Book Review, Fiction

ARC Review: The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax

The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax Book Cover The Wonderful Whippet of Winifred Weatherwax
Philippa Stasiuk
Mystery, Young Adult, Middle Grade
Tivoli Press & Redbrush Press
January 1, 2018
Review Copy send by the author.


"Winifred Weatherwax begins summer with a pedigreed puppy – a Whippet named Shumba with Best in Show written in his stars. But when Shumba starts winning, other hounds start disappearing. As more dogs vanish, Freddy and her new friend Eli team up to investigate a mystery that includes dishonest dog breeding, the colorful world of dog shows, a first crush, a nefarious villain, and chicanery more sinister than common dog theft. On her way, Winifred discovers the magical bond between humans and dogs." - Goodreads

This lovely little book turned out to be quite a suspenseful thriller/mystery.

We are immersed in the world of competitive dog shows and it’s clear that the author has a lot of experience with the subject. It is a tongue in the cheek look at the community surrounding the sport. The characters are big and colourful and very entertaining. The mystery of the missing dogs is thoroughly intriguing.

It’s young people investigating and it has all the fun and chipper banter expected from the genre.

The ending was a proper shock. Not that the reveal blindsided me. It was just a level up from what I expected from a relatively light hearted book.

It ended quite fast after the big reveal and I would have like to see more of the consequences following it. More denouement, but it is a small and fast pace book and it’s not a big problem.

In conclusion it was an enjoyable and adorable read and a proper mystery novella. And I love the title.

This book was snatched from under my nose by my mother who wanted to read it too. Her verdict is:  “Very cute and adorable – could not put it down.”


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