Purrlock Holmes
and the Case of the Vanishing Valuables


Published June 2005

Purrlock Holmes won the 2005 Muse Medallion for Young Adult Fiction
from the Cat Writers Association.

There is a new set of crime fighters on the mystery trail! And the hero is a Birman Cat named Purrlock Holmes.

Written by Betty Sleep of Carraig Birmans, Purrlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Valuables is a middle-grade mystery novel for ages 7-14, written with the aim of keeping young readers turning the pages, and then picking up another book, afterwards. With characters molded on the real antics of real pets, a dash of imagination and panache, and a healthy dose of humour, you’ll have to take the book away, when it’s bedtime.

The Purrfect Pair of Crimefighters!

Purrlock Holmes the cat, and Watson the Basset Hound, are a mismatched pair of mystery sleuths. But when their neighborhood is hit with a series of small and unusual thefts, they are hot on the scent. Has the Schnauzer a nose for news? Was the goldfish in at the fin-ish? What does the turtle know about a missing silver dollar? Using the squeals and squawks of their animal friends, Purrlock and Watson follow the trail of someone with something to crow about.

Synopsis

What is a home without pets? A lot quieter than a home with pets on a mission. That’s what the Robertson family has, when their Birman cat, Purrlock, and their Basset Hound, Watson, set off on the trail of a thief whose light fingers are lifting just enough small items to get one small boy in trouble.

Mystery is thick on the ground, and in the goldfish bowl, when Purrlock and Watson discover that neighbors are losing some very odd things, all of them in homes where the new kid on the block has been doing chores.

Far be it for the furred and fractious friends to keep their noses out of things. The duo sets off on a round of the neighborhood animals to see who has seen what, when, where and possibly who.

As they work their way through potential witnesses, and a purring blackmailer, Purrlock and Watson run down the list of the victims, gleaning bits of information from pets who live where the items were taken.

Meanwhile, Purrlock discovers that they are not the only ones hot on the trail. Who is their shadow? What is that hiding behind every bush and hedge that they pass? Is it the thief? Or just the hyperactive imagination of a cat that hasn’t eaten in two hours?

Bickering as they go, the sharp-eyed and long-eared duo, discover more than they bargained for, or know what to do with. Caught in the dilemma of needing to find the thief but having to hide something themselves, the fur really flies when solutions to both problems, collide.

The Real Purrlock Holmes

The "real" Purrlock is one of Betty's own cats, a purebred Birman neuter named "Coolcat". Purrlock is his literary name :-).

Coolcat has a great personality, and has become widely known for his antics in the show ring.

Watson

Because Betty bred and showed Golden Retrievers, she was familiar with the world of dogs and the various breed characteristics. When searching for her "Watson" she wanted a dog who had some feature that could become a "running joke", something that is part of his character, that is repeated at times throughout the story. She chose the Basset Hound for their low to the ground shape, and the long ears, which offered the possibility of lots of ear jokes.

Is there a real Watson?

Yes, and no. There is an inspiration for the character, but he is not a purebred Basset, and his name is "Charlie". He is one of my favourite dogs, who belongs to someone in our community. Charlie's a cross between a yellow Labrador Retriever and a Basset Hound. From the shoulders up, he looks like a Lab, but his legs are extremely short. He is sweet, funny, and his wonderful, if patient-suffering looks, inspired the character of Watson.

About The Author

A professional writer for more than 30 years, Betty Sleep has also been involved with animals in one way or another for most of her life.  A breeder/exhibitor of Golden retrievers she eventually began showing and breeding grand champion and regional winning Birmans, the antics of her cats have crossed into her professional life as a writer/editor, on more than one occasion.  The Purrlock Holmes series is a celebration of her love for cats, and provides a place to work off the wit that can't be used in writing for clients that require a certain degree of decorum. 

 

The proceeds of all ebook sales from Purrlock Holmes
will be donated to CFA Purebred Rescue

I have always thought that the best writing comes from deep inside you,
from real inspiration, real passion, real humour.
And in my life with my animals, I have found all of that.

Betty Sleep

Reviews

Purrlock Holmes the cat, and Watson the Basset Hound, are a mismatched pair of mystery sleuths. But when their neighborhood is hit with a series of small and unusual thefts, they are hot on the scent. Has the Schnauzer a nose for news? Was the goldfish in at the fin-ish? What does the turtle know about a missing silver dollar? Using the squeals and squawks of their animal friends, Purrlock and Watson follow the trail of someone with something to crow about.

Purrlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Valuables is told in the great tradition of the junior mysteries we grew up with…with the added advantage that the story takes place right in our own backyard! Don’t be surprised if you find your kids trying to transform themselves into feline or canine detectives!

Terry Doherty, Founder, www.thereadingtub.com

The tale told in the first person by Purrlock, is filled with humor, tongue in cheek plays on words, enough clues to aid the target audience into making some assumptions about who the culprit might be, along with enough red herrings to keep older readers on their toes and turning the pages. Fun Read…Highly Recommended…5 stars.

Molly Martin, author (M.J. Hollingshead)

“Two paws up!” I laughed so hard that I fell out of my cat bed. A real page-turner (I needed help turning the pages, my claws kept getting in the way.) I stayed up all day without a nap to find out “who done it”.

Duke, the Bluepoint Siamese, and Alexandria Farkas, age 9, Florida

The e-book format of "Purrlock Holmes"
is available directly from from
PurrlockHolmes.com.
The Cost is only $6.00,
and all proceeds are donated to CFA Purebred Rescue.
File size is 2.4MB. Order here


"Purrlock Holmes and the Case of the Vanishing Valuables" is available from these online stores, and from retail stores. Ask your local seller to order it by the ISBN number 1-58961-330-9. Price $8.95 ($10.95cdn)


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