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Double-Duty Doodle

When is a middlegrade mystery also a gentle cozy mystery, perfect for dog lovers of all ages?

When it features the sometimes sly, often hilarious narration of Doodle, the obedience-impaired labradoodle and his adventures with ten-year-old Molly.

Not sure what we mean? See what Amazon.com readers recently have said about the books:

Eric GB gives 5 stars to Bad-Mouthed, the fourth book in the series, and writes:Bad-Mouthed

“A great mystery written from a dog’s view. You would think a story like this would come across as simple, with a superficial writing style meant just for kids. NOT AT ALL! This story is so well written, that would be easily read by younger readers, but entertaining for adults as well. This is the second book that I have read in the series and I am sure that I will read them all after finding this one just as good as the first. This book is perfect for dog lovers of any age, and those looking for elements of mystery. A warning to readers: plan on reading this book all at once because you will not be able to put it down once you start! Great story, funny angles from the dog’s view, well written, and easy to read. Just a really good book.”

GrammarKat calls the first book, Bed-Bugged, “A dog lover’s delight,” and writes in her 5-star review:Bed-Bugged, “There is enough adventure and excitement here for even a die hard suspense fan.”

And Piratesorka writes about Bed-Bugged, “Fun read through a dog’s perspective! Don’t expect this book to be a “cutesy doggie” story instead you will get a well written, engaging story told through the eyes of the dog, with the dogs interests at heart not the humans.”

Out-Sniffed

Suspense author Susan Holmes says her review of Out-Sniffed, “I’m a Doodle fan! A lively, engaging read with great characters and a solid story line. Molly is clever, quick-witted, and passionate about helping others, and Doodle is quite possibly the most entertaining narrator I’ve found in quite some time.”

Mary Jo Rabe posts that, “Out-Sniffed,” the marvelous successor to Susan J. Kroupa’s “Bed-Bugged”, is warmhearted and funny but never superficial . . .So, I recommend this book highly to anyone who is aged 9-12, who knows someone aged 9-12, who likes dogs, or who might enjoy spending some time in the mind of a brilliant labradoodle who remains tolerant of human foibles.”DN_800X533_

“It’s real life, with drama and a ton of humor that will keep you laughing,” writes Linda Elliott about Dog-Nabbed, the third book of the series, “I believe, I will be reading this to my great grand daughter in a few years, it’s that good.”

So if you’re looking for some great holiday gifts or fun reads for the whole family, check out the Doodlebugged Mysteries, available in both paperback and ebook formats.

And through November 15, you can get Bad-Mouthed for only $0.99–75% off the usual retail price.

We have more specials coming up for the holiday season, so check back here frequently or, better yet, follow this blog  so you don’t miss out.

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Doodle Does Christmas

Bad-Mouthed Final Front Flat InsertWho knew chasing a rat in the middle of a Christmas pageant could cause so much trouble? Certainly not Doodle, the obedience-impaired labradoodle who works for the “boss,” Josh Hunter of Hunter Bed Bug Detection, nor Molly, the boss’s ten-year-old daughter. But then Doodle is the first to admit he doesn’t quite get Christmas.

Doodle’s antics during the pageant draw the attention of a popular video-blogger, who asks to do a feature on his sniffer-dog skills. But when the blog airs, pretty much the opposite of what Molly and the boss expected, the boss’s phone rings off the hook with distraught customers who think Doodle’s bed bug “finds” can’t be trusted.  Molly, searching for a way to set things right, befriends the blogger’s son, a boy alienated from his mother who wants only to go live with his father.

Throw in a handful of threatening letters, some lost dogs, and a devastating fire, and Molly and Doodle have their hands—well, in Doodle’s case, his paws—full finding out just who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.

A charming cozy for all seasons and for dog lovers of all ages.

Available now on Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ iTunes ◊ Kobo

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Sniff Out This Sale!

IMG_2095posterizedGet  Out-Sniffed, the second Doodlebugged mystery, in most ebook formats for only $1.99.  Sale only lasts through September 15.

Doodle’s nose goes on trial in OUT-SNIFFED, the second Doodlebugged mystery, when he falsely alerts on the wrong vial during a certification test. He knows “the nose never lies”, but how can he and Molly prove it?

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OUT-SNIFFED: “. .warmhearted and funny but never superficial. . . I haven’t met a fictional character in a long time that I enjoyed melding my mind with as much as Doodle.“—Mary Jo Rabe, Amazon.com

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GroundDOG Day Celebration!

OS FInal2 1600We’re particularly fond of Groundhog Day here at LFP because we have offices on Groundhog Mountain Road. And what better way to celebrate than with the paperback publication of Out-Sniffed, the further adventures of Molly and Doodle?

In addition, we’re offering 50% off of the ebook version of Bed-Bugged,  the first book in the Doodlebugged series. Go to Smashwords and use the coupon XQ87Y to get the book on Kindle, Nook, or in a wide variety of formats.Bed-Bugged

So, Groundhog Day goes to the dogs, or at least to Doodle, our favorite labradoodle.  Which sort of makes it GroundDOG day, doesn’t it?

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Bed-Bugged Goes to Paper!

Here at LFP, although we specialize in ebooks, we love books in every shape and format. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the trade paperback version of Bed-Bugged, the first of the “Doodlebugged” mysteries. For those of you who don’t know what “trade paperback” means (in other words, everyone except librarians and book publishers),  a trade paperback has the size and quality of a hardback, but with a soft cover.

You can order your copy of Bed-Bugged from Amazon.
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Bed-BuggedAsk Doodle why he flunked out of service-dog school and he’ll tell you: smart and obedient don’t always go hand in hand. Now he has a new job finding bed bugs for Josh Hunter Bed Bug Detection. But when Molly, the boss’s ten-year old daughter, enlists Doodle to help find her mother, Doodle’s nose and Molly’s camera lead them straight to danger.

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Molly and Doodle Return!

LFP proudly announces the ebook publication of Out-Sniffed, the sequel to Bed-Bugged, featuring the further adventures of Molly and Doodle.Bed-Bugged

A Nose for Trouble

A Nose for Trouble

In his second outing, Doodle, that incorrigible but good-hearted labradoodle, still works as a bed bug dog for the boss, Josh Hunter of Hunter Bed Bug Detection.

Doodle likes to keep his relations with humans on a business basis. Do the job, get paid—in his case, with treats. So far so good, except when it comes to Molly, the boss’s ten year-old daughter. Somehow, Doodle wants to please her even when she doesn’t have treats. He can’t explain it, but that’s how it is.

His nose gets put to the test when Molly starts training him to find something very different from bed bugs in order to clear her best friend’s brother from drug charges. But then, during a practice for an important certification trial—one which will get the boss more “big time” jobs—Doodle fails to find two vials containing bed bugs. The boss worries that Molly’s training has ruined Doodle’s ability to do his job. Or that maybe he’s losing his sense of smell.

 It takes all of Molly’s ingenuity and Doodle’s keen intelligence to sniff out the real villains and set things right again.

Available on Kindle and coming soon on Nook and Smashwords.

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Bed-Bugged Now Available!

Laurel Fork Press is proud to announce that Bed-Bugged, by Susan J. Kroupa, is now available in a wide variety of ebook formats.

Bed bugs, burglars, and a missing mother: for a bed-bug detecting dog, it’s just part of a day’s work. 

Ask Doodle why he flunked out of service-dog school and he’ll tell you: smart and obedient don’t always go hand in hand. Now he has a new job sniffing out bed bugs for his new boss, Josh Hunter. But when the boss’s ten-year old daughter, Molly, needs Doodle to help solve a mystery, Doodle’s nose and Molly’s camera lead them straight to danger.

A middle-grade mystery that will appeal to dog lovers of all ages.

Available in Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook.

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