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Creating a canine narrator – part 1

Posted by : Monty on January 31, 2016

Thanks so much to Good Reading magazine for sharing Louisa Bennet’s story on how she created a canine narrator in MONTY & ME. Naturally, the key to this is to:

  • have a canine
  • speak dog.

Both of which Louisa does and that’s how we write the Monty & Sidebottom Mysteries – together. If only finding the bone I buried a few weeks ago could be that simple!

Here is the first of a three page feature on writing from a dog’s world view. Page two and three will follow shortly. Enjoy!

 

Love from, Monty

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I thought the descriptions of the world through the eyes (or maybe nose) of a dog were quite brilliant. Who knew about a ladybird’s secret weapon?
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Peter James, international best selling mystery author

Hello Monty. I’m here to leave you a wee-mail! I am 12 years old and am currently reading the amazing book that you star in, I wish I had a dog like you but I can’t as my mum has asthma and doesn’t tolerate fur or feathers. However, I once had a goldfish called Blaze who would follow me when I walked past and could follow my finger and do flips. He died of old age but I’m sure you would be good friends with him and that he would be clever enough to help with your mysteries (maybe even as clever as Dante) ; ) I hope you solve some more mysteries ( maybe one of your friends could be in trouble, keep your eyes peeled!) lots of love and scrummy bacon from, Susie x

Susie, 12 years old, sent an email to Monty

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Loved it. I found it really hard to put down.

Gina Lunn, posted on Louisa Bennet’s Facebook profile

This book is amazing… Monty is simply fantastic. The chapters from Monty are the funniest, but also most emotional. I was in tears at the funeral.

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Pure joy to read! Intense, insightful and fun! By page 18 I had already realized that I had smiled, giggled and even laughed more than 10 times. Anyone who loves either reading or writing knows full well it is not an easy task to get laughs out of printed pages. Louisa Bennet does humour naturally, her wit is unforced and clever.

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What a fantastic mystery with a pair of detectives that are smart and fun… Anyone who loves animals of any kind will fall for Monty. The ending set up a perfect beginning for book two and I’ll be watching for it.

Ann on GoodReads

I absolutely loved this book. Read it in a day, couldn’t put it down… The relationship between Rose and Monty has definitely hit the ground running and I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for the next in this series.

Ashrae on Amazon.co.uk

If you like Spencer Quinn’s “Chet & Bernie” mysteries (and I do), then you should love Monty and Me (which I did)… You don’t need to be a dog-lover to enjoy this though: the whodunit is cleverly constructed, the story gets along at a good clip, and there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. Something for everyone.

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