Sunday, May 7, 2023


The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, now in its 147th year, starts Monday with over 3000 dogs competing across 210 breeds and varieties. This is the second-longest running sporting event in American history, behind only the Kentucky Derby (see a list of Kentucky Derby Mysteries here). The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is three days of dogs!! You can watch live streaming. Check online. In honor of this amazing Dog Show, and keeping in mind how important dogs can be to mysteries and in our lives, I have put together a list of Mysteries Set at Dog Shows

And, to keep this post to a mystery theme, here's a link to the Mystery Readers Journal Animals in Mysteries issue. Available as a PDF or hardcopy. Here's a link to an article by Spencer Quinn, author of the Chet the Dog series.   Mystery Readers Journal will have another issue of animals mysteries in 2023. We're looking for reviews, recommendations, author essays, and articles. 

Enjoy this list of Mysteries Set at Dog Shows. As always, let me know if I should include any others.

One of my favorite movies (not a mystery) is Best in Show. Do not miss it!!


Mastiffs, Mystery, and Murder by Sandra Baublitz
Best in Show; Game of Dog Bones by Laurien Berenson
Sit, Stay, Slay; by V.M. Burns
The Boxcar Children: The Mystery at the Dog Show by Gertrude Chandler
Dognapped? by Charmaine Clancy
Fashion Goes to the Dogs by Peggy Gaffney
M is for Dog Show by Dan Grylles
Final Entry and others (Murder at the Dog Show series) by Karen Harbert
Murder at the Dog Show by Dianne Harman

Death and the Dog Show by Susan Harper 
Judged to Death by LF Hembree
The Dog Show Affair by Evelyn James
Death by Dog Show by Arlene Kay
Nancy Drew Diaries by Carolyn Keene
The Deadly Dog Show by Jerold Last
Death in Show by Judi McCoy

Scooby-Doo! Steals the Dog Show
The Mystery at the Dog Show by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Susan Conant has at least one mystery that takes place at a Dog Show, but I'm not sure of the title. Let me know if you know. Thanks, Liz Zelvin, for the tip.

Bella and Reign: They would win at the Dog Show!


Susan Bernhardt said...

Bella and Reign would be Best in Show!

Elizabeth Zelvin said...

I can't remember book titles, but Susan Conant's books about Holly Winter and her Malemute Rowdy, in the very first generation of dog mysteries if I'm not mistaken, were filled with dog shows.