“The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice” By Alex Erickson: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review. This book is a Barnes and Noble exclusive.

It’s always sad when an older person gets ill and has to give up a pet to go into a nursing home or worse. Stewie is a Pomeranian, well-loved by his owner Timothy. Liz and her son Ben have been contacted about finding another home for Stewie and arrive to pick him up, only to find another rescuer on the scene. During the ensuing argument about who gets the dog, Timothy decides to throw everyone out and decide later.

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Timothy’s son isn’t happy about the dog or his dad because Timothy, frankly, is not a nice man. His dog is his only friend, with just cause. There are some people who just love to create chaos and Timothy’s one of them. He’s obnoxious to his caregiver Meredith, to his son and daughter-in-law, the neighbors, and anyone within hearing distance. It’s no surprise he’s found dead. The shocking part is how quickly it happened after everyone supposedly left—and how many people want Stewie as their own. Where were their offers before Timothy died?
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Ben, having spotted a beautiful girl next door, sunbathing no less, went over to make her acquaintance. He was on hand when Timothy’s body was discovered and was identified by one of the neighbors as seen entering the house just before the body was discovered. Liz knows Ben wouldn’t kill anyone, especially someone he just met. In spite of the detective’s assurances Ben is guilty, Liz knows she’s got to find the real killer.

This is the first in a new series. Liz and Ben are good characters, knowledgeable about animals and the reality of rescue. There are several suspects to choose from, facts in evidence, and enough red herrings to feed a colony of feral cats. Readers will be led astray again and again as Liz investigates and tries to make sense of the clues in order to bring Ben home again. And there are Beagles!

Erickson also writes the Bookstore Café mysteries (6), Death by Espresso reviewed in KRL and Death by Café Mocha coming in August, available now for pre-order.

To enter to win a copy of The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "barks,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 13, 2019. US residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. And if entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.


  1. Thank you for reviewing this book. It looks really good. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Such a cute cover! Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter@Hotmail.com

  3. The cover of Alex's book caught my eye and I have added it to my list of books to read. I loved his other books and am sure this series will be fantastic. Thanks for the review and giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. I would love a chance to win this book, my grandson's love when I read them a story before they go to sleep. The cover the the story looks amazing. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

  5. Sounds like a good read. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. This looks fabulous! Especially since I used to be a caregiver and love animals. Thank you for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim(at)ymail (dot)com

  7. Great review! Sounds like my kind of book.

  8. Love the cover! Sounds like a great read.

  9. OMG, the cover is so adorable! I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the chance. scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Sounds fun!


  11. Have read others by this author, this one sounds really good, too!


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