cover image Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries: The Squirrel on the Train

Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries: The Squirrel on the Train

Kevin Hearne. Subterranean, $25 (120p) ISBN 978-1-59606-847-6

Quick-witted, mystery-solving pooch Oberon gets a new friend in author Hearne’s side-splitting newest fantasy novelette set in the Iron Druid universe. This time, Oberon, an Irish wolfhound, is aided by his mate, Orlaith, and a recent addition to their pack, a Boston terrier named Starbuck. The little newcomer was adopted by Atticus the druid, Oberon’s human companion, after his previous owner died. Atticus smuggles the canines by train to Portland, Ore. They intend only a sniff at the lovely local parks, but an evil squirrel leads them on a chase to the scene of a murder—and the victim looks exactly like Atticus. Hearne’s hilariously conceived, well-rounded doggy detectives are champs at helping solve the mystery. As always, Oberon, Orlaith, and Atticus make a wonderful pack, and Hearne puts as much depth into this short story as he does into his novels. Series fans will be greatly entertained. (Dec.)