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The Furry Sleuth Mystery Genre
What is a Furry Sleuth Mystery?
Dogs, cats, and detectives. What could be better than man's best friend helping out the detective in solving the crime? In this subgenre, particular species are actively involved in the crimes and may help the detective. In some novels, the action is seen from the perspective of the pet. These stories are made for those readers who like a pet curled up as they read.
Furry Sleuth Mystery Characteristics
- Level of Characterization
The characterization varies. Where the action is seen through the pet's eyes, the animal may misunderstand their owner's motivations..
- Level of Plot
These books tend to be more traditional mysteries, so the plot is the major element. Solving the crime and learning whodunit is paramount.
- Level of Mystery
The mystery is a key element of this type of book.
- Level of Suspense
There may be some level of suspense, but typically the reader knows that the hero will win out over the murderer.
- Level of Thriller
There are very few furry detective books that are thrillers.
- Level of Strangeness
There can be a surreal nature to reading a book which is seen from the point of view of an animal. Seeing things from this viewpoint can be quite strange.
- Level of Violence
There typically is not much violence in these books, though of course, a murder does occur and needs to be solved.
- Level of Action
This subgenre is rarely associated with much action. The crime is committed and then the sleuth must solve it using brains and pets.
- Degree of Thriller, Suspense, Crime, or Mystery in this the Furry Sleuth Subgenre
These books fall firmly under the category of mystery. There's a crime to be solved with the pet sometimes acting as Watson – or perhaps Holmes. There are few options for thriller, crime or suspense elements in this type of book.
Related MYSTERY Subgenres
Furry Sleuth Mystery, puzzle mystery, amateur sleuth mystery.
Furry Sleuth Mystery isn't for you IF...
don't like pets, like action and violence, or don't want to hear what your pets think
- 1 Poirot Loses a Client
By Agatha Christie. Bob is a wire-hair terrier who is accused of injuring his owner.
- 2 Eight Dogs Flying
By Karen Ann Wilson. Writes about a vet tech from Florida.
- 3 Downton Tabby
By Sparkles Abbey. Own a pet boutique named Bow-Wow Boutique.
- 4 Writing all Wrongs
By Ellery Adams. Features a standard poodle.
- 5 The Bark Before Christmas
By Laurien Berenson. A Furry Sleuth Mystery series featuring Melanie Travis, a teacher who also works in showing poodles.
- 6 Tail Gate
By Rita Mae Brown. Features talking pets in her Mrs. Murphy series.
- 7 The Man Who Would be F. Scott Fitzgerald
By David Handler. An incredible series about a biographer and his Bassett Hound, Lulu.
- 8 Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything
By Nancy Martin. Miss Ruffles is a dog who inherits an estate after her owner passes away.
- 9 Braced for Murder
By Sue Owens Wright. Features a Bassett Hound.
- 10 In Dog We Trust
By Neil Plakcy. Features a Golden Retriever as a companion and helper.