What they say: Every dog has his day
They say every dog has his day.
Well, today I’ve certainly had mine.
Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I have a passion for finding those who don’t want to be found.
Cleo the cat. Well, she came along for the ride too.
So, sure I’ve had my day today, but not in the sense of being past my prime. To the contrary, the fun is just starting. And I am buzzing with a new purpose, mixed with a tiny amount of vindictive elation.
Because, I’ve not only found myself a new home after the untimely demise of my previous owner, but I’ve also made amends with the cat. It turns out she’s not that bad, really.
On top of that though, and this is what really sends shivers racing all the way down my spine to my paws, is that we’ve fingered a killer.
Because you human’s, you underestimate us animals. And while you go about your business ignoring our very existence, the cat and I are listening and taking notes.
This is the first full length novel in the Albertus Eagle detective beagle series of animal cozy mysteries, starring Albertus Eagle, and his two sidekicks, Cleo the cat and Bella Schuhmann, the smart human who actually understands him. In this wonderful full length book packed with humour and satire, we see the world of murder and intrigue set up through the eyes of a loyal dog turned amateur sleuth.
The Review: You know when there are books you know you’re going to need some day as a pick me up (I no longer really read magazines, which used to be my go to “chill out” fodder!) Well this was such a book.
Stuck in a slump I remembered I had this, a detective book with the dog as the main hero and so off I went. It is the story of Albie, a beagle who is in for a shock as his owner dies and he heads straight for the pound. Enter the lovely and kooky Bella, who takes a shine to him and his nemesis, cat Chloe. The huge thing is Bella can understand what Albie says! (Chloe the cat, not so much!) Between them, they realise there’s a mystery to be solved and so, as you would suspect with a talking dog on her side, Bella has the ultimate in a tool to find out the ultimate in mysteries. The story is done in a way you would expect and hope, with for example Albie keeping sketch for Bella or being able to get into places she can. There’s also a real life human member of the force looking over their shoulder! I really enjoyed this and flew through it, nodding in a satisfied fashion as I read. It was a fun read that is perfect for either holidays or just chilling out on the couch. Very enjoyable! Thanks so much to Rachel for having me as part of blog tour and for the book in return for an honest review.
About the author
Chloe Grace is the cozy mystery pen name for romantic mystery author, Karen Botha. While she doesn’t understand animals quite as well as Bella in the Albertus Eagle Detective Beagle cozy mysteries, she does chat along to her rescue dog, Shadow, pretty much all day.
And she’s sure that he chats back.
Chloe lives with Shadow and her hubby in a small outpost of London city—funnily enough it’s a little like where Bella and Albie live. As a family they like to go on walks in the local woods and throw a tennis ball until their respective arms ache, which is usually before Shadow shows any hint of exhaustion.
While her first romance novels were inspired by true life events, the Albertus Eagle series are complete imagination – although her conversations with Shadow can’t be ignored.
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