Karen Gallob's newest book is out, just in time to poke fun at the political turmoil of an election year.
The Crawford resident will be signing "The Climbing Dog Affair" Friday, Oct. 7, during the monthly opening reception at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. In addition to the book signing, the gallery will be featuring artists who work with watercolors and glass in all its forms. The event begins at 6 p.m.
"The Climbing Dog Affair" is the third cozy mystery in the Garrett/McCracken series.
In addition to Sheriff Garrett and Deputy McCracken, the book features Buddy, a climbing dog. Buddy actually exists, and is owned by Lee Cook at Delta Animal Health Center. "Buddy is a dedicated and vigorous tree climber who will tackle almost any tree if he thinks there is a squirrel in it," Gallob said.
In "The Climbing Dog Affair," the sheriff and his deputy are investigating a hit-and-run accident. Sheriff Garrett fears that incident is a harbinger of more trouble to come. The book takes place in Croissant, which is the site of a hostile political campaign. Ronald Gump, Billy Ray Clenting and Bennie Senderson all seem to be looking for trouble in a fierce campaign for county commissioner. Garrett worries. Strange things happen in Croissant [a place which some have said resembles Crawford]. After all, this is the town where the cow dog lives, the one who climbs trees.
Karen Weinant Gallob is a Crawford rancher who is also an author of science fiction novels. She will have on hand the four volumes in her science fiction series, "After the End: The Sumbally Fallacy," as well as the first two books in the Garrett/McCracken series, "All the Bad Stuff Comes in Threes" and "Baby Skulls and Fowl Odors."
Gallob taught anthropology at Metropolitan State College in Denver and has published articles, reviews, stories and poetry. Her cozy mystery, "Baby Skulls and Fowl Odors," was a finalist in the 2015 Eric Hoffer award competition, and her poem, "Aspen," was a finalist in the Colorado Authors' League 2016 Writing competition.