The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne (Oberon's Meaty Mysteries, The Iron Druid Chronicles)
Published by Subterranean Press on Sept. 30th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 112 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it—and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.
When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it’s part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren’t too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it’s up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!
Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear.
But if he’s going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes.
At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world’s finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins?
The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne’s New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.
- As any reader of The Iron Druid Chronicles is sure to agree, Oberon is definitely the best character in the series. Therefore I was ecstatic when I randomly stumbled upon this novella from Oberon’s perspective at the library! I really hope this becomes a regular thing!
- I liked the different style of story this became since there wasn’t magic involved in the mystery. Sure, Atticus teleported them around, but the mystery itself was just a good ol’ detective story.
- There are a lot of adorable dogs in here. There is of course Oberon and the poodle, but there are a lot of other dogs that Oberon gets to meet and interact with, including an adorable Frenchie who is also on the cover!
- I’m behind on the series, currently on book seven, but had no trouble jumping in here. There is one major addition that I was unfamiliar with, but it wasn’t a problem for the story nor a big spoiler for the series.
- For the most part I loved Oberon’s internal monologue and thought that Hearne did a good job of telling things from a hound’s perspective. However there were definitely times when it sounded a whole lot more like Atticus than Oberon for the sake of moving the story along. Given the experimental and goofy nature of this, I really wanted more attention paid to keeping all of the story telling realistically from a (very smart) dog’s perspective.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne
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