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Miss Marple Meets Surf City

Wild horses couldn’t drag her to a dude ranch, declares Delilah Doolittle, but when a wealthy client persuades her to help solve the mysterious death of a valuable show horse, she soon finds herself on a trail ride to murder. Joined by canine companions Watson and Trixie, and friends Tiptoe Tony and the Hon. Evie, Delilah detects family secrets in a luxurious stud farm setting.

Concern for all species and their human caretakers informs Patricia Guiver’s writing, as do environmental issues (e.g., animal importation, wetlands, wild mustangs’ habitat and survival, etc.). She has written for local, national, and international publications, including a current syndicated column, and hosted a cable TV show on these matters. She is founder and ten-year president of her local chapter of the SPCA. As a treat for readers, she has included a recipe for home-made dog biscuits in The Beastly Bloodline.

Guiver became a lifelong animal advocate when the family terrier died in a WWII air raid. In the Delilah Doolittle Pet Detective mystery series (of which The Beastly Bloodline is the sixth), she has found the ideal vehicle to explore her interests, as well as to entertain lovers of the English cozy mystery and fans of Murder, She Wrote. Admirers of Dick Francis and Josephine Tey’s Brat Farrar, and of the dog mysteries of Susan Conant, Laurien Berenson, et al, will also love The Beastly Bloodline. A continuing cast of human and animal characters appears in the light and charming series, which nevertheless makes serious points. In this book, the delightful Delilah muses, “My job as a pet detective frequently leads me to uncover the worst in human nature.” The outcomes of some of her cases might even lead her to conclude, like the old saying: “The more I see of men, the better I like dogs.”

Born and raised in Surrey, England, Patricia Guiver began her professional writing career in London’s Fleet Street. She now makes her home in Southern California, the setting of her Pet Detective series. There her menagerie includes two cats, a cockatiel, and a Yorkshire terrier. Guiver also writes a syndicated pet column, “The Creature Connection,” for a newspaper group, and in her spare time volunteers for the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


The Beastly Bloodline
A Delilah Doolittle Pet Detective Mystery
Patricia Guiver

ISBN 1-880284-69-3 paperback, $13.95

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