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October 10, 2015

Detecting for Dogs from A to Z

Ola, amigos. Bienvenidos to the first book ever written about private detecting by a dog. Many books have been written from the point of view of humans but we all know a dog is better deigned for detecting a human Thus an entirely new manual is needed. And who better to write such a document than the famous detective dog, Pepe Sullivan, senior partner of the prominent Seattle detective agency: Sullivan and Sullivan.

If you have any reason to doubt my fame or experience, you need to read the novels about my success as a crime fighter: Dial C for Chihuahua, Chihuahua Confidential, The Big Chihuahua, The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice and The Silence of the Chihuahuas.

Acquiring a Sidekick

My dear perros, the first thing you need to find if you wish to be a successful detective is a sidekick. Think Holmes and Watson. Think Bones and Scully. Although you will want any number of attractive and submissive canine assistants (and I am accepting applications—see my Job Posting), a human sidekick is desirable for several reasons.

1) Language. Humans have the ability to communicate with other humans. And this will turn out to be useful to you when you wish to interrogate suspects. Humans also are handy as translators. For example, what if you are asking for a piece of bacon and someone thinks you want to go outside in the rain. I know! Ridiculous! How can any human make such an elementary mistake? Unfortunately there are currently no programs teaching Canine. So it is useful to have a human who can translate for you.

2) Driving. Humans are rather indispensable for driving a car, especially for a small dog like me. Of course, I could press down on either the gas pedal and brake pedal if I were on the floorboard of the car. I could also steer the car simply by stretching my tiny body across the steering wheel, hanging on by my fore paws and hind paws and shifting my weight from side to side. However, I could not do both at the same time. Thus a human chauffeur is necessary to get to the scenes of the crimes and to chase down criminals (Geri and I very much enjoy car chases).

3) Providing of food and drink. When on a case, it is difficult to procure your own meals. And a hungry detective is less effective than a well-fed detective. (Although not too well fed—a certain edge of hunger sharpens the sword of justice!)

4) Interviews with media. Again, the translator role of the human partner is of utmost importance. I could, of course, just smile and act cute, which would cause many flashbulbs to go off and many cameras to snap like crazy. But for the substance of the interview, a human is required. And again, my choice is Geri Sullivan, and not just because she speaks a little Spanish. No, it is because while she is quite pretty, she does not try to hog the limelight. On the contrary, Geri always acknowledges my role as the primary detective.

5) Asking stupid questions. Some may object to the adjective. You may substitute the word “ingenuous” instead if you prefer. The point is your sidekick’s inquiries allow you to showcase your thinking. As when your sidekick asks, “Who do you think entered the building?” And you can reply: “Someone who had just eaten a peanut butter sandwich and an apple, and was wearing a pair of Birkenstocks, with socks, a fashion faux pas,” thus dazzling them with your extraordinary ability to identify scents and your supreme fashion sense.

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Published on October 10, 2015 23:34 • 7 views

July 29, 2015

Hola, amigos!

I must inform you of a special event to be held at 6:30 PM Saturday, August 1, at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, a large bookstore north of Seattle at 17171 Bothell Way. The chroniclers of my adventures, Waverly Fitzgerald and Curt Colbert, will be there, along with two other authors who truly appreciate dogs: Tracy Weber who writes the Downward Dog series of mysteries about a yoga teacher who adopts a German Shepherd named Bella (Tracy just happens to be a yoga teacher who has a German Shepherd named Tasha–interesting, no?) and Dori Hillestad Butler who has won awards for the books she writes for kids featuring Buddy, a dog who solves mysteries, much like moi! (I don’t know if she has a dog named Buddy).

Anyway, well-behaved dogs are invited to attend this reading and I am not invited! Neither is my personal non-fictional representative, Pepe Fitzgerald, who happens to live with Waverly Fitzgerald. Waverly says that Pepe does not play nice with other dogs because he likes to be the only dog in the room. I can totally appreciate that sentiment as I feel in a similar way. But right now, I do need to contact as many dogs as possible as I have just appointed myself the Human Resources Manager for the Sullivan and Sullivan agency and I am recruiting well-behaved dogs (preferably female) to serve as a cadre of scouts digging out clues wherever they lurk.

I have asked Waverly to take photos of the dogs at the event so if you are interested in this opportunity, you should plan to attend. I hear there will be treats for both humans and “well-behaved” dogs.

For those of you living outside the greater Seattle, I hasten to assure you that I will also accept applications online. Just send a photo of yourself and a description of your special skills.

The gorgeous dame in the pool is the famous and accomplished Bebe, who lives with Nikki of Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder. She would be my first pick for Girl Friday but I am sad to say she lives all the way across the country in New Jersey.

Hasta la vista,


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Published on July 29, 2015 11:56 • 8 views

December 10, 2014

We had a great time at our book launch at Elliott Bay Book Company on Saturday, December 6. Unfortunately I forgot to ask anyone to take photos so I have only the ones I took of the signs advertising the reading.

One of the many prizes we raffled off was the opportunity for a dog to appear in the next Pepe book. Kiwi, the lovely Australian shepherd was the winner. She was not present at the reading to receive her prize in person (in dog?) but her person kindly sent us these photos of her. Curt has already worked Kiwi into the fifth book, The Silence of the Chihuahuas, in a rather clever way.

Isn’t she gorgeous? Kiwi at the groomer. Pepe does have a good eye for the lady dogs.

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Published on December 10, 2014 15:56 • 47 views

December 3, 2014

We hope you are enjoying the holidays with your pets, and if you are looking for an animal companion to share the joy of the season, consider rescuing one from a shelter or a rescue organization.

If you want to hang out with Pepe, the Chihuahua who inspired the Barking Detective series, come to our book launch on Saturday December 6 at 7 PM at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Company. Pepe will be holding court for his admirers, plus we’ll be giving away a free audio version of “A Chihuahua in Every Stocking,” pet-sized Christmas stockings (supply your own Chihuahua) and a chance to have your dog named in our fifth book, The Silence of the Chihuahuas.

If you would like a virtual Chihuahua instead of a real one, consider buying our e-short “A Chihuahua in Every Stocking,” or our latest paperback, The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice.

All of us at Team Pepe wish you and your pets happy holidays.


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Published on December 03, 2014 17:40 • 28 views

August 7, 2014

Pepe Fitzgerald, the Chihuahua who inspired the Barking Detective series, is coming to Auburn for Auburn Days, accompanied by Curt Colbert and Waverly Fitzgerald. Pepe will be the featured literary figure at 1 PM on Saturday August 9 during the Literary Festival at the Auburn Theater. Waverly and Curt will read from Dial C for Chihuahua while Pepe will perform his main and only trick: being cute.

We’re preceded by the Women Who Kill at 10 AM, our Sisters in Crime: Susan Schreyer, Joyce Yarrow and Jeanne Matthews and ollowed by another Sister in Crime, Bernadette Pajer, who has written a wonderful series of historical mysteries about Professor Bradshaw, who is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the UW at the turn of the century.

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Published on August 07, 2014 01:26 • 36 views

January 19, 2014

At our book reading at Third Place Books, Pepe (with the help of a Magic 8 ball) predicted that the Seahawks would win the Super Bowl! Looks like he is well on his way to being right!

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Published on January 19, 2014 20:12 • 69 views

October 25, 2013

We had a great time at the book launch for our third novel, The Big Chihuahua, on Friday, October 19.  We were welcomed by fabulous booksellers, Casey and Brandy, at one of our favorite book stores: Elliott Bay Book Company.

We played off the theme of magical and mystical powers since the novel features Geri and Pepe dealing with a cult which worships an ancient warrior dog whose wisdom is channeled through a Weimaraner and his human, Crystal Star.

Pepe, as usual, stole the show. He wowed the crowd with his predictions, channeled through a Magic 8 Ball.


And then Curt amused the assembly in his incarnation as Karnak the Magnificent. One of our lucky audience members won a copy of the Dog Tarot.

As we have for every book launch, we gave a dramatic reading, from Chapter 10 of the book, which introduces several important characters, including Crystal Star and Dogawanda.

We also provided delicious dog-bone shaped cookies, for humans.



And signed books, with the star of the show, who contributed his paw print. 

Thanks to Shayla for taking the photographs and Stephany for Pepe wrangling during the event.



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Published on October 25, 2013 01:12 • 68 views

July 17, 2013

Pepe is delighted that he was finally interviewed by the Qwillery,


and asked for his opinion about the books in which he appears, but he’s a little miffed that he was featured under the Paranormal heading with a ghost, a black cat and a ghost hunter.

Of course, in his next adventure, The Big Chihuahua, coming out in October 2013, he gets involved with a cult that worships an ancient dog spirit named Dogawanda, and that’s certainly paranormal. Or is it?

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Published on July 17, 2013 14:46 • 84 views

June 5, 2013

We have just received good news! Chihuahua Confidential was tied for #2 in sales of mass market paperbacks at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop in May. Also at #2, our compadre, Seattle author and thriller writer, Kevin O’Brien, and Lee Child! Pepe is certainly getting up there in the world.

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Published on June 05, 2013 19:24 • 76 views

May 15, 2013

Good news, amigos! The first written account of my adventures as a private investigator, the book known as Dial C for Chihuahua, is on sale right now. The e-book version is $1.99 only at Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo and Amazon! If you have not yet bought your copy, this would be a good time to do so! The sale ends May 28. And be sure to inform your amigos!

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Published on May 15, 2013 17:28 • 53 views