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The Maltese Felon (Reed Ferguson Mystery #3)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  150 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Reed's back with a dose of humor and film noir that will keep you turning pages. When an attractive female client begs Reed Ferguson to find her prize-winning Maltese show dog stolen from her back yard, Reed suspects he may be channeling Ace Ventura: Pet Detective rather than his hero, Humphrey Bogart. It sounds like a simple case, but things take a dangerous turn and Reed ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published June 27th 2012 by Createspace (first published April 12th 2012)
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Janet C.
May 16, 2013 Janet C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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Well, another Reed Ferguson hillarious whodunit! It was a fun adventure to follow Ferguson as he attempted once more to figure the maze of dogs and their humans. Excellent fun!
Pat Welte
Nov 10, 2016 Pat Welte rated it liked it
Very entertaining and funny book.
Nov 08, 2016 Zachary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Maltese Felon

While I enjoyed this story, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't have as many references/inferences to film noir in it. I really like the way the author is developing her characters. I've already downloaded her next two books. Please write a story using the movie "DARK PASSAGE!!!!"
Debbie Elholm
Sep 30, 2016 Debbie Elholm rated it it was amazing
Another fine edition to the series! Attention dog lovers everyone! Someone is kidnapping show dogs, but don't you worry! Reed Ferguson is on the trail along with his trusty sidekick Cal, who rescues Reed from some serious trouble. There is plenty of humor throughout the book. While Reed didn't reminisce about "The Maltese Falcon," he stuck true to Bogie and reminisced about "High Sierra."
Aaron Dubin
Feb 28, 2014 Aaron Dubin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Reed Mystery. I actually liked this one more than the last one. I finished this book in two days, and was sad it was over. Storytelling was top notch, and Reed is definitely coming into his own as a P.I. Have every intention of picking up Book 4 of this series.

Overall, I am giving this book four stars, however it deserves 4.25 stars. Anyone who loves a great mystery and a main character who is engaging, smart, and determined will love this series.


I feel as t
Trista Borgwardt
Jun 15, 2014 Trista Borgwardt rated it it was amazing
This was a great Private Investigator mystery novel. From the beginning I was hooked. I was quite intrigued when the story opened up with a dog being dog-napped and that the owners wanted to hire a PI to help them.

This was a humorous, action packed mystery that left you guessing. The main character and PI, Reed, seems a bit clumsy at times making the book all the more interesting.

We follow Reed as he interferes, unintentionally not just once, but twice with a ransom drop. You would think his l
Sep 04, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
The Maltese Felon is a cozy mystery a la noir with a case based on a missing pet. It is the second one I have read this week. One more and I will have an acutual collection of them.
This one is an enjoyable read with all the required elements. The hero is an average guy who would like to be Sam Spade but is much more Jim Rockford. He has some quirky but likable sidekicks. He has the girl he'd like to get. And he has a case that the police don't really want. But the quality of the writing raises t
Sep 08, 2015 Roger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Renée Pawlish just keeps getting better & better in the comic murder mystery genre. Pawlish's continuing development of her lead character, Reed Ferguson makes for an entertaining read as she feeds us movie trivia that both entertains & educates, all while being interwoven in the story. This time she takes on the world of show dogs, educating & entertaining us, while further developing Reed's love life.

The Reed Ferguson mystery series:

• Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies
• Boo
Jun 25, 2015 Ashok rated it really liked it
Humphrey Bogart's acolyte Renee Pawlish pays homage to her guru with the title "The Maltese Felon" (Bogart being famous for his Maltese Falcon). Her protagonist (a Humphrey Bogart acolyte) is a rich lawyer who becomes a modern day detective. As they say about some wines, Renee's novels do not travel too well, i.e. they cannot be fully appreciated by people unfamiliar with Bogart's body of work, or the geography given with too much detail. But her works are still enjoyable, thanks to clever ...more
Timothy VanderWall
Dec 18, 2015 Timothy VanderWall rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Maltese Felon is another delightful Reed Ferguson mystery. This time Reed must find the perpetrators of several dognappings of show dogs. After several false starts, a few bruises, and one or two missed chances, Reed finally locates the felons and brings them to justice. Like the first two books, this was a fun read. The mystery isn't overly difficult; and watching Reed get into (and out of) scrape after scrape always puts a smile on my face. I look forward to the next Reed Ferguson ...more
May 22, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really my cup of tea

The main characters are well done, although Reed Ferguson, the lead detective, has a fascination for all things Bogart, as in Humphrey.

While I like Bogart, his detective films were not my favorite pieces of his work and the constant references to them are annoying.

The mystery, itself, is very well written, the puns are great fun. It just ran entirely too long.

I may try another book in this series, but I am going to wait a bit on it.
Jun 23, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I read by Ms. Pawlish, but it won't be the last. The Maltese Felon spins a story of surprise and intrigue. Being a huge Humphrey Bogart fan, I enjoyed the references to him and his films by the main character, Reed Ferguson. Reed is a private detective hired to locate a kidnapped dog. What he thinks will be an easy case, turns out to not be what he expected. Ms. Pawlish writes a fun, great private detective story.
Jun 04, 2014 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to rate this book. It's a fun, fluffy read with lots of cute dogs. I couldn't take Reed seriously as a detective (there were too many "I probably should have dialed 911, but I didn't" moments) or as the hard-boiled type of man he's supposed to be. He needed bailing out too much. But it's not the sort of book you're supposed to take seriously, and it was very well-written for a self-published book, and perfect for a long wait in a hospital waiting room. So I'm rounding 3.5 stars up to 4.
Sep 12, 2015 Marcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable read

Reed Ferguson is a likeable private detective. The light humor provided by the two brothers (Ace and deuce) adds a fun-loving and compassionate view of friends who may be limited in the intelligence area, but they have hearts of gold when it comes to helping Reed.
Apr 02, 2016 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An OK read to unwind after a more serious book and it's about as good as the rest in this series. I don't think it was quite as funny and I think Reed is becoming too serious and good at being a detective if he could only stop getting beaten to a pulp in every escapade but I still like the series and I will keep reading them. Cal and the Goofball Bros are pretty good characters.
karen kincaid
Dec 13, 2014 karen kincaid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit for noir

Not quite as good as the last two I've read but still enjoyable. You've gotta love dogs. Which I do. Interesting premise.. and it was still in the noir genre.
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From the time she was ten and tried to write her own detective series in the fashion of the Hardy Boys, Renée Pawlish has been developing her craft. Along with creative writing classes, Renée studied great writers like Dashiell Hammett, Rex Stout, Stephen King, Sue Grafton and many more. Once Renée graduated from college, she began her first novel. Now, all these years later, she has penned ...more
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