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Chihuahua of the Baskervilles: New Excerpt

An exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1-3 from Esri Allbritten's Chihuahua of the Baskervilles is now available on Criminal Element for members.  To read the full excerpt, please log in or register.

Chihuahua of the Baskervilles by Esri Allbritten

The decidedly eccentric staff of Tripping Magazine, a low-budget periodical of the paranormal, go to Manitou Springs, Colorado, to investigate a ghostly Chihuahua spotted by the rich founder of a clothing catalog for small dogs. Is the glowing apparition really the deceased namesake of Petey’s Closet, “Where Dapper Dogs Shop”? Or is someone trying to teach a dead dog new tricks?  

 

One

The heavy tick of a grandfather clock filled the parlor, as if to convince the listener that this was a serious timepiece, despite the Chihua­hua toy in a fairy costume perched on its mahogany case.

Victorian-style lamps illuminated the walls, which  were crowded with framed photos of costumed Chihuahuas. Looking at dogs dressed in tiny cowboy hats and sailor suits, a visitor might think he’d stumbled on a canine version of the Village People, except for the slogan at the bottom of each photo: Petey’s Closet—Where the Well- Dressed Pooch Shops.

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