Sunday, 18 February 2018

Jack Russell from the Jack Russell Dog Detective series

Jack Russell from the Jack Russell Dog Detective Series (2005 - 2010) Character Post 1

 Jack Russell is a Jack Russell Terrier, the star of twelve books in the Jack Russell series. Jack is two years old when we first encounter him, a young dog belonging to Sergeant Russell, a bachelor police officer. Sarge talks to Jack quite a lot, so Jack has absorbed a lot of information about policing and mystery solving. He uses this, along with his own observations and deductions, to investigate and to solve crimes and situations that mightn't necessarily attract the attention of human police. 

Jack is a typical terrier; bold, brave, tenacious, inquisitive, observant and intelligent. He is devoted to Sarge whom he considers his landlord and friend. His other great human love is Auntie Tidge, Sarge's aunt. Once the action moves from the city to the country town of Doggeroo, Jack starts pawtrolling the neighbourhood, and making himself at home. He soon acquires a band of canine friends and acquaintances, many of whom are pressed into service in his investigations. Jack trots cheerfully through his series, working things out, giving his facts and his version of events. He employs  all the tricks and talents of a terrier who understands human language although he doesn't speak it. By the end of the series, Jack is six years old, just into young middle age. His bond with Sarge is every bit as strong, but he has had to learn to share him with Sarge's new wife Caterina and her dog Lord Red as well as with his own son, Preacher. He's also learned to share Auntie Tidge with Foxie, former street dog and now Jack's loyal, if grumpy, sidekick.

My co-writer and I invented Jack, but much of his personality and many of his methods and mannerisms come from Jack Russells we have known and loved. Jack's twelve books all feature photographic covers in Australia and the US and Canada and cartoon covers in the UK. The interior illustrations, by Janine Dawson, pick up Jack and his friends to perfection. You can read more about Jack and co in their books... or trot along to the website at


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of February 18th 2018 I STILL haven't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books to come, and I'll certainly showcase those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, just for a change.

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