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The Case of the Cat with the Missing Ear

The Case of the Cat with the Missing Ear

From the notebooks of Edward R. Smithfield, D.V.M.

Illustrated by: Viv Mullett
For Ages: 8 - 12
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When Dr Edward R Smithfield - an ex-Army dog - comes to San Francisco for a quiet retirement, he doesn't bank on meeting the most astounding sleuth of the Victorian age… Mr Samuel Blackthorne!
Soon the two are firm friends, and called upon to investigate the disappearance of an apparently ordinary accountant - in suspicious circumstances. Has the missing mutt made canine enemies in high places? Did he know too much about an arch-villain's sinister scheme? Who is the cruel cat assassin with only one ear really working for?
Blackthorne uncovers corruption that taints the highest-ranking dogs in the city… but can he expose their crimes before time runs out for him and his friends? Cats may have nine lives, but dogs have just the one…
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689876158 | 
  • May 2011 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Chapter 1

When I first met Mr. Samuel Blackthorne, I had no idea who he was or that one day our companionship would result in somewhat of a celebrity status for Mr. Blackthorne and by association myself to an extent. Or that the scribblings in my diary would one day become published articles featuring the exploits of my friend and the goings-on at 420 Market Street. Still I could not help but notice from almost the instant I set eyes on him that he was a singular and highly unique individual.

The year was 1887, and I had just arrived in San Francisco after nearly a decade abroad. My first task upon stepping onto dry land was to find a room... see more

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