We may not have to introduce ourselves to some of you, but we’re Toby and Austin, two Cardigan Welsh Corgis owned by author Hugh W. Roberts and his partner, John.
Why are we famous?
We had no idea that we’d be appearing as characters in one of the stories in Hugh’s new book, More Glimpses. He didn’t even ask our permission if he could use us in the story, although we suppose we have to take into account that Hugh and John, feed us, walk us, groom us, look after us and keep us out of danger. Well, we say danger, but that’s not always the case.
What could possibly go wrong in a sleepy, little village?
Picture this: A sleepy, little, village in the heart of the Dorset, in England, on a few sunny days in mid-June. The village may look quaint and as if nobody dared think about committing murder, but nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, do they?
Those doors can hide all kinds of dark secrets, even more so if you see the door-handle or letterbox flap moving frantically while walking past. Is something trying to get out or, even worse, something you can’t see trying to get in?
What you shouldn’t do when you discover murder has taken place.
We found ourselves deep in a murder mystery from the day we arrived in Evershot. All you humans seem to do is panic when you hear the news of a local murder because you think you could end up as the next victim. Silly thoughts start entering your minds like is it safe to go out after dark or does rubbing salt into an arctic white carpet remove
blood red wine stains?
Because we have a better sense of smell and sound than you humans, you may think we had an advantage when solving the case. But you humans have a far better sense of sight than us. Use your eyes and look for those red-herrings when reading ‘Murder in Evershot‘ because, like all good murder mysteries, they are there. Sure, we used our noses and ears to solve this case, but not every smell or sound was what we thought it would be.
Did we really solve a murder?
You’ll have to read the story to find out how the murder(s) were solved, but if you still don’t know when you’ve finished reading it, then make an appointment with us as the first client of Private Investigators Toby and Austin (Cardigan Welsh Corgis), Bureau of solving the unknown and missing dog treats. However, we’d much rather play chase with each other.
Story #7: Murder In Evershot
Set in the sleepy, English village of Evershot, John, Toby, Austin, and Hugh find themselves in grave danger when several murders take place. Can they find a well-known detective, who lives in the village, and ask for her help in solving the murders before the murderer finds them?
If you’d like to meet more characters from More Glimpses, click here to meet Jane Collins from the story The Jump, and here to meet the strange ‘being’ from the story The Man In The Television.
This post was written in response to this week’s theme of ‘A Dog’s Life‘, for the Sunday Stills challenge hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt.
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64 thoughts on “Can Dogs Solve Murders?”
great piece of writing here and i believe it does depend on the breed of dog, my dog would be useless (King Charles spaniel) however the spaniels used in the Madaline Macan case were very useful
lots of love E
Thank you so much, E. I’ve read a lot about dogs and how intelligent they are. It does seem to depend on their breed, but I do know that dogs have excellent memories. They never forget anything.
So, can dogs solve murders? I know they have dogs that sniff and find drugs on people. That’s solving a crime, maybe they can solve murders too…
Well, that would be telling, Janice. Needless to say that Toby and Austin did a great job in the story. 😀
Such cute dogs!! I had a doggie named Toby:) Named him after the dog in The Great Mouse Detective; a perfect example of how dogs can help solve mysteries;)
Thank you. I’ve never heard of The Great Mouse Detective, but it sounds like good fun.
It is:) It’s an animated Disney movie. Very cute:)
That’s one of the most innovative book reviews I’ve ever read, and it’s refreshing after reading so many self-promotional posts on Twitter by authors. I have both read and written a lot of book reviews, so that is quite a compliment.
Thank you, Barbara, that is very kind of you to say. The prompt for the challenge was perfect for this post, so I took the opportunity to write and publish it.
Tee-hee! I love this, Hugh! I always enjoy pet sleuths. The video is cute, and it was also fun to get a corgi’s-eye level “glimpse” of your lovely home. Wishing you huge success with More Glimpses. Hugs on the wing!
Thank you, Teagan. The boys always like to put on a bit of a show.
‘More Glimpses’ is going down very well. I made the right decision in not rushing to publish it.
Hugs to you.
I believe I would pawsitively trust them with anything. 🙂 This is wonderful.
Dropped by today from #BloggersPitStop but as you know I’m fur-ever pleased to be here. 🙂
Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂
Thank you, Donna. Great to see you over from the #BloggersPitStop
Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 🌞
Great dogs, Hugh. The photo in the section, ‘What you shouldn’t do when you discover murder has taken place.’ Is hilarious.
Ahh, that’s Austin taking a nap, Rob. He always does that when he sees me in a panic. 😀
Cool dog. LOL
Love this Hugh , Ruby is a big fan of your lovely boys 💜💜
Thank you, Willow. They send their love to all of you.
Thank you Hugh we are grateful for their love💜
Hugh, Toby, and Austin are amazing. We’ve finally made it to Albuquerque, NM. We’re in a hotel waiting for our new house to close. Paperwork is a necessary pain. Fingers crossed that this all goes quickly. I’ve bought your book and can’t wait to start reading. Hugs to you and John. ❤
Hi Colleen, I had to look up where Albuquerque was. I see it’s south of where you were in Colorado, so warmer climate? Wishing you both well in your new home and that you’ll be settling in soon.
I hope you enjoy More Glimpses. It’s getting some excellent reviews, and I’m already delighted with what readers are saying about it.
Yes, it’s warmer, Hugh. Living in a hotel is kind of hard but we’re dealing the best we can. We’re scheduled to close on the 14th but there is talk that this date will have to be extended. It’s out of our control and not much we can do. Keep your fingers crossed. ❤
I sure will, Colleen. It’s not always nice being out of control of our future, but I’m sure it won’t be long before you’re settling into your new home. I look forward to reading all about it (and seeing the pictures).
Love to you both
Hugs, Hugh. I’m ready for it all to be over – but, I am feeling better! 🥰❤️
They’re adorable Hugh 🙂
They send their thanks, Norm.
I really like it how you are performing your blog tour for “More Glimpses,” Hugh. Yes, dogs can be smart, but much depends on the breed. Their behavior also depends on their training. In all our years of house and pet sitting, we’ve noticed similarities between the dogs and their owners. It’s funny, but it’s true! I believe your dogs could solve a murder mystery, but the three dogs we are currently taking care of wouldn’t be able to. 🙂
By the way, when I was watching the video of Toby and Austin, these labs went berserk, started barking themselves, and thought someone was at the door. Great entry for Terri’s weekly theme!
Thank you, Liesbet. The tour goes on until at least October, maybe longer if I can persuade more characters to write blog posts.
You’re right about how dogs behave. I think the same goes for children.
Same here about the video. Austin will sit and watch it in amazement, but Toby isn’t interested at all.
They’re adorable, Hugh! So awesome you named characters after them.
I figured they wouldn’t mind appearing in one of my stories, Teri. The story they feature in seems to be a hit with readers. Maybe I should use them some more?
Cute story! Dogs are amazing creatures and I believe they can solve a crime.
Thank you. My two are certainly very intelligent.
They are gorgeous, Hugh. I bet everyone tells them so when they are out. Loved the video.
Yes, they get a lot of attention when they are out on their walks, Mary. Sometimes an hour’s walk can take over three hours because so many people want to know more about them.
What a great way to promote your book, Hugh. Are they available for other advertising gigs?
When we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, we could have hired Toby out for parties several times, Norah. I’m sure that if treats were offered, they’d advertise. 😀
That’s cheap advertising, Hugh. 🙂
Lol, loved this Hugh, and loved the vid of the little investigators Toby and Austin. One of my fav stories and this post is a great ad for your book. I’ll share around for you. ❤
I made this post part of my blog tour for More Glimpses, Debby. Terri’s theme seemed ideal to get Toby and Austin to write a post. Another character has also written a post which will be published later this month. Thanks again for being my first stop on the tour.
Thrilled to be part of Hugh. And my review for your book will be up on my Sunday Book Review 🙂 xx
Thanks so much, Debby. We’ve got visitors staying with us this weekend (so I won’t be in the blog world), but I’ll see it on Monday.
No worries. Enjoy your weekend! ❤
HI, Austin and Toby – Not only are you adorable, you are also awesome writers!
Thank you. We’re not sure where we get out talent for writing from, Donna. Another mystery. 🐾
Love those two corgies! It appears they have more skills than I thought.
They are keen to learn new skills, Darlene, especially if food is involved.
Two little cuties 💕
They send their thanks for saying so, Cathy. 🐾
They’re very welcome, Hugh 🐶
What a great post for this week’s Sunday Stills theme, Hugh! Your Welsh Corgies indeed attract a lot of attention with their cuteness and I’ll bet their noses could solve more crimes than we think…unless they just chase each other, lol!
They sure do get a lot of attention anywhere we take them, Terri. It’s helped get us to know many people, some of whom have become great friends. As for the Welsh Cardigan Corgi Detective Agency, I think Toby and Austin would rather play than solve mysteries. We’ll leave the latter to the Secret Service or Dr.Who.
Fantastic! I can’t wait to read the stories.
Thanks, Rob. I hope you enjoy them.
They are so gorgeous! 😍 More Glimpses is on my ‘To Read’ list, I’m looking forward to it!
They send their thanks, Sam. Thank you. 🐾
I don’t know about solving murders… but they are killing it in the cuteness world! ❤
Now you got them blushing, Annette. They do get a lot more attention than I do when we go out for walks.
Very cute Hugh. It was nice to get a glimpse of your beautiful house too.
Thank you, John. Thank goodness I’d tidied up. 😀
Adorable post, Austin and Toby 🙂
The boys send their thanks to you, Aimer. 🐾
They think so, too.