Ruffly Speaking

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Random House Publishing Group, 1994 - Fiction - 304 pages
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A Cambridge psychotherapist mistakenly rushes to the funeral of a dog-fancying stranger. The obsequies, as it turns out, are conducted by a woman priest with a canine acolyte named Ruffly, a little hearing dog trained to lend his deaf mistress his gigantic ears. When Ruffly speaks, who listens? Who but the ultimate real dog person, Holly Winter, and her Alaskan malamutes Rowdy and Kimi? In the latest of her acclaimed Dog Lover's mysteries, Susan Conant delivers a dryly humorous canine caper replete with Cambridge eccentrics and professors' brats. She also tells a story of human alienation and the salvation that lies in true partnership. When Holly Winter learns of the death of fellow dog-fancier Morris Lamb, she wonders how the proprietor of Winer & Lamb, a Harvard Square bookstore-cafe specializing in cookbooks, could have accidentally devoured poisonous plants he wouldn't have fed to a dog. Soon after the death, Doug Winer, Lamb's partner and heir to his estate, is showing Morris's dogs, spending Morris's money, and renting Morris's house to the Reverend Stephanie Benson, whose hearing dog suddenly exhibits behavior so bizarre that even Holly is baffled. Are Ruffly's weird episodes and the near-tragedy of a gas-leaking barbecue tied to Morris's death? Just how violently does Stephanie's cranky neighbor dislike dogs? What of Stephanie's son, Matthew, who is about to enter his freshman year at Harvard? Which does Matthew resent more, his mother's presence in Cambridge or her reliance on clever Ruffly? As a Fourth of July night lights up with fireworks, sparks ignite, and Holly finally realizes that when Ruffly speaks, what he means is murder.
 

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Intelligent woof mystery that unfolds in a most charming way. Conant loves to pile on the digressions prior to plunging back into her story so be prepared to learn a lot about dogs, dog training, dog shows, and living in Cambridge, MA. Some of the dog show vernacular is pretty arcane. Read full review

Ruffly speaking: a dog lover's mystery

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Holly Winter, writer for Dog's Life magazine, spends most of her waking hours immersed in her subject, so dog aficionados and series fans take heed. Dog talk of all sorts abounds, from obedience ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
11
Section 4
18
Section 5
26
Section 6
33
Section 7
40
Section 8
48
Section 19
138
Section 20
146
Section 21
153
Section 22
161
Section 23
169
Section 24
177
Section 25
186
Section 26
197

Section 9
56
Section 10
62
Section 11
68
Section 12
76
Section 13
86
Section 14
95
Section 15
102
Section 16
108
Section 17
116
Section 18
125
Section 27
206
Section 28
215
Section 29
222
Section 30
229
Section 31
236
Section 32
247
Section 33
260
Section 34
271
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Susan Conant lives in Newton, MA.

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