Title: Curse of the Scarab (Big Honey Dog Mysteries #1)
Author: H.Y. Hanna
Genre: Young Adult/Mystery
Blurb: Honey the Great Dane enjoys a pretty peaceful life: walking her human, checking Peemail at the park until the arrival of a puppy named Bean turns her life upside down. But when Bean goes missing – together with other neighbourhood pups – Honey sets out on a dangerous quest to find them. Joined by her canine friends, Honey tackles mysterious paw prints and sinister hieroglyphics as clues lead them to a deserted cemetery. But an ancient Egyptian curse has awakened and time is running out … Can Honey solve a cryptic riddle in time to save the puppies? And should she trust Max, a Pit Bull with a murky past, who is hiding secrets of his own?
My Thoughts: CURSE OF THE SCARAB has it all, a rollicking adventure with friendship, danger, laughter, bravery and dog treats. The story is told from the point of view of the dogs in the story – with a few other assorted beasties helping along the way. It is a very good mystery quest but does have some quite scary bits towards the end so definitely for the older reader. Honey is wonderful, a friend of mine use to show and breed Great Danes so I know author H.Y. Hanna has got the quirks of the breed down to a tee, and she must have come across the odd Beagle as well because I am sure she based Biscuit on my food driven Beagle!!! Honourable mentions have to go to Suka, Tyson and the battered old warhorse Max. Their foe is sssssssuitably insane – a delicious baddie who would raise the hackles of any dog hero or heroine. There were lots of lovely touches, I particularly liked the use of the word ‘peemail’ to describe when dogs do their thing as they pass bushes, trees and interesting clumps of grass. CURSE OF THE SCARAB is the first of a proposed series and I would have no hesitation in reading any further adventures that Honey and her friends are drawn into.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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With thanks to the author via Netgalley
Curse of the Scarab by H.Y. Hanna is book # 34 for AWW2013