!…Go back to Bible Study you Ole Dawg!….sneeze!

  11. Ole Doc
    12:54 am on August 25th, 2019

    Rio: Okay, okay, I can take a hint. There will be no lifting me anywhere.

    W&Ts Paw: Can I borrow the ramp you had built for Wookie? No reason.

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