Pepper is a dog on a personal mission who would rather avoid cats and certain humans. He has a mild tolerance for mice who once saved his life. But when they save him again, he must return the favor. The job isn’t easy and Pepper is no hero; all he has is his dog nose, which, some say, should be enough. But things get complicated and Pepper needs more than a sniff to survive.
“Sniff it!” is a well-written story in several different ways. The animals’ world is intensely and credibly described. Some depictions of natural and environmental phenomena like light, smells, and atmospheres are pointed and captivating. One can also sense that the author really cares for the animals, so that we get to relate to them and “understand” them, for better or worse.
The plot is straightforward: Bad people have made some nasty plans that could have catastrophic consequences, but will a few good people and the animals be able to stop them? The novel, a fantasy piece at its core, is believable and suspenseful. Some of the characters, whether animals or humans, will stay with you for a long time after you have turned the final page.” – Novelty Fiction