In this second installment in the series, Chrissy digs up clues to help Autumn solve a historical disappearance and a modern-day murder mystery
Autumn Clarke is getting her life back to normal with the help of her extraordinary shih tzu, Chrissy, when the death of a local philanthropist reveals the man’s dark family secrets, as well as unexpected ties to Autumn. When Chrissy discovers a dog-eared diary in the dead man’s family home, Autumn discovers that things in the Clarke family are not quite as they seem.
Can Autumn interpret the hidden clues in the dog-eared diary to crack the most puzzling disappearance in Knollwood history? Are the recent murders connected to the past? Is Chrissy more insightful than Autumn realized?
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“I have fallen in love with Chrissy and Autumn and their continuing journey to health while finding themselves in the middle of a murder mystery adventure. My pre-teen daughter and I enjoyed reading The Dog-Eared Diary and then discussing the clues, plot twists, and characters.” ~ Antoinette Brickhaus, Maryland
“Through the relationship between Autumn and Chrissy, Wing also shows the importance of therapy animals and how much they can help those who need them. Add a sweet romance to the intrigue of the mystery and you’ve got a book that you won’t want to put down.” ~ Melissa Alvarez, Intuitive, animal communicator and author of Animal Frequency and Llewellyn’s Little Book of Spirit Animals
“Diane Wing has created a wonderfully endearing little character in Chrissy the Shih Tzu. It really shines through that the author is a lover of animals and dogs. I can see these books quickly becoming a cherished addition to the cozy mystery genre.” ~ J. New, author of The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries
Attorney-at-Paw: A Chrissy the Shih Tzu Mystery
Only Chrissy, a cute little Shih Tzu, can unlock this mystery!
Autumn Clarke survived the car crash that killed her parents. To help her cope with PTSD, she adopts Chrissy, a Shih Tzu with a remarkable secret. Chrissy is also the only witness to the mysterious death of her pet parent. Autumn vows to find the truth behind his death with the help of Chrissy, the neighbors and an attractive detective. Can Autumn unravel the clues while trying to heal Chrissy’s trauma and overcome her own devastating emotional wounds in the midst of a dangerous murder investigation?
Guest Review by Carly Wilson
‘The Dog-eared Diary’ is the first book I have read by this author, and I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The book is about Autumn Clarke, a dog owner to the adorable schih-tzu Chrissy. Together they provide comfort for one another, Chrissy helping Autumn overcome panic attacks and anxiety, whilst in exchange Autumn provides endless pampering and spoilage.
When a body is found during a festival, it unlocks a barrage of mysteries, mysteries that Autumn did not know she would end up being a part of. She learns that her family tree does not quite run how she believed, and she is now the owner of a much sought after mansion.
But the mansion is not all that it is believed to be, as it is rumoured to be the catalyst of a string of bad luck and unfortunate occurrences for the once famous Peabody family.
But when Oxnard Peabody mysteriously dies, it all spells foul play, especially when lab tests show he appears to have been poisoned. Autumn and her trusty sidekick Chrissy can’t help but investigate. Will a mysterious diary provide evidence of motive? And who will the discovered body turn out to be?
This book has a really good pace, and it reeled me in within the first few pages. Autumn is very likeable, and you can’t help but fall in love with her boyfriend Ray who is always there to protect her, and her man-eater friend Stephanie.
The book is part of a series, but as this is the first book I’ve read and I did not feel like I was missing any crucial details, it most certainly can be read as a stand-alone.
Wing has developed a very well thought out murder mystery, that will well and truly keep you guessing. With each clue uncovered you feel like you are hot in the tail of the murderer, and you will love the grand finale!
Very well written and entertaining! The perfect read for all murder mystery loving readers, and those looking to become immersed in a new authors work.
About the author
Diane Wing, M.A. grew up in a household where her vivid imagination could thrive. Crafting short stories and poetry from an early age, writing remained part of her life throughout her 25-year corporate career. Her training in clinical psychology shows up in her characters’ struggles and in her non-fiction books about energetic consciousness, tarot, and happiness. Diane seeks to help the reader find the flame of their own unique path sparked by her stories and insights for personal growth.
Diane is an avid reader, bibliophile, lover of trees and animals, and a lifelong learner. She and her husband are pet parents to a sweet little Shih Tzu.
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