Winner of the Barker Book Award for fiction

Murder mysteries... with dogs!

Guinevere ‘Gwinny’ Tuffel is a retired actress who takes up dog-sitting to make ends meet. But despite her age and outward appearance, Gwinny is a sharp-minded puzzle-solver, and has a habit of stumbling across curious murders which nobody else can solve.

Each book in the series features a different breed, making a fun, light read for lovers of both dogs and mysteries everywhere.

(PS Nothing bad happens to the dogs)

“A country house, a body in the library, a cast of dodgy wedding guests, and a prickly, dog-loving sleuth... Simply delightful!”
Vaseem Khan

The Dog Sitter Detective

Winner of the Barker Book Award for fiction

Retired actress Guinevere ‘Gwinny’ Tuffel is finding life hard after inheriting her late father’s run-down home and discovering she’s broke. But Gwinny’s delighted to be at her best friend Tina’s country house, for Tina’s wedding to a handsome Italian business magnate... until the husband-to-be is found dead in the library and Tina is accused of the murder.

Convinced of her friend’s innocence, Gwinny must piece together the truth and uncover the real killer from a pool of larger-than-life suspects, who all have something to hide... while also looking after Tina’s expensive saluki dogs!


“A fun, witty page-turner. If Dawn French doesn’t play Gwinny in the TV series, there is no justice in the world!”
Ian Moore

“Brilliantly, compellingly, entertainingly written”
Catie Murphy

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“A tail-wagging, wet-nose delight of a book! A clever whodunit with plenty of clues, red herrings and misdirection”
Fiona Veitch Smith

“Laugh-out-loud funny and total escapist fun”
Jonathan Whitelaw

The Dog Sitter Detective
Takes the Lead


Gwinny Tuffel, the dog sitter, stays at an ageing rock singer’s houseboat in Little Venice, to look after his border collie while he’s on tour. But during the annual Canal Carnival, the singer’s dead body is discovered, having never made it out of London.

The police dismiss it as an accident, but Gwinny suspects murder most foul. It is up to her to solve this curious crime...


“Delightfully warm-hearted... curl up with a cuppa, a blanket (and maybe a furry companion or two) and just enjoy”
Katy Watson

About the Author

Antony Johnston is a New York Times bestseller and the creator of Atomic Blonde. For more than twenty years he’s written books, graphic novels, videogames, film, and more – much of it with a snoozing hound curled up in his study.

His work is known for strong, memorable female protagonists with a unique voice and social conscience.

Antony is a former vice chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, a member of International Thriller Writers and the Society of Authors, and a Shore Scripts screenwriting judge.

Find out more about Antony’s other work at his website.
You can also follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Mastodon.

“Cosy crime, dogs, and a fabulous heroine, what more could a reader ask for? The Dog Sitter Detective is a fantastic read”
Hannah Hendy

The Dog Sitter Detective is published by Allison & Busby.
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