Monday, September 18, 2023

Mystery Readers Journal: Animals in Mysteries I

Animals in Mysteries I
Volume 39, No. 3, Fall 2023
Animals in Mysteries I

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This is the first of the Animal Mysteries issues for Volume 39. There will be a second issue in December, so be sure to order both (or it will come with your 2023 subscription!). 

Animals figure in so many different ways in mysteries. They’re pets, they’re sidekicks, they’re victims, they’re suspects, and they’re often main characters. And not just that, there’s a huge variety of animals, not just dogs and cats. I think you’ll find the articles and author essays in this issue illuminating—and fun! 

In this issue of Mystery Readers Journal you’ll find articles, author essays, and reviews of new and older mystery novels that feature animals. Because we had a large number of contributors, we decided to split the issue into two. So thanks to everyone who contributed to this theme. Not sure we received your essay? Send an email to confirm. If you didn’t send an author essay or review, you still have time. Send an email to:  janet @ mysteryreaders . org

And, FYI, we had two other Animals in Mysteries themed issues: 

Check out the table of contents for the past issues. Both are still available. You’ll want to have a complete set!

If you're a PDF subscriber, you will receive download instructions today. Hard copy subscription copies should be received this weekInternational subscribers will receive their issues within two weeks. PDF Contributor copies will go out this week. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this amazing issue.



  • Agatha’s Ark: Animals in Classic Crime Fiction by Kate Jackson
  • No Wombats Involved by Donna Andrews
  • On Horses and Drug Sniffing Dogs by Anne Louise Bannon
  • Solving Crime From a Dog’s Point of View by Louisa Bennet
  • Dogs Are Supernatural by Jeffrey B. Burton
  • Rescuing Animals Through Mysteries by Cate Conte
  • What The Dog Knows by Krista Davis
  • When Disaster Strikes, Dogs Answer the Call by Sara Driscoll
  • How Tugger Became Boone by Darlene Dziomba
  • Reinventing Max and Thomasina Bug by Elizabeth Elwood
  • The Character of Creatures by Kate Fellowes
  • The Making of a Hobby by Chris Goff
  • Hold Your Horses by Sasscer Hill
  • Beasts in the Garden by Cary Griffith
  • The Strength of Animals by Elle Hartford
  • I Don’t Do Goodbyes by Nancy Lynn Jarvis
  • The Great (Cat) Detectives by Sofie Kelly
  • The Terrier Takeover by Shannon Hollinger
  • A Foot and a Half Long Bundle of Love by Syrl Kazlo
  • A Writer’s Recipe for Happiness: Books and Dogs and Trees by Paula Munier
  • Animals and the Mysterious Ordinary by Priscilla Paton
  • Tale of a Whale by Richie Narvaez
  • Cat Mummies and Other Feline Tales by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer
  • The One Percent Cat by Elena E. Smith
  • Then There Was a Dog by Linda L. Richards
  • Getting To Know Dogs by Leigh Russell
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Wendall Thomas
  • Eight Paws, Two Wings by Lois Winston
  • Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Lesa Holstine, Kathy Boone Reel, L.J. Roberts
  • Children’s Hour: Animals in Mysteries by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • From the Editor’s Desk by Janet A. Rudolph

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