I received this book at no cost from the publisherWoof by Spencer Quinn
Published by Scholastic Inc. on April 28th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Animals, Dogs, General, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
There is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp -- Bowser can smell it. Bowser is a very handsome and only slightly slobbery dog, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! And the sweat on humans when they're lying.
Birdie Gaux, the girl Bowser lives with, also knows something is wrong. It's not just that her grammy's stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It's the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It's the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck.
When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser's powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic 'em.
Birdie’s mom works on an oil rig as an engineer and while she is away, Birdie stays with her grandmother and helps out around the family bait shop. Her father has passed away, and she wishes she could remember him, but the memories are fuzzy. For her eleventh brithday, her grandmother lets her adopt a dog that turns out to be the best thing EVER in her life. Now named, Bowser, this mutt steal Birdie’s heart and promises to protect her no matter what. A giant, stuffed fish is stolen from the bait shop and leads Birdie and Bowser on a treasure hunt that turns into a mystery that everyone can follow along and appreciate.
If you are familiar with Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie series for adults, you will know what Bowser is thinking. This story captures the feeling of those books but are perfect for dog loving kids (ok, adults too) that want a nice mystery to read over the summer. Birdie is a winning character and I hope to see more books in this series. She is tough for her age and has seen much heartbreak for one so young. Bowser will steal your heart like a piece of bacon and won’t let it go.