'Twas the Chihuahua Before Christmas - A book by Esri Allbritten
Author:Esri Allbritten

    ‘Twas the Chihuahua Before Christmas

    By EsriAllbritten

    Copyright2011 Esri Allbritten

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    Author’s Note

    I wrote this story as agift for Chihuahua lovers and fans of my mysteries. It featurescharacters that appear in my full-length mystery, Chihuahua of theBaskervilles, published by St. Martin’s Press. If you read thisstory before that book, it may influence your experience slightly. Idid my best to keep it from being too much of a spoiler. You mightalso be interested to know that Manitou Springs, Colorado, is a realtown, and having Santa appear under the town clock on Christmas Eveis a real event. Any differences in the way I’ve portrayed it arefor plot purposes.


    ‘Twas the Chihuahua Before Christmas

    On the morning ofChristmas Eve, Charlotte Baskerville woke to enthusiastic doggykisses on her right cheek. Until recently, two soft little muzzleshad licked her awake. She quelled a sense of loss and opened hereyes. Lila, her long-haired black Chihuahua, stared at her frominches away. Charlotte stroked her sleek head. “You have to love metwice as much now that Chum is gone, don’t you?”

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