Monday, October 29, 2012

Sniffing Out Mysteries

by Tally-Ho and Sally-Forth
from the Threadville Mystery series by Janet Bolin

Sally-Forth: If we weren’t wearing leashes, we could chase those birds!

Tally-Ho: I’m glad we have Willow nearby to keep us safe. What’s that orange thing?

Sally-Forth: What orange thing? Aren’t dogs supposed to be color blind?

Tally-Ho: That thing. Right there in front of your nose. Like a ball with holes in it.

Sally-Forth: It’s a mystery! Shouldn’t we investigate?

Tally-Ho: No, it’s spooky. Remember seeing those things on peoples’ porches last October?

Sally-Forth: That was scary. And all those little people scared me, too, at first.

Tally-Ho: You were the one who discovered they were just kids wearing funny outfits. I didn’t want to go anywhere near them!

Sally-Forth: Some of those poor babies had icky stuff on their faces. I wanted to clean their little faces, but Willow wouldn’t let me.

Tally-Ho: Is that orange thing looking at us?

Sally-Forth: I think we should protect Willow and ourselves from it. Let’s bark!

Tally-Ho: Okay! Hey, why did all those birds fly away?

You can find out how Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho help Willow solve murders in the first two books in the Threadville Mystery series, DIRE THREADS and THREADED FOR TROUBLE. 

DIRE THREADS was nominated for both an Agatha Award for Best First novel and for the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (the Bony Blithe.) You can order DIRE THREADS and THREADED FOR TROUBLE from any bookstore or from these booksellers. Visit Janet at facebook and twitter. The third Threadville Mystery, THREAD AND BURIED, coming out in June, 2013, can already be preordered from Amazon!


  1. Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho, barking always works. I bark sometimes and I'm human! Go for it. :)

    ~Charlotte Bessette, in Providence at The Cheese Shop

  2. Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho, bark, bark, bark. Yip, bark.

    ~Rocket, in Providence (with Charlotte)

  3. That they do, but have you ever encountered a cat in full terrorizing mode? Back arched, fur on end, tail looped up and that low-throat growl? We can do a pretty good job of protecting our human, too! Be afraid!

    1. We're cautious around cats, but you two should have been with us on that beach and helped try to frighten that thing. We barked and barked. We even stomped our feet, but it paid us no attention. When we left, it was still there. Very sinister...

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    1. Thank you, Annette. We have fun with each other! We don't know why vampires get such a bad rap. We practice biting necks--and keeping each other from biting necks--a lot. But we're *very* serious about protecting our little pack, the two of us and Willow.

  5. That looks like mud. Have you tried rolling in it? I bet it's fun. But I don't like the looks of that decapitated head, either. What does it smell like? Woof!

    ~ Trixie

    1. For some reason, Willow posted a darkish picture. Other pictures show that it's only dark sand, not what we really like rolling in. We didn't go close to that thing, but it smelled like some of those vegetables that humans like eat and/or display on their porches. Humans aren't sensible like we are, but they are lovable, don't you think?

  6. My dog Angel wants to know if either of you tried nudging that horrible thing with your noses? She says you need to be careful. She nudged something curious with her nose a few months ago and it was a very bad idea. Barking at it is much safer.

    1. We were on leashes, so we couldn't, but we once nudged the wrong black-and-white furry thing. Then, a few months later as an experiment, we did it again, and the same thing happened--Willow didn't care for our new scent. Yep, humans aren't very sensible.