The Little Town of Summerville
A Dog Named Chubby
by Robert Douglass
December 1-31, 2021 Virtual Book Tour
A peculiar case is assigned to him as artwork has been stolen and a dog is missing. Fellow detective Charlie Finch, a man adorned with decades of service, uncovers clues with Jack. They become intrigued by the words and actions of a neighborhood boy and wonder how much he might know.
Clues are followed but it’s the kids in the neighborhood who provide the most relevant clues. As the detectives get closer to them with their questions, the pressure of the kids struggle unfolds.
Kids, dogs, thieves, and a detective who meets a gal named Sally in the little town of Summerville.
This is a suspense free, low key mystery. Douglass' writing style is very straight forward. There are no complex nor hard to follow sentences. I am not sure if this novel was crafted for adult readers or young people. There was one particular scene, about building a ramp for sledding, that seemed only for the interest of young readers as it really did not move the mystery plot forward. There is nothing in the mystery I feel would be inappropriate for young mystery lovers.
The novel centers around the details of a police investigation with Jack pursuing leads, mostly by talking to people and reviewing the crime scene. There is lots of description but it is woven well into the narrative. Jack is a low key character who seems to really have a heart for solving the crime. I thought Charlie was an inconsistent character. Sometimes he had a cold stare for Jack but other times seemed to pal along.
There are great lessons for young readers included on truth telling and forgiveness. Adult readers who like a complex mystery with a fast moving plot may not appreciate this novel. I think it suits young readers better.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Amazon
Publication Date: November 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 200
Series: The Little Town of Summerville, 1
Purchase Links: Amazon
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He likes reading, writing, and exploring natural wonders. His favorite pastime is telling tall stories around the campfire.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)