Dog-Themed Mysteries for International Dog Day 2019

August 23, 2019 | M. Elwood

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August 26, 2019 is International Dog Day. Celebrate with your favourite good boy or good girl by going for a walk, playing catch or solving a murder. These mystery series feature crime-solving canines.

Andy Carpenter Mysteries by David Rosenfelt

Defense attorney Andy Carpenter solves crimes and rights judicial wrongs with the help of his golden retriever Tara. 

Open and shut Bury the lead Sudden death

Open and Shut

Bury the Lead

Sudden Death


Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn

Chet the dog narrator of this series is private investigator Bernie's partner. Together they solve all sorts of crimes in various parts of the United States. 

Dog on it Thereby hangs a tail To fetch a thief

Dog On It

Thereby Hangs a Tail

To Fetch a Thief


Melanie Travis by Laurien Berenson

With her trusty show poodle Faith by her side, single mother Melanie Travis investigates crimes on the occasionally murderous competitive dog show circuit. 

Murder at the puppy fest  Ruff justice Bite club

Murder at the Puppy Fest

Ruff Justice

Bite Club


Monsieur Pamplemousse Series by Michael Bond

The famed author of the Paddington Bear books also created this series of adult mysteries. Monsieur Pamplemousse is a former Sûreté Inspector who is now working for as a food reviewer, always accompanied by his loyal bloodhound Pommes Frites. Wherever the two go, they encounter criminal activity and delicious food. 

Monsieur pamplemousse afloat Monsieur pamplemousse on probation Monsieur pamplemousse and the french solution

Monsieur Pamplemousse Afloat

Monsieur Pamplemousse on Probation

Monsieur Pamplemousse and the French Solution


Oxford Dogwalkers Series by Annie Dalton

When Anna Hopkins discovers a corpse while walking her dog two other dog walkers come to help. The three women become friends and frequently find themselves involved in murderous activity in Oxford. 

White shepherd Written in red Study in gold

The White Shepherd

Written in Red

A Study in Gold


Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series by Margaret Mizushima

Described as "police procedurals with heart", this series is set in the Colorado Rockies where the K-9 team of Deputy Mattie Cobb and Robo solve crimes in the community. 

Killing trail Stalking ground Hunting hour

Killing Trail

Stalking Ground

Hunting Hour


What other mysteries featuring a very good doggo would you recommend?