Reading right now:
With the loss of my dog, I have been thinking about all the wonderful authors known to be crazy about their dogs. Dean Koontz loved one of his golden retrievers so much that he wrote a book about her called “A Big Little Life.” Among the many quotes from Koontz about dogs is something I’ve been feeling a lot lately: "Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.” When Robert B. Parker died two years ago, one of the things they mentioned in his obituary was his great love of dogs. Parker created one of the great private detectives of all time—Spenser! Every mystery lover should read a Spenser novel or all 40 of them, as well as, the Jesse Stone novels. Parker owned short-haired pointers and named each one Pearl which was also the name of Spenser’s girlfriend’s dog in the novels. Other dog loving mystery writers where dogs are an important part of their books include: Susan Conant, Melissa Cleary, Donna Ball, Cynthia Baxter, Laurien Berenson, Carol Lea Benjamin, Lora Roberts, Spencer Quinn, David Rosenfelt, and J. F. Englert.
Robert Parker and Pearl