Mystery writer includes Malamutes in her stories


Here is an author who writes mystery books and has Malamutes in her stories. My friend Kay introduced me to these books.

Books by Susan Conant

I think she is the absolutely funniest dog mystery writer I’ve encountered.

A New Leash on Death

This is the first book in the series, in which protagonist – detective dog trainer and dog magazine writer Holly Winter, still grieving the recent death of her beloved Golden “Vinnie” and the not-so-recent death of her mother, acquires her first Malamute, “Rowdy”, and solves the mystery of his owner’s death during dog training class and in doing so solves the mystery of Rowdy’s origin.

Dead and Doggone

The plot revolves around the stealing of dogs by an animal research lab and the murder of a dog show handler stabbed with expensive grooming shears. Holly searches for her father’s stolen wolf.

A Bite of Death

Holly attempts to assist an owner with a dominant Malamute bitch. The owner is soon murdered and Holly adopts the bitch, “Kimi”. The plot revolves around psychotherapists.

Paws Before Dying

Holly’s niece Leah joins the cast and is indoctrinated into the world of dogs.

Gone to the Dogs

A veterinarian is murdered and a rare breed dog disappears.


The theme is the evils of puppy mills of the backyard breeder variety. A missing Malamute may have wound up in a puppy mill and a pet shop owner is murdered.

Ruffly Speaking

A hearing impaired priest and her charming Hearing dog are key characters.

Black Ribbon

Murders take place at a poorly run Dog Camp.

Stud Rites

If you have ever participated in a National Specialty for your breed, this book will hit home. A Judge is murdered before the show begins. Will Rowdy win Best in Show ?

Animal Appetite

Holly is attempting to write about a non-dog involved historical episode while trying to solve a more recent death that does, of course , involve dogs.

The Barker Street Regulars

Holly and Rowdy are doing Therapy Dog visits to a local nursing home, resulting in Holly becoming friends with a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast whose sister is being scammed by a con artist who claims to communicate with the sister’s beloved dead dog.

Evil Breeding

A murder mystery dating back to the glorious days when dog shows were truely extravagant events, promoted by the indecently wealthy.

Creature Discomforts

Holly receives a head injury resulting in amnesia. Her long time lover and veterinarian, frustrated by Holly’s repeated refusals to marry him, is now ensnared by a non-dog-liking woman. And a con game is underway.

The Wicked Flea

Dog walkers and joggers dispute territory at the park. Murder soon follows.

The Dogfather

Holly is asked to help train the new puppy of Godfather Guarini, reputed to have killed so many people the FBI has lost count. Can new murders be far behind ?

Bride and Groom

As Holly is about to finally marry her veterinarian, Steve Delaney, murders of several female dog loves take place. Is Holly the next intended victim ?

Gaits of Heaven

In which we find that Holly’s career has not ended with marriage and that she does not really dislike her name enough to use her husband’s surname. The novel centers on the lunacies of the psychotherapy profession. Some well placed criticism of the “designer dog” (selling crossbreeds for sky high prices) scam.


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