Notable | Animal magnetism
Three new books explore our bonds with our four-legged friends.
The Dog Who Knew Too Much (Atria) by Spencer Quinn is the fourth book in the breezy mystery series about Chet, a border collie Stephen King called a "canine Sam Spade," and his almost-as-smart human, Bernie; this time they search for a missing boy.
The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation (Ballantine) by Elizabeth Letts is the true story of a Dutch immigrant who rescued an abused plow horse from the slaughterhouse and how they went on to win a blue ribbon in a national horse show in 1958.
I Am Maru (William Morrow) by Mugumogu is based on the blog devoted to the enigmatically charming Maru, a Scottish fold cat living with his owner in Japan; it will make those who are not cat lovers scratch their heads, but the rest of us will coo.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor