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Curse of the Scarab

(Big Honey Dog Mysteries #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Missing puppies. Deadly secrets. Serious slobber.

Honey the Great Dane enjoyed a pretty peaceful life: walking her human, checking Peemail at the park… until the arrival of a puppy named Bean turns her life upside down. But when Bean goes missing – together with other neighbourhood pups – Honey sets out on a dangerous quest to find them. Joined by her canine friends, Honey
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Published September 2013 (first published August 31st 2013)
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When the Pet Sitter arrived with the small Great Dane puppy, Bean, Honey, also a Great Dane, was disgusted. She didn’t want to put up with a puppy in her domain while her human was away. Olivia though, soon left the house and the Pet Sitter, Bean and Honey were together. Honey soon became used to Bean and when she introduced her to her doggy friends; Tyson, Ruffster, Suka and Biscuit, they had great fun.

But when Bean disappeared, along with other puppies that had been stolen in the past few day
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, lmfao, middle-grades
This book is adorable. It is sooo adorable. It was also a blast to read. Reading this was a lot like watching an old-school Disney movie like Aristocats. I could easily see this transitioning to the big screen and that’s not something I say very often.

Told from the perspective of the main character, Honey the Great Dane, this story is a puppy-caper mystery involving scarab beetles, mysterious dogs, feral cats, dog catchers, clueless humans, Egyptian mythology and non-stop action.

Please read th
S.J. Hollis
If you’re feeling ruff, you’ve lost that certain wag, and your ears are a little droopy, Big Honey Dog Mysteries: The Curse of the Scarab is the book to cheer you up. As the saying goes, it’s not to be sniffed at. Seriously, don’t sniff it; read it. That’s generally how books work in the year 2013. If you’re reading this in the year 2113 and sniff technology is the hot new thing, well excuse me.

One fine day, Honey the Great Dane’s life is turned upside down by the disappearance of local puppies.
Meg Dendler
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Holy Liver Snaps, this is a cute book! Doing a formal book review is a rare for me, but I wanted to do more than make a quick note about this one. The Big Honey Dog Mysteries: Curse of the Scarab is just adorable.

H.Y. Hanna and I bumped into each other on Goodreads and agreed to a read & review book swap. It was logical since our topics and genre looked to be very similar. I must admit, after I agreed to this I got a bit spooked. What if her book is terrible? But there was no need for any worry
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
H. Y. Hanna's first work, Curse of the Scarab, is the first volume of the mystery series called Big Honey Dog Mysteries. The book captivated me from the first chapter! It's wonderfully written. There were some difficult words for me, but otherwise the language was quite easy, after all, it is a children's book! Somehow I imagined Ruffster speaking in Hagrid's voice :D The book was very exciting from the start and also a little bit scary, at least, it would be for younger readers/listeners. The a ...more
Patricia Reding
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
H. Y. Hanna has delivered, in Big Honey Dog Mysteries, Curse of the Scarab, an animal story, an otherworldly fantasy, and a mystery (complete with hieroglyphics) all wrapped in one, that is sure to please young readers! When Honey, the Great Dane, is left home with a sitter who brings along Bean, her own Great Dane puppy, Honey learn a bit of what it is like not to be the “only dog.” At first reluctant to share her space and affections with the pup, Honey soon discovers the joy that comes in doi ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, animals
I discovered H.Y. Hanna and her beautiful dog, Honey, here on Goodreads and have been following her blog with great interest. I was delighted when this book came out to see the author asking for reader-reviewers and very quickly said that I'd love to pitch in. And I was not disappointed.

Big Honey Dog is a Great Dane who has a wonderful life with her human, and who is scared of cats. I can understand that - they have claws, they hiss, they size up really frightening, and they're temperamental (mi
Julie Grasso
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fun starts when Honey, finds herself on the tail end of a very unfortunate guest, trying to share her doggy bed one morning. Poor Honey, her human Olivia has deserted her to go who knows where, leaving her with a Pet Sitter and a precocious Great Dane pup called Bean. Honey relishes her peaceful life with her human, so when Bean gets into mischief the moment she arrives, it doesn't bode well for the rest of the week. When Bean goes missing mysteriously, Honey can't help but try to find her. ...more
Billy Buttons
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered and was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our young readers thought:


Author: H Y Hanna
Title: Curse of the Scarab

COVER: 10/10
The children (and the teachers) loved the cover. They loved the silhouette of the dog, the fonts and the dark feel of the cover. They thought it was very genre-appropriate.

The children (9-12 year olds) very much enjoyed this book. They thought the plot (puppynapping) was exciting and they thought there were l
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Disclaimer: I received this book free from H.Y. Hanna in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.

Great Middle-Grade reader!

I read the book first. I wanted to make sure that Ben would be able to read it since his comprehension and reading level had dropped quite a bit after the surgery last year. His reading level is back up to where it had been prior to the surgery (which is well above his grade level), but sometimes he struggles with a few terms.

As an adult, I
Books Hall
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a dog's life...and you see it from the dog's eye. Welcome to a series told completely from the dog's point of view--from Honey the Great Dane's point of view. She has life pretty good until her human goes away and leaves her with a dog sitter--who has her own puppy, Bean. Life is swiftly turned a lot more exciting--and there's a mystery to solve.

I really enjoyed this short book...for an adult, it's a short read. But, it's good for all ages--and not only is there a mystery, there are some le
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished this book and oh my what a tear jerker it was towards the end had me in tears it really did though im a big softy with any animal story and always cry at end. but for the story itself was very well written cant wait for next one to come out of if already out then i will surely buy if i dont get a chance to win it. Would recommend it to anyone who likes animal stories. Well done H Y Hanna.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Half way through!
Loving it!

I'm done! Wow! What a ride!
H.Y. Hanna is a great descriptive story teller. I could easily see Honey galumping around with her friends in my minds eye. I would love to see this made into a children's cartoon too.

I loved the different personalities given to each of Honey's friend.

A FANTASTIC read for dog lovers of all ages!
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read for all ages. Just enough adventure to keep it interesting and I of course love that it is told from the perspective of a Great Dane.
Allison Ketchell

Honey, a big slobbery Great Dane, is the main character in this mystery-adventure, which begins with a rash of missing puppies and veers into the supernatural via ancient Egyptian mythology. This one is a page-turner. At times, it was too frightening for my seven-year-old and I actually censored references to dogfighting as I read aloud. Different children will have different sensitivities, but violence to animals is very upsetting to Lilah and without ska
Elisa Tammela
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers and adults
This is a well-written story about a Great Dane and her friends who go searching for a missing puppy and discover there's more to this than a playmate who wandered off. Something sinister is going on in their neighbourhood, and the dogs realise they must solve it before more puppies disappear.

The characters are engaging and the author has a great voice with a wonderful sense of humour. Despite this being a children's book I quickly became engrossed in the mystery and rather enjoyed the riddles a
CURSE OF THE SCARAB has it all, a rollicking adventure with friendship, danger, laughter, bravery and dog treats. The story is told from the point of view of the dogs in the story – with a few other assorted beasties helping along the way. It is a very good mystery quest but does have some quite scary bits towards the end so definitely for the older reader. Honey is wonderful, a friend of mine use to show and breed Great Danes so I know author H.Y. Hanna has got the quirks of the breed down to a ...more
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Honey, is a great big, lovable Great Dane with slobbery jowls. When her owner goes away on a trip and invites a dog-sitter into the house, Honey is forced to share her home with a not-so-intelligent human and her Great Dane puppy, Bean. Honey isn't too keen on the idea of sharing her home with a puppy who isn't even house-trained. But eventually she warms to the adorable little pup who seems intent on eating everything in sight. So when puppies in the area begin mysteriously disappearing, follow ...more
Jennifer Priester
Overall I really liked this book. The puppy, Bean, was a very realistic and funny character and the personalities of the dogs were all true to what is normal for the various breeds presented.
Before beginning this book I had expected it to be a typical dog mystery where the dog is the hero and leads its owner to the criminal. I was a bit surprised by how little focus any of the books human characters received, but I loved this fact. I also had not expected, but also really liked, how much mytholo
Nikki Bennett
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any writer who decides to make a story where an animal is the protagonist has a hard job, because it's tough humanizing animals and making it believable. And while some parts of this story are rough, I think H.Y. Hanna did a pretty good job here. Adding funny touches like checking peemail (I just thought that concept was hilarious) manages to humanize the dogs without making them too human.

The story is fun also. I'm a sucker for anything to do with any kind of mythology, so I got hooked into the
This Big Honey Dog Mystery took Honey and her pack of friends, Biscuit, Ruffster, Tyson, and Suka on a more 'fantastical' and spooky adventure. Puppies are missing, including Honey's new friend, Bean. The pack searches for the young puppies only to discover that they are heading towards death via the Egyptian Underworld. Nasty bugs, dangerous new dogs, and feral cats all lead to a confrontation with an ancient Egyptian power who holds the lives of the puppies and Honey's packs in it's hands.

Cathy Geha
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful writing for children and all of us that are still children at heart!

This is the first mystery Honey and her canine friends solve together. Puppies start disappearing and where they have gone and how to get them back is the mystery Honey and her friends set out to solve. Throw in some ancient Egyptian mythology, a battle scarred hero, misconceptions and preconceptions that need to be dispelled, a colony of feral cats, evil dog catchers, some true friends and you have all the ingredient
Marjie Mcdonald
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
At the dog park, Bean, a Great Dane puppy, disappears, and Honey, with whom Bean was visiting, feels compelled to find her. Her friends tell her that a number of other puppies in town have gone missing, too. So they set off on a mission to find the puppies. The book is entirely written from the point of view of the dogs, with limited human interaction, although they do have to consult with a parrot and a colony of feral cats. Great book especially for kids over 10, but enjoyable for adults, too. ...more
Lisa Gauden-ing
I found that the cute nature of doggie detectives curdled when mixed with the darker aspects of the plot. For me the over anthropomorphism went well beyond quirky and cute into the realm of silly. I do feel a bit mean with this review as I do enjoy Hanna's blog, perhaps if she kept the "doggie dialogue" in her books at the same level as her blog it would be a better book.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this at the Perth Writers Festival. So despite not being the recommended age, being a vet nurse I had to read it.

It was an enjoyable read, even for a 27 year old. But if had been closer to 13 when I read this - I would have thought it was brilliant .

Would recommend to any dog loving 10-15 year old Fantasy readers.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Big Honey Dog Mysteries #1: The Curse of the Scarab has adventure, mystery, ancient mythology and friendship...all told from a dog's point of view! This was a page-turner and also had very emotional moments. This should appeal elementary students and I will be adding it to my school's wish list!
Mariko Tsubaki
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great mystery for all ages. I love a storyline that has all of the main characters as animals. The author does a very good job describing the world through the dog's eyes. Love this series and the fact the author included little life lessons.
First, I would like to thank the author H.Y. Hanna for giving me this book for an honest review. This was a fun read, I read it to my grandson and he loved it. The storyline is fun and the characters are well written. I would like to read more from this author.
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Is it bad to admit how much I enjoyed this young adult book? Once you get started it's so hard to put down! And the ending! I was not expecting that! I may have shed a year or two. Can't wait to read the second book in the series!
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought this for a granddaughter who is an avid reader and ended up reading it myself. We Both Loved It!
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H.Y. Hanna is an award-winning mystery and suspense writer and the author of the bestselling Oxford Tearoom Mysteries. She has also written romantic suspense and sweet romance, as well as a children's middle-grade mystery series. After graduating from Oxford University, Hsin-Yi tried her hand at a variety of jobs, before returning to her first love: writing. She worked as a freelance journalist fo ...more

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