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Shamus the Urban Rez Dog, P.I.
by Leslie Gentile

ISBN: 9781770867079

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8.00"


JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories

JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs

JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories



Missing jewelry, a false accusation, and a real thief. Shamus the Urban Rez Dog, P.I. is on the case.


The name’s Shamus. I’m a special kind of dog known as a Rez Dog. That means I’m a mix of different breeds and I come from a reserve. I live in the city with Mom and the twins, Rainey and Cole. We are one of many Indigenous families on our block.


Life is great — until Mom is falsely accused of stealing from the jewelry store she’s worked at for years. When the kids and I set out to catch the real thief, we discover some surprising and, if I do say so myself, hilarious clues — including a false wall, a lucky bowling ball, and a vicious poodle named Hepzibah!

Price: $14.95

Ages: 9 to 12

Publication Date: September 2, 2023

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Shortlisted, 2025 Chocolate Lily Award


“The view from the doghouse isn’t half bad, and Shamus the Urban Rez Dog should know. As a pup, he’s got lots to learn about becoming that ‘well-behaved dog,’ but as a P.I., this dog can sniff out a clue like no-puppy else (as long as he avoids those Thai leftovers).”

— Angela Misri, author of Tails from the Apocalypse and the Portia Adams Adventure Series

“Children love a hero, particularly one who has suffered the injustices they have observed in their lives as probationary people, and Shamus is a perfect fit with that imaginary landscape.... The language in this romp is accessible and loaded with sensory detail that teases the appetite. Shamus is the perfect metaphor for a story-craving kid....”

The British Columbia Review

“Leslie Gentile has written a touching novel with a unique narrator.”

Canadian Review of Materials

“Leslie Gentile has written an amusing and heartfelt mystery from the perspective of Shamus the dog.”

— Ildiko Sumegi, Canadian Children’s Book News

“Have you ever wanted to read a perfect detective story for animal lovers written from the perspective of a dog? Well, if you do, read this book! I give this book five stars because it’s very entertaining and captivating.”

— Dylan W., 10, Young Mensan Magazine

“A fun detective story featuring a pretty wild doggo, Shamus the Urban Rez Dog, P.I. by Leslie Gentile is a story that will be easily gobbled up.”

— Stephanie Lamb, Storytime with Stephanie

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