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Publication Order of Three Oaks Books

Dog in the Dark (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whose Dog Are You? (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doghouse (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Give a Dog a Name (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Curse of the Cockers (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sting in the Tail (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad Dogs and Scotsmen (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloodlines (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twice Bitten (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Shocking Affair (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dogsbody (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Weight (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Illegal Tender (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

The Three Oaks book series is a popular series of mystery, detective fiction, and suspense stories. It is written by a noteworthy British novelist named Gerald Hammond. The series is comprised of 12 books in total released between 1989 and 2001. Every book of this series is very much loved by the fans of stories and are quite successful as well. Author Hammond has mentioned the chief protagonist in all the novels as Captain John Cunningham. He has described him as an amateur sleuth, dog trainer, and a war hero. Throughout the course of the series, it is seen that John Cunningham gets involved in various cases of mystery and solves them with the help of his intelligence, wit, and determination. He is shown as the owner of a kennel known as the Three Oaks Kennel on which the name of the series is based. Gerald Hammond has done the setting of every novel of the mystery series in the Scottish Highlands.

The high points of this series include the colorful descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, its intriguing mysteries, and the engaging characters. Some of the essential characters created by Gerald Hammond in the novels include Beth, George Muir, Stardust, Horace, Clarence, Jove, Ben Garnet, Henry Kitts, Alastair Branch, Elizabeth Ilwand, Maurice Cowieson, and several others. Beth and Henry Kitts assists John Cunningham in the various investigations. They help him in collecting the pieces of evidence, chasing the culprits, and investigating the overall mysteries. Henry Kitts is depicted as an amateur sleuth himself and a board member of an agricultural technology manufacturing company in Scotland called Agrotechnics. Beth is the fiancee of Jon, whose assists in the daily affairs of his kennel and takes care of the breeding of his dogs. In addition to the human characters, major parts of the stories revolve around the dogs that are brought to John’s kennel for treatment. John Cunningham owns a spaniel named Stardust, whom he holds very dear. The books, as well as the series as a whole, are immensely successful. They have received great comments from a number of prominent critics around the world. Gerald Hammond’s style of writing in the books has been appreciated by numerous readers throughout the world and by his fellow authors. He was also praised for the unique storylines and the amazing characters depicted throughout the series.

A very famous book of the Three Oaks series written by author Gerald Hammond is entitled ‘Give a Dog a Name’. It was released by the St Martin’s Press in 1993, a year after its first release in 1992. This book shows Beth Cunningham, Stardust, John Cunningham, and Horace in the lead roles. The novel begins by depicting that John Cunningham continues with his adventures as a war hero, dog breeder, and amateur sleuth in the colorful settings of Scottish Highlands. A rich businessman approaches John Cunningham with his injured springer spaniel named Horace. By examining the wounded dog, John Cunningham makes out that it is a job of one day for him and Beth. As they begin to treat the spaniel, Beth and John find two buckshot wounds that appear to have been inflicted knowingly and purposely. They suspect foul play and start looking for answers. The events that follow later come falling down on John Cunningham in a sinister way when he gets accused by a dog show judge of being cruel to the dogs in his kennel.

John becomes very surprised at this accusation because he takes very good care of the dogs and loves them like any other human beings. Later, he comes to know that an anonymous person has sent some forged photographs to the judge that show him beating his spaniel Stardust. John fears that the serious accusations might bring grave implications to his kennel, Three Oaks. Beth tries to find out more about the fake photographs and gets hold of one photograph. But, before she can prove that the accusations against John are false, the Cunninghams are faced with another big problem. They reach home to find that their beloved dog Stardust is missing. They suspect that someone might have stolen it. What shocks them, even more, is that another identical dog has taken the place of Stardust. This new dog looks almost similar to Stardust, except that he is very much afraid of men and cigars. As their livelihoods and professional reputations are on the line, the Cunninghams know that they must act fast and uncover the culprit’s motives behind the disturbing and bizarre events. Whatever clues they come across point them to the same question again that who wounded Horace so brutally and cruelly?

Another mind-blowing book penned in the series by Gerald Hammond is called ‘Illegal Tender’. It was also published by St Martin Press in 2001. This book contains the primary characters as Beth Cunnigham, Henry Kitts, John Cunningham, Maurice Cowieson, Elizabeth Ilwand, and a few others as well. At the novel’s start, Elizabeth Ilwand is introduced as the heir to the fortune of Agrotechincs, a popular agricultural technology manufacturing firm in Scotland. One day, an anonymous is received on her computer that seemed authentic. The contents of the email dealt with Elizabeth’s bank account. She lapses in caution for a moment, clicks on a link in the email and suddenly her bank account gets emptied.

Elizabeth Ilwand loses 1.5 million pounds from her bank account in a second by responding to the fraudulent email. She becomes disheartened and doesn’t know what to do. Luckily for her, she has her board member and friend Henry Kitts, who also an associate of Three Oaks. When the matter comes to the knowledge of Henry Kitts, he immediately gets into his sleuthing role and starts investigating the email to track down the robber. In the meantime, Elizabeth Ilwand tries to look for ways to recoup her gigantic loss. The story takes a more shocking turn when Kitts finds Maurice Cowieson’s dead body. He is discovered to be a local businessman having debts to Agrotechnics. Maurice was on his way to meet Elizabeth Ilwan and discuss some important matters with her when his car crashed and died. Henry Kitts examines the events leading to Maurice’s death and discovers a more shocking story. Gerald Hammond has described the story in his signature style with sporting dogs, malt whiskey, and game hunting in the countryside of Scotland.

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