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Originally published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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NW Books: Fall in love with a canine Cupid

New books of Seattle interest: “The Love Dog,” “Deadly Stakes,” “Speed of Light” and “Pigs in Pajamas.”

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“The Love Dog” by Elsa Watson (Tor, $7.99). Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Bainbridge Island’s Elsa Watson follows up her novel “Dog Days” with this story about a canine Cupid, a golden retriever who helps people fall in love on a reality TV show. A young aspiring reporter is hired to uncover the dirt behind the show, but struggles to keep her focus. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Watson will visit Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island (206-842-5332 or eagleharborbooks.com).

“Deadly Stakes” by J.A. Jance (Touchstone, $25.99). Releasing her eighth Ali Reynolds mystery, J.A. Jance of Seattle brings back the police-academy-trained former reporter and leads Ali on a quest to clear two innocent names. Jance brings her tour home this month, speaking at noon Feb. 13 at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, and 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park.

“Speed of Light” by Amber Kizer (Delacorte, $16.99). For ages 13 and up: In the third book in the Meridian series, Meridian and Juliet — half angels, half humans — fight to thwart a plan to kill spectators at the Indianapolis 500. Kizer lives on Whidbey Island.

“Pigs in Pajamas” by Maggie Smith (Knopf, $15.99). For ages 3-5: Penelope Pig plans a pajama party in this alliterative tale by a Seattle author/illustrator. The party guests wear prints, plaids and pinstripes, and eat pasta, pudding and pies.

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