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The Lost Dogs of Shoretown: A Koko the Canine Detective Mystery is a cozy mystery written by Annie Mack. Dogs are going missing in Shoretown and nearby Porcupine City. Some people in town are using their disappearance as as excuse to get a leash law established in Shoretown, but there’s something odd going on that Koko, an Australian shepherd, is puzzling over. The missing dog situation got personal for her when Handsome, a big black Labrador retriever and her special friend, became one of the lost dogs. Koko is a working dog who partners with her human, Michelle, in giving therapy to the people who come to their house, but when she hears Bowser, a wheaten terrier, howling from a passing van, it’s all Koko can do to keep from running outside and giving chase. The other dogs in town are also concerned about the situation. Jenny, a cattle dog and the alpha dog in town, thinks that Koko is the best dog to handle the case, especially now that Handsome’s missing.
Annie Mack’s animal sleuth mystery, The Lost Dogs of Shoretown: A Koko the Canine Detective Mystery, had me remembering a beach town I lived in some years ago where the dogs were allowed to roam freely. My dog had a community of fellow travelers and good buddies who would go off on jaunts to the local beaches, marshlands and other wild places. They were all well-behaved citizens, aside from a few good-natured pranks, and seemed more alert, alive and happy than dogs limited by leashes and fences, or waiting anxiously inside the house for their people to let them out. So, Koko, Bowser, Handsome, Jenny and the rest seemed like dogs I already knew and respected, and I felt their anxiety each time the Shoretown residents started on about the leash law. Mack’s story is filled with action, adventure and a cast of characters that is as varied and resourceful as any I’ve come across. Koko is an inspired narrator whose story kept me enthralled and entertained. The Lost Dogs of Shoretown is a must-read for anyone who loves animals, especially those readers who are fortunate enough to have a dog in their family. It’s most highly recommended.