Monday, October 2, 2023

ANIMAL MYSTERIES, Volume 14: No. 4, Winter 1998

You all know we're having two issues of Mystery Readers Journal focusing on Animals in Mysteries this year. One of the past issues (Volume 27, No. 3, 2011
) is available, but Volume 14, No. 4 has not been. Now it is thanks to Kate Derie. She created a downloadable PDF of Animal Mysteries: Volume 14: No 4 from 1998. That means we have all the Animal Mysteries issues available for purchase as PDFs. Wowza. 

Kate Derie, Associate Editor, writes, 

Since we’re doing another issue of Animals, I thought I would go all the way back to the 1998 issue on Animal Mysteries and produce a PDF. These old ones are getting harder and harder to remaster. This one was originally done in Word 5.1 (!!!), with a weird layout to make it easy to cut and paste for the printer. I had to pull out my 2003 PowerBook, which still runs 5.1, in order to straighten things out. But it’s fun, in a nerdy kind of way.

Thanks, Kate! How fabulous! 

Below find the Cover and Table of Contents with a link for ordering Animal Mysteries, Volume 14, No. 4, 1998.

Animals in Mysteries II, Volume 39:4 will be out in December.

Animal Mysteries issues available as PDFs now. 

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

Volume 27, No. 3: Animal Mysteries, 2011

Volume 14, No. 4: Animal Mysteries, 1998

Animal Mysteries

Volume 14, No. 4, Winter 1998-99

Buy this back issue! Available as a downloadable PDF.


  • The First Felines of Mystery by Carolyn Wheat
  • Strange Mix: Man and Dog by Roberta Ann Henrich
  • Rita Mae Brown: A “Fabulous Fabricator of Felonious Feline Fiction”? by Nicole Décuré
  • Animal Armaments by Jim Doherty
  • Look What Lassie Found! by Beth Fedyn
  • Equine Mysteries from a Horse-Breeder’s Perspective by Marsha Valance
  • “A Dog’s a Dog for a’ That” by Tom Kreitzberg
  • The One Taboo in Mystery Writing by Dee Burton


  • Watch the Cat for Clues by Marian Babson
  • Partners: One’s Human, The Other Isn’t by Carol Lea Benjamin
  • The Best Job in the World by Laurien Berenson
  • The Night Monsieur Pamplemousse Met Pommes Frites by Michael Bond
  • The Little Rabbit That Could by Margaret Chittenden
  • Midnight Louie, P.I.: The Cat and I by Carole Nelson Douglas
  • Mystery Animals by Michael Allen Dymmoch
  • Animal “Mythteries” by Jacqueline Fiedler
  • Get Real! by Jan Gleiter
  • Why Write Animal Mysteries? by Patricia Guiver
  • The Dog It Was That Lived by Timothy Heald
  • Not In My Back Yard! by Sue Henry
  • Man’s Best Friend… and the Author’s, Too by Jonnie Jacobs
  • What’s a Life—or a Story—Without a Dog? by Janet LaPierre
  • If I Hadn’t Met a Bloodhound… by Virginia Lanier
  • Rover of Rover’s Tales by Michael Z. Lewin
  • Rover à Clef by Laura Lippman
  • I Brake For Animals by Allana Martin
  • The Role of Cats in Mysteries… and Everything Else in My Life by Alex Matthews
  • The Action Never Stops by Karin McQuillan
  • No Bones About It by Donna Huston Murray
  • Going to the Dogs by Leslie O’Kane
  • Animals As Metaphors by Lillian Roberts
  • How the Dog Got In My Mysteries by Lora Roberts
  • Cat Got My Tongue—and Heart by Alan Russell
  • Beauty of the Beast: Mankind’s Mysterious Relationship with the Animal Kingdom by Barbara Sohmers
  • Animalmania by Jessica Speart


  • MYSTERY IN RETROSPECT: Reviews by Carol Harper, Lucille Gordon, Nancy Gordon, Harriet Klausner
  • A MYSTERY READER ABROAD: In Transition by Carol Harper
  • BRITISH FICTION: Cats and Dorothy L. Sayers by Philip L. Scowcroft
  • IN SHORT: Animal Form by Marvin Lachman
  • JUST JUVENILES: The Beasts and the Children by Nancy Roberts
  • MRI Mayhem by Janet A. Rudolph
  • From the Editor’s Desk by Janet A. Rudolph

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