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Cynthia Baxter is one of the highly successful and noteworthy authors from America, who likes to write her novels based on the mystery, horror, romance, thriller, young adult, and women’s fiction genres. She is particularly well known for writing down popular novel series, including the Reigning Cats and Dogs Mysteries, Pratt Twain series, etc. Author Baxter began her writing career by writing romantic, teen, horror, and women’s fiction books under the pseudonym of Cynthia Blair. Other than being a popular novelist, Baxter has also written for a number of famous magazines and newspapers. She has also taught the art of writing at the Hofstra University. Author Baxter became a published author by writing under her pen name in the year 1981, with the release of her novel titled ‘Once There Was A Fat Girl’. However, with her original name, she debuted in the year 204 with the book titled ‘Dead Canaries Don’t Sing’. Author Baxter primarily uses her original name for writing cozy mystery novels as well as for the reissue of some of her out of print titles. Author Baxter very much likes the fact that it becomes very easy to interact with the readers on the internet. For this purpose, she has developed her personal website.
The most favorite thing that Baxter likes is reading books, and writing is secondary to it. Since the year 2003, she has been writing her popular mystery series, ‘The Reigning Cats and Dogs’. This series features the chief protagonist in the form of a veterinarian named Jessica Popper. The other popular characters depicted in the series include Max, Lou, Catherine, Prometheus, Leilani. All these secondary characters are the pet cats and dogs living with Jessica Popper in her house. All the pets get involved in some or the other mystery case throughout the series and helped Jessica find the clues related to the mysteries. One of the other popular book series written by author Baxter is known as ‘The Murder Packs A Suitcase’ series. This series runs concurrently with her other mystery series and features the lead character in the form of Mallory Marlowe. Mallory is described by the author as a 45 year old widow, who struggles to discover her old self as she begins a new job of travel writing. She spends her time researching about exciting destinations all around the world and occasionally coming across murders. Mallory cannot prevent herself from getting involved in those cases in order to find the murderers. The first two of this mystery series are set in Orlando and Aspen. Author Baxter says that it has been an interesting challenge for her to work on two different series at the same time. She also says that she has tried to develop the two series in different ways, but purposely writes them at the same time, so as to include similar elements for the readers to read and enjoy. The common themes of her mystery series include a likeable female protagonist, an interesting story with several surprises, a romantic touch, and loads of humor. Author Baxter always looks forward to the reaction of the readers towards her new adventures and new characters. She likes to interact with her readers and fans regularly and hear from them about her recent releases. The readers not only post directly on her personal website, but also interact with her through her mail and various other promotional contents online.
The Reigning Cats and Dogs Mystery series written by author Cynthia Baxter consists of a total of 9 books, which were released between the years 2004 and 2010. The debut novel of the book series is titled as ‘Dead Canaries Don’t Sing’. This novel was published in the year 2004 by the Bantam publication. Author Baxter has set the plot of the book in Long Island, New York, the United States. The starting sequence of the book shows that Dr. Jessica Popper is a popular veterinarian. Because of her years of experience in the field, she can identify the paw prints more easily than the fingerprints. Due to Jessica’s dogged persistence and habit of landing on the feet, she has got murder leashed shortly. On one fine morning, the sun is about to rise and the dogs already start waking everyone up by their barks. Just as her day begins, Dr. Jessica Popper responds to a house call to a nearby horse farm. When she reaches there, she sees that her single -eyed Dalmatian named Lou and the tailless Westie named Max have found something very unexpected. A corpse was buried half in the woods. Jessica becomes very much terrified at its discovery. Max digs up a dead canary that was planted near the dead body. Jessica realizes that the corpse the corpse was going to sing before his death. But, she seems to be unable to make out about what and for whom he was about to sing. Desperate to find the answers to all her questions, she takes the help of her on-&-off lover named PI Nick Burgy. With the help of bloodhound’s stubbornness and a cat’s agile move, Jessica tries to identify a list full of suspects. The list also includes the one who wants to get her off the murder case as soon as possible so that he can start killing again. But, Jessica Popper seems to have other plans.
The next installment in the mystery series written by author Cynthia Baxter is titled as ‘Putting On The Dog’. This book was also released by the Bantam publishers in 2004. The beginning of the plot shows that Jessica Parker hit the road along with her pet assistants Lou and Max. She looks forward to visiting a charity dog show being organized at the palatial summer estates located on the East End of Long Island. As she arrives at the venue, she sees that the posh community of the seaside is already crawling with numerous stars, who seem eager to take the best for their pets in the show. Soon, a celebrity photographer meets death by getting hit by a huge ice sculpture. Being not able to resist herself from involved in the investigation of the case, Jessica Popper studies the long list of probable suspects. But, she needs to be very careful with her movements as the killer is keeping an eye on her. If she does not catch him soon, she might well become the next target of the killer. In the end, the novel turns out to be full of a lot of surprises and suspense, that the readers liked very much.
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